English Short Saber

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Title

English Short Saber

Description

As the dashing Hussars won acclaim from most northern continental countries in the mid 1700's, their uniforms and weapons were closely imitated. This included their light saber with a curved blade. It began to gain acceptance in England by the 1770's for both horsemen and foot officers. This short saber illustrates the characteristic backstrap, squared pommel, and stirrup guard - as well as an added side branch, and outboard guard extension to support it. Notice also the channeled ivory grip and typical curved double-fullered blade (marked "HARVEY").

Length: 30 1/4"
Blade 25" X 1 1/4"
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Hilt: Iron

Source

George C. Neumann, Swords and Blades of the American Revolution, (Harrisburg: Stackpole Books, 1973), 113. (155.S)

Date

c. 1780-1795

Rights

George C. Neumann Collection, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Identifier

VAFO 352

Original Format

Photograph