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    Magnificent And Unique American Infantry Officer's Saber C. 1850 By Ames. The sword is configured identically to a regulation M1833 Dragoon officer's saber, with the exception that it is silvered and lacks the "United States Dragoons" legend on the blade. 34" quillback blade etched for 2/3 its length with motifs familiarly encountered on the '33 Dragoon including urn with floral work above, Indian brandishing tomahawk, tucked winged eagle with hand engraved riband above surmounted by stars and rays and additional floral scrollwork. The logo "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass." in an etched panel at the base. Reverse with similar motifs but with arms panoply and additional floral work in lieu of the eagle and Indian. Blade overall excellent with strong etching. Generally bright and clean with just some minor stains and a few small areas of very light pitting near the tip. Retains the original white buff leather washer. The hilt is identical to the M1833 Dragoon although absolutely plain, with no line engraving, retaining 90% of the original silver wash and not slotted for sword knot. Sharkskin grip with spring like wire wrap perfect, with 1/2" ferrule at the base. The brass scabbard is truly exceptional and retains about 20% of the silver wash, primarily on the upper section. Plain brass ring mounts and rings. 5" panel at each ring mount covered with large leaf engraving on stippled background. 4" panel between the ring mounts with superb spread wing eagle with rays above, lightning bolts below, and a shield on the eagle's breast with a single 7 pointed star. It is interesting to note this is, in fact, an indigenous Texas sword, with a single star on the shield. 4" panel at the bottom of the scabbard covered with engraving stylistically similar to the ring mount panels. Large accentuated drag identical to the M1833 Dragoon. The reverse of the scabbard is plain. Scabbard overall near perfect, with the exception of the loss of the silver, with just a few tiny dings on the reverse near the bottom. A beautiful and enigmatic American sword, doubtless produced on special order from Ames.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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