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|W1478...Cavalry saber, Model 1840, Ames Mfg Co., Chicopee, 1857.
The model 1840 saber, called the "wrist breaker", was was a relatively heavy cavalry saber, and as it was manufactured before the Civil War, it saw extensive use by both sides during the war. Standard features include a relatively straight wooden handle without a swell, grip is covered with leather and twisted wire, 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" on left side, and "US / (inspector) / 1857" on right side. Additional inspector stampings, on pommel, and on upper hanger ring. Blade length 36in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 66.
Ames Mfg Co., Chicopee, 1857, inspected by JH, additional inspector stampings, "RHKW" and "JH" on pommel, "JH" on drag. The grip has leather wrap and wire intact, leather washer intact, clean blade, scabbard intact with smooth gray patina, outstanding example of the wrist breaker with desirable early date and matching inspector marks.