A Civil War era non-regulation light infantry officer's saber retailed by W.H. Horstmann & Sons
Curved 30 inch blade, the lower 14 inches etched and engraved; one side with leafy scrollwork and panoply of arms, the other with scrollwork, cornucopia and panoply; signed W.H.Horstmann & Sons/Philadelphia. Gilt brass hilt modeled after the French 1822 pattern. Grip wrapped in grey shagreen and twisted brass wire. Gilt brass-mounted leather scabbard, the throat with frog stud.
Condition: Blade showing light scratches and scattered dark spotting. Hilt and scabbard mounts with dark patina retaining traces of gilt finish. Grip excellent.