The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
.

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

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Model 1840 cavalry saber, Horstmann.

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".  Blade length 36in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 215.


W0707     Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Horstmann.

W1098     Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Horstmann.


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 brazed and does not contain rivets.  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  "HORSTMAN'S / PHILLA / impressed German mark", presumably by Gebruder Weyersberg, Solingen Prussia.  Blade length 36in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 215.


W1186     Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Horstmann.
W1098     Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Horstmann.


Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Officer, Horstmann.
Officer sabers were generally lighter than the enlisted sabers, utilizing many of the same design features but with significant variation or embellishments, and sometimes featuring design improvements adopted later in the official regulations.  This saber was manufactured by Horstmann under the Model 1840 regulation but incorporates some design features adopted later in the 1860 regulation.  This pattern is a "campaign" saber, featuring a minimum of adornments and was meant to be used by officers in the field.  The blade has flat back typical of Model 1840 regulations, with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, wooden handle has a swell typical of that adopted in the later Model 1860 regulation, handle is covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt has three branches, floral adornments on the branches but quillon is plain, brass pommel cap has floral adornment, pommel is typical Horstmann style, low dome with a wide rib, blade was never etched, iron scabbard with iron mountings, throat is brazed and does not contain rivets.  Marks: ricasso is stamped  "HORSTMANN  / & SONS" on ricasso left side, and "PHILADELPHIA" on ricasso right side.  Blade length 32in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 217.


W1312     Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Officer, Horstmann.