WONDERFUL FIRST CLASS EXAMPLE OF AN AMES MODEL 1840 LIGHT ARTILLERY SABER DATED 1862 WITH SCABBARD - CONNECTICUT CONTRACT

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Item Code: 1216-55

This Model 1840 Light Artillery saber was made by the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts in 1862 to fill a contract for the State of Connecticut. Ames was one of the most prolific sword makers in the United States and is considered one of the best.

The curved blade is very clean and exceptionally bright. The true edge has two or three very minor nicks. One side of the ricasso is clearly marked “MADE BY / AMES MFG. /CHICOPEE /MASS.” in four lines while the opposite side has a very good “CONN” over “1862.”

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 has a complete, thick leather washer. The grip is of wood and covered in leather with a twisted wire wrap. The leather shows only minor surface wear and the wire is tight. The knuckle bow is unmarked. The whole hilt has a wonderfully clean look to it with much original gilt remaining on the brass.

The iron scabbard is in excellent condition with only light scattered spots of oxidation. Throat bears the faint inspector’s initials “W.C.” Drag is stamped with a worn “57.” The scabbard is complete with both rings and mounts and is free of dents.

Excellent example of the light artillery saber. [ad] [ph:L]

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