J293a : Very Early Dated M1840 Ames Cavalry Saber Ames Manufacturing Company $1,050.00
Category : Civil War
Sub Categories : Weapons, Edged, Swords
This 1847 dated edged weapon is a wonderful representative specimen of the heavy combat saber issued to Federal dragoons during the Mexican War and later to Union horsesoldiers engaged in the War of Rebellion. Manufactured by the acclaimed Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts, this saber was one of 2,220 such sabers delivered to the Ordnance Department under the Ames contract of 1847. Well liked by both the cavalrymen and the dragoons, the men often referred to it the "Old Wrist Breaker". The only complaint leveled against the M1840 was its excessive weight of 4 pounds, 8 oz when it rested in its scabbard. The 35 7/8" long, curved, unsharpened blade bears almost all of its original, shiny bright finish. Weapon is 1 5/16" wide and has a back thickness of 7/16". Among the features on these M1840 sabers are the squared back profile, grips that are narrow at the pommel and widen toward the hilt, and its hatchet point tip. As author and sword expert John Thillmann notes in his descriptive new book, "These sabers hold a great deal of collector appeal due to their fine lines and length of active service". Specimen exhibits a gray appearance with scattered staining. Marked on the reverse ricasso is "US / R.C." (Rufus Chandler, U.S.N.). The obverse ricasso has "N.P. AMES / CABOTVILLE / 1847". All stampings are clear and strong. The tight, brass hilt retains the original buff leather washer. Grip is in excellent condition with the original black bridle leather strong and dry but with no cracks or breaks. Excellent twisted brass wire wrap is tight and consists of 20-gauge wire with 15 twists per inch and 18 turns around the grip. Brass hilt, with its two-branch guard and knucklebow, is tight and strong. The well-worn, steel scabbard wears a dull, brown patina. Upper ring mount shows heavy, telltale wear from this weapon being belted and worn much by a trooper during the war. Drag shows angled wear to its edge. The two sword ring bands are tight and secure two 1¼" diameter sword rings. This fine, Civil War, Ames saber is a worthy specimen to any edged weapon display or collection.
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  J293b : M1850 Foot Officer's Sword $1,100.00
Category : Civil War
Sub Categories : Weapons, Edged, Swords
Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword. 37 3/4" overall w/ 31" blade. Blade etched throughout first 60% of blade including, crossed cannons, eagle & shield, & "US". Brass hilt. Sharkskin grip. Seam of sharkskin starting to separate. Grips shows spots of wear. Brass boundsharkskin scabbard is solid throughout. CONDITION: blade is fair w/ severe pitting around bottom 15% of blade.
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