Some Notes on American Military Swords
An Entry in Uniclectica's Miscellanea Files
It is not uncommon to encounter at least one military sword during an excursion to an antique shop or flea market. Some basic information about these weapons can help one to appreciate them more, and even to spot a fake.
Dating Officer's Swords
The Sword Industry
ReferencesReferences for this information include the following. If you are interested in acquiring any of these books, simply click on the title. A book request form for those books that are out-of-print may be found at the bottom of the page.
Swords and Blades of the American Revolution 3rd Edition. By George C. Neumann. Published by Scurlock Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. Synopsis: An excellent reference book for swords, bayonets, knives, pole-arms, etc. found in the United States prior to and including the American Revolution. Detailed descriptions and extensive black and white photographs.
Book of the Sword By R. F. Burton. Published by Dover, 1989. Paperback, 336 pages. Synopsis: A fantastic and fascinating biography of the "Queen of Weapons".
Patterson, Jerry E. (1974) "A Collector's Guide to Relics and Memorabilia". Crown Publishers, Inc., New York. Synopsis: A general overview of relics and memorabilia, with some mention of weapons associated with famous (and infamous) people.
Peterson, Harold L. (n.d.) "Swords" IN H. Comstock (ed) "The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques", 2 volumes. Published by Hawthorn Books, Inc., New York. Synopsis: A wonderful collection jam packed with overviews of *many* categories of collectibles, written by experts. Hundreds of black and white plates.
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