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Catalog Number 2741-1-(1)
Title Saber, Military; U,S. Cavalry, Non-Regulation, W.H. Horstmann & Sons
Object Name Saber
Description Enlisted man's light cavalry saber with curved, single edge blade with two fullers. Copper alloy hilt with half basket guard and leather covered wire wound grips with plain pommel cap and peened tang. D-guard has three branches. Leather washer between blade and guard. No marks on blade or ricasso. Quillon forward swept.
Date 1860-1865
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1865
Culture American
Material iron alloy, copper alloy, leather, copper alloy wire
Made W.H. Horstmann & Sons
Place of Origin USA: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Makers mark On the Ricasso: "W.H. Horstmann & Sons Philadelphia"
Length (in) 41
People Furnas, Robert Wilkinson, 1824-1905
Event Civil War; Indian Wars
History The Saber belonged to Robert W. Furnas
Carried by Col. Robert Furnas of Brownvill, NT, while serving with 2nd Nebr. Cav. during the Civil War/Indian Wars. Furnas was later governor of Nebraska (1872-74). Possible use at battle at White Stone hills, ND, 3 Sept 1863 (ref. Harpers Weekly, Oct 31, '63, pg. 695)
Credit line Robert W. Furnas, Brownville (Nemaha), Nebraska