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    Civil War/ Mexican War Ames M1832 Foot Artillery Sword and Scabbard. Based on a French pattern and issued to dismounted artillerymen to defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat, these clumsy Roman pattern swords, although produced in substantial quantities, were renowned for the ineffectiveness in the grip of personal combat. Ironically, the Confederacy, despite their shortage of materials--most notably brass--chose to produce substantial quantities of their own version of this anachronistic weapon. This is a very nice example, the blade bright and clean with just some scattered very light salt-and-peppering. Correct Ames/Springfield markings and date 184(?) somewhat weak but obviously struck this way. The brass hilt is about perfect with nice untouched patina and a set of initials scratched on the obverse of the guard. The brass-mounted leather scabbard is very good with some cracking to the finish but minimal flaking. Both original mounts including the frog stud at throat also untouched and near perfect, just missing one of the four rivets on the bottom mount. A fine example of this 'working' sword that saw combat in the hands of American troops through both the Mexican and Civil Wars.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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