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US M1913 "Patton" Cavalry Sabre
The US cavalry saber, Model 1913, was the last saber issued to the U.S. Cavalry. The designer was Lt. George S. Patton, Jr. At the time of its design, Patton was "Master of the Sword" at the Mounted Service School at Fort Riley, Kansas. The design was strongly influenced by Patton’s extensive training in France, where the philosophy of sword fighting stressed the use of the point rater than the edge. For this reason the blade of the M1913 is straight, however, it still includes a double edge for the cutting stroke. The sword incorporates a large blued steel basket guard with broad ribbed knuckle bow. The grips are of checkered hard rubber. The blade is 35" long and made of .042" thick steel with a central fuller running to within 4 3/4" of its point. The scabbard is of treated hickory and covered with waterproofed olive drab canvas. Original production of the M1913 was by Springfield Armory, but when the US entered WWI an additional 93,000 were contracted with Landers, Frary, & Clark of Connecticut. This example in fine condition with blade stamped "US" with eagle head and "NO. 13" on one side and "L.F.&C./1918" with a flaming bomb on the other. Blued steel hilt with only minor wear marks. Grips are about excellent. Original scabbard with 100% intact canvas cover (some staining and color has faded). Blade generally bright and smooth with clear markings; one area of light pitting about midway and the flaming bomb is a weak stamping. Overall length 42" (not including scabbard), weight 2 pounds 13 ounces without scabbard, 4 pounds 7 ounces with scabbard. A very nice example of this much sought-after American sword.
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