Ames 1860 Model Cavalry Sword dated 1865
(US Civil War) Sold
Exceptionally good condition US civil war cavalry sword (Ames
made 1860 model), dated 1865, with scabbard.
Made by the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee Massachusetts
in 1865, this 1860 model US cavalry sword is in exceptionally good
condition. Maker scroll version marked on the ricasso one side,
inspector "J.C.W.", "U.S." and "1865"
date marks the other. The pommel also is stamped "J.C.W."
as should be expected. The scabbard's shoe / drag has the remains
of a now indistinguishable inspection mark. The 88 cm blade is in
exceptionally good, almost mint condition and it firm in the hilt,
which along with the grip is also firm. The grip leather is a little
worn in places, the ring bindings are complete (maybe replacement).
The scabbard is on overally very good condition with some patina
and small dents. A very good example of this famous American civial
war sword which I would accept £600 for.
Early American Civil War (1861 - 1865) swords are in huge demand
on the basis the earlier into the war they were, the more likely
they are to have seen combat. What is interesting about the civil
war and their cavalry officers / troopers is that it was considered
very bad form to sharpen the edge of the blade, unlike in Europe
where everything went. I mention this because this blade is unsharpened
and also in virtually mint condition, but this does not mean the
sword never saw action. This sword was purchased in England and
reportedly had been in the previous owner's family for some time,
raising the prospect it was brought back to the UK by an English
mercenary. Although that raises an even more grisly possibility
in that British Mercenaries tended to fight for the Confederate
Army and this is a Union sword.
The whole sword including scabbard is in very good condition, although
the scabbard has some pitting and the grip's ring bindings has loosened
a very small amount over time as you would expect. Further pictures
available upon request.