US Model 1840
Heavy Cavalry Saber,
This is the sword that comes to mind
when one imagines the illustrious cavalry charges of the Civil War. This sword was used in the US
from 1840 through the Mexican War, the Civil War, and finally the Plains Indian Wars of the 1870's
and 1880's. The sword was not loved by the Cavalry - officers and troopers alike - and earned the
name "The Ole Wrist Breaker". The weight of the sword gave the impression that, when wielded strongly
in a downward stroke, the momentum developed could not be slowed by the frail human wrist; therefore
"breaking the wrist"! It replaced the US Model 1833 "Dragoon" Saber.
West Point Cadet Name Searches
I have various information on West Point Cadets - graduates and non-graduates - from 1802 to 2002. If there is a name on your sword - and that name is registered as a West Point Cadet - I can very likely supply basic information on that individual. I charge $10 to search, non-refundable. If a record is found, I will forward that information on to you via e-mail; if no record is found, I will e-mail you to that effect. Follow this link to request a West Point Cadet Search.
German Import of US Model 1840
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