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
Model 1860
Staff Officer's Sword

6

9.5

M1860 Cavalry Saber

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

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.

​63

4.5

M1840 Artillery Officer's Saber

M1840 Cavalry Saber

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

M1840 Foot Officer's Sword
M1832 Artillery Sword

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.

An Early Bolton Pillow Pommel Sword

An early Francis Thurkle Naval cutlass 

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.

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)

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

4

8.5

BIRD HEAD POMMEL sABRE


3

6.5

1832-1840 Through The Mexican War Period To 1850


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

5

6.5

10

8.5

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

John Thillman Book  - Type 2

3.5

4

John Thillman Book  - Type 1

9-10

M1840 Militia Officer's Swords

M1841 Naval Officer's Sword

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

iron hilt revolutionary period

7

5

M1860 NavAL Cutlass

M1860 Cavalry Saber

10

Early American Silver Colichemarde

6

M1840 Engineer's Sword
M1840 Medical Officer's Sword

9

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.

8.5

M1841 Naval Cutlass

8.5

M1840 Cavalry Saber

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

6.5

4

6

5

Non-Regulation
M1850 Foot Officer's Swords
M1832/1834 General Officer's Sword

Up to the End of The Civil War Period

1850 ~ 1865

M1840 Artillery Saber

8.5

10

6.5

M1850 Foot Officer's Sword

5

9

M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

7

10

​Eagle Head Swords
1800-1840

3

M1833 Dragoon Saber

3.5

M1840 Musicians Sword

4

10

Model 1870
Marine Revenue Cutter's Sword
Early Silver American Small Sword

5.5

3

M1860 Navy Officer's Cutlass

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

​8.5

  Revolutionary Period Silver Eagle Head          Short sword
M1840 NCO Sword

3

8.5