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 Post subject: Ames Cavalry Saber
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:04 pm 
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This one is dated 1836. I don't have a sheath for it. There's a piece of string tied around it, I had hung it up by.


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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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That it really awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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Thanks for sharing.............I've been waiting to see it. A great example of the 1833 Ames Cavalry saber. It was modeled after the 1822 British model. Quite a bit lighter than the later '40 model which was named "Old wrist breaker". I seem to recall that there was only one "cavalry" charge against Indians made with sabers drawn in the dragoon era. The '33 model was a better sticker than a slasher...which the '40 model was famous for. In either case the training involved being able to charge mounted opponents with saber inverted (blade up) so that when the blade point connected with the enemy's shoulder, it would slice upwards through the collar bone and out, swinging around as the two mounted soldiers passed each other. Charging lancers, the blade was to parry the lance point away and then the dragoon swung the saber in a circular motion to come down on the shoulder as he swept past......both moves hard to explain and easier to visually demonstrate. The heavier model 1840 was much more effective....though the only real use was on the Mexican/California battle field rather than Indian warfare. Sabers could have been left in the barracks as they would later be during the 70's, and 80's due to their ineffective use against mounted Indians. Having said all that I much prefer the looks and feel of the Ames '33 model.

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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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Thanks Doug! I lost it for a while in the move, but finally got it dug out the other day. I may hang it up and display it again, now that I've got it out. I've seen cavalry men charge with the saber inverted, but never knew why, thanks for the info! I've studied a couple types of sword play over the years, so your descriptions make sense, from what I can remember about moves from other styles.

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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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Thanx Doug.....very good description of use

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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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I think I was fairly accurate in the description. I still have my 1840 Heavy Cav saber and the buff white saber belt as well as the carbine sling.......probably going to try and sell them soon. Can't see ever using them again. My saber was a proto type and perhaps one of the first reproduction 1840s available.

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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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Oh cool! I'd like to see pics of them!

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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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This is all I have of the 1840 and saber belt and sword knot!
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 Post subject: Re: Ames Cavalry Saber
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Hey that's cool! My sword knowledge is spotty, now that I see the picture, I recognize the style. Did you ever run through any drills with it on horseback?

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