US MODEL 1840 NONCOMMISSIONED “N.C.O.” SWORD MADE BY THE ROBY SWORD COMPANY IN 1862

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Christopher Roby began sword manufacturing business first by making edged tools. His factory located in Chelmsford, once known as “Scythe Factory Village.” A manufacturing business started by Deacon John Farwell eventually passed to F.T. Sawyer in 1846. Later Sawyer would sell one half of his interest to C. Roby, the firm being known as Roby, Sawyer Company. By 1853 Roby would buy out Sawyer and changed the business to C. Roby & Co. Roby’s first contract with the government was for N.C.O. and M1840 Musician’s swords. In 1863 Roby delivered 9,000 N.C.O. swords; this sword one of those.

Obverse side of the blade stamped into the ricasso “US/1862/F.S.S.” Frederick S. Strong government armory inspector 1862-1863. Reverse side in a circle “C. Roby W. Chelmsford, MA.” Untouched attic condition blade. Dark olive patina, light surface rust.

Cast brass hilt with simulated wire wrapped handle. Knuckle-bow stamped with a single “S”, often seen on N.C.O. swords for “F.S.S.” Frederick S. Strong armory inspector 1862-1863. Reverse side blank. Nice untouched patina on brass hilt. Sans scabbard.   [ws]

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