American Short Saber

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Title

American Short Saber

Subject

Swords

Description

A stirrup-type hilt is again present on this sword. Its ivory grip has a 3/4" ferrule at the base, and a cap pommel. The elliptical counterguard was apparently cut from a flat piece of brass; it has three decorative piercings opposite each side of the blade, including crude stamped decorative borders. Note the wavy edge on its outboard side, while the inboard surface is smooth (probably to decrease wear on the pants). Its American blade (uneven fuller; iron imperfection) has a single edge and one fuller (1/4" X 17 1/2").

Length: 30 1/3"
Blade: 26" x 1 1/4"
Weight: 1.0 lbs
Hilt: Brass

Source

George C. Neumann, The History of Weapons of the American Revolution, (New York: Bonanza Books, 1967), 262. (S.67)

Date

c. 1775-1783

Rights

George C. Neumann Collection, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Identifier

VAFO 383

Original Format

Photgraph