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Civil War & Earlier Soldier's Belt Buckles in Excavated & Non-E
Artillery
Very Scarce Multi-Piece Artillery N.C.O. Belt Buckle & 1834 Dated Artillery Sword
Item #: A7548
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This is one of the toughest to find of the Civil War era belt buckle. This is the version that is illustrated on page 166 of the O'Donnell and Campbell belt buckle book. It is the U.S. Model 1834 belt buckle that was designed for the Non-Commissioned officer of Infantry but this one was used for artillery. They list them as being circa 1832 until 1834. They make a notation in the book that on August 11, 1832 they amended the contract that was placed in February 1832 the Ordnance Department that for the 1st 3000 artillery sword belt plates "500 shall have the letters US and a stack of muskets in the center, instead of the brass cannon on the plate." So this is one of those 500 that they mention. You see quite a few of this pattern of buckle out there but 99% of them are reproductions. This one is right as rain in all regards. Each of the main sections are made of cast brass. They have the drilled out holes to allow the "S" shaped connector piece to function. One of the disks has the image of the droop wing eagle while the other one has the bold "US" lettering with the stacked rifles and the drum at the bottom. One thing that is special about this belt buckle is that it still retains the entire original buff leather belt which makes it display even better. The white buff leather has aged to a tan color over the years. It has the original brass length adjuster intact as well as the frog for holding the scabbard of the US model 1832 short artillery sword. These were patterned after the Roman gladiator swords with the fierce look like you see in the movies. The blade is full-length with the desirable makers mark of the N.P. Ames Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts on the back of the blade. It has the large straight line stamping with the eagle that is from their earlier production years when they were in Springfield. These model 1832 short artillery swords were made by Ames from 1832 until 1862. The front of the blade has the "UNITED STATES stamp with the production date of "1834". This date is important because it is the third year of production of this famous pattern of American artillery sword. According to the Ames Book they only made 2,400 of them this third year. The handle is made of cast brass and has the fish scale design with the droop wing eagle at the top of the pommel. On the cross guard of the sword you can still see the inspectors stamps on each side including that of S. Huse of Newburyport . His stamp only shows up on the very earliest of these Ames made swords. It also has the inspector's initials of "J. A. J. B.". These are the initials of James Andrew Jackson Bradford who only inspected swords for the US government from 1833 until 1836. As you can see the sword has the original leather and brass scabbard present and accounted for. Most of the time these are missing in action. This one is still nice and solid. This is a very nice looking third year of production model 1832 Dated Ames artillery short sword with scabbard, frog and belt. This is a very scarce and wonderful piece of history!

Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
$3,250.00 USD

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