RARE REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE SWORD & SCABBARD BY AMES

$7,000.00

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Item Code: 870-61

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Double edged straight blade is elliptical in cross-section and meas. approx. 29.00 inches long and 1.00 inch wide at the ricasso and tapers over its length to a point. Running down the center of the blade on each side is an 11.25 inch long fuller. The blade surface is bright with only very light scattered mottling. Both edges are free of nicks. The obverse side of the blade is etched near the ricasso with “N. P. AMES / CUTLER /SPRINGFIELD.” This is followed by an urn with foliate extending along the blade and ending with the figure of an Indian holding a tomahawk and bow and arrow. This figure is followed by a spreadwinged eagle with riband surmounted by stars and a sunburst followed by more foliate. The obverse etching follows a similar pattern but instead of the Indian figure there is a panoply of flags. All etching is somewhat subdued but visible.

The hilt is of silver and brass. It has a silver grip engraved with band-like striations. The pommel is globular and bears on the obverse side an American shield in a sunburst and clouds while the reverse side has a ribbon that reads “LIBERTY” with lightning bolts, sunrays and clouds. The guard consists of a straight cross quillons and hinged counterguards on each side. The quillons have a leaf decoration and the finials appear to be flower buds. The obverse counterguard is a spread-winged eagle in high relief clutching an American shield in its claws. The reverse counterguard is a plain oval. Both swivel up and down as needed. Much gilt remains on the brass and the silver has a light patina.

The scabbard is of black leather with a brass throat, middle band and drag. The throat bears a stud decorated with a fouled anchor. Below this the throat is engraved with a spread-winged eagle with American shield on his chest. The middle band is decorated with the crest of the Revenue Service while the long drag has a foliate design. The brass furniture shows wear from age and storage and has a uniform moderately dark patina. The leather body of the scabbard has some light surface crazing and minor amounts of surface finish loss that does not detract in anyway.

A very nice example of a very rare sword.     [ad]

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