The Civil War Relicman,
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. 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. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use. These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever! Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.
Artillery saber, Model 1840,
Ames, 1863, Ames Mfg Co, Chicopee, banner address, DR.
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 earlier models was removed, leather washer employed, and there is a throat on the scabbard. These features were employed for this sword manufactured in 1863, by then this was standard for the cavalry sabers. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks on ricasso, "MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS." (banner style), and "US / DR / 1863". Additional inspector marks "DR" on handle, "JF" on scabbard drag. The grip has leather wrap and wire intact, leather washer intact, handle is tight and secure, blade is clean with grey patina minor rust spots, scabbard intact with brown patina. Blade length 32in.
Ref: Thillmann Cav. & Arty. Sabers pg. 97.