1864 DATED AMES 1860 PATTERN LIGHT CAVALRY SABER

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Item Code: E2857

Made in time for the large western cavalry raids, the fighting in the Shenandoah and Sheridan’s raids in Virginia in support of Grant, this cavalry saber is real veteran, typical of those well cared for and brought home a mementos by discharged troopers. The brass has an untouched, aged patina. The leather wrap is very good and the binding wire is present also. The blade shows smooth metal with a good edge and point, silvery-gray in color with darker gray clouds overall. The Ames company logo in an arc at the ricasso is legible as is the U.S. stamp, inspector initials C.E.W. and the date 1864, which does, though, show some rubbing along the top of numerals and a bit of corrosion.

The blade tang is smooth on the pommel and the “J.H.” sub-inspector marking is clear. The scabbard has its throat, drag and rings all in place. The metal is a mix of it original browning, along with gray metal, a few stains and one or two paint drops. There is some thin standing rust and light pitting on the drag, which bears a “W.C.” inspector’s stamp.

This saber is in the condition we like to find them as they come out of an old estate or household, likely brought home by the trooper himself, hung up in the parlor, and later moved to the attic or garage by subsequent generations, but not played with or damaged. Not mint or unissued, but a real veteran.[sr]

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