Civil War Themed Mahogany Games Table with Sword Legs

PRESENTING a UNIQUE and CUSTOM made Civil War Themed Mahogany Games Table with Sword Legs.

This games table was probably made in the early 20th Century and in our opinion was a custom made or commissioned piece as we can find no other like it.

It is of EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY with the most gorgeous flame mahogany patina, bronze edgings and supported by four crossed swords as a base.

In our opinion these swords and scabbards have been made to reflect or replicate American Civil Wart Swords … most likely Union 1860 Light Cavalry Sabers.

The center panel on the top contains a parquetry chess board as its central motif made of burl walnut and maple.

The center panel slides on a brass slide to reveal a backgammon board underneath.

Both sides of the table have 2 long drawers on opposite sides with bronze knobs.

To complete the Civil War theme … the table is being sold with the Civil War Chess pieces shown in the photos (North v South) and the complete set of backgammon and checkers pieces (with leather dice rollers and rule books).


The Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber (also known as the M1862 as this was when the first 800 were issued)[1] it is a long sword made of steel and brass, used by US cavalry from the American Civil War[2] until the end of the Indian wars; some were still in use during the Spanish–American War.[3] It was 41 inches (104 cm) long with a 35 by 1 in (88.9 by 2.5 cm) blade and weighed 2 lb 4 oz (1.0 kg) alone or 3 lb 10 oz (1.6 kg) with iron scabbard.[2]

Before the Civil War there was no light or heavy cavalry in the US army. Instead there were “Dragoons” (founded 1830) and “Mounted Riflemen” (founded c.1840). [4] In 1861 these mounted regiments were renamed cavalry and given yellow piping.[5]

The M1860 saber received its name to distinguish it from the larger and heavier Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber that it replaced. Like its predecessor it had a brass guard, leather-wrapped grip and steel scabbard but unlike the M1840 it was smaller and easier to handle.[6]

By the end of the Civil War over 300,000 1860 sabers had been produced: 200,000 by Ames, 32,000 by Roby and many more by firms such as Tiffany and Co, Glaze, Justice, and Emerson and Silver.[7] M1860s were carried not only by cavalry but also by many infantry and staff officers as the regulation Model 1850 Army Staff & Field Officers’ Sword had to be privately purchased. High-ranking officers, like their European counterparts, often had their swords ornately engraved with gilding and foliage. Famous users included George Armstrong Custer and J.E.B. Stuart.

Later in the Civil War large cavalry charges became less common[1] and the cavalry took on the role of skirmishers.[8] Many replaced their sabers with extra revolvers, or left it in the saddle while fighting on foot[9] with their repeating Henry rifles and Spencer carbines.

This is the sword the cavalry use in Westerns, many being original antiques purchased by the movie industry in the 1920s when surplus Civil War equipment was cheap.

This model is currently used in some U.S. Army Cavalry units in Color Guards, or when in period type uniforms.[10] Most are given as PCS (Permanent Change of Station) or ETS (Expiration of Term of Service) gifts to a departing Cavalry Trooper. Usually engraved on the scabbard with his name, rank and dates of service. Some are also worn, in full Dress Blues, (when earned on a “Spur Ride” or combat tour) with Stetson and Spurs.


Civil War Themed Mahogany Games Table with Sword Legs

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection. Purchased in Dallas in the early 1980’s from a high-end antique dealer for over $3,750.

Condition: Excellent.

Dimensions: 19.75″ Tall, 40.25″ Wide and 30.4″ Deep


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