34.5" curved, single-edged blade with 26.5" stopped median fuller. 40.75" in overall length, with 6" brass hilt, three-branch guard and Phrygian helmet pommel cap. Grooved wood handle covered in leather with 11 wraps of two-strand twisted brass wire. Reverse ricasso with four line Ames "scroll mark" address reading Made By / AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS. with the last line being a little weak. obverse ricasso stamped US / G.W.C. / 1864, pommel cap with J.F. inspection. Leather throat washer in place. Bright metal scabbard with two suspension rings and inspected G.K.C. on the obverse drag. A very nice example of an 1864 dated Ames cavalry saber in a far above average state of preservation.
Provenance:From the Sword Collection of William Koch
Fine. Blade with some original bright polish as well as some visible cross polish a the ricasso. Showing some scattered light surface oxidation and dulling from age. Markings clear with the exception of the last line of the Ames mark. Hilt with an uncleaned patina, grip with some light wear and loss along the high edges and contact points. Blade and hilt tight, peen undisturbed, wire tight and secure. Scabbard with a prominent lap seam, some scattered surface oxidation and discoloration and a couple of very minor surface dings.
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