Category: united states

US Model 1850 Foot Officer’s Sword

Housed at Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Michigan.

US Army Infantry Officer’s Sword, Early 19th Century

The sword of Lt. Porter Hanks, housed at Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Michigan.

US Army Presentation Sword, c.1850-1870

Housed at Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Michigan.

US Model 1840 Medical Staff Officer’s Sword

Pictured along with a display on US Army doctors at Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Michigan.

United States Starr Contract Cavalry Sword, Early 19th Century

Housed at Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Michigan. 


U.S. Model 1904 Bolo Knife

Broad 12 inch blade marked U.S./34230 and SA/1913 with ordnance grenade. Brass-mounted grip. Brass-mounted leather scabbard with suspension loop. Reverse of scabbard with inspector’s initials and marked Rock Island/Arsenal/1912/H.E.K.


US Civil War era non-regulation officer’s sword based on the British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword.



US Model 1860 Cavalry Saber

“About 1860 a light saber was introduced for cavalry. in this new model, which did not immediately supplant the heavy saber, the blade was reduced in width, and the entire weapon was lightened. The exact date of this change is not known, but the light saber is mentioned in the Ordnance Manual of 1862, and most of the sabers of the Civil War and later were made of this pattern. The date 1860 has traditionally been given for this change and is used here, although one or two specimens dated 1859 have been encountered.

The light saber can quickly be distinguished from the model of 1840 by the lighter blade with its rounded back and by the shape of the grips, which have a swell in the center. In all other characteristics, however, the light cavalry saber is like its predecessor.”

–Harold L. Peterson, The American Sword 1775-1945 (1965)


Sword Bayonet Made in Germany for the Brazilian Light Minie Rifle, c.1860s

This bayonet was made in Germany by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum (S&K) to fit a minie rifle that was being made in Liege for Brazil. They were redirected to the U.S. during the American Civil War. This bayonet could have been used in the U.S. or Brazil, and is often misidentified as a Sea Service Enfield. Brass grip, iron crossguard, steel blade.