AMES MODEL 1840 LIGHT ARTILLERY SABER WITH SCABBARD DATED 1863

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Item Code: E2790

This Model 1840 Light Artillery saber was made by the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts in 1863. Ames was one of the most prolific sword makers in the United States and is considered one of the best.

The 32.75 inch curved blade is clean and bright. The true edge has two or three very small nicks. The central stopped fuller runs approx. 25.25 inches. One side of the ricasso is very, very faintly marked “AMES MFG. /CHICOPEE /MASS.” in three lines while the opposite side has a good “US / A.D.K. / 1863.”

The hilt has a brass Phrygian style pommel cap with a single knuckle bow coming around to a thin guard ending in a circular quillon. The underside of the guard is missing the leather washer. The grip is of wood and covered in leather with a twisted wire wrap. The leather shows light wear and the wire is tight. The knuckle bow is stamped “- D. K.” The letter “A.” has worn away. This mark originally matched the inspector’s initials on the blade. The whole hilt has a light patina with scattered spots of oxidation.

The iron scabbard is in undented condition but was painted black long ago. No inspector marks are visible on the drag. Scabbard is complete with both rings and mounts.  [ad] [ph:L]

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