Non-commissioned Officer Sword - Inventory Number: SWO 176
The model 1840 non-commissioned officer sword was intended for sergeants and were ceremonial in purpose, being used to convey rank and to signal movement in drills. The sword could be used in a fight, but only as a weapon of last resort. Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing Company, Cabotsville, Massachusetts. Marks: ricasso, MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / Cabotsville, and US / (inspector) / 1867, additional inspector stamp on guard and scabbard drag. Standard features include: brass handle, grip gives the appearance of wire wrap but its integral with the handle, guard is made from two plates unadorned, hilt is single branch. Scabbard is leather with brass mountings and has two seperations.
Inventory Number: SWO 176