US Model 1902
"Army" Officer's Sword
(for all officers)

This is the first major turn from "combat" to "dress" style swords. It was intended to replace the Model 1872 Cavalry "Officer's" Saber (a decorated version of the Model 1872 Cavalry "Troopers" Saber).
It is a very basic sword, and with some stretch of the imagination, could be conceived as a Light Cavalry Saber. As you can probably tell, I am not fond of this "sword" pattern.
The Model 1902 is very similar to European patterns of the time. It has a nickel-plated iron hilt and black composition grip which gets progressively "cheaper-looking" on later examples; early specimens are commonly found with dark-brown wood grip, as on this example.
This particular sword example was made in France and imported by James A. Ridabock & Company (1888-1966) of New York, N.Y.; most examples found will have been made by various manufacturers in Germany, the United States, and Spain.

All of the US Model 1902 swords I have found generally conform to regulations. All I have observed display a Six-Pointed Star. You can read a bit of religious rhetoric about this symbol by accessing this link.

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.

Other Variants
Below is a very elaborate 1902 variant
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