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A WESTER & COMPANY
CAVALRY OFFICER
CIVIL WAR SABER

OBVERSE VIEW OF A  WESTER & COMPANY SABER WITH  SCABBARD

OBVERSE VIEW OF A  WESTER & COMPANY SABER WITH  SCABBARD

 

Wester & Company, Sword Maker - Solingen, Prussia

 

     Isaac Wester was in business from approximately 1825 to 1883. His company was a large manufacturer and importer of swords. The featured sword is marked "WESTER & Co / SOLINGEN" in two lines on the obverse ricasso. Other Wester markings are WESTER & COMP. / SOLINGEN (two lines), WESTER / SOLINGEN (two lines), W & CO (within a serrated box and separately stamped) and W&C (within a serrated box or without a box). Wester imported many enlisted cavalry sabers into the US along with sword components as noted by blades stamped "W&C" found on some Sauerbier enlisted sabers. Imported & engraved Model 1840 Wester & Company cavalry officer sabers appear to be quite rare. I have only seen two that I can remember and both of them came out of St. Louis, MO. The hilts of these sabers bear a resemblance to Swiss officer's swords in the incised engraving at the top of the quillon (forward lip of the cross guard), at the lower ends of the two guard branches and at the upper knuckle bow. If it was not for the blade engraving of the American shield, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and the large "U S" in lieu of the Swiss cross it would readily be mistaken for a Swiss cavalry saber. The blued metal scabbard has brass mountings and rings. The throat and drag of the scabbard are iron.

 

REVERSE VIEW OF SABER AND SCABBARD

REVERSE VIEW OF SABER AND SCABBARD

 

     The overall length of the saber is 40" with the blade being 34-1/4" long with a 5-3/4" hilt. The blade is 1-1/4" wide by 3/8" thick at the hilt.

 

 


 

THE SCABBARD

 

     The upper brass ring holder band is 11/32" wide. It is positioned 3" on center from the throat with the lower brass 11/32" ring holder band being  8-1/2" on center from the upper band. Both brass rings are 5/32" thick and 13/16" inside diameter. The scabbard is 35" overall from the top of the throat to the tip of the drag. The tapered 1840 type iron drag is 3-3/4" long and 3/16" thick at the bottom.

 

OBVERSE VIEW OF SCABBARD

OBVERSE VIEW OF SCABBARD

 

SCABBARD THROAT

SCABBARD THROAT

 

CARRYING RINGS

CARRYING RINGS

 

DRAG

DRAG

 


 

THE HILT

 

     The hilt has a shark or ray skin covered grip wound with 2 tightly twisted strands of copper wire centered between two plain copper strands .

 

OBVERSE VIEW OF HILT

 

REVERSE VIEW OF HILT

OBVERSE & REVERSE VIEWS OF HILT

 

     The half-basket sweeping incised brass guard protects the hand in it's entirety. There is no incising on the bottom of the guard. As mentioned above, there is a heavily incised stylized engraving on the top of the quillon. The bottom edge of the pommel cap has leaf style incising. The brim and tang mound are plain.

 

TOP VIEW OF POMMEL CAP

 

BOTTOM VIEW OF FULL HILT AND GUARD TOP VIEW OF QUILLON



TOP VIEW OF POMMEL CAP AND QUILLON, BOTTOM VIEW OF FULL HILT AND GUARD

 


 

THE BLADE

 

     The curved hatchet tip blade has a 25-3/4" long wide fuller extending from the ricasso to 8-1/8" from the point. There is also a median ridge or second narrow fuller along the top of the blade starting 9" from the ricasso and extending for 16". The false edge is 10" in length. The largely frosted blade is profusely etched on the obverse with a lower panel of a stand of arms and shield, a middle panel of an eagle and 'E PLURIBUS UNUM" in a ribbon, all intermingled with floral scrolls, and a top sun burst. The reverse has the maker's name and city at the bottom; WESTER & CO" over "SOLINGEN", and further up, a shield, an American flag, a large stylized "U.S." and, military trophies including spears and pikes, with floral and leaf etching between and above the panels topped by a sunburst design.

 

 

E PLURIBUS UNUM & EAGLE

E PLURIBUS UNUM & EAGLE
(OBVERSE)

 

LOWER SCALLOP DESIGN

LOWER SCALLOP DESIGN
(OBVERSE)

 

FLAGS & SPEARS

FLAGS & SPEARS
(REVERSE)

 

"US" MARKING

"US" MARKING
(REVERSE)

 

HATCHET TYPE BLADE POINT

HATCHET TYPE BLADE POINT
(OBVERSE)

 

SHIELD & TROPHIES

SHIELD & TROPHIES
(OBVERSE)

 

FLORAL ENGRAVING & SUNBURST

FLORAL ENGRAVING & SUNBURST
(OBVERSE)

 

FLAGS, BANNERS & PIKES

FLAGS, BANNERS & PIKES
(REVERSE)

 

FLORAL ENGRAVING & SUNBURST

FLORAL ENGRAVING & SUNBURST
(REVERSE)

 

"WESTER & CO / SOLINGEN"

"WESTER & CO / SOLINGEN"
(OBVERSE)

 

     Reference information for this posting came from "Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers - A Study of United States Cavalry and Artillery Sabers, 1833 - 1865" by John H. Thillmann and my personal notes. John H. Thillmann's book is a recent publication and is, at this point, the most definitive work on Civil War era Cavalry and Artillery sabers available to the collector, historian or researcher. It is educational and can make almost anyone who reads it into an instant Civil War saber expert. It is strongly recommended for anyone having an interest in swords to add this book to their collection. You will not be sorry.


     All photographs are originals of mine. Any assumptions or errors in this posting are my responsibility only.

Dave Radcliffe