AMES 1863 DATED MUSICIAN’S SWORD AND SCABBARD

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Item Code: 1046-06

This is a very good example with a nice, less common mid-war date. The brass hilt has a medium patina showing some old polishing that is toning down. The pommel and blade tang are smooth. The knucklebow shows an ADK inspector’s stamp with a rack number, “8,” stamped in the same location. The same number “8” appears on the drag, along with an “AHC” inspector stamp, indicating the sword and scabbard have been together forever. The throat is good and complete. The drag has some dings and bends. The leather has a good black finish with just some crazing and slight creasing directly at the top of the drag and bottom of the throat.

The reverse ricasso has an Ames scroll address, slightly rubbed on the left, but very legible. The blade is immaculate and bright with no spotting, good edge and point. The obverse ricasso shows the US acceptance stamp, “A.H.C.” inspector stamp (matching that on the drag,) and an 1863 date.

This sword was the regulation pattern for musicians. Even after the consolidation of regimental bands, company drummers and fifers remained on duty with infantry regiments, forming a regimental drum corps and supplying details to the medical staff when in action. This is a good example of this regulation Civil War sword by the best known sword maker of the war.  [sr]

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