AMES MODEL 1860 LIGHT CAVALRY SABER, DATED 1859

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Item Code: 150-339

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.

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. / 1859” in sharp clear markings. Blade wears a mottled, salt & pepper patina. 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. The grip with center swell is covered with bridal leather that shows heavy wear from age and use. Portions of leather worn away near pommel. Double twisted brass wire is complete and in place. Cavalry saber is fitted with a brass pommel cap of the Phrygian design common on all M1860 sabers. Pommel brim exhibits inspector marks. Initials “A.N.P.” are carved into the guard.

Strong, steel scabbard is unadorned and has acquired a dark mottled patina with scattered areas of oxidation. Sword mounts are strong and retain the original suspension sword rings. Scabbard is undented and the drag has no visible inspector stamp. This Ames-produced, 1859-dated light cavalry saber is a nice early cavalry sword.  [jet]

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