Sciabola per Marescialli, Sottufficiali e la Truppa delle Armi a Cavallo Modello 1871 e 1871/29

Sword for Warrant Officer’s, Non-commissioned Officer’s and Troops of Mounted Units Model 1871 and 1871/29

The Sciabola per la Truppa delle Armi a Cavallo Modello 1871 (Sword for Troops of Mounted Units Model 1871) was distributed among soldiers of Cavalry Regiments, Corporals of the Artillery in Infantry Divisions (with the exception of those working within supply units using donkey’s and trucks), the Carabinieri (Gendarmerie) and the Police.

The Sword for Troops of Mounted Units Model 1871 is the first sword making use of the study of Capitano (Captain) Settimo del Frate, resulting in a cutout for the thump enabling a better grip, precision and equilibrium to the sword.
The sword has a basket hilt with a single teardrop shaped opening and a wooden handle made out of sorbus.
The total length of the sword is 109 cm, including its scabbard which has a single suspension ring.

The Sciabola per Marescialli delle Armi a Cavallo Modello 1871/29 (Sword for Warrant Officer’s of Mounted Units Model 1871/29) is identical to the Sword for Troops of Mounted Units Model 1871 with the exception of the handle which is made out of ebony and a second suspension ring which is the result of a modification in 1929.

The Sciabola per Sottufficiali delle Armi a Cavallo Modello 1871/29 (Sword for Non-commissioned Officer’s of Mounted Units Model 1871/29) is identical to the Sword for Warrant Officer’s of Mounted Units Model 1871/29 with the exception of the handle which is not made out of ebony.

Sources:
Le uniformi metropolitane del Regio Esercito dalla riforma Baistrocchi all’inizio della Guerra Mondiale 1933-1940; S. Coccia; 2005
Mussolini’s Soldiers; R. Trye; 1995

Sciabola per la Truppa delle Armi a Cavallo Modello 1871
This Sciabola per la Truppa delle Armi a Cavallo Modello 1871 (Sword for Troops of Mounted Units Model 1871) is unmarked.