Note the additional branch in the guard with the U.S. This sword was by regulation to be issued to the rank of Major and above although many presentation swords are found with lower ranks named.
Text book example of an original rare (highly reproduced) Naval Cutlass.
Silver Hilted Eagle Head Sword - Three hallmarks (Sterling Silver, London, 1778).
The Basics: This page shows basic patterns and sword form by which one may generally categorize swords as belonging to specific periods.
(Please note this section is not yet complete and not all models are yet represented)
Note the scabbard has a single piece throat and top mount in contrast to the separated ones on the Staff & Field above.
An Early Bolton Pillow Pommel Sword
Note the grip shape and wider, heavier scabbard (and blade).
Above examples a variety of early revolutionary period swords and hangars. (Courtesy of the Don Furr Collection)
Early fire blued blade, with ivory grip. Clean lines. Also known as a "five ball" due to the balls on the guard and knucklbow.
Nathan Starr was the premier sword contractor to the government up until the rise of Ames in the 1830's. Below are examples of early 1812 Cavalry, 1826 Naval, and 1818 NCO sword. These swords are not pretty, or elegant, but they served their intended field of use admirably.
During this period, soldiers commonly carried swords of their fancy that were hung from the shoulder. These swords came to be known as "hangars" . Other hunting swords were also used. Below are a couple of revolutionary period swords.
An early sword likely made by Francis Thurkle
Note the belly in the grip as opposed to the 1840.
(Enlisted man's saber "Wrist-breaker")