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CIVIL WAR PERIOD
Presented is an Ames, Civil War, M1860 cutlass which is in good condition, but missing its scabbard. The blade is properly marked with the Ames Mfg. , Chicopee, Mass showing partially on the reverse, and U.S.N., DR 1864 date and inspector’s mark on the obverse. There is the Ames serial number 8M 36 present on the back inside of the quillion or guard.
The Civil War Naval cutlasses have become much harder to find, so we were pleased to find this fine example.
CONSTRUCTION OF GUARD: The knuckle bow has a flange which accepts an elliptical guard which acts as a hand shield. Most if not all of the original varnish is gone. The curved hand shield is riveted to the flange and forms a solid half basket guard. The leather covering over the wood grip, and wire wrap have been worn off.
MARKINGS: The Ames serial number assigned to this weapon reads 8 M 36 (which would translate to serial number or rack number 8,360) on the inside of the guard. This would definitely put in the range of swords issued during the Civil War period. The blade is marked with Ames Mfg. Chicopee, Mass and U.S.N. D.R. 1864. The “D.R”. is thought to stand for Daniel Reynolds, the inspector at Ames.
BLADE CONDITION: In addition to what has been described elsewhere, the blade and all individual parts are tight and correct. The blade is sharp and has a mottled Grey finish. The scabbard is missing.
DIMENSIONS: Cutlass 32 1/4" long overall. 26 1/6" blade length
Max width of blade 1 3/8" Max thickness 1/4"
Fuller 3/4" W x 19" L Weight 1 lbs 15 oz
This is a worthwhile example of an Ame, Naval Civil War Cutlass and will be appreciated by those who value historic weapons!
PRICE: $960.00 SHIPPING: $55.00
BRIEF HISTORY Ames Mfg. Co.:
The Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts, was founded in 1832 by James Tyler Ames and his brother, Nathan Peabody Ames. The company manufactured small tools, cotton machinery, swords, cannons, and did casting of bells. They started production of military contract swords in 1832 with the M1832 foot artillery sword, and ended with the M1906 cavalry saber in 1906. Ames produced more swords for the American military than any other company before or since, totaling over 200,000 swords in service by the end of the Civil War. In that time, at least ten different manufacturing marks were used on the swords. A little knowledge of the company history helps place a date range for when each stamp was used. When the company started producing swords it was led by Nathan P. Ames, and most marks reflected that fact. In 1847, Nathan died and left the company to his brother James. The markings on the blades were immediately changed from N.P. Ames to Ames Mfg. Co. In 1848, the town of Cabotville was incorporated into Chicopee, Massachusetts, and the marks were once again changed to reflect this. Blades dated as late as 1850 may still bear the Cabotville stamp, as the old dies were probably used until they were worn out. In a much reduced state, they are still in business today. Mostly, from an essay by sword expert, Michael McWatters
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