EARLY AMES MODEL 1860 LIGHT CAVALRY SABER & SCABBARD DATED 1859

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Item Code: 1216-54

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This saber was made under a March 19, 1859, contract for 5,000 sabers. Twenty-four hundred were delivered by September 1859 and another 1,200 by February 1860, most of which probably had 1859 dates. Despite a potential number of 3,600, these 1859 dated sabers are tough to find, likely because they were issued early and saw lots of service.

The bright, slightly curved blade has a surface that shows moderate amounts of mottling and no pitting. Blade measures approx. 35.25 inches long with a stopped wide fuller that meas. approx. 27.00 inches long. The blade edge has numerous small and four deep nicks. Obverse ricasso is strongly marked “US” over “J.H.” over “1859.” The reverse ricasso bears a crisp three-line maker’s mark that reads “AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE, / MASS.”  The leather washer at the base of the ricasso shows wear but is complete.

The brass two-branch guard and knuckle bow are strong, tight and wears a pleasing mellow patina. The brass pommel cap is marked “J.H.” with another set of partially obscured initials that look to be “W.G.T.” in script. The center-swell wood grip features a very nice dark brown leather that shows light to moderate surface wear but is otherwise in very good condition. Twisted brass wire wrap is tight and complete.

The original steel scabbard is bright with light scattered mottling and several small indentations scattered along its length. Both mounts and rings are present as are the throat and drag.  [ad][ph:L]

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