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.
Model 1840 cavalry officer saber, P D Luneschloss.
The model 1840 saber was a relatively heavy cavalry saber and was called the "wrist breaker", this officer model featured additional adornment those issued to enlisted. Steel blade has flat back with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso. Brass hilt has three branches, brass pommel cap and guard are adorned with floral designs. Handle is wood with a slight curve, covered with sharkskin and a grip of twisted brass wire. Iron scabbard with iron mountings, throat is secured by a rivet and is typical of European origin. Marks: ricasso is marked "PDL". This was manufactured by P D Luneschloss, Solingen Prussia. The officer sword intended for the American military is etched with "US" and other patriotic symbolism. The grip has sharkskin wrap and wire intact, leather washer is present, handle is intact and tight, clean blade with sharp etchings, scabbard is intact with pleasing brown patina. Blade length 34 inches
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 270.