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    Lightbulb A New, Extensive Archive on Italian Swords of the 1800s

    Hello all, after a lot of work I am pleased to say that my book La Sciabola is now available to read on my website.

    Almost nothing has been written in English regarding these sword models, their makers and their markings, and so a lot of the information in the book is being presented to the public for the first time. A print version will likely follow at some point but I currently have no plans to pursue that due to the huge amount of personal time the manuscript has already required. Inside, you'll find a complete list of the Sardinian and Italian army swords of the era with lots of details, an emphasis on important historical contexts and hundreds of images. Anyway, thank you for your interest and I hope you enjoy the information.

    Matt
    https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com/la-sciabola

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    I forgot to update this thread: a new section has been added to La Sciabola which showcases the sidearms used. Again, nothing much in English exists regarding these swords so information is appearing here for the first time. In case you're unfamiliar, here's the book's blurb:

    The book includes entries on all of the most important swords of the period 1815 to 1915, their historical contexts, accounts of their usage in combat, 215 high resolution images, over 100 brand-new schematic drawings and 70,000 words over 175 pages.

    The decision to publish La Sciabola as an online archive means the contents are searchable, updates are published immediately without having to rely on extra print-runs, images can be viewed and inspected in detail, and, with no retailer’s cut, the book’s price is around half of what would be expected. Buyers that would like to have a physical copy are welcome to print one for personal use.

    For those who wish to read La Sciabola without buying it, the Royal Armouries has purchased and printed a copy for its library.


    Contents:

    Preface
    The Post-Napoleonic Swords
    The 1774 Model Sword for Infantry Officers, the ‘Sciabola d’Epoca’
    The 1814 Model Sabre for Light Cavalry Troopers and Lancers
    The 1814 Model Sword for Heavy Cavalry Troopers
    The 1819 Model Sabre for Infantry Officers
    The 1819 Model Sabre for Artillery Officers
    The 1819 Model Sabre for Engineer Corps Officers
    The 1819 Model Sabre for Fort Officers
    The 1824 Model Sword for Line Cavalry Troopers and Mounted Carabinieri Troopers
    The 1829 Model Sword for Heavy Cavalry Troopers
    The 1829 Model Sabre for Light Cavalry Troopers
    The Era of Carlo Alberto
    The 1833 Model Sword for Infantry Officers, the ‘Albertina’
    The 1833 Model Sword for Administrative Service Officers
    The 1833 Model Sword for Medical Officers
    The 1833 Model Sabre for Artillery and Train Officers
    The 1833 Model Sabre for Mounted Artillery Officers
    The 1833 Model Sabre for Mounted Artillery Troopers
    The 1833 Model Mounted Artillery Non-Commissioned Officers’ Sabre
    The 1833 Model Sabre for Infantry Quartermasters and Bandsmen
    The 1833 Model Sabre for Guard’Armi Personnel
    The 1833 Model Heavy Cavalry Officers’ Sabre
    The 1833 Model Cavalry Officers’ Sabre
    The 1834 Model Heavy Cavalry Troopers’ Sword
    The 1834 Model Sabre for Cavalry Troopers and the Mounted Carabinieri
    The 1843 Model Sabre for the General Staff Officers
    The Era of Vittorio Emanuele II
    The First War of Italian Independence
    The Siege of Rome
    The Reforms of Alfonso La Marmora and Camillo Benso
    The 1850 Model Sabre for Bersaglieri Officers
    The 1855 Model Sabre for Infantry Officers
    War in the Crimea
    The Second War of Italian Independence
    The 1860 Model Sabre for Cavalry Troopers
    The 1860 Model Sabre for Non-Commissioned Cavalry Officers
    The 1860 Model Hungarian Legion Sabre
    The Expedition of the Thousand
    The Kingdom of Italy
    The 1864 Model Sabre for Cavalry Officers
    The 1864 Model Sabre for Officers of the Regiment of Guides
    The 1864 Model Sabre for Officers of the Piacenza Hussars
    The Third War of Italian Independence
    The 1871 Model Sabre for Cavalry Troopers
    The 1871-29 Model Sabre for Cavalry Troopers
    The 1873 Model Sabre for Cavalry Officers
    The Era of Umberto I
    The Adoption of Parise
    The Death of Garibaldi
    The 1887 Model Sabre for Colonial Infantry Officers
    The 1888 Model Sabre for Infantry Officers
    The 1888 Model Sabre for Artillery Troopers
    The 1900 Model Sword for Cavalry Troopers
    The 1900-09 Model Sword for Cavalry Troopers
    Sidearms
    The Swords of Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Makers and Markings
    Key Points in Italian History
    Glossary
    Gallery
    Acknowledgements
    Sources and Recommended Reading List
    https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com/la-sciabola

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    Hi Matt if you received enough requests would you print a hard copy? Your book would require a good printer to do the book justice, just something I don't have. In fact the last printer I purchased and soon returned would not operate in English and was stuck in Arabic!

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    Hi Will! I hear you - it's something I've already done a lot of research into. Unfortunately, converting the manuscript would be a further huge commitment and the pricing structure of most trad publishers and print-on-demand publishers means the book's cost would easily double (with all of that going to the publisher). As much of the information on Italian weapons is 'new' to our language I didn't want it to be locked behind a large price tag. Also, digital publishing offers a vast amount of advantages over print. Having said all of that...I love a physical book like everyone else, especially for reference, and I will take another look at making an accessible print version at some point. Maybe I can use Kickstarter or something!

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