U.S. Model 1840 cavalry saber circa 1849
brass basketguard with two branches, wood and leather grip with twisted brass wire, Phrygian helmet pommel, with curved 1/4" blade; marked "AMES MFG. CO. CABOTVILLE, 1849" on reverse ricasso, "US, WD" on obverse ricasso, "W.D., J.W.R." on pommel cap.
overall L41 1/2" blade L35 3/4"

Provenance: Bluffton, South Carolina private collection.

Literature: Peterson, Harold L. THE AMERICAN SWORD 1775-1945. rev. ed. Ray Riling Arms Books Co., 1996. pp.32-35, p.234.

Other Notes: This sword was called "Old Wristbreaker."

  • About 25% of the leather wrap is missing from grip, blade is dark with areas of fine pitting, few areas of heavier pitting. Top of guard is bent slightly forward. Scabbard patina is dark gray with areas of fine pitting; few small dents in the body, a couple of small cut marks.

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