Ames Civil War Model 1850 Foot Officer’s Sword - Ames produced high-grade edged weapons for private purchase, and also for some government contracts. Both sides of the blade are etched with intricate scroll designs that feature a panoply of military arms and delicate foliate of leaves and scroll decorations. The obverse side of the blade has the same design but features a detailed spreadwinged eagle centered in the design flanked with military arms. The maker’s inscription on the obverse ricasso reads, “Ames Mfg. Co / Chicopee / Mass.” in script.
The finely detailed, single-band brass hilt features a solid guard and knucklebow with a delicately cast band that displays cutout oak leaf scrolls and acanthus leaves. Features a grooved, center-swelled wooden handle wrapped in high quality, dark colored rayskin. Skin is tightly bound with double-twisted brass wire around the handle. Brass pommel is decorated with ornate scrollwork of laurel leaves and features a tiered domed cap. Casting on the hilt and pommel is well executed and crisp.
The original metal scabbard is a complete. Two plain bands support the two suspension sword mounts with rings. Both bands are tight to the body as are the mounts and the two small suspension rings. Drag is excellent.
This original and high quality Ames Model 1850-foot officer’s sword is a fine example of a Civil War officer’s edged weapon. Ames exhibited finely crafted workmanship on all of its blades, especially its officers’ blades.
Inventory Number: SWO 025