AMES MODEL 1832 SHORT SWORD WITH SCABBARD AND BELT

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Item Code: 490-6822

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This Federal edged weapon is an Ames Model 1832 U.S. Foot Artilleryman’s short sword in excellent original condition.  Handsome and ruggedly made, this blade specimen is a product of the Ames Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts.  The artilleryman’s sword features a hefty, double-edged, steel blade that measures 19” long x 1¾” wide at the hilt.  This hefty short sword is rather unwieldy and its use as a weapon is debatable with some contemporary accounts indicating that this type weapon was better suited to clear brush and other obstacles from around gun positions.

The blade has a bright finish overall, no edge nicks.  Produced by N.P. Ames of Springfield, Massachusetts, the sword is marked on the obverse ricasso with a very worn stamp and eagle.  The reverse exhibits “UNITED / STATES / 1835”.  The solid brass hilt has the typical ‘fish-scale’ handle and strong eagle marks embossed on both sides of the pommel. The face of the hilt cross guard exhibits two sets of inspector’s initials.

Matching leather scabbard is likewise in very fine condition, complete with its brass throat and brass drag, both still attached to the scabbard. All of the small brass tacks are present. Brass buttonhook on throat is tight.  Leather body remains strong and exhibits no significant crazing. Stitching remains tight and unbroken.

The white buff leather frog and belt appear unworn.  Belt remains soft and pliable.  Two-piece “US” tongue and wreath style buckle shows mellow age patina. All stitching on belt is tight and unbroken.

This short sword with its original scabbard, frog, and belt would make a wonderful addition to any early US military edged weapon display or collection.  [jet] [ph:L]

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