1864 calvary sword mgf by ames

Jan 25, 2020. 03:09 UTC
1864 calvary sword mgf by Ames
United States of America

Saber sword

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sword and scabbard , 36# long, in good condition


it was obtained by my great uncle who enlisted for the Spanish American war in 1898 and described how he wore it as he rode down the San Juan Hill attacking the Fort in San Juan Puetro rico/ see attached history of ownership to present

Answered within 4 days
Jan 29, 15:08 UTC
By George

Fair Market Value

$150 - $300 USD

Insurance Value

$450 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Gary,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

The presented object appears to be a Model 1860 light cavalry sword made by Ames. The blade is stamped" Ames Mfg Co Chicopee Mass" and on the other side "US GWC 1864".
This piece is in medium condition and there are damages visible.
An estimation would be between 150 to 300 USD.
This estimation is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparables. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.

With kind regards,

Gary levinson Jan 30, 03:31 UTC

Sorry to hear your results how many such swords were made then. Does the addition of a second inspection inscription on the hilt of GKC MAKE a difference the imprint on butt of sword seemed to be UK rather than US ANY thoughts

George Jan 30, 09:46 UTC

Dear Gary,

The is no detail of the inscription on the hilt. Please upload a detail. The blade has US hallmarks and inspection stamp GWC.

There is always the possibility that two not fitting parts were later connected by a collector.

With kind regards,

With kind regards,

George Feb 05, 10:12 UTC

Dear Gary,

the G.K.C stamp can be solved with George K. Charter who was a civil war inspector.

With kind regards,

Gary levinson Feb 05, 15:30 UTC

The fact that there were 2 inspectors does that provide any additional information about this sword, how and when made and it’s value. If it were cleaned better would that change its value?

George Feb 06, 13:52 UTC

Dear Gary,

such pieces with two inspector stamps are not that rare. Often pieces were reassembled during the production, during the usage in military service or later by a collector.

With kind regards,

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