1914 DATED M1913 PATTON US CAVALRY SABER WITH TENT-PEG SCABBARD

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As the last in a long line of US cavalry sabers, the M1913, aka the Patton saber, is a key piece in any US edged weapons or cavalry collection. Designed by later General George S. Patton, the sword replaced the older M1906, which was a version of the M1860, and used a large, solid basket hilt and long, straight, double-edged blade to be employed in thrusting, versus cutting, attacks, which were regarded as more deadly and were favored by long tradition in the French schools of swordsmanship, in which Patton studied. He advised the Ordnance Department on redesigning the cavalry saber, published his findings in the Cavalry Journal and authored a 1914 manual on saber exercise.

The sword rates very good for condition, with the blued-steel cup hilt showing oxidation toward a thin brown with some rubs and abrasions, but retaining very good checkering to the composition grips. The scabbard is the regulation pattern of wood covered in leather and bound with green canvas, and fitted with blued steel throat with carrying rings and scabbard tip. This is the scarce early pattern scabbard with the tip extended to a point so that it could be used as a pole for a shelter tent in the field. The mounts are in place and show some wear. The canvas shows some dirt and staining. The blade is in the bright with good edge and point, and just some minor small age spots. The russet leather washer is present under the guard. The blade markings are crisp- the Springfield “S [ordnance bomb] A” over “1914” on the reverse and “US / 30065” on the obverse.

This would display nicely amid US cavalry gear of the Mexican Border and World War 1 era. Production reached about 35,000 at Springfield, and another 90,000 or so from Landers, Frary and Clark. They were withdrawn from issue in 1934, with many later disassembled and the blades used to make fighting knives in WW2.  [AD] [ph:L]

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