670: American Light Horse Saber, 1785-1800
Saber of the period 1785-1800 with steel blade engraved with the words "American Light Horse" a Federal style eagle with 6 pointed stars and shield on both sides. The hilt is brass openwork and the lion's head pommel is well defined with punch decoration to define whiskers. Stamped into the brass hilt are letters which are difficult to read but appear to be LSHU at the fore end where the grip meets the hilt. Part scabbard with brass mount remains. The top of the blade is engraved with the maker's name Wm. Tesche Peters Sohn, in Solingen, fecit. America, 1785-1800. Virtually identical in every respect to Plate 18 in Harold L. Petersonís THE AMERICAN SWORD 1775 Ė 1945 and to Plate 85a in AMERICAN SWORDS FROM THE MEDICUS COLLECTION by Norm Flayderman.
Size: O.A.:33 1/4" L Blade: 27 1/2" L
Condition: engraving crisp and readable with light pitting and old scratching at the lower end. Scabbard while only partial is rare in any condition.