AMERICAN M1840 LIGHT ARTILLERY TROOPERS SABRE – AMES – U.S. CIVIL WAR

Stock Ref: AST 1599

A very good original example by Ames of the Type 2 M1840 sword carried by Troopers in The Union Army horse artillery.

82cm (32.25”) curved single edged single fullered blade with spear point and flat back. The forte stamped 1863 DR (Daniel Reynolds Inspector 1861-1864), and on the reverse the makers name. Original leather washer.

Brass single knuckle bow guard with back downward facing quillon.  The crosspiece stamped 3 and the quillon 4. At the top of the stirrup near the pommel are II and W. Possibly an individual or battery designation. Leather covered grip with brass wire and helmet shaped pommel with flattened tang button.

Maker: Ames Manufacturing Co. Chicopee MA

Date: 1863

Heavy black painted steel scabbard with two loose rings, the chape is stamped with an unidentified inspection mark

The sword and scabbard are in very good for their age and service use. The blade has only minor staining, and one very small rust patch. The hilt is intact and firm on the tang. The grip is intact but has lost most of its wire binding. The steel scabbard has been painted black but is otherwise in very good condition. There are no dents.

The Ames Manufacturing Company, which by 1840 was located at Chicopee in Massachusetts, had a large number of sword contracts with the U.S. Government during the American Civil War 1861 – 1865. Only 19902 Light Artillery Sabres were produced by Ames. The Type 2 was produced between 1860-65.

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£495.00