Original U.S. Model 1906 Light Cavalry Saber with Scabbard by Ames Sword Company - 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. It 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 came to us from an estate sale, and comes complete with the original all steel scabbard. 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 / J.H.C., for the inspector at Ames at that time. We unfortunately have not been able to determine this person's name.

The blade on this example is in very good condition, with a bright finish showing some of the original factory final polish marks. The hilt and scabbard has quite a bit more surface rust, and areas of light pitting. The leather grip covering is approximately 75% intact. However, most of the original twisted brass wire wrap is missing. The wood of the grip body, however, is in very good condition.

Ready to display, a cavalry saber from the Punitive Expedition Era! This is the last gasp of the times of old which reached into the 20th Century.

Approximate Dimensions:
Blade Length: 35"
Blade Style: Single Edged Curved Saber with double Fullers
Overall length: 40 3/4“
Basket dimensions: 5" width x 5” length
Scabbard length: 36 1/2”

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