Help with sword identification please!

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Owen James

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Hi folks, I'm new to this but been interested in ACW for a few years. I'm from UK but our own civil war is boring ancient history to me! Was recently gifted this sword from one of my wife's relatives.

First question is obviously: "is this genuine or a repro?"

Secondly, what can I learn from the markings? All I can make out is "US 1865 AGM" on one side, and "CROBY W. Chelmsford Mass." on the other (I think, it's almost too rusted and tarnished to make out). Appear to be no further markings at all on the outer cover (sheath?) or handle.

Thirdly, any tips on cleaning etc, or should I leave it?

No doubt these questions have been asked before so apologies if this is all very obvious! Thanks in advance.

Owen.
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redbob

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Welcome to the group from middle Alabama, it's good to have you join us and from your description I would lean to it being genuine; but our sword experts should be along shortly- also any pictures that you could post would be extremely helpful. And in my mind, the only bad question is one that is not asked.
 
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ucvrelics

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Welcome From THE Heart Of Dixie. It is indeed the real McCoy. Roby produced 32,200 M1860 cavalry sabers (dated 1861,63,64, and 65) There should be be inspectors marks on the pommel as well. As far as cleaning it doesn't look that bad to me based on the one photo so I would leave it as is.
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Owen James

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Thanks ucvrelics that's great to hear! The markings on mine are exactly as yours pictured but can't see anything else on the pommel, perhaps metal has degraded too much...
 

ucvrelics

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Thanks ucvrelics that's great to hear! The markings on mine are exactly as yours pictured but can't see anything else on the pommel, perhaps metal has degraded too much...
Sometimes they were not pommel marked. Also, look on the scabbard drag and see if there are any markings.
 
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