These are light cavalry sabers, circa 1858, that were made on a ‘dare’ from my wife and a challenge to me from me.
The underlying question was "Could I do this from a picture on the Internet?"
For the most part, the answer was ‘yes’. However, there are flaws and I know where they are. Room for improvement!
Both sabers are 41” long with a 1” by ¼” blade. The hand guards were scroll sawn. The handle is covered with real leather.
The entire saber is made from Red Alder. Paint was used to color the blade and the brass guards. I used letter and number punches to inscribe the saber identifier.
It’s a real learning project.