Sciabola per la Truppa d’Artiglieria a Cavallo Modello 1888

Sword for Troops of Mounted Artillery Units Model 1888

By Regulation No.23 of January the 31st 1888, the Sciabola per la Truppa d’Artiglieria a Cavallo Modello 1888 (Sword for Troops of Mounted Artillery Units Model 1888) was introduced within the arsenal of the Regio Esercito (Royal Army). The Troops and the Cadets of the artillery were being equipped with this weapon.

By Regulation No.165 of March the 11th 1915 the owners of the sword were requested to paint their weapon brown as a camouflage measure.

During the early 20’s the use of the sword within the Italian Armed Forces was being sized down while the 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) was chosen as the standard type.
This meant the phasing out of the Sword for Troops of Mounted Artillery Units Model 1888.
The sword has a cutout for the thumb as a result of the study made by of Capitano (Captain) Settimo del Frate enabling a better grip, precision and equilibrium to the sword. The sword has a basket hilt with two holes and a wooden handle made from the pear tree. The total length of the sword is 109 cm, including its scabbard which has a single suspension ring.

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
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Sciabola per la Truppa d’Artiglieria a Cavallo Modello 1888

This example of a Sciabola per la Truppa d’Artiglieria a Cavallo Modello 1888 (Sword for Troops of Mounted Artillery Units Model 1888) has on the outside of the basket hilt the marks 176 PE and VG in an oval. On the metal part of the handle there are the letters G HRB. The scabbard is marked with the number 66 (twice) and MA in a rectangle.
The VG in the oval is the maker mark, while the number 66 indicates the assembler mark and MA is the size indicator. The other stamps are stamps of controllers.