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    Model 1840 Light Artillery Saber. This handsome and versatile saber was based upon a French pattern for the light artillery companies of the regular artillery regiments. The design proved popular enough to remain in service for nearly fifty years. This example dated 1849 was produced by the Ames Manufacturing Company in Cabotville, Massachusetts. The Ames company would ultimately deliver 19,902 examples of this pattern to fulfill government contracts. The curved, single-edged blade measures 32", with an overall length of 38". The blade is 1.25" wide at the hilt. A broad fuller runs from the ricasso to within 6" of the point. The blade displays a rudimentary false edge. The blade is marked "US / WB" on one side of the ricasso and bears the "Ames Mfg Co / Cabotville /1849" on the other. The grip is wood covered with leather and wound with twisted brass wire. The pommel is of the Phrygian helmet style and made of brass. The knuckle-bow is a four-sided strip of brass that curves evenly below the blade, and the quillon ends above the blade in a disc. The guard is marked "JAR". Each side of the quillon is marked with a number "3". The iron scabbard has two rings for suspension and a drag. This example is in very good condition with some dark spots on the surface of the blade and some light pitting. The scabbard shows signs of honest carry wear, otherwise it is near fine. A splendid example of a sword widely used during the Civil War.

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