US Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber

  • American Civil War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

One of the most recognized weapons in US history, is the iconic 1860 Cavalry Saber. Named for it's manufacturing year, it is considered a "light" sword. Weighing 2.5 pounds, it had a 35-inch single-edged blade. Slightly curved, it featured a half-brass, semi-opened basket-hilt. It was much smaller than it's 1840 predecessor (which was 3.5 pounds and weight slightly over 3 pounds). Metal case scabbards were used for carry and protection of the blade. Some 300,000 were produced during The American Civil War. Many men on both sides, relied on this weapon. As the war dragged on (and weaponry became more advanced) - many Troopers would leave them behind (in favor of carrying more guns and ammunition). Carrying on well into the 1890s, the saber was regulated to a strictly ceremonial attachment (due to the lessening role of cavalry in modern warfare). The saber is still used as the symbol of The US Cavalry, with versions still given to Troopers as awards or for end of service tokens (along with the iconic cavalry Stetson Hat and Spurs).