Austrian officer's saber, infantry, Model 1861

length: 33 1/4"
blade: 27 1/2"
blade width: 15/16"
grip: 5"
guard: 5 1/2" x 5"

Very nice and servicible example of a Model 1861 Austrian infantry saber. Light and functional, an easy swing and an easy stab. In the mid to late 1800's, infantry officers were still leading from the front of the formation - to make things worse, they got to wear different funky hats, making them an instant target for enemy cannon and musket (mostly French, mostly ineffective). Nevertheless, he was expected to fight and his sidearm was not a piece of dress tinfoil that would snap at the first contact (i.e. 95% of all military sabers from about 1900 on ...). Springy steel blade has some nicks, but no major damage. Steel guard is pierced for the swordknot (missing - in fact, I've never seen one for this model), slightly worn same (ray skin) covered grip with original wire intact. You can tell this sword has been used, but it's still in great shape. Being used makes it all that much cooler ... imagine the possibilities ...