Revolutionary War American Short or Cavalry Saber
For a similar hilt, see plate 351.S on page 178 of "Swords and Blades of the American Revolution" by George C. Neumann. Probably circa 1780-85. The slightly curved Spanish-style blade has three narrow partial fullers. Brass D-guard with forward turned quillon and two outward branches on right side. Cherry grip wrapped with twisted copper wire. Flat pommel cap with integral brass backstrap. CONDITION: Blade retains a dark heavy patina. Hilt retains a mustard patina, shows scattered marks from use. Backstrap is cracked. Grip shows scattered marks from use and minor age cracks. PROVENANCE: Tom Grinslade Collection. Blade Length: 30" Overall Length: 35"