WW1 American SA 1913 M1913 Cavalry Saber made by Springfield Arsenal in 1913; original scabbard, wool padding, leather lanyard. Rare type in excellent overall condition, considering the age.
A scarce WW1 intact M1913 Cavalry Saber, typically referred to as the “Patton Sword” – excellent overall condition; original-issue scabbard still has rare original saber practice wool padding and leather lanyard attached – VERY rare this complete. The original M1913 Cavalry saber was developed by the now-famous General Patton prior to WW1. The sword was an excellent weapon but by the time the United States had actually entered WW1 the M1913 Saber was rendered useless by the advances in the modern warfare. There is a small chance that some of these Patton Swords saw the actual combat with the 26th Cavalry Regiment (Philippine Scouts) during the 1941 Defense of the Philippines campaign. During the fighting retreat the 26th Cavalry engaged in the last cavalry charge in the history of the US Cavalry; it is entirely likely that the sabers were used during that charge but sadly no records or first-hand accounts survived the war.
In any event, the glory days of cavalry were over; after the Great War most of the M1913 sabers ended up collecting dust in the government arsenals. But the Second World War gave these old timers an unexpected new role in the modern warfare. During the first couple of years of WW2 the US servicemen had no standard-issue fighting knife and the military was desperately looking for a quick way to satisfy the demand for the much-needed fighting knives early in the War. So someone came up with the idea of re-purposing these old (and by than obsolete weapons anyway) info fighting knives and daggers. A huge quantity of M1913 Patton Swords were converted into somewhat crude, but very practical and effective fighting knives and trench daggers. Only a small portion of M1913 sabers survived WW2 intact, even fewer exist with the original-issue scabbard included – this is a great find, especially in such well-preserved original condition.
This huge saber is about 42-1/2” / 108 cm overall; the blade is about 35-1/2” / 90.2 cm; original double-edge blade is very sharp still, the tip is intact. A few with minor edge nicks on the blade (probably from the field sword practice) are noted for accuracy. The sword in the scabbard is about 43″ / 109.2 cm overall – this huge sidearm was designed to be strapped to a saddle, not to be carried on a hip belt. This M1913 Saber was manufactured by the famous Springfield Arsenal (SA on ricasso) in 1913 – the very first year of production. Ricasso is stamped SA / 1913 / “flaming bomb” US ordinance mark on one side, arsenal serial number 7871 / US on the other. The original handle scales and tempered steel handguard are in excellent condition, considering the age.
The original canvass-over-wood scabbard in in great shape as well; all parts are tight. This scabbard is great condition, considering the age – all original metal parts are nice and tight; there is no damage to the canvas. Rare original wool padding used for the sword fencing practice is intact and still has a leather tie-down cord holding it in place; some minor moth damage to the wool is noted for accuracy. Original leather lanyard is intact as well; one side is stamped 2K4-9; could be the original unit markings. These accessories are super-hard to find; especially in such remarkable condition.
This original WW1 American SA 1913 M1913 Cavalry Saber and scabbard set in great shape overall, considering the age; finding a complete and unaltered M1913 set is not easy nowadays. This is one of the best American edged weapons of the long-gone WW1 era; this sword has lot of character AND it’s in excellent shape – you will not be disappointed!
This original WW1 American SA 1913 M1913 Cavalry Saber set has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 I have a few more M1913 sabers, several WW2 era fighting knives made from converted WW1 era Patton Swords, as well as some scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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