Tuesday, February 8, 2011

[Resources] The Model 1840 Army NCOs Sword

The Model 1840 Army NCOs Sword is a cast brass-hilted sword with 31 inch blade used by the U.S. Army since 1840. It was used with distinction in the Mexican-American War (1846 - 1848), the American Civil War (1861 - 1865) and the Spanish-American War (1898). Even today, the sword is used as a ceremonial weapon for the U.S. Army.

The sword was used by non-commissioned officers: sergeants and sergeant-majors, quartermasters and corporals. Today, only platoon and first sergeants are permitted to wear it, and it's only honor guards and the 3rd Infantry that do so.

A 170-year old model, based on a German sword that was, in turn, based on a British design used during the Napoleonic Wars. That's a great history for a sword model. Have any game settings had a similar history on even one of their swords?

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