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MODEL 1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SABER w/ SCABBARD – 1846 dated AMES –DESIRABLE EARLY DATED BLADE AND SCABBARD IN VERY GOOD CONDITION:  This very nice Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Enlisted Man’s Saber, bears a very desirable early date of 1846, indicating it is highly likely that this blade was carried south in the prosecution of Mr. Polk’s War with Mexico.  These Ames sabres bearing dates from the 1840’s were in service not only during the Mexican War, but were continued in use on the antebellum frontier and then through the Civil War – all of which consumed many of the early sabres making them quite scarce today.   

Manufactured by the Ames Sword Company and so marked on the ricasso of the blade with legible stampings as clear as the day they were struck, “N.P. Ames, Cabotville, 1846” and on the reverse. “US NWP”, indicating the blade was inspected by Nahum Patch.  The pommel cap is legibly inspected, “WAT” for Capt. William Anderson Thornton and “NWP” for Nahum Patch.   

The blade surface is very smooth and overall bright and clean, with very minor, light scattered discoloration commensurate with the age of this sabre.  The edge has a few very small nicks, again in character with the age and long service life of this sabre.  The most significant of these nicks is shown below in the photographs – typical of the edge wear that occurred in service and not the result of abuse or mishandling, nor do the slight nicks detract from the overall appearance of the blade.  The tip of the blade has retained the original profile and length.   

The leather covering on the grip is tight, and the surface of the leather is smooth with very minor wear, and no crazing or flaking.  The seam of the leather wrap is visible where it has opened slightly with age, but the leather remains stable and secure.  The wire wrap is present and tight, and the leather washer is present between the blade and the guard.   

The scabbard is full form, with a complete throat, both of the carrying rings, a solid seam with no splits, a drag in the original shape with no excessive wear, and the metal has an overall naturally aged patina.  The surface of the scabbard is overall smooth with a few isolated patches of light pitting, but none that affect the integrity of the metal.   

Manufactured in 1846 at the onset of the Mexican War, this Ames Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Sabre is very evocative of that early expansion era, the active campaigning of the Mounted Rifles and Dragoons on the Frontier, and the occupation of the areas of the Southwest then recently ceded to the United States.  Not a “hothouse rose” that waited out the conflicts of our Nation’s growth in a supply depot, this blade is one that certainly witnessed history of a scope than we can only imagine.  The desirable maker, the early date of manufacture and the very nice condition all combine to present this saber as a very historic and desirable acquisition.  These early dated specimens do not surface often, and once retired from the market into a collection, it will once again lie quietly for many years to come.  (0708)  $2495

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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