DescriptionNear Mint Civil War M1850 Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard by Ames. Really an outstanding specimen. The 30¼" blade, etched on a frosted background for 2/3 of its length is, with the exception of a few small, really negligible stains, mint. Regulation brass hilt retains about 70% of the original gold wash, fishsking grip with twisted brass wire wrap perfect. Inexplicably the quillon is slightly bent, but easily straightened. Somewhat unusual blade etch with spread wing eagle between scrollwork panels on the obverse and a large "US" flanked by similar panels on the reverse with Ames log etched just above the ricasso. Retains the original white buff leather washer. The brass scabbard mounts retain about 90% of the original gilt with Ames logo on the back of the throat. Leather scabbard excellent, just some minor scattered flasking/crackling to the finish (about 20%), very sound. Really pretty foot officer's by the period's most desirable sword manufacturer.
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