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|W1450...Cavalry saber, Model 1860, Ames, block style address, 1859.
The model 1860 saber was made slightly lighter than the model 1840 and was the primary saber of the Federal cavalry by the end of the war. Standard features include wooden handle with a swell covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt has three branches, brass pommel cap and guard are unadorned, steel blade has flat back with narrow and wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks on ricasso, "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." (block style), and "US / (inspector) / 1859", additional inspector stamp on pommel and scabbard drag. Blade length 35 inches.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 79.
Ames, 1859 block address, inspected by JH, additional inspector marks, JH on pommel. Rope hanger was probably made for display. The grip has leather wrap intact, wire correctly re-wirted,, leather washer missing, handle is tight and secure, blade appearance is pleasing with grey patina, maker marks are strong, scabbard intact with with rust remnants of plating, this is early date made before the war.