This might be one of the most interesting items I've had in a long time and if it fits your needs or desires, you might buy a dandy addition to your collection at a very economical price. I hope it finds a good home in a personal or museum collection. This is an 1860 Ames enlistedman's cavalry sabre (dated 1863) that is ID'd to Pvt. Edward Parsons Tobie. It resides in a Confederate scabbard manufactured at Keenansville, NC., an unlikely and most interesting marriage. It is 100% original and in "as-found" condition, having been purchased at an obscure little auction house in south-western Virginia or North Carolina a few years ago. I purchased it from the auction buyer. I guarantee its authenticity 100% to the expert of your choice. Tobie entered the service as a private in Company G of the 1st Maine Cavalry in October of 1861 and the 1st Maine is recognized as one of the finest Cavalry Regiments that served during the Civil War. They saw action in most of the big ones to include Middletown, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Station, Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Gettysburg, Shepherdstown, Sulphur Springs, Mine Run, about Richmond, Old Church, Todd's Tavern, Ground Squirrel Church, Hawes' Shop, Cold Harbor, Trevilian Station, St. Mary's Church, Deep Bottom, Reams' Station, Wyatt's Farm, Boydton Road, etc. and so-on, losing over 170 killed or mortally wounded men and officers. A short search on the net would impress any fan of the Civil War. Private Tobie participated in nearly every battle being wounded several times. He was wounded and captured at Brandy Station. I believe the configuration of this unusual artifact to be the result of only two scenario's. 1 - Tobie's Ames Sabre was captured with him or picked up off the battlefield and married to the Keenansville scabbard for subsequent use by a Confederate Cavalryman, or 2-Tobie married his sword to a captured scabbard that had a special significance to him. The true story may never be known. Regardless, it is a very historical collectible as Tobie went on to win a war-time Congressional Medal of Honor. Lieutenant T. Little, adjutant of the First Maine Cavalry, was wounded in the first charge of General Smith's Third Brigade on the 6th, and shortly after his successor, Lieutenant J. W. Poor, met a like fate, whereupon Colonel Cilly detailed Sergeant Tobie to assume the duties of adjutant. Just as the regiment started on the final charge that day which resulted so disastrously for the enemy a bullet pierced Tobie's foot and threw him to the ground. With great difficulty he hobbled to the rear, but upon recovering his horse, which had been caught by the colonel's orderly, he mounted it and started for the field hospital, where he had his wound bandaged. The surgeon advised him to stay in the rear, but finding his wound not to be serious he rejoined his regiment, reaching it in time to go on a scout through the woods. The regiment was on the march early next day, the plucky sergeant with it, and though his foot pained him greatly he did not hesitate and stay behind when the charge into the village of Farmville was made. He rode at the front of the second battalion with Major Hall, and dashing through the village put to rout a superior force of the enemy. In this charge Sergeant Tobie was again wounded, the bullet passing through his leg, killing his horse; but upon finding that the wound was not serious, he had it bandaged and a second time rejoined his regiment, having in the meantime procured another horse. That night found him with his regiment on its march to Appomattox, where for a third time he was, in a wounded condition, engaged with the enemy. After the war, Tobie authored the regimental history for the 1st Maine. I have never seen a sword with such a history and Medal-of-Honor label at a price that I felt was attainable to a good portion of my clientele. I wish we could all own one but unfortunately, we all know that's not possible. It is my hope that whoever purachases this fine artifact will have it displayed proudly.