Sabre: there are several kinds of swords with broad curved blades; and first of all the Sabre(fr.), which is usually represented as in the margin.
Or, a lion rampant sable holding in his dexter paw a sabre or crooked sword proper, all within a double tressure flory counterflory of the second--MAC CAUSLAND, Strabane, Ireland.
Gules, a fesse cotised or, over all two sabres addorsed saltireways azure hilt and pomel of the second--AGALL.
So similar are the Falchion, called also the Hanger, and the Scimetar(the latter sometimes represented with the back engrailed) that practically no difference can be made in the drawing, except that the falchion should have a blade somewhat wider in the middle. The Cutlass is also found.
Or, a lion rampant double tailed and ducally crowned, brandishing in the dexter paw a falchion all gules--PAUL, Middlesex; granted 1758.
Azure, a falchion in pale argent hilt gules--TATNELL, co. Chester.
Gules, three hangers or falchions barwise in pale the points toward the sinister part of the shield argent, hilts and pomels or--HUDGSON, Boston, co. Lincoln.
Azure, three scimetars in pale argent hilts and pomels or, the points to the sinister--HODGSON, Tooting and Buckland, Surrey.
Ermine, on a chief gules three cutlasses erect argent hilts or--HODGSON, Framfield, Sussex; granted 1628.
Or, three bars wavy gules with a scimetar in pale argent, hilt and pomel of the field--DRUMMOND.
Argent, a cutlass in bend sable--ELAM, Kent.
Gules, three cutlasses in pale barry argent[?] neufes or--TROSS, co. Devon.
A French term Badelaire is found sometimes used; it seems to be similar to the sabre.
De gueules, à trois badelaires d'argent rangés en pal--DU BOIS, Bretagne.
Seax, (Anglo-Saxon Seax, Icelandic Sax), is also another term used, and signifies a broad curved sword with a semicircular notch at the back of the blade.
Gules, three seaxes barwise proper, hilts and pomels or[handles to the dexter and edges of blades uppermost]--County of MIDDLESEX.
Argent, a lion rampant sable; on a chief gules two seaxes in saltire of the first, tilts and pomels or--GOMME[Middlesex, 1761]