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    Civil War US M1860 Naval Cutlass and Scabbard by Ames. Certainly one of the most attractive and romantic of the Civil War enlisted swords, this example retains its scarce original riveted leather scabbard. The blade is bright and clean, very nice, with just one small area of staining and salt-and-pepper pitting within 6" of the tip. Correct Ames Chicopee marks and date 186(?), rather weak but obviously struck this way, which is often encountered on these cutlasses. The all-brass cup hilt has a number of shallow dents and a few minor edge nicks, with a wonderful untouched dark patina. The guard bears rack numbers at the quillon. The leather-wrapped grip is perfect and bears the impression of twisted wire wrap, although it is generally accepted that these swords saw service with the wire removed. The original leather scabbard is back-seamed with brass rivets and retains the original brass top mount with frog stud and brass drag, both of which are affixed to the scabbard with rivets. The scabbard shows considerable cracking to the finish and some flaking. There is one noteworthy crack just below the top mount but quite sound and as previously noted very scarce. A fine example of this very desirable Civil War sword.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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