CLASSIC 1863-DATED AMES MODEL 1840 LIGHT ARTILLERY SABER AND SCABBARD

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Here is an original enlisted Model 1840 light artillery saber that is complete with its original metal scabbard.  Termed an Ames Type 2, this variation was made from 1860 through 1865 and features a saber that has a flush handguard without a recess and its matching scabbard has a throat collar mount similar to the M1860 cavalry model.  Blade and scabbard are both in good condition. Made for light artillery (mounted units), this edged weapon was delivered in 1863. 

Obverse ricasso stamped “US / ADK / 1863” while the reverse ricasso bears the very thin banner address markings of “AMES MFg Co / CHICOPEE / MASS”.  Stampings are there but very difficult to see because the entire blade has been heavily cleaned with all stampings almost gone.  This saber has a 32¼” long, curved, single edged steel blade with a flat top and a single wide fuller. Blade is in good condition overall and exhibits a smooth light gray color.  Original leather washer pad is strong and intact.  Blade edge bears few edge nicks.  

Brass pommel has a 3/8” high, domed cap and bears the inspector mark (ADK).  Entire brass hilt, including the pommel wears a mellow bronze patina.  Knucklebow unmarked but features an arsenal rack number “49” deeply stamped unto the brass quillon.   Original grips are strong and consist of a turned, wooden handle with wrapped with black bridle leather and encircled with original, twisted, brass wire wrap.  Leather is in thin but strong condition with just few scuffs. Wire wrap is just slightly loose on three or four strands.  

The steel scabbard exhibits a smooth, semi-bright scheen overall and is in very good condition. No dents. Bears inspector marks “J.C.W.” on the drag. The bands are tight and suspend two 1½” sword suspension rings. Throat unmarked.  This M1840 artillery saber specimen would make a great addition to any edged weapons collection.

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