Sword Components...

Sword-Belt, Sword-Belt Plate, Sword and Scabbard, Sword-Knot.

(Above this line - not in original printing)


1509. For all Officers-a waist-belt not less than one and one-half inch nor more than two inches wide to be worn over the sash; the sword to be suspended from it by slings of the same material as the belt, with a hook attached to the belt upon which the sword may be hung.

1510. For General Officers-Russia leather, with three stripes of gold embroidery on both sides.

1511. For all other Officers-black leather plain.

1512. For all Non-commissioned Officers-black leather, plain.


1513. For all Officers and Enlisted Men-gilt, rectangular, two inches wide a raised bright rim; a silver wreath of laurel encircling the "Arms of the United States;" eagle, shield. Scroll, edge of cloud and ray bright. The motto, "E Pluribus Unum," in silver letters, upon the scroll; stars also of silver; according to pattern.


1514. For General Officers-straight sword, gilt hilt, silver grip brass or steel scabbard.

1515. For Officers of the Adjutant-General's, Inspector-General's, Quartermaster's and Subsistence Departments, Corps of Engineers, Topographical Engineers, Ordnance, Artillery, Infantry and the Judge Advocate of the Army, Aides-de-Camp, Field Officers of Artillery, Infantry, and Foot Riflemen, and for the Light Artillery-the sword of the pattern adopted by the War Department, April 9, 1850; or the one described in General Orders No. 21, of August 28, 1860, for officers therein designated.

1516. For the Medical and Pay Departments- small sword and scabbard, according to pattern in the Surgeon-General's office.

1517. For Medical Cadets, the sword and belt and plate will be the same as for non-commissioned officers.

1518. For Officers of Cavalry-sabre and scabbard now in use, according to pattern in the Ordnance Department.

1519. For the Artillery, Infantry, and Foot Riflemen, except the field officers- the sword of the pattern adopted by the War Department April 9, 1850.

1520. The sword and sword-belt will be worn upon all occasions of duty, without exception.

1521. When on foot, the sabre will be suspended from the hook attached to the belt.

1522. When not on military duty, officers may wear swords of honor, or the prescribed sword, with scabbard, gilt, or of leather with gilt mountings.


1523. For General Officers--gold cord with acorn end.

1524. For all other officers--gold lace strap with gold bullion tassel.

Index to Text of 1861 Uniform Regulations