Steel, brass, leather; steel
Overall: 42 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. ( 108 x 12.1 x 10.5 cm )
stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "US / G.W.C. / 1865" stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "Made by / AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS"
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers; half-basket type brass hilt with two sweeping branches on obverse side and oval counter-guard; grip covered in leather and wrapped with wire; Phrygian helmet-shaped pommel without surface decoration; steel scabbard with two carrying rings and asymmetrical drag.
This sword is referred to in the accession records as a U.S. Cavalry saber. A tag once attached to the sword identified it as a "relic" of the 79th Highlanders.
Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.