Springfield Armory M1911 Expermental Cavalry Saber May 22, 2012 18:16:52 GMT
Post by Earncynn on May 22, 2012 18:16:52 GMT
I discovered information about this weapon just last Saturday. Before Saturday I had only seen a line drawing of the saber - along with a drawing of the M1913 ¨Patton¨ Cavalry Sword, a 1905/1906 Experimental Cavalry Saber, and a steel-hilted version of the 1860 Light cavalry Saber of the early 1900´s, of which I cannot remember the model number.
The saber that is the subject of this post was apparently a creation of the U.S. Army Cavalry Board, and was to be the next U.S. Army saber. Apparently fewer than 100 were made - according to a discussion which is linked to below - and field tests had been conducted by the Army with a view to it being adopted. But the M1911 saber was ¨beat-out¨ by the design of a young Lieutenant George Patton, who had a personal relationship with the then Army Chief of Staff.
Besides the M1911´s curved blade, vs the straight blade of the ¨Patton¨, the two weapons appear to have some similarities:
1. The grip´s steel back strap is of a very similar shape to the ¨Patton¨ and has the same type ¨thumbprint¨ and imprinted knurled pattern of the M1913.
2. The guard is of steel and is of the same basic shape and is solid, although some photos show cut-outs in the bowl.
The scabbard of the M1911 is, like the M1913, constructed of wood and covered with cloth. The throat and chape are almost identical to the early version of the M1913 scabbard.
The saber apparently was to be carried, not on the trooper, but mounted on the horse, as was the ¨Patton¨, as can be seen from the following photograph.
Being an aficionado of the Sword - ¿who here isn´t? - and especially of the cavalry sword, I am asking my fellow Forumites for any further information about this weapon that they may provide.
www.swordforum.com/forums/showth ... alry-Saber