My favorite acquisition this year is a Springfield Armory M1872 Cavalry Officer’s saber. This is the earlier version which Kellerstadt characterized as the “heavy variant”, and which Farrington has now identified as the original M1872 Cavalry sword which was adopted for use just by cavalry officers. In 1880 it was replaced by a lighter and slightly modified “Field and Cavalry Officers” pattern 1880 sword. The pattern 1880, which is also commonly referred to as the M1872, was intended for use not only by cavalry officers, but by all mounted officers. Aside from the heavier weight, the most obvious difference is the blade, which is about 7/8th inch wide, 1/8th inch wider than the 1880 pattern, and has a stopped wide fuller whereas the 1880 pattern had an unstopped fuller. This original M1872 Cavalry Officer sword is quite rare. Less than 110 were made, 103 of which were made in 1876. I had been looking for one for years, so I was quite surprised to find it listed in an auction catalog described only as a garden-variety M1872 with no mention of it being a Springfield, much less the heavy variant. I was absolutely amazed, but pleasantly so, that apparently no one else recognized it for what it was and I obtained it for $308.73 including buyers premium and shipping. I’m not sure what it would sell for if properly identified since I have never seen another one sold, but I would expect it would be well into four figures.
For comparison, here is a photo of a Springfield M1872/80, the light Field and Cavalry Officer saber:
Edited by reschenk, 06 December 2017 - 02:23 PM.