Grading

The swords are graded in rarity on a scale of 1 to 10.  This is solely in my opinion.  Other peoples opinion may differ.

Please note that this is very "General".  There is obviously CONDITION, MAKER, GRADE, and the individuality of certain pieces, which would alter rarity and value. 

​Helmet Pommel
1821-1850

3

8

M1840 Artillery Officer's Saber

M1840 Cavalry Saber

(Enlisted man's saber "Wrist-breaker")

Above examples a variety of early revolutionary period swords and hangars.  (Courtesy of the Don Furr Collection)

3.5

10

M1840 Musicians Sword

4

4

M1850 Foot Officer

Note the scabbard has a single piece throat and top mount in contrast to the separated ones on the Staff & Field above.

M1840 Militia Officer's Swords

M1841 Naval Officer's Sword

M1860 NavAL Cutlass

M1860 Cavalry Saber

5

Non-Regulation
M1850 Foot Officer's Swords
iron hilt revolutionary period

10

Early American Silver Colichemarde
John Thillman Book  - Type 1

9-10

An early Francis Thurkle Naval cutlass 

8.5

10

8.5

Horse Head Sabre

Post War of 1812 through Mexican War

M1832 Artillery Sword

Early fire blued blade, with ivory grip.  Clean lines.  Also known as a "five ball" due to the balls on the guard and knucklbow.

M1840 Artillery Saber

5

9

6

7

M1840 Foot Officer's Sword

Revolutionary Period 1774 ~ 1800

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.

Silver Hilted Eagle Head Sword - Three hallmarks (Sterling Silver, London, 1778). 

​8.5

8

M1841 Naval Cutlass

4.5

M1860 Navy Officer's Cutlass

An Early Bolton Pillow Pommel Sword

5

6

6

Up to the End of The Civil War Period

1850 ~ 1865

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M1833 Dragoon Saber
​Indian Princess
1821-1850
Pre-1841 Navy Non-Regulation Variant

4

M1840 Medical Officer's Sword

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M1860 Cavalry Saber

Note the belly in the grip as opposed to the 1840.

4

3 to 9

8

6.5

4

10

9

3

Model 1860
Staff Officer's Sword

6

BIRD HEAD POMMEL sABRES


10

M1832/1834 General Officer's Sword

10

6.5

3.5

M1840 Engineer's Sword

1832-1840 Through The Mexican War Period To 1850


7

5

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3

Federal Period ~ Circa 1800 - 1840

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.

Bird Head Pommel Officer's Sabres
Model 1870
Marine Revenue Cutter's Sword

American Sword Identification By Period Style

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)

9

Beautiful Silver horn gripped 

Cavalry Officer's Sabre

Early Silver American Small Sword
British Silver Cuttoe Dated 1771

London Silversmith Romer

M1840 Cavalry Saber

Note the grip shape and wider, heavier scabbard (and blade).

Revolutionary Period Silver Eagle Head  Short sword
​Eagle Head Swords 1800-1840

6

Text book example of an original rare (highly reproduced) Naval Cutlass.

John Thillman Book  - Type 2
M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

10

M1850 Staff & Field

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.

M1850 Foot Officer's Sword
M1840 NCO Sword

9.5

5.5