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    The correct officer's knot for your M1860,...

    The correct officer's knot for your M1860, through 1902, except with two sliding loops instead of one per the 1874 Ordnance Memo:
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    Texas A&M sabers have a distinctive etch.

    Texas A&M sabers have a distinctive etch.
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    Colonial was the "value" line.

    Colonial was the "value" line.
  4. Hi, Richard! The etching quality on my...

    Hi, Richard!

    The etching quality on my unmounted blade is about equal to that found on the early "sans serif US" M1880 sabers in my collection, and almost exactly the same design.

    As to your...
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    The knight's head pommel was common across all...

    The knight's head pommel was common across all the fraternal knighthood. Masonic Knights Templar swords: https://newlondonregalia.com/
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    Looks like you could try a M1833 scabbard. Some...

    Looks like you could try a M1833 scabbard. Some of the replicas are pretty close and the scabbard might fit...
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    D Troop, 3/5 Air Cavalry regularly carried sabers...

    D Troop, 3/5 Air Cavalry regularly carried sabers into battle in Vietnam according to their unit history. Cavalry legend Ace Cozzolio dismounted with his often, using it to capture NVA prisoners...
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    The Man At Arms reprint of the Ames catalog was...

    The Man At Arms reprint of the Ames catalog was the first place I went...no joy.
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    154135
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    Shelleys of Castle Goring? Lots of military in...

    Shelleys of Castle Goring? Lots of military in that family. Can't quite make out if the griffin is ducally gorged...
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    Warrant officers in an Infantry militia unit...

    Warrant officers in an Infantry militia unit during the 1860s?
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    No idea. If memory serves, I bought it off ebay....

    No idea. If memory serves, I bought it off ebay.

    When I acquired it I didn't think it to be "officially" done, as the shagreen had also been darkened with some sort of dye to give it an overall...
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    The saber and scabbard pictured was at one point...

    The saber and scabbard pictured was at one point in my collection. It wasn't rusty, it was browned. I confirmed this by removing the scabbard furniture and seeing the same finish underneath. I...
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    The prototype presented to the 1902 board was...

    The prototype presented to the 1902 board was described as an excellent fighting blade by fencing masters of the day. The early Springfield arsenal-produced sabers were not fighting weapons; the...
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    New US Saber Quick Reference

    Dr. Tom Wiltzius has published a new quick reference for US sabers from the Springfield Armory, based on Dusan Farrington's reference work and his own research. It's a handy reference for going to...
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    William "F." Duncan... Page 139:...

    William "F." Duncan...

    Page 139:
    https://books.google.com/books?id=yb2gAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=snippet&q=139&f=false

    http://i68.tinypic.com/b9enpi.jpg
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    http://www.22ndmeu.marines.mil/News/Article-View/A...

    http://www.22ndmeu.marines.mil/News/Article-View/Article/510180/marines-bring-the-sound-of-freedom-to-virginia/
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    http://www.horsesoldier.com/images/product/15/4831...

    http://www.horsesoldier.com/images/product/15/48316.jpg
    http://www.horsesoldier.com/images/product/15/48321.jpg
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    Horstmann produced a saber that I think was a...

    Horstmann produced a saber that I think was a commercial attempt at the M1872. It's uncommon, but not really rare. It combines the Horstmann short M1840 Cavalry Officer's blade with the M1872...
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    http://i68.tinypic.com/291yh68.jpg I had one...

    http://i68.tinypic.com/291yh68.jpg

    I had one for several years before I sold it to make room for other acquisitions. First-signature SA M1880. The scabbard was evenly browned, even under the...
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    Excellent find!

    I have a blade that has lost its furniture and scabbard, hopefully one day I can get a complete example...
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    There are some good reference suggestions in your...

    There are some good reference suggestions in your other threads for your first two questions. The earliest official spec sheet I have seen is for the "M1907 Officer's Saber" drawn up in 1908, IIRC. ...
  23. Congrats on the win! The careful use of a...

    Congrats on the win!

    The careful use of a dental pick might help loosen the stuff in the grooves.

    How is the leather on that M1906?
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    Obsidian knives shown here...

    Obsidian knives shown here are rather long.

    And why could the bone injuries not have been caused by a slicing downward slash. The anthropologists seem fixed on the idea that the wounds were...
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    Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton by...

    Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton by Anne Katzenberg has a section that goes into some detail on the marks caused by ancient weapons.

    Sharp stone tools like those made from obsidian,...
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