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U.S. M1840 Noncommissioned Officer's sword

length: 37 1/2"
blade: 31 3/4"
blade width: 7/8" at base
blade width: 9/16" at 2" from tip
grip and pommel: 5 1/4"
shell guard: 3"
balance point: 4 1/2"
weight(sword): 1 lb 14.8 oz
weight(sword): 2 lb 14.5 oz

The Model 1840 Non-Commissioned Officer's sword was based on a German version of the infantry sword used by British troops during the Napoleonic Wars, and had a cast brass hilt resembling the more expensive wire-wrapped grip on the swords used by cavalry troopers and officers. This sword was carried by sergeants through the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War, all the way up through the Spanish-American War. The M1840 NCO was usually worn suspended on a leather baldric or on the belt using an Enfield bayonet frog. It was the main weapon of standard bearers and hospital stewards as well as a secondary weapon for infantry NCOs. During the Civil War, this sword was also used by the Confederates who captured many after seizing state arsenals. The single edged blade has a broad fuller running from the ricasso to near the point, the hilt is cast brass with a ribbed grip. This reproduction comes with an all-steel scabbard, which was standard issue after the leather sheath was phased out starting in 1868. A modern version of this sword is currently permitted for wear by US Army platoon sergeants and first sergeants; in practice it is rarely seen outside the 3d Infantry Regiment and honor guards.

Price: $90

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