The Civil War Relicman,
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use. These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever! Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.
Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Horstmann.
The model 1840 saber, called the "wrist breaker", was was a relatively heavy cavalry saber, and as it was manufactured before the Civil War, it saw extensive use by both sides during the war. Standard features include a relatively straight wooden handle covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt has three branches, brass pommel cap and guard are unadorned, steel blade has flat back with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings, throat is secured by rivets and is European origin. Manufactured by Horstmann & Sons, and was actually assembled from mostly Prussian parts, and failed to gain acceptance by the government apparently because of this. Swords were sold to state and local militia units, and were not Federal inspected. Marks: ricasso is stamped "HORSTMANN / & SONS / PHILADELPHIA". Leather wrap and wire intact with wear, leather washer intact, blade is bright, scabbard is clean and bright with only minor spots, very nice example of scarce sword. Blade length 36in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 215.