Model 1840 Cadet Sword
"West Point"

This sword was for Cadet usage at West Point (United States Military Academy).
The hilt is of solid brass and the "simulated wire-wrap" grip was silver plated; my sample has the wire wrap cast with the hilt grip and any plating has long vanished (or simply was never silver plated). It may be a variation. I have heard of the wire wrap being separate (as on another similar sword I possess). I have been made aware of a similar sword made for the Virginia Military Institute, but have never had the opportunity to inspect or photograph one.
There are quite a lot of Cadet Sword variations; many, if not all, were privately purchased.
Most of these are devoid of markings, other than perhaps MA    (for "Military Academy").

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.

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