Model 1860 Child's Saber
Most officers during the Civil War bought their own side
arms. To help promote their wares, some dealers offered to include an
undersized sword that the buyer could give to a child. In most instances,
these swords were nearly identical to the regulation sword, just smaller.
The saber pictured above is one of these deadly playthings.
It is patterned after the regulation M1860 cavalry saber, but is about
2/3 the size. Like the original, the grip is wrapped in leather and held
in place with twisted brass wire. The blade and scabbard are both