Enlisted Cavalry Saber, also known as the Patton Sword or Saber,
remains one of the most sought after and attainable edged
weapons produced. Over 35,000 were manufactured at the Springfield
Armory, Springfield, MA, between 1913 and 1918. All are marked
with SA, a flaming bomb and date on one side of the ricasso and
and a serial number on the other side.
The saber is notable
for several reasons. First, its design is attributed to Lieutenant
Patton, who gained initial notoriety as an athlete and fencing
expert in the 1912 Olympics and then later as a Lt. General
only a few thousand sabers are thought to have survived, as many
were cut up to make trench knives for soldiers entering WWII.
sword is well made and represents the last of the weapons authorized
for use by the cavalry.
93,000 sabers were contracted to the firm of Landers, Frary
for production in 1917
and 1918. They have the L F & C marking in place of
SA, usually have no serial number, but may bear an inspector
number. All are dated 1918 and 1919.
As noted, thousands of
M-1913 Cavalry Sabers were cut into sections to make fighting knives
for WWII soldiers. Additionaly, the OSS had sabers made into drop kives
for resistance forces in several countries. These all are higly collectable