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Swords Used by the Artillery Branch of Service
Extremely Rare 1832 Pattern Ames Artillery Sword Rig With Original Scabbard
Item #: L3544
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This is a scarce version of an original Civil War era short pattern 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 maker’s mark of the Ames Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts on the back of the blade still clearly visible. It has the large straight line stamping with the eagle that is from their earlier production years when they were in Springfield. These were made by Ames from 1832 until 1862. The front of the blade has the "U S” stamp with the production date of "1841". It also has the inspector initials of "WS" of William Smith who inspected swords from 1825 until 1841. The Ames book states that they only delivered 1,500 of these swords in 1841. 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 side of the underside of the crossguard it has the inspector initials of "W.P. L..” stamped into the brass. This is the initials of the inspector Mann Page Lomax who approved the sword for service. It also has the stamp of "WS" for William Smith. The sword is accompanied by a nice original brass and leather scabbard that is in very fine shape. The leather is complete and makes a fine display beside the sword. What makes this sword rig stand out from most of the ones that you encounter is the belt buckle. The sword and scabbard come on a great looking and complete original white buff leather belt. The buff leather has turned from the white to a beautiful tanish cream color all over. On of the attachments to the belt frog is partially separated and is mentioned for exactness even though it doesn't detract from the overall display of the piece. On the inside of the belt it has the remnants of the New York maker marking of the firm of Robert Dingee. It has the excellent sword belt buckle intact. This buckle is the rare version that is illustrated as Plate 245 in the O'Donnell and Campbell's buckle book. They state that this is the enlistedman's version that was used from 1833 until 1839. These buckles are very distinctive because the 2 main pieces are connected by an "S" shape link in the center. One of the buckle pieces has the classic Union Eagle with the arrows of war in one talon and the branch of peace in the other. The other side has the the vividly clear "US" with the crossed cannon in the center. The brass of the buckle is a gorgeous untouched color that displays superbly. This is a very nice looking 1841 Dated Ames artillery short sword in scabbard with the full belt rig intact.

Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Price Was: $2650 Sale Price: $1,950.00 USD

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