Revolutionary War Swords and Sabres


Swords and sabres are among the most popular types of Revolutionary War weapons with today's collectors.  They are unique artifacts and look great as a standalone display or as part of a larger collection.

Most Revolutionary War era swords were made in Europe. There were some swords made in America, but that did not become common until after the American Revolution. The primary sources for officers' swords were Germany, France, Great Britain, and Belgium.

General George Washington often wielded a sword in battle and many of the paintings of him from that era show him holding a sword.  When Washington bequeathed his swords to his nephews, he instructed them not to unsheathe them “for the purpose of shedding blood, except it be for self defence, or in defence of their Country and its rights; and in the latter case, to keep them unsheathed, and prefer falling with them in their hands to the relinquishment thereof.”

Swords and Blades of the American RevolutionFor Revolutionary War sword collectors, there is a great book available.  George C. Neumann's Swords and Blades of the American Revolution is the most comprehensive source I've seen on the subject.  It includes hundreds of photos and descriptions of edged weapons from the Revolutionary War.  Weapons include swords, sabres, knives, axes, rapiers, polearms, daggers, and cutlasses.  Details on these weapons include background and measurements.  Like Neumann's other Revolutionary War artifact books, this is a very detailed source for collectors.

Additional Information on Revolutionary War Swords and Sabres


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