M1860 Light Cavalry Saber by Millard
M1860 Light Cavalry Saber by Millard - The M1860 light cavalry saber was somewhat lighter than the M1840 “wristbreaker”. The M1860 became the principal edged weapon of the Federal cavalry, by the end of the Civil War. As with all, regulation M1860 enlisted man’s, light cavalry sabers, this sword has the typical wooden handle, with a swell covered with leather and a twisted, brass wire grip. As with most Millards that we have encountered, the leather has a definite, russet brown hue, as opposed to the more common, black leather variety. The brass hilt has three branches, and a brass pommel cap and guard; the steel blade (length 35”) has a flat back with a narrow and wide fuller, stopped at the ricasso, and an iron scabbard, with iron mountings. This example was manufactured by David J Millard, of Clayville, New York. The markings on the ricasso, are as follows: “D. J. MILLARD / CLAYVILLE NY” and “US / CEW / 1862″. This sword is in strong, un-cleaned condition, with an overall pleasing patina to the brass elements. The blade is in great shape, as is the scabbard. Millard swords are not that common, and all were dated “1862”.