Item #: USAS3 -- A U.S. M1840 Mounted Artillery Saber, Ames, Dated 1863 -- $950.00
A U.S. M1840 Mounted Artillery saber, faintly stamped to the reverse forte "AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE, MASS." and to the obverse "D.R. / 1863." The blade a pleasing dull grey color with a fair bit of original polish and dark surface spotting, showing several small nicks, the edge slightly cleaned up with a file. Both sides of the forte lightly cleaned. The hilt with original peen and mounts uncleaned overall, the leather grip cover and wire binding tight and intact with age cracking to the surface of the leather. The knucklebow stamped "D.R." and numbered "22." The original leather buffer washer present but worn. The scabbard with old rust scale and wear to the leading edge from field service, with old black japanning. GC; condition as noted.