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.