The Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword was one of the main officer swords of the American Civil War. This high condition example from Ames has a 32 inch blade with scroll, classical martial, and patriotic etching. Above the right ricasso the blade has the etched maker's mark "Ames Mfg Co/Chicopee/Mass." The gilt brass hilt has floral designs and "US" on the guard and a shagreen and twisted wire wrapped grip. The scabbard s blued steel with gilt brass furniture. "AMES MFG. CO./CHICOPEE/MASS" is marked above the upper suspension band.
Very fine. The excellent blade remains mostly bright and has distinct etching, some light oxidation, and generally minimal wear. The hilt and scabbard fittings retain the majority of the original gilt finish. There are some minor dents on the drag which has been reshaped at the bottom. The scabbard body retains 85% plus original blue finish and has some minor oxidation. The bottom of the drag is worn and dented. This is a stunning Civil War sword.
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