In the Golden Age of Hollywood epics (1940's and 1950's), when John Wayne led the US Cavalry
to rescue the frontier damsel in distress, the troopers following The Duke were armed with
prop swords such as this one. It is untempered steel that appears to have been
anodyzed to a rich golden hue - all of the parts are gold. This looks and
handles like a Civil War era cavalry saber, but the edge is square and
blunt, to keep the bored film extras from hacking each other's heads off while waiting for
the next scene. Amazingly enough, this one is pristine: there are no edge nicks! (some prop masters were
more ruthless than others). I've seen film prop swords like this one that were glued into their
scabbards - a friend has half a dozen of them in his collection, one of which he spent
several hours of work upon, slowly loosening and peeling away the leather scabbard to reveal
a golden sword exactly like this one. I've also seen these swords in right-hand and
left-hand versions - this one is right-handed.
length: 36 3/4"
blade: 30 3/8"
blade width: 1"
grip and pommel: 6 1/4"
weight: 2 lb 11.2 oz