Model 1833 Dragoon Saber
(Dated 1836)


U.S. Dragoon


This US M1833 Dragoon Saber was made by Nathan P. Ames in 1836 (the same year as the Battle of the Alamo). It is an attractive historical item from the early days of the nation when the US Army maintained a very small mounted force. Due to limited production and a relatively low survival rate, good examples of this type saber are quite rare.

The blade is hand engraved at the base "N. P. Ames/Cutler/Springfield/1836," and on the reverse "United States" over a floral spray. The blade and quillon have the sub-inspection mark "JM" for Justin Murphy. The face of the guard is marked "HKC" and "ORD" for Major Henry Knox Craig, the final Ordnance Department Inspector who accepted the finished saber.

A nearly identical M1833 saber is on display at the Alamo in San Antonio, TX. In addition to being used during this pivotal event, the M1833 saw action during the Texas War for Independence (1835-1836), 2nd Seminole War (1835-1842), Mexican War (1846-1848), and was carried by some Confederate cavalry during the Civil War (1861-1865).