The M-1872 Cadet Sword
is one of three swords and sabers to bear the M-1872 designation
and all are rare, especially the Cadet
version. Developed in 1867 and produced in 1868, this sword
was strictly designated for use at West Point Military Academy
by the Springfield Armory.
Several civilian contractors produced
similar swords for other military schools and some care must
be taken to insure authenticity.
The diamond-shaped blade on
the M-1872 Cadet Sword is plain and highly polished, with only
the only marking being the Springfield
Armory signature on the ricasso. Because of the constant polishing
of this sword, the signature can be nearly indistinguishable.
Only 253 of these swords were produced at the Springfield Armory
between 1869 and 1914.