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Object Name: Cavalry saber and scabbard
Date: 1846
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Medium: Steel, brass, leather; steel
Dimensions: Overall: 43 x 5 x 4 1/4 in. ( 109.2 x 12.7 x 10.8 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Saber with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow; brass half-basket hilt with two sweeping branches joining oval counter-guard on obverse side; leather-covered grips with ridges wrapped with twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel without surface decoration; steel scabbard with two carrrying rings and asymmetrical drag.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Object Number: 1942.150ab
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Marks: stamped: on obverse of blade near hilt: "US / JH" stamped: on reverse of blade near hilt: "N. P. AMES / CABOTVILLE / 1846"

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According to the accession records, this sword and four others donated by Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis were used in the Battle of Gettysburg by members of the Ellis family: Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis and Julius Livingston Ellis, who were killed in the battle, John Stoneacre Ellis, Henry Ashfield Ellis, and Samuel Claudius Ellis.