Tintype- Artillery Bandsman With An “Old Wrist Breaker”


A fine quality image showing this Indian Wars artillery bandsman holding his 1872 shako and 1840 heavy cavalry saber.

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An interesting 1/6 plate tintype of an 1870s artillery bandsman photographed with his Model 1840 heavy cavalry saber. The triple breasted coat with what appears to be staff buttons, is typical of what commanding officers would allow their regimental bands to wear.  I can’t tell if the coat has front collar facings like the issue dress coat.  The buttons on the cuff facings are near the points, and with the 1872 shako, I believe certainly that he is a regular.

The belt has no sign of saber hangers, and it may be an 1851 pattern NCO belt and buckle.

What I admittedly don’t know was whether these bands of this period were issued sabers or other arms.

The clarity and pose are super.  No identification on the subject.

Leatherette case with geometric and floral pattern covers, no major issues with the original leather hinge, just a bit of looseness at top of hinge inside.  Light rubbing and wear to case along edges mostly.

A great early Indian Wars image.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in