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AMES LIGHT CAVALRY SABRE DATED 1863 – VERY NICE MID-CIVIL WAR PRODUCTION SABRE:  This is a very nice example of the a 1863 dated Ames Light Cavalry Sabre, manufactured mid-point through the Civil War.  One of the most popular of the makers of the Light Cavalry Sabre, Ames blades continue to hold their value and are sought after for private collections.   

In addition to the legible Ames maker, “US”, inspector and date stamps on both sides of the sabre riccasso, the brass guard is stamped with the inspector’s initials, “ADK” on the pommel, indicating this sabre was inspected by the famous Andrew D. King.  The brass guard has a wonderful, soft, old patina and shows no signs of polishing or heavy cleaning.  The guard is full form and is not misshapen due to wear or use, and the leather washer is present.  The original grip leather is overall smooth without flaking, and is fully intact without the characteristic wear points seen on many sabres where the wooden grip is exposed.  The original wire wrapping is present and complete.   

The blade is full form, the metal surface is overall smooth, with no heavy sharpening to the blade that changed the profile.  The edge is clean with a few very minor nicks, as opposed to the heavier nicks and chips in the edges that are commonly seen on these sabres that were exposed to several years of the War.  There is no severe pitting on the blade, only the general naturally aged color of the metal that one expects on these early, well used blades.  

This is a very respectable example of a mid-Civil War production Ames sabre and will be a pleasure to own.  (0104)  $450



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