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Re: M1840 Cavalry Saber Grip
Posted by: McCord (IP Logged)
Date: April 28, 2008 08:21PM

I must state here that Don Furr has been my mentor in sword/saber collecting and his suggestions in restoration and cleaning have always been right on. In addition, Tom Nardi has done both grip and leather scabbard work on items in my collection and to say that I'm pleased would be a gross understatement. He does excellent work at a very fair price.

I have an early date M1840 Ames whose condition is much as you describe except that the leather is simply worn, but not feathery. To be honest, I like the worn look and the brown polish has helped the surviving leather and few small spots that show the wood grip blend into the piece. Like a lot of mid-19th century weapons that show evidence that they were well used, the wear reminds me that it has seen service. Sounds like Don's verathane suggestion is a good solution that preserves the historical integrity of the saber.

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  Re: M1840 Cavalry Saber Grip 1326 C.W. Howard 04/28/2008 11:11AM
  Re: M1840 Cavalry Saber Grip 1467 McCord 04/28/2008 08:21PM
  Re: M1840 Cavalry Saber Grip 1348 Texcollector 04/28/2008 08:10PM

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