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Ric
Prov. Tool 1860 Saber
Thu Mar 28, 2013 22:45
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Providence Tool accepted government contracts for both sabers and muskets early in the war, despite being completely unprepared to manufacture them. They had problems fulfilling their contracts on time, and a good number of the delivered sabers were rejected for being inferior. Though later the government bought back some of the more serviceable ones at roughly half the originally agreed price, it makes sense that Providence Tool would sell some of the rejected sabers to state militias. I've never seen any record of this, but it would explain the lack of inspectors' marks on your saber.

  • 1860 Cavalry SaberBob H., Thu Mar 28 09:14
    I recently bought a Prov Tool 1860 Cavalry saber. It appears all correct, however there are no inspectors stamps on the pommel or on the blade. Blade is marked PROV TOOL CO on one side and US 1862... more
    • Prov. Tool 1860 Saber — Ric, Thu Mar 28 22:45
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