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Catalog Number 7685-1-(1)
Title Saber, Military; U.S. Cavalry Officers, Model 1872
Object Name Saber
Description Slightly curved one-edged blade (unsharpened). The blade is decorated with floral and military themes. Near the ricasso on one side there are flags and a shield. In the middle is "U.S". On the other side there is a flag, a shield, a sword, and a drum
Year Range from 1872
Year Range to 1902
Culture American
Material iron alloy, copper alloy, fish skin, leather
Made The M.C. Lilley & Co.
Place of Origin USA: Ohio, Columbus
Makers mark On the ricasso: "The M.C. Lilley & Co. Columbus O."; On the blade: "U.S."
Length (in) 41.5
Width (in) 4.5
People Bratt, John Peter
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
Event Spanish-American War
History This saber was used by Colonel John P. Bratt. Bratt was commander of the First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War. He joined the National Guard in 1881. He served in the Philippines in 1888. This is not a presentation sword.
Credit line Wishart, Mrs. Joseph S. (Lourene)
Collection Wishart, Mrs. Joseph S. (Lourene)