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Posted by Bryan on 11/27/2012 to U.S. Military Sabers
Although many sabers continued to be manufactured in Europe, the presence of an eagle head pommel is a basic identifier of genuine US Army sabers. The United States National Museum at Washington includes one of the first of such officer's sabers. Produced in France in 1783, it includes an eagle head pommel, an eagle with wings spread decorating the blade, and the motto "E. Pluribus Unum".
Modern swords continue to be produced for the US military, but whether buying antique, new, or reproduction, there are a few qualities ever buyer should look for in a genuine US Army Saber. First, a saber is defined as a sword with a curved blade. All sabers produced since the Civil War should have the six-pointed Star of Damascus etched into the ricasso, the unsharpened blade base located at the hilt, to meet US military specifications. Modern sabers should also have the word "proved" engraved as well. The blade should be 31 inches, with a brass hilt, and a scabbard of leather or steel, if the carrier is an NCO or a cavalry trooper or officer, respectively.