Civil War US Model 1840 “Old Wristbreaker” sabre, Chambersburg, PA


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This is a very honest, original example of the US Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry sword nicknamed “Old Wristbreaker” by cavalry, dragoon and mounted infantry units.  It was manufactured by Sheble and Fisher of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1860-1863.  Samuel Sheble and John A. Fisher were listed as hay and manure fork manufacturers and by 1862 they were listed as a supplier for military goods in the Philadelphia business directory, advertising military sword bayonets and swords.   They are known to have had one contract in September, 1861 with the US Government for making sword bayonets.  Other swords made by them are known including Model 1840 Non Commissioned Officer patterns and Light Artillery Model 1840 patterns.  John Fisher around that time was listed as, among other things, a hardware, cutlery and instrument maker.  It is speculated that Samuel Sheble and John Fisher actually started manufacturing around 1859 when it was first noted that their firm ‘Sheble and Fisher’ was listed in the city business directory.  The sword leather grip covering has become damaged from decades of living in the attic of an old home near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where it was found last year along with another just like it (withscabbard).  It is unknown how many examples were manufactured, but the total quantity is estimated at between 800 to 1,700 based on known survivors.  This example shows traces of old silver paint on the blade.


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