Rare Cavalry Officer's Sabre


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This exceptionally attractive Cavalry Officer’s Sabre was made by William J. McElroy of Macon, Georgia.

William McElroy is well known for his deep relief etched Infantry Officer Swords.  This, his Cavalry Officer’s pattern, is much rarer.  My informal survey leads me to believe that there are no more than five surviving examples.  Rarer still is the etched scabbard.  Though it is now faint, the scabbard is etched with an old English script CS, crossed cannon, a battleflag and McElroy’s vine pattern.

The sword’s complete and original grip is wrapped with oilcloth and single strand brass wire.  The brass guard still retains traces of its original gilt.  The sword knot is original to the sword.



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