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Object Name: Light artillery saber and scabbard
Date: 1849
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Medium: Steel, brass, leather; steel
Dimensions: Overall: 38 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 98.7 x 14 x 3.2 cm )
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Description: Saber with curved, single-edged steel blade with a broad fuller extending from ricasso to within 7 inches of point; brass hilt with grip covered in leather and wrapped with twisted wire; heavy, four-sided knuckle-bow, narrow counter-guard, and curved quillon with fisk finial; helmet-shaped pommel with domed oval top and no surface decoration; steel scabbard with two carrying rings and slightly asymmetrical drag.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Object Number: 1942.151ab
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Marks: stamped: on obverse of blade near hilt: "US / WD" stamped: on reverse of blade near hilt: "AMES MFG. CO. / CABOTVILLE / 1849"

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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.