MODEL 1840 PAYMASTER DEPARTMENT SWORD BY AMES

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Item Code: 1047-57

This beautiful sword was manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts. The 1840 pattern sword served double duty as both a Pay Department sword and Medical Staff sword.

The blade measures approximately 30" long, ¾” wide at the hilt, and 36 ½" overall. The blade is etched on each side with floral sprays, military themes, American eagle with ribbon bearing the motto "E Pluribus Unum", and caduceus.  Obverse side is etched “U.S. Pay Department”. Blade is bright with some areas of darker mottling. No edge nicks. Felt washer remains intact.

The grip is gilded brass with an oak leaf and acorn motif; on the obverse side is an oval medallion bearing an American eagle. The reverse side of the grip has a similar medallion left blank obviously intended to receive the owner's name. The pommel is shaped like a pineapple. The guard consists of floral motif quillons and two shields. The obverse shield is bordered with a floral motif within which are 13 stars and applied German silver letters “PD”. The reverse shield is unadorned.

The scabbard is gilded brass with applied floral decorations. There are two suspension rings at the top mount and a single ring at the middle mount. The drag shows no wear.  Stamped on reverse side near throat is “AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS.”

A very rare sword in very good condition.  [jet]

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