A very scarce 1861 dated Ames cavalry saber in pristine condition.
This 1861 dated Model 1860 light cavalry saber is one of 10,000 produced in the first year of war. It somehow missed being issued despite the immediate need not only for regular, but volunteer cavalry units.
Condition overall is excellent plus, with slight blemishing to the original highly polished blade in a few areas, very light surface crust on the scabbard (see photographs), light wear to leather finish on grips.
The blade is 35 inches long, and marked US / BH /1861. on the ricasso; the other side has the banner style, Made by / AMES MFg Co./ CHICOPEE / MASS. The white buff leather washer shows some staining which is also seen on the underside of the guard. The knuckle box and branches are in perfect alignment. The grip leather has such little use it still retains a strong grain, with only light wear on high spots to finish. Wrapped with a fine twist of brass grip wire. Inspection mark on the pommel cap, “J.H.”
The scabbard has a smooth polished look with a grayish patina; most of the old rust build-up, and any pitting is in this area and extremely minimal, found between the two ring mounts where the most handling would occur over the years. The drag has the inspector’s initial “H”.
You couldn’t want for better.