M-1902 Officers Saber was designed and adopted as a replacement
for the M-1860 Staff and Field Officers
Sword, which was regarded as too light for slashing and not stiff
enough for thrusting. This saber continues as the authorized
model to this day.
The M-1902 Officers
Saber was authorized in three different lengths and has been
seen in five different
signature patterns, two of
which are quite scarce. Production began in 1903 and continued
A total of 5,735 M-1902
Officers Sabers were produced at the Springfield Armory. The
M-1902 was also widely produced
Army and military
schools by many civilian contractors and are generally much
less sought after.