This is a true rarity, as very few Civil War era Cavalry officer swords have Damascus steel blades nor do they have a clipped point! This stunning example is etched on both sides of the blade and displays “Damast Stahl” boldly on the right side. The shagreen grip is fully intact as is the wire wrap and the mounts are elaborately engraved as shown. This was NOT an inexpensive sword in 1861 and clearly is near what we would term “presentation grade.” The ricasso is marked “W.S. & C.” which is a Solingen, Germany maker.