The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Swords, Dragoon saber, Model 1833, maker not determined.

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 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.

Dragoon Saber, Model 1833, maker not determined.
The model 1833 dragoon saber was closely modeled after the similar British model 1821.  Sword was introduced with the three branches on the hilt, this feature appears on all later versions of the cavalry saber.  A brass cover is fitted on top of the grip, grip is lead covered and wrapped in brass wire.  Quillion is distinct scroll.  The blade features a rounded edge at the top and is not stopped.  Ricasso is usually hand engraved, this one is not marked and may have been a sales sample or was private purchased.  Scabbard is iron, two riding rings, throat is secured with two rivets on the narrow side.  Blade measures 34in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 51.

W0692.     Dragoon Saber, Model 1833, maker not determined.