Original U.S. Model 1906 Cavalry Saber with Scabbard by Ames Sword Co. with ALA marking - Dated 1906
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:
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 / J.C. / 1865, for the inspector at Ames at that time and the swords serial number.
The blade on this example is in very good condition, with a nice finish showing some of the original factory final polish marks. There are some areas of staining and light pitting, but nothing major. The hilt has a nice browned patina, with no pitting or major rust issues.
The steel hilt bears rack numbers 1 L and ALA 59., indicating possible issue in the state of Alabama. The scabbard is in very good shape, with no dents we can see, and a wonderful worn patina.. The leather grip is in good shape, with some cracking, and still has the original wire wrapping.
In lovely condition ready to display, a cavalry saber from the Mexican Wars Era.
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