This Cavalry Saber is in near mint condition and the nicest I have seen in a few years. 100% gold gilt is retained on the entire hilt and mounts. The mirror blade is nearly flat mint with perfect etching, and showing one little blotch of corrosion on the ricasso. The scabbard body retains 99% original nickel plate with tiny pinpoint specs of corrosion. This is an outstanding piece of American History and would be difficult to improve upon For the collector that wants the best..