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A spadroon was a light sword with a straight blade of the cut and thrust type. The style became popular among military and naval officers in the 1790s, spreading from England to the United States and to France, where it was known as the épée anglaise (English sword).

Hilts were often of the beaded or "five-ball" type with a stirrup guard. A spadroon blade usually had a broad, central fuller and a single edge, often with a false edge near the tip.


  • P.G.W. Annis, Naval Swords, British and American Naval Edged Weapons, 1660-1815, Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1970, p. 38.