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    U.S. M1850 Foot Officer's Sword by Ames, Inscribed to Lt. Frederick D. Burnham, 97th U.S. Colored Troops. Frederick D. Burnham was the 18 year old son of a Baptist Minister in 1864, and was a devout abolitionist and strongly sympathetic with the anti slavery cause. Turning his back on Harvard, where he was a student in the Lawrence Scientific School, Burnham enlisted on June 24, 1864 as a 1st Lieutenant in Company K of the 97th United States Colored Troops, joining his regiment at New Orleans, and serving with the regiment until his discharge for disability on April 21, 1865. During his term of service the regiment was engaged at Mobile, Spanish Fort and Ft. Blakely and Burnham was wounded in the left arm at Escambia Creek Florida, Dec. 17, 1864, as well as suffering slight wounds at Pollard, Ala. and Ft. Barancas, Fla. Included with the sword is a complete set of Burnham's records.

    The sword is a fine, totally untouched, example of an Ames M1850 foot officer's sword. Blade smooth and light gray with typical Ames etch for 2/3 its length, with floral/scrollwork with spread winged eagle on the obverse and US on the reverse along with the Ames logo at the bottom of the blade. Blade very fine with nice etch and absolutely no rust, pitting or nicks. Blued steel scabbard with brass mounts also excellent with just a few minor dents on the lower mount and retaining much of the blue finish. Brass mounts with very nice untouched patina and traces of gilt. Nicely inscribed in script on the face of the top mount, "F. D. Burnham / Newburyport / Mass." The reverse of the top mount displays the "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass." logo. A very nice untouched Civil War foot officer's sword inscribed to a young officer who served gallantly in defense and pursuit of his ideals.

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