MINT 1864 DATED AMES MODEL 1840 MUSICIAN’S SWORD

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Item Code: 2021-199

This regulation 1840 pattern musician’s sword and scabbard by Ames are in nearly factory new condition. The brass hilt shows original gilt and in places where that is rubbed it blends in nicely with a bright, bright finish. The blade has a mirror finish with excellent edge and point, and extremely sharp markings. The reverse ricasso is stamped US/GWC/1864; the obverse bears the Ames banner style address, “Made by / Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass.” The knucklebow has a matching GWC stamp.

The scabbard is exceptional as well. The black finish is smooth and with good finish: no flaking, wrinkles, bends or breaks. The seam is tight. The brass drag and throat with hook are firmly in place. A collector added white blade pad to the underside of the guard. We have left it in place.

Musicians embraced both regimental bandsmen and the company musicians, a fifer and drummer, assigned to each infantry company. After 1862 bands tended to be restricted to brigade and higher level organizations, but company musicians remained, often forming a regimental fife and drum corps that would be called upon to aid the medical during a battle, though there are occasional references to them playing the men into battle. In either case they were on the field and might need a last ditch weapon of defense though it more often functioned as item of full dress or a badge of office or post worn upon a shoulder belt or occasionally in a waistbelt frog.

This would look great in a display of edged weapons or collection related to the infantry or musicians in particular. It would be hard to improve upon.  [sr] [ph:m]

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