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American Military Swords

The most popular collectible of all American arms are presentation swords which were awards of honor and not intended for combat. Many of these swords are decorated with gold and silver with elaborately etched blades. Also cherished are swords that officers had custom made for themselves, in many cases beautifully crafted of costly materials.

Some collectors specialize in swords made by a particular smith, such as Nathan P. Ames of Springfield, MA. Ames made swords in the late 1800s. Collectors of American Military Swords generally group swords according to the wars in which they might have been used, the Revolution, the war of 1812, the Mexican War of 1846-1848 and the Civil War. Swords of the Revolutionary period can be the most valuable.

American Military Swords

Military Swords For Sale

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SWEDEN KINGDOM ORDER OF THE SWORD WITH MILITARY SWORDS, GOLD, enamels, very rare

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Two Military swords with wall display piece

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1900s pin tietac US Military Swords Crossed Quartermaster Eagle vintage pin mini

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UNITED STATES MARINES CORP SILVER OFFICER SWORD new american military swords

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military swords

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Vintage High Quality Ultima Ratio (Final Argument) Military Swords Pin Medal

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UNITED STATES MARINES CORP OFFICER SWORD new american military swords

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NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE WASHINGTON DC ARMY MILITARY SWORDS PEWTER 1" LAPEL PIN

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UNITED STATES MARINES CORP GOLD OFFICER SWORD new american military swords

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Swords For Sale

Anime Sword Art Online Asada Shino PVC Figure New No Box 24cm

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Chinese Dragon design collectable replica sword, 10.5x2 Inch

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King Solomon Medieval Crusader Replica Longsword - Black

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Matt Black Saya Japanese Samurai Katana Sword Clay Tempered 1095 Carbon Steel

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ANZACS LIGHT HORSE GLASS PLATE NEGATIVE WWI EGYPT OUTSIDE SUEZ SWORD/STICK FIGHT

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Vintage WWII Era Quartermaster Eagle above Crossed Sword & Key Pin

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ANTIQUE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS FCB MASONIC SWORD w/ SCABBARD

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RARE 1899 McKinley & Dewey Presentation of the Sword Washington Stereoview Card

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Warrior Lamp Face Paint Sword Double Light Warren Kessler New York

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CFK Custom Handmade D2 24-Inch 3D-SKULLS / SKULL ART Scimitar Sword Blade Knife

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Very few American swords made prior to the Revolution were made in America. Most swords were imported from Europe or just the blades were imported, then finished here. American made swords usually had a grip of cherry or maple wood wrapped in wire. A few of these sword makers signed their work, among them silversmiths John Bailey and Ephraim Brasher of New York City. In 1798, Nathan Starr of Middletown, Connecticut was making cavalry sabers for enlisted men. He produced 2,000 swords marking them with "N Starr & Co." on one side of the blade and "US - 1799" on the other. A number of other companies also manufactured swords for the United States Army in the post Revolutionary years and leading up to the War of 1812. These swords were called "contract" swords and are not that hard to find. The eagle, adopted as a national symbol in 1782, was a favorite choice of officers as an emblem on their swords.

By the time of the Mexican War, many contract swords were made. The best known of these swords is the desirable model 1832. Many swords from the early 1800s saw service again in the Civil War, and examples of swords used in this conflict are also not hard to find. Any sword made for the Confederacy are prized more than those of the Union because far fewer were made. Confederate swords usually include the initials "CS" for Confederate States or "CSA" for Confederate States of America engraved on the blade.

Parts of a Sword

The sword consists of the blade and the hilt.
The name scabbard applies to the case which covers the sword when not in use.

Discovering the history of a sword is one of the most interesting aspects of collecting. Many old American swords were engraved with the owners names. Their official military records can tell some fascinating stories and are available to the public.


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