This Heavy Cavalry sabre was made for the Italian army between 1860 and 1864, probably by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum (S&K) of Solingen, Germany. A partially struck maker’s mark remains.
The 35 inch / 89 cm curved blade is in almost mint condition and bears what appears to be a partially struck S&K stamp on the ricasso with an Italian arsenal acceptance stamp on the obverse. The formidable blade is 32 mm wide with a fighting edge that shows signs of use.
The heavy duty steel guard has lost its original nickel plating but is bright and clean with no rust or tarnish on the exterior. The hilt retains its original leather grip and brass wire.