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This 1861-dated J.E.Bleckmann-made US M1860 cavalry saber is a rare proof of the early CW Solingen imports, many of which went through Ames. Bleckmann was the only non-US maker to have dated his swords. This is the second example known to have been dated, thus proving its early Civil War provenance. Ref:John Thillmann - Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers, pp.112-114.
Blade is the standard 34.5" long, 1 1/8" wide, maker-marked and dated 1861. Blade is extensively scarred on the cutting edge. All the nicks and gouges appear quite old, with the edges long smoothed by time. Scabbard drag is also marked, with a letter B [for Bleckmann?]. Guard is stamped 59 H. A tag is attached to the scabbard ring, which reads Cary Family Boston Mass.
Leather is nice and supple, sword is very tight, and fits the scabbard perfectly. I lightly covered the blade with BreakFree CLP oil.
Outstanding patina on this very early Civil War piece!