One of the most desireable Civil War Collectibles of the last 10 years and still a hot commodity, this is the best 1860 Ames Cavalry Officers Sabre that we have ever offered. Simply put, this sword is near mint with the finest blade I have ever seen on this model. 99% gold gilt, near perfect grip-wrap that nearly cuts the hand, near perfect blade and the scabbard in the original bright. Simply excellent and a great investment for a collector or someone that wants a "world-class" collectible asset. I aquired this sabre along with another world-class item in a trade at the recent Gettysburg Civil War Show. I couldn't keep both.