On page 207 of "The Ames Sword Company 1829-1935" by Hamilton, the author indicates that the company delivered 1,039 of these experimental swords as part of a 20,000 sword contract signed in 1904. The rest of the swords were the Model 1860 pattern. It has a distinctive "boot" shaped grip wrapped in shagreen and alternating plain and braided wire, a blued iron hilt with knurled "boot" section, and a 31 7/8 inch lightly curved blade marked with "A.S.Co/flaming bomb/1906" on the right ricasso and "U.S." on the left ricasso. The iron scabbard is bound in dark brown leather and includes a thick leather drag. The left side is stamped "59."
Very fine with minor light age and storage related wear on the scabbard and hilt and exceptionally bright excellent blade.
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