1863 Ames Civil War Light Artillery Sword w/ Scabbard

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 27, 2008
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Up for your consideration is this wonderful authentic Civil War Sabre created by The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Chosen for the quality and quanity of their swords, Ames was the premier sword manufacturer of edged weapons during the Civil War. Founded in 1837 and although sold and bought several times since, Ames is still producing presentation swords today as the Ames Sword Company of New London, Ohio.

These US made sabres were modeled after the French Sabre style of 1829. This sword closely resemblems Cavalry swords that are today, still readily available; Cavalry swords were made in the thousands and most all Cavalry soldiers were issued one. The differences being, this model M1840 Light Artillery Sabre had ONLY 5,300 copies produced in 1863, far less than the number of mounted artillery soldiers involved in the war. The knuckle-bow guard which is a single guard that allowed it to hang close to the body. Also, this blade is more curved to allow for a hacking instead of a thrusting blow.

In 2005, Warman's Civil War Collectibles Field Guide Listed this sword at a minimum of $750 in any condition, so I will need to put a reserve on it, but a reasonable one. This sabre is in pristine condition, it has all of it's original parts with absolutely no rework or repair. The leather is still intact with little wear, all of the original brass wire wrap is in excellent condition but a little flatten, this just shows some usage (possibly in battle). T is a small nick in the blade, although not visible to the eye, you can feel it and t is a sharp nick on the guard, could possibly be from sword contact, I'm not sure. The scabbard is a little pitted and has a few small dents, I just hope that when I'm 145 years old, that's all that wrong with me.

Now, you know all the things that are wrong with this sword. Let's talk about the great things now. The total length is 38 inches, from pommel to tip with a blade length of 32 1/4 inches and 1 5/16 inch at the hilt and is straight as an arrow. The blade is dull and shows no sign of ever being resharpened. It has a beautiful steel color and showing only a small amount of age, slight discoloration of metal and very minimal pitting. The guard and pommel have a wonderful petina color due to it's age and preservation, it would make a beautiful display piece. When you grasp this sabre, you can feel the weighted pommel that insured balance and made it easy to maneuver. One side of the blade is marked Ames Mfg Co. Chicopee Mass., and the other has US AHC 1863, which is the inspector's mark. The last thing is the portapee or lanyard; I do not believe this to be an original item, it looks too new but is still a nice accent and gives the sword character. Also included, is a cotton canvas cover that shows some signs of age but was stitched specifically for this sword and scabbard.

If you would like more pictures or have questions about this item, please contact me. Just remember, I'm not an expert, just tried to do the research.

*** I also have an 1863 Springfield Civil War Musket complete with bayonet, scabbard and canvas cover if anyone knows of an online auction house that I can sell it, please let me know!!!!!**

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