This fine sword is one from 3 separate collections of 12 - 15 Cavalry Officers Sabres that I purchased recently and are for sale on the following pages. When this many Cavalry Officers Sabres are available, they almost appear to be common, but that is far from the truth. These presentation Grade Sabres are regarded by most collectors as the top-of-the-food-chain in Civil War Presentation Arms. There are probably 20 or more presentation Infantry swords out there for every Cavalry sabre. If you search the net today, I doubt you'd find fifteen others for sale on the entire internet. They are rare and we've got a slew of them to choose from. There is no artifact that evokes more romanticism of the Civil War Charge than this type of sabre. From Custer leading the Wolverines in his multiple charges at Gettysburg to Schoonmaker overrunning the earthen Star Fort at Winchester and winning the Medal of Honor, the vision of the Cavalry Officer at the front of his Brigade or Regiment with sabre pointed forward is engrained in the mind of every Civil War enthusiast. If you don't currently own one of these fine sabres, I hope you'll take a look at this one, and the following ones we have to offer. They are all priced reasonably and ready to ship. This particular example is a great, big model 1840 type Cavalry Officers sabre and there is no question that it was manufactured early in the war by Tiffany & Company. It is inscribed "Presented to Capt. A. Abeel, by the non-comm'nd Officers & Privates of Co. H, 4th Mich. Cav.'ly". Abeel saw much of the hottest action with the 4th Michigan, being captured at Nashville is 1862 and wounded at Chickamauga in August of 1863. What's particularly nice about this sword is although in fine condition, it appears to have been carried and used in action during the war which is extremely unusual in that most officers would send such a sword home and use a field grade sabre in battle. Not Abeel. This sword appears to have been proudly carried for the duration of his service. It has a massive PDL type scabbard that is recorded as the type most often used by Tiffany early in the war and exhibits obvious Tiffany mountings. The hilt is a non-regulation, imported stand-of-arms motif used by Tiffany as well as other assemblers such as Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. The typical French top-strap is of the grotesque mask or Medusa-head casting pictured in John Thillmann's books. The grip is of sharkskin and shows shrinkage. The massive 1840 sized blade is a light grey patina showing all of its etching to include battle scenes on both sides and patriotic motifs. The mounts and hilt show generous traces of gold gilt. A great sword from an officer in a great unit who was wounded in a major battle. Also of interest is the fact that comrades of Irwin, a detachment of the 4th, participated in the pursuit and capture of Jefferson Davis at Irwinville.