US Model 1832 Artillery Sword

  • Swords And Knive
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

This Model Sword was one of the first Swords contracted by The US Government for use by it's military. Based on the Roman Gladius Sword, it was designed to provide personal protection for Artillery/Gun Crews. The Hilt was brass and 6-inches long and featured a 4-inch Cross Guard/Bar for hand protection. The blade was double-edged and was 19-inches in length. Manufactured in Massachusetts, it was a long service weapon that lasted until 1872. The Model 1832 was popular as a Foraging and Camp Tool and was especially important during both Florida Seminole Wars in the 1830s-1840s. The Sword was ideal for cutting through the Florida swamp lands. The Sword was very similar to The French Artillery Sword of 1816. During The Mexican-American War of 1846, the US Eagle was added to the handle. This was one of the few additions made in it's many years of service. The weapon was a standard for Union Artillery crews of The American Civil War of 1861-65. Unfortunately, as The War drug on, many were left in Camp (with gunners preferring sidearms instead).