Early Model 1840 cavalry saber

Joined
Aug 26, 2021
Just purchased this cavalry saber made by Ames. The date on the blade is 1845 which, if I have read and understand correctly, would make this one of the first 600 sabers of this model produced by Ames. However I’m a novice when it comes to swords & sabers so please correct me if I’m wrong.

I posted a few pictures for your feedback. My biggest fear is that this is somehow fake even though purchased from a reputable dealer. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you

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bayonet

Corporal
Joined
Nov 7, 2012
Looks good to me a nice Model 1840 Saber. Shows character plus for a 1845 that leather grip is not half bad. My Model 1840 is one of the Tiffany Sabers. I would love going into the Tiffany jewelry stores (more like dragged in) with the Wife & Daughters (to drive me further into the Poorhouse getting jewelry) in NYC and Westport, CT. Dealing with the well groomed Sales Ladies I'd remind them that their Company they work for was once War Profiteers selling weapons of War. They look at me like I'm crazy until I inform/educate them of Tiffany & Co, New York sold Weapons like Swords (and I have one I tell them) during the American Civil War. The look of shock on their Face learning that is hilarious. Who would know that in their fancy world of beautiful jewelry and things that their Company once sold weapons that killed. Hope I didn't ruin their day like they ruin my wallet (and cut into my collecting dollars). Gotta keep the women happy!
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bobinwmass

Corporal
Joined
Jul 14, 2019
Location
Western Massachusetts
Looks right to me also. Very nice to have that very early date as it could have seen some action in the Mexican War. Does yours have any inspector initials on the pommel cap?
 

Bonedaddy

Private
Joined
Jan 2, 2020
No doubt a geniune Ames saber. Even still has the wire wrap on the grip which is missing sometimes on other sabers. I like it. Great looking saber. I would leave it in the condition it presently is in. Some feel as they have to polish one up some, but for me that is a big No No. Enjoy it in good health.
 

Cavalier

First Sergeant
Joined
Jul 20, 2019
Of the U.S. cavalry sabers the 1840 is my favorite. I hope it's original too because yours is certainly beautiful! Good luck.

John
 
Joined
Aug 26, 2021
Very Nice early Ames. As @bobinwmass there should be some inspectors initials on the pommel cap as below. Also should be a marking on the top scabbard band.
I examined the pommel cap and the scabbard band with a magnifying glass. The pommel cap has many scratches and light “cuts” but I can’t make out any initials. The scabbard band has too much patina to make anything out unfortunately
 
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