US MODEL 1913 CAVALRY OR “PATTON” SWORD

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Item Code: 172-4285

This sword is a Model 1913 cavalry sword commonly referred to as the “Patton Saber.”  The sword was designed for the U.S. Army by Second Lieutenant (later General) George S. Patton Jr. in 1913. It has a large, basket-shaped hilt mounting a straight, double-edged, thrusting blade designed for use by light cavalry. Patton's 1914 manual "Saber Exercise" outlined a system of training for both mounted and foot use of the sword. Patton suggested the revision from a curved sword edge and cutting technique to a thrusting style of attack.

This sword features a 35.00 inch long blade that tapers toward the point with a deep central fuller running from the ricasso to within approx. 5.00 inches of the point. The blade is double-edged and in excellent condition with only the slightest bit of mottling to be seen. Edges are free of nicks. The obverse ricasso features the markings of "U.S.” over an eaglehead and “No. 11.” The reverse ricasso is maker marked "L.F & C."  (Landers, Frary & Clark) with the Flaming Ordnance Bomb logo in between over “1918.” Stampings are strong.

The grip is made of steel with a crosshatched surface for better grip. The top of the grip just behind the guard has a recessed area for resting the thumb. The pommel is smooth and convex. There is a screw through the pommel cap and two lateral screws holding the grip together. The guard is made of a single heavy sheet of steel molded into a full basket with three ridges in the area of the knucklebow. Both the grip and the guard are blackened. All is in excellent condition.

The scabbard has a wooden body covered in khaki canvas with a large wide steel throat and a plain drag both of which are darkened like the grip. Canvas covering shows a good bit of surface dirt and wear with two areas where the canvas has worn through. One area is about 6.00 inches up from the drag and meas. approx. 2.00 inches long. The other is on the opposite side about 9.00 inches below the throat and meas. approx. 3.00 inches.

Attached to both ears on either side of the throat are leather straps for attaching to a belt.  [ad]

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