In the Golden Age of Hollywood epics (1940's and 1950's), when John Wayne led the US Cavalry
to rescue the frontier damsel in distress, the troopers following The Duke were armed with
prop swords such as this one. This is an untempered steel "sword-like-object" - it looks and
handles like a (rather unbalanced) Civil War era cavalry saber, but the edge is square and
blunt, to keep the bored film extras from hacking each others heads off while waiting for
the next scene. I've seen film prop swords like this one that were glued into their
scabbards - a friend has half a dozen of them in his collection, one of which he spent
several hours of work upon, slowly loosening and peeling away the leather scabbard to reveal
a gold-painted sword exactly like this one. I've also seen these swords in right-hand and
left-hand versions - this one is right-handed.
length: 36 3/4"
blade: 30 3/8"
blade width: 1"
grip and pommel: 6 1/4"
weight: 2 lb 11.2 oz