1832 Foot Artillery Sword with scabbard used from 1832-72. US military sword with neo classic design. Inspired by French artillery sword model 1816.
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This US military sword is based on the French 1816 artilleryman’s sword. Neo-Classical design that romanticized the imagery of Classical Greece and Rome was highly popular in the late 18th and early 19th century and this expanded beyond art and architecture; as proven by this very sword design here. The Roman and Grecian architecture of the buildings in the US capitol of DC were designed in this Neo-Classical era and reflected a society that sought to show itself as a new Athens, a new Rome; a monument to the ideals of democracy and the Republic formed intentionally with marble and stone.
It is no mistake that this sword looks similar to a Greek Xiphos or a Roman Gladius - the heroic and idealized imagery of the past seeped into the military culture in an era of powder and shot.
The first sword contracted for production by Ames Manufacturing Company, the Model 1832 Foot Artillery Sword was used in the U.S. Army until 1872.
The artillery sword comes with black leather scabbard with brass fittings.
US Artillery sword features
Overall Length: 25 1/4".
Blade: 19 3/8".
Blade steel: EN9 High Carbon Steel.
Weight: 2 lb 9.4 oz.
Thickness: 6.4 mm - 4.1 mm.
Width: 43.1 mm.
Grip Length: 3 1/2".
US Military swords.