The engraved 33-inch blade shows some corrosion after 150 years, and the light engraving is obscured.
In the late 1830s. The War Department decided to adopt a heavier saber for mounted troops. The result was the model 1840 "wrist breaker" which was based on a French design. The model was modified in 1860 and used with some further modifications until 1913.
Here is one of the rarer styles, the officer's saber c.1860. Such swords were privately purchased by cavalry officers and were highly prized. The engraved 33-inch blade shows some corrosion after 150 years, and the light engraving is obscured. The brass guard and pommel are in good condition and I have restored the original grip with new leather and brass wire. The scabbard was lost years ago, but the sword is very displayable and priced at a fraction of what an officer's sword of this type usually commands.