Spectacular High Quality Federal Period Mounted Officer's Saber

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Spectacular High Quality Federal Period Mounted Officer's Saber
High grade mounted officer's saber made between 1820 and 1840. This style of saber was used primarily by mounted light artillery officers and staff officers. The saber appears to be the product of a high grade English sword maker and is etched with the importer's markings: "R.I. BROWN & Co./BOSTON/Warranted" on the obverse ricasso. The saber has a curved, 32-inch, single edged, blade with a shallow, unstopped fuller. The blade is 1 1/2 inches wide at the hilt. The upper portion of the blade has a fiery, niter blue, finish that ends in a decorative scroll approximately 13-inches from the point. The center of the obverse side of the blade is decorated with a gold-washed eagle and shield and the opposite side of the blade is etched with a stand of colors and military trophies. There are two, bright, acid-etched, panels on either side of the eagle and trophies; three of these panels feature floral designs with dry needle highlight and the fourth is etched with a bow, a quiver of arrows and a liberty cap. Gold-washed floral engraving is located above and blow the acid-etched panels. The hilt is gold-plated with a reverse P knuckle bow, shield-shaped langets and quillion with disk-shaped finial. The langets have relief eagle and shield motifs with beaded edges. The knuckle bow has an eagle-head motif at the base with relief cast floral and ribbon decorations. The top of the pommel has a relief cast eagle with a Federal shield in its talons. The bone grip has checkered panels on either side of the pommel with fluted borders on the center and top. The saber is complete with a gold-plated Hussar style scabbard with narrow drag and two large suspension rings.
Grips: bone
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Condition: Excellent. The saber retains 85% of the original niter blue finish. The bright tip has been cleaned and has some light age discoloration. The blade has 80% of the gold wash in engraved decorations. The hilt retains 95% of the heavy gold-plated finish and shows only light wear. The bone grip has a mellow age patina, The scabbard is in fine condition with 85% or more of the gold-plated finish intact. Wear is limited to some finish loss on high points and two shallow dents near the drag. This is an excellent example of a high quality, Federal period, mounted officer's saber.