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All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.
Artillery saber, Model 1840,
Ames, 1863, Ames Mfg Co Chicopee, ADK.
The model 1840 saber designed for the artilleryman was lighter than the cavalry version. Standard features include a relatively straight wooden handle covered with leather and a wire grip, brass hilt with a single bar, brass pommel cap is relatively low convex and unadorned, steel blade has distinct curve with a flat back with a narrow fuller not stopped and a wide fuller stopped at the ricasso, iron scabbard with iron mountings. The recess on the handle present on the type I saber was removed on this type II, however the scabbard has a raw top without a throat. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks: Ricasso is stamped "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." (block style), and "US / ADK / 1863". Leather grip and wire wrap is intact, blade is clean, scabbard with no throat fully intact, light rust, drag shows significant wear from use. Blade length 32in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 97.