AMES MODEL 1860 LIGHT CAVALRY SABER, DATED 1860

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Item Code: 172-3371

This blade is a Civil War saber that was referred to as the “light cavalry” saber by the US Ordnance Department. An early war Ames contract Model 1860 cavalry saber, it was issued to the Federal cavalry during the war. The possibility exists that this Ames contract saber, dated 1860, could be one of the 1,200 such dated blades that went south to Virginia prior to the Civil War.

Weighing just less than four pounds, the slightly curved blade measures 34½” long with a width of 1 1/16”, a wide fuller of 27½” and a narrow fuller of 19” long. Marked on the reverse ricasso of the blade is the three-line maker’s address in block style letters that reads “AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS”.Obverse ricasso shows the 3-line entry “U S / G. G. S. / 1860” in sharp clear markings. The strong steel blade is tight with a very slight bend to the right. Exhibits areas of dark, age discoloration and pinprick rust pitting overall. Blade wears a mottled, salt & pepper gray patina. Has a number of small edge nicks with one large bite near enter blade. Retains its leather pad or washer. Appears to have been lightly cleaned over the years.

The asymmetrical two-branch brass retains a mellow, untouched, dark bronze patina overall. Outer branch has been bent forward at an extreme angle. The center-swelled, grooved and corded, wooden handle is covered with black bridal leather that shows overall cracking, flaking, and scuffing from age and use. Large 1” long piece of leather is missing near the pommel. Leather seam on the handle has dried and stretched apart along the seam. Grips wears a thin, double twisted brass wire that is wound around the handle. Brass wire is still tight. Cavalry saber is fitted with a brass pommel cap of the Phrygian design common on all M1860 sabers. Pommel brim exhibits inspector marks.

Strong, steel scabbard is unadorned and has acquired a dark rusted and pitted surface with a dark plum colored patina. Sword mounts are strong and retain the original suspension sword rings. Upper ring mount shows nice wear at the inside edge (fulcrum point) indicating the belt rig was worn extensively by a mounted horsemen. Scabbard is undented and the drag has no visible inspector stamp. Has very light drag angle wear. This Ames-produced, 1860-dated light cavalry saber is an early specimen with a fine look of character.

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