Mounted Artillery Saber
(circa 1818-1830)

  This is a massive saber with a curved blade that is about ¼" thick at the spine. It appears to be patterned after the British Light Cavalry saber, Pattern of 1796. It is much heaver; and has a brass hilt without langets. In most formations, non-commissioned and commissioned officers used these sabers exclusively because they were seen as a symbol of command. These swords were used during the Mexican War and some saw use as late as the Civil War, mainly with confederate forces.
2nd U.S. Dragoons during Mexican War