A child holds an M1860 Cavalry Saber.
The inspector's initials of Charles E. Wilson are consistent and appear on the pommel, ricasso, and scabbard drag; a very good indication that this sword and scabbard have been together since the beginning. This sword is a well-preserved item of war that cost the country dearly in the blood of its citizens.
Contract D.J. Millard Sword
Inspected By Charles E. Wilson (1846-1865)
(Above) The D.J. Millard Clayville NY oval marking on the ricasso
(Left) This solder seam is what you want to see on any Civil War period scabbard. If it has no seam, it is tubular steel, which was used post-Civil War period.
(Mother is clearly not on the set)
(Below) This twisted wire-wrapped, leather grip is original to the sword. Note the wear on the areas one would expect to see it.
(Right) The throat of the scabbard also shows what appears to be a faint "H" inspection mark.