Young Waldo Redmore Smith holds an import saber, once used by an ancestor.
This image was featured in Military Images Magazine, Vol. X, No. 6, in a sampling of images from Mike McAfee’s collection of children in or with military uniforms and weapons.
In this image, “Waldo Redmore Smith aged 3 yrs. Sept 6, 1887/ My gold medal & Revolutionary sword used by / great great grandfather Smith by his side.” Written in period ink.
Obviously the sword, no doubt from the family, but not of the Revolutionary War vintage. A great grandfather perhaps in the War of 1812 may have used the sword. The sword is taller than the boy, and the medal I can’t identify. A small American flag lies behind Waldo.
Photographed by Mullen, Lexington, NY.
I will leave what researching to you.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.