Non-commissioned Officers Sword Model 1840- Dated 1865 - Inventory Number: SWO 173 / Sold
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, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Marks: ricasso, MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS. (banner style), and US / (inspector) / 1865, additional inspector stamp on guard. 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.
Inventory Number: SWO 173 / Sold