This is a presentation grade version of the standard U.S. Model 1850 Foot Officer's sword of the 1850s and 1860s. Many of these would have been presented and worn during the Civil War. The 32 inch, lightly curved blade is etched with floral, classical martial, and patriotic motifs along with "Ames Mfg Co/Chicopee/Mass" on the obverse. The hilt is gilt brass with floral patterns and "US" and has a gold wire wrapped shagreen grip. The gilt brass scabbard has mainly floral engraving along with a spread wing eagle motif between the suspension bands. The reverse of the scabbard has a faint lightly scratched period "USM" inscription.
Very fine with light patination and age staining on the otherwise fine, bright polish blade along with distinct etching, bent tip, complete leather washer, strong gilt finish on the hilt and scabbard, moderate age related wear on the grip and a crack along the reverse side, and mild dings and scratches.
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