1833 Dragoon Saber
M1840 Musicians Sword
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.

M1840 NCO Sword

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

John Thillman Book  - Type 2
M1840 General Officer's Sword
M1832 Artillery Sword
M1832/1834 General Officer's Sword

1832-1840 Through The Mexican War Period To 1850

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

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)

​Helmet Pommel
Model !860 Staff Officer's Sword
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.

M1841 Naval Officer's Sword
M1840 Engineer's Sword

An Early Bolton Pillow Pommel Sword

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M1850 Foot Officer's Sword
M1840 Cavalry Saber

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

M1850 Foot Officer's Swords

Up to the End of The Civil War Period

1850 ~ 1865

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.

M1840 Artillery Saber

iron hilt revolutionary period
​Eagle Head Swords
John Thillman Book  - Type 1
M1840 Medical Officer's Sword
M1840 Artillery Officer's Saber

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.

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.

Pre-1841 Navy
Non-Regulation Variant
M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

M1840 Militia Officer's Swords

An early sword likely made by Francis Thurkle 

M1860 Cavalry Saber

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

​Indian Princess
M1860 Cavalry Saber
M1860 Navy Officer's Cutlass

M1840 Cavalry Saber

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