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  1. Sorry to take so long to respond. As others have...

    Sorry to take so long to respond. As others have noted, the wire wrap is most certainly a replacement. It's hard to be certain about the leather without seeing it in person, but it looks to be...
  2. The conventional wisdom is that the keystone mark...

    The conventional wisdom is that the keystone mark stamped on the obverse ricasso is the mark of the Emerson & Silver Keystone Works in Philadelphia. It is found on a broad range of early CW-era...
  3. M1861 Cutlass Variant or Fantasy?

    A well-known dealer has had this cutlass for sale for some time:

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    The dealer has it listed as an experimental model or prototype for the Ames M1861 Navy cutlass. This seems highly...
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    The Horse Soldier listing dates this sword to the...

    The Horse Soldier listing dates this sword to the 1870-1880 time frame. I believe they are wrong, I do not think Horstmann used the circular logo until the early 20th century. Does anyone have...
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    Agree. Turn of the century or shortly thereafter?

    Agree. Turn of the century or shortly thereafter?
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    Cdr Gansevoort was one of the individuals who was...

    Cdr Gansevoort was one of the individuals who was responsible for the inventory and reinspection of Navy arms in 1866. His mark, (anchor)/P/G.G., was applied at 90 degree to the original inspector...
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    I'm not sure whether it was Bannermann, Horstmann...

    I'm not sure whether it was Bannermann, Horstmann itself, or another seller who put them together. I suspect perhaps all-of-the-above. There are a lot of these surplus blades around in a variety of...
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    It is a post-CW composite. The blade is a...

    It is a post-CW composite. The blade is a Horstmann M1850 Foot Officer/S&F blade mounted with an all-brass hilt. Reportedly, at wars end Horstmann had literally barrels of these surplus blades...
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    Swords at Military Schools

    It has been frequently noted that old 19th century model swords remained in use in military schools long after they were phased out in the regular forces. This early 20th century photo of cadets at...
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    Couple larger shots: 154410154412 154411154413

    Couple larger shots:

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    Another example of the 1864 Army cutlass was...

    Another example of the 1864 Army cutlass was posted on the "Civil War Talk" site. It appears to be a previously unknown example. I checked with Charlie Pate and he confirmed it was not one he had...
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    According to Thillmann, the agreement reached...

    According to Thillmann, the agreement reached with the Prussians called for the swords sold to the Americans to be inspected IAW Prussian Army procedures, and thus the Prussian inspector marks. The...
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    Dale, I believe you are wrong on this one. The...

    Dale, I believe you are wrong on this one. The markings on this saber exactly match the markings on the Army's 1847 second S&K contract for Cavalry sabers. Check out John Thillmann's write up of...
  14. Short-bladed M1859 Marine Musicians' Swoesa

    The Marines adopted the Horstmann variant of the M1840 NCO sword with the turned down rear counterguard for musicians of the Corps on 15 October 1859. The standard blade length for the NCO sword was...
  15. Some photos of the blade would help. Are there...

    Some photos of the blade would help. Are there any maker's marks? Engraved or etched designs? Although the pommel and general design looks like an American militia officer's sword following the...
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    Does anyone have access to the Army Register of...

    Does anyone have access to the Army Register of Officers from the mid-to-late1970s? I have not been able to find a digital copy on the internet. It might contain info on our mystery man.
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    Somewhat of a mystery here. The academy is...

    Somewhat of a mystery here. The academy is clearly the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as shown both by the name and the schools arms etched on the blade. The etching on the other side would...
  18. I just received the two swords I discussed above....

    I just received the two swords I discussed above. I couldn't be happier. Both swords are in outstanding condition. The sergeant's sword seems almost mint, the only flaw being a nickel-sized area...
  19. Will. yes I was. What might make the deal even...

    Will. yes I was. What might make the deal even better is the second sword may be a Marine sword as well. In 1859 the Marines adopted the Horstmann Army M1840 NCO sword for the musicians of the...
  20. Marine Sergeants' Swords in Auction

    A major auction house recently sold two examples of the Horstmann M1859 Marine sergeants’ sword. The two swords were the exact same variant with all the same markings. One of the swords was in...
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    You probably first read about "gilt hilts" it in...

    You probably first read about "gilt hilts" it in John McAulay's 1999 work "Civil War Small Arms of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps". I think he was the first to use that term. The info itself comes...
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    So my original thought, that the 1865-dated...

    So my original thought, that the 1865-dated cutlass might be a prototype may be correct. One thing that gives me pause however is that it was inspected and marked like an issue cutlass, which would...
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    Those are two really interesting cutlasses. I...

    Those are two really interesting cutlasses. I have never seen one of the early cutlasses serialized post production by the Navy which was marked on the blade; I have only seen the numbers stamped on...
  24. I really know virtually nothing about Arabian...

    I really know virtually nothing about Arabian arms, but I have traveled in Yemen and agree this looks like an older Yemeni Jambiya or a copy of one. To my untrained eye it looks authentic. If so,...
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    Dale, thanks for the response. I believe the...

    Dale, thanks for the response. I believe the swords to which I am referring date to before 1918. They are primarily variations of the US models introduced in 1872 and during the next 10 - 20 years,...
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