Original U.S. Model 1906 Cavalry Saber with Scabbard by Ames Sword Co. with Excellent Blade - Dated 1906

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The M-1906 U.S. Cavalry saber is almost exactly like its forefather, the M-1860 Cavalry Saber, used throughout the Civil War and on America's frontier during the Indian Wars. This example is in very good shape, especially the blade, which hardly shows any signs of use.

The Model 1906 was the last curved saber model produced for Cavalry, as with the evolution of vehicular transport horses were to become a thing of the past militarily after WWI. A straight Cavalry Sword, known as the "Patton" sword was introduced in 1913 but this new style, frankly, lost all the magic of the original curved blade design.

The M-1906 differed from the M-1860 in that the hilt was made from steel and not brass, otherwise they are nearly identical. This was the saber used in the Mexican Border Wars that lasted on and off from 1910 until 1919, during which the Mexican Rebel Leader Pancho Villa actually invaded the U.S. and attacked a U.S. Army Post in Columbus, New Mexico. Thereafter the U.S. Government took a sterner hand and sent Pershing in short order to settle the business once and for all.

The sword comes complete with the original all steel scabbard, and the blade bears manufacturers markings on the ricasso:

(Flaming Bomb)


A. S. Co. is the abbreviation for Ames Sword Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts, one of the largest independent producers of swords for the U.S. Military since the Civil War. They had made large numbers of the model 1860 Cavalry Saber.  The reverse ricasso is marked U.S over J.C., the inspector at Ames at that time.

The blade on this example is in almost unissued condition, with a bright finish showing the original factory final polish marks. Just a few spots of staining prevent it from being mint. The hilt has quite a bit more surface rust, meaning that most likely this sword was never really used, which prevented the oil on the blade from wearing off.

The steel hilt bears rack number C13 / 2, and the scabbard drag is also marked by inspector J.C.. The scabbard has some denting, and has surface rust much like the hilt. The leather grip is in very good shape, as is the original wire wrapping.

In lovely condition ready to display, a cavalry saber from the Mexican Wars Era.

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