Very Rare Ames M1852 Naval Officers Sword - 1852 Dated & Inspected One of 487 made. Leather scabbard has a repair in the middle and drag has a dent most likely from battle action. 29 slightly curved single-edged blade. 5.5 gold gilt brass hilt with pierced guard, sea monster motif forward swept quillon and knucklebow.
In ribbon on face of guard. Obverse ricasso dated 1852, reverse ricasso inspected. Ames / Mfg Co / Chicopee / Mass.
Near ricasso as well as an anchor and shield, panoply of arms and various geometric and foliate motifs. Reverse blade etched with an American eagle, fouled anchor. In a ribbon, and various nautical motifs.
Ames marked leather scabbard with gold gilt, fouled anchor mountings and sea serpent drag. This is a very scarce, maritally marked example of a USN M1852 Naval Officer's sword from the first year of production. Only 500 swords were ordered from Ames and inspected, they were subsequently issued to the 487 US Naval Officers then in service.
A rare and important sword for the US Navy collector. Ames is probably the most desirable maker amongst American sword collectors. All things considered equal, these swords will almost certainly command a premium above their counterparts. There is much already written about the The Ames Sword Company (herein referred to as "Ames"). Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers.The Ames Sword Company 1835 - 1865. By John Hamilton, will cover most of the collector's curiosities. The item "CIVIL WAR M 1852 AMES NAVAL OFFICER SWORD DATED 1852 & INSPECTED ONE OF 487 MADE" is in sale since Thursday, July 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "rachelemandelgallery" and is located in Chicago Heights, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.