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Catalog Number 11013-4-(1)
Title Saber, Military, U.S. Cavalry, Model 1872, M.C. Lilley & Co.
Object Name Saber
Description Curved, one-sided blade in bright finish. Engraving on the blade is a floral motif with "U" and "S" intertwined. The reverse of the blade has floral engraving and an eagle with a shield and ribbon that says, "E. Pluribus Unum".
Year Range from 1872
Year Range to 1882
Material iron alloy, copper alloy, shark's skin
Made M.C. Lilley & Co.
Place of Origin USA: Ohio, Columbus
Makers mark On the ricasso " M.C. Lilley & Co. Columbus Ohio" On the reverse of the ricasso : knight's helmet mark
Length (in) 38.25
Width (in) 4.25
People Bischof, William Jr.
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
Other Name Sword, US
History This saber belonged to Col. William Bischof Jr. Bischof was born in Nebraska City and atteneded Annapolis Naval Academy in the late 1880s. He returned to Nebrask and served in the Nebraska National Guard, including three years as Colonel of the Second Infantry. He is said to have been with troops near Chadron during the battle of the Little Bighorn. He later worked as a salesman for the Western Stove Company and was president of the King Drill Manufacturing Company.
Credit line William N. and Jeanne B. Bischof, Nixa, Missouri
Collection Bischof, William N. and Jeanne B.