Ames Model 1840 Artillery Officers Sabers are extremely scarce because that model of saber was a regulation sidearm for mounted officers and officers of the light artillery from 1840 through 1850 only. The post 1850 Model 1840 sabers were not allowed by regulation so would have been for state regimental officers only. The wonderful history of these Ames sabers is that they were probably produced beginning in 1844 after the S&K sabers were introduced into the Army and no longer allowed by 1850 so only in use by regulation for 6 years—that is why the saber is scarce and the Ames Springfield addressed sabers are extremely scarce and desirable. This saber is not only a scarce pattern but has wonderful history as well. The saber is etched “J. Munroe USA” on the blade. John Munroe was the 94th graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point in 1814. He had a spectacular military history all of it as an officer of the US Artillery. His service was in campaigns against the Black Hawks, Florida Indians, on the Northern Frontier, Military Occupation of Texas, Mexican War, Florida again, Commanding Officer Department of the Platte in Dakota Territory during the silver and gold rush. In addition he was given the distinction of serving as the Military and Civil Governor of New Mexico in 1849 and 1850, He received numerous Brevet promotions and served as Chief of Artillery for General Zachary Taylor during Taylor’s service in the War with Mexico and being singled out for brevet promotions in the battles of Monterey and Buena Vista. He was a full Colonel of Artillery when he passed on the cusp of the US Civil War in April of 1861. This saber is not only a rare Ames manufactured US Army saber, but it is in tremendous original condition. The hilt retains all of its original heavy gilt finish, the grip is perfect, the blade is beautifully etched with the fat Springfield address style, and early Ames etching and of course is also etched “J. Munroe / USA” in a panel. However, the most spectacular and rarely seen feature of this saber is the scabbard which sterling silver foil covered with all of its original foil remaining. All in all, this is a saber deserving of a museum collection which is national in scope or in one of the finest American Arms collections.