VERY NICE M1840 NCO SWORD AND SCABBARD BY AMES

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Item Code: 1145-05

This Ames NCO sword rates about excellent for condition. The only fault we can find are a few gray spots near the tip. The rest of the blade is bright and even shows some cross polishing above the ricasso, something usually obliterated by cleaning over the years. The Ames Manufacturing scroll stamp is sharp on one side of the ricasso, as is the “U.S. / G.K.C. / 1864” stamp on the other side indicating government inspection and acceptance.

The hilt is very nice with bright color on the pommel and guard and subdued tones from handling on the imitation wire wrapped grip. The brass mounts of the scabbard are firmly in place, match the guard, and show only light handling marks. The black leather scabbard body has nice surface and color, with a tight seam down the reverse. There are no bends or breaks to the leather. The mouth of the scabbard shows some of the red lining still in place. The thin leather blade pad is still in place on the underside of the guard. The drag shows G.K.C. inspector’s initials matching those on the blade, though the middle initial is a bit light.

This is the regulation sword carried by the sergeants of a typical Civil War Union infantry company, though we have seen at least one quartermaster return from a volunteer regiment indicating some corporals ended up with them as well, at least for a time, perhaps from their general designation as non-commissioned officers’ swords.

This is a very good example of a regulation Civil War sword. [sr] [ph:m]

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