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Recently obtained this cavalry saber. This one has gold wash remaining on the blade and scabbard. I have heard of the old GAR veterans that would paint the swords gold but I never ran across one before. I think this sword is possibly one of the GAR painted swords. Here are some pictures. 
 

 

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That is a nice looking sword. It so cool to get the prized relics that were part of a veterans hall.  The GAR and UCV both , I  think painted various relics from artillery rounds to canteens to swords.  I’ve owned an early Gettysburg battlefield pick up shenkyl projectile that was silver. There is a thread on here that talks about painted relics.   Congratulations that is a cool sword.     Fraternally yours Mike

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Thanks Mike. Have you ever heard or seen any of the UCV vets painting any of their swords?

 

It looks like the scabbard shows signs of someone trying to remove the gold paint. I like the gold paint and consider it part of this saber’s history, so I will keep the sword in this condition. 

 

Chris

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I don’t recall specifically a painted UCV sword.I have seen canteens that were painted for UCV reunions and labeled to show the host city and year on one side and a military scene on the other. Some of these can bring a very handsome price.I’ve discussed this subject with some very knowledgeable dealers and they were of the opinion that both GAR and UCV decorated there hall’s with painted and unpainted relics. Another favorite decoration was , “War Logs “ being pieces of tree trunk embedded with shrapnel, canister  cannon balls and bullets ,I’ve seen two of these labeled to GAR halls. Again let me compliment you on a very cool relic and thanks for posting.   Mike

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On 7/2/2020 at 7:27 PM, cagedfalcon said:

Nice saber.
I just picked up two last week. Still out there waiting to be found again.

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I would love to see some pics. You can post it here if you like. 
 

Chris

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1860 Ames light calvary saber, US 1864 marked, also marked JF with GKC (George K Carter) inspector initials.

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Great looking swords. I really like the old Ames logo on the blade, much nicer than the Ames marks used on their M1906 contract sabers. The old mark doesn’t hold up very well to time and can be difficult to see sometimes. 
 

Did the Ames come with a scabbard? The old import wrist breaker and scabbard looks to be in great condition. 
 

Chris

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Great looking swords. I really like the old Ames logo on the blade, much nicer than the Ames marks used on their M1906 contract sabers. The old mark doesn’t hold up very well to time and can be difficult to see sometimes. 
 
Did the Ames come with a scabbard? The old import wrist breaker and scabbard looks to be in great condition. 
 
Chris


Unfortunately no scabbard with the Ames.
Yes both are straight but the W.B. is in great condition. The Ames with all of its faults is still my favorite and will be moving the W.B. along.

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