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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.06.00042
Description Model 1860 U. S. Officers Light Cavalry Saber: single-edged, curved blade with rounded back and rudimentary false edge and two fullers; ricasso stamped "1860" reverse ricasso stamped "Made by / Ames Mfg. Co./ Chicopee / Mass"; brass hilt with a knuckle bow and two branches flowing from an oval guard and terminating at the pommel; wood grip with swell in the center covered in leather and wound in twisted brass wire. Metal scabbard (.42a) with brass mounts; upper mount engraved "Lieut. frank A. Bond / Co. M / 1st Va Cavalry / C.S.A. / Aug. 1st 1861".
Dimensions L-41.5 inches
Owned Frank A. Bond
Owner Regiment 1st Virginia Cavalry, Co. M
1st Maryland Cavalry, Co. A
A.A.G, Stewart's Brigade Infantry.
Made Ames Manufacturing Company
Event Battle of Gettysburg
Provenance "Frank A. Bond carried this sword and scabbard, issued by the State of Maryland to her state militia units in 1859. [though sword stamped with date 1860]. He carried it into Virginia in 1861, and used throughout the war. Capt. Bond was badly wounded and left in the hands of the enemy on retreat from Gettysburg in 1863. This sabre was saved by his brother, Sgt. Major Arthur W. Bond, 1st Maryland Infantry. When Capt. Frank Bond was exchanged in May 1864, he received back this sabre, which he carried in Early's Maryland Campaign and "at the attack on the National Capital."
People Bond, Frank A.
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg
Subjects Retreats, Military
Prisoners of war
edged weapon