How can we tell this sword is correct?

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. 


A child holds an M1860 Cavalry Saber.

(Mother is clearly not on the set)

(Right) The throat of the scabbard also shows what appears to be a faint "H"  inspection mark.

(Below) This twisted wire-wrapped, leather grip is original to the sword.  Note the wear on the areas one would expect to see it.

M1860 Light Cavalry Saber


(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.

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Preserving the History of Antique American Swords

Contract D.J. Millard Sword

Dated 1862

Inspected By Charles E. Wilson (1846-1865)