Sabers Of The North And South

The heavy, curved blade of a saber was the symbol of cavalry service around the world. The U.S. Army Model 1850 saber was carried by both Northern and Southern troopers during the Civil War. Because of its weight and length, professional soldiers called it the Old Wrist Breaker. Confederate factories produced thousands of copies of it for Southern horsemen to carry into battle.

Leather and wire grip

Hilt hook to catch and turn away an enemy blade

Hand guard

Hilt hook to catch and turn away an enemy blade

Sharpened upper edge

Hand guard

Confederate saber

Steel breech holds a single shot.

Sharpened upper edge

Walnut stock

Walnut stock

Steel breech holds a single shot.

Wood forestock

Front blade sight

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