This is the definitive work on American swords. It covers all regulation military models from 1790–1917, it lists all fraternal groups that used swords and shows the various types of swords used by those groups and has a detailed makers and dealers section that gives exacting detail of every type of sword made by that dealer. A list of Civil War inspector's initials is included in the back of the book. Heavily illustrated. A MUST for all American sword collectors and historians.