1864 Dated Ames Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber Identified to Colonel Singer - Maker-mark: “Ames Mfg. Co./ Chicopee/ Mass”; Inspectors mark: “U.S./ G.W.S./ 1864”. The strong steel blade is tight and straight. The symmetrical, two-branch brass hilt is in very good condition with no bends or breaks and wears a mellow dark bronze patina overall. Center-swelled, grooved and corded wooden handle is covered with black bridal leather. Grips have their original thin, twisted brass wire that is wound around the handle. Brass wire is good. Cavalry saber is fitted with a brass pommel cap of the Phrygian design, common on all M1860 sabers. Pommel brim exhibits the inspector marks "G.W.C." on the end of the brim.
Scabbard is a gray patina. Inspector mark on the drag, "J.C.W." Ames supplied the government with 25,000 sabers in the 1863 contract.
Saber purchased directly from the descendants of Colonel Singer.
Inventory Number: SWO 050