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    Fine Civil War Period Ames M1852 US Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard. The 28½" blade is etched for two-thirds of its length with panoply of arms, ring of stars, anchor and shield, and the Ames logo surmounted by scrollwork on the obverse. The reverse displays oak leaves with acorns intertwined with rope, USN in a riband, a fouled anchor and a tucked-wing eagle with rays perched ion a naval cannon. The excellent blade is clean and bright with just one small patch of light pitting and a few stains, with the original buff leather washer. The brass hilt retains 95% of the original gold wash and what appears to be a correct, period, gold bullion sword knot. The sharkskin grip and wire wrap are excellent with just a small opening at the seam of the sharkskin on the back of the grip as the result of shrinkage. The original leather scabbard has some crackling to the finish with minor flaking. There is a 4" section on the back seam where the stitching has popped, but overall very sound. The brass throat and middle mounts, with rope ring mounts retain about 70% of the original gilt, the carrying rings are brass. The lower mount is a correct period replacement with a number of small dents. Looks fine and fits perfectly. A nice example of this attractive Civil War officer's sword.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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