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Ames Civil War
M 1860 Naval Cutlass Dated 1861


Presented is an Ames, Civil War, M1860 cutlass which is missing its scabbard. The blade is properly marked with the Ames shield showing partially on the reverse and the 1861 date on the obverse. Missing are the customary inspector marks or rack marks, wire wrap and leather on the grip, but the Ames serial number 4M934 is present on the back inside of the top of the guard. Overall, there is evidence this cutlass has seen some serious use.

These cutlasses have become so hard to find so that even in this grade they have become a rare find. This one is priced to reflect its shortcomings.

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.

Grip missing leather covering and wire wrap
Slight bend at left corner

MARKINGS: For the perfectionist, the main fault with this cutlass is that over the years the maker's mark is hard to see and much of it has worn away. There are no U.S. Navy imprints showing it was inspected or rack marks showing it saw military service. The Ames serial number assigned to this weapon and reads as 4,734 out of the 25,000 delivered, including contract extensions so it was made early enough to have seen service in the Civil War.

Ames Serial Number 4734
Bottom of guard showing rivets
Date 1861 is just below the guard
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.

Revers and obverse of blade showing mottled coloring
DIMENSIONS: Cutlass 32" long overall. 25 3/4" 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 Ames, Civil War Cutlass and will be appreciated by those who value historic weapons!
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

OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.

International buyers welcome, but must inquire first. You are responsible for knowing your country's import laws covering edged weapons. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

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Ames Civil War
 M 1860 Naval Cutlass
 

Presented is an Ames, Civil War, M1860 cutlass in far better than average condition considering its age and use at sea. It is a rare find, considering many of these cutlasses are either missing their scabbard or are being sold with one which is a replica. The condition of the accompanying scabbard is exceptional. It has the expected marks of age, but there are no breaks or deep cracks and it has its frog button. All 40 of the copper rivets running down the back are intact with the one larger at the tip. The knuckle bow has a flange which accepts an elliptical guard which acts as a hand shield. Most all of the original varnish is present, but shows scratching. The curved hand shield is riveted to the flange and forms a solid half basket guard. The guard, leather covering over the wood grip, and wire wrap are perfect.

The Model 1860 cutlass which replaced the Model 1841 saw service during the Civil War, and through the Spanish American War. They likely were used during the early days of World War I. Based on company records, 22,000 of them were made for the Navy and 300 for the Army by  Ames in two Massachusetts plants. The design for this cutlass was copied from the French naval cutlass used from before 1800 when boarding of enemy vessels was common place. The French affectionately called it "Cuillere-a-pot" (the soup ladle) and the comparison is obvious.

MARKINGS: For the perfectionist, the main fault with this cutlass is that over the years the maker's mark and the U.S. Navy imprints have mostly worn off the blade. Remaining on the obverse ricasso is a lonely 186_, and on the inside of the guard at the top 13 M 962. There are no other marks discernible. The last number is the Ames serial number assigned to this weapon and reads as 13,952 out of the 22,300 delivered, including contract extensions.

 
Full basket guard. Varnish shows scratches
               Tightly wrapped two strand wire

From the Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations approved a number of uniform changes as announced in NAVADMIN 118/10 March 31. Included in the announcement is the approval of a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Ceremonial Cutlass for optional wear by E-7 through E-9s. Chief petty officers are authorized to wear the cutlass in full dress uniforms when acting as a member of an official party during a ceremony. However to ensure uniformity, all members of the official party must wear either the cutlass or the sword. Because this is an optional uniform article, Sailors are responsible for the cost of the item. Additional details on the final design and manner of wear of the cutlass will be released in a future Navy message.

               Front of guard. Date 186_ is just below washer
CONDITION: The entire hand assembly, guard and grip are in original condition with only scratches as the most minor superficial marks of age over the past 149 years. The patina of the varnish coated brass is pleasing to the eye. The leather is without imperfections and the two strand wire wrap is complete and tight. The blade and all individual parts are tight and correct. The blade has tarnish and patches of grey, and a series of six small nicks on its edge, just forward of its midpoint. The scabbard is of great value since it is impossible to find if missing.
 

                        Original frog button, and correctly riveted scabbard with no shrinkage. 
DIMENSIONS: Cutlass 32" long overall. 26" blade length              
Max width of blade 1 3/16"   Max thickness 5/16"
Fuller 3/4" W x 19" L            Weight 2 lbs 7 oz in scabbard
This is an excellent example of an Ames, Civil War Cutlass and will be appreciated by those who value historic weapons!
 


                   From polished to grey with minor spotting and little pitting
 
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

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are  included in this offer if an error is due to our fault.

International buyers welcome, but must inquire first. You are responsible for knowing your country's import laws covering edged weapons. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

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ANTIQUE AMES 1860 U.S. NAVY CUTLASS CIVIL WAR GUARANTEED

 
 
Presented is a first rate United States 1860 Naval Cutlass in its original copper riveted scabbard with most of its original varnish intact. The twisted wire has been worn off, but everything else is in excellent condition considering its 147 year age and use.
 
The model 1860 cutlass which replaced the Model 1841 saw service during the Civil War, and through the Spanish American War. They likely were used on during the early days of World War I. Based on company records, 22000 of them were made for the Navy and 300 for the Army by the Ames Company in two Massachusetts plants. The design for this cutlass was copied from the French naval cutlass used from before 1800 when boarding of enemy vessels was common place. The French affectionately called it "Cuillere-a-pot" (the soup ladle) and the comparison is obvious.
 
The cutlass with the plain guard was used by enlisted men and those with cutout U.S.N. in the guard were issued to officers, otherwise they were identical except for the initials. These weapons with a slightly curved blade were compact in design and amongst the most serviceable ever used in the American Navy. They were originally finished with a wire wound leather grip which wore away in use. No nation's cutlass served as long and was more efficient for close shipboard combat than this edged sidearm.
 
DIMENSIONS: 32" long overall. 26" blade length. Max width of blade 1 1/4" In scabbard, 32 1/4" Weight
CONDITION:  Dated 1860 which can be seen by magnification. Other marks on both the blade and the pommel cap have been worn away or are hidden by pitting. The brass cup-guard is slightly dented and shows typical age and deep patina of its original varnish. The blade is in excellent condition with very little pitting and is smooth to the touch. The grip leather is in excellent condition, but the wire wrap is missing. The scabbard has a loop missing on the reverse. Considering its age and years of use this is a first rate cutlass and a  scarce Civil War Period edged weapon with its original scabbard.
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are at fault.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WELCOME, but contact us first. We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, is an additional charge. You may email us to get these costs. We price our very special packing and shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards or PayPal accepted on this item. 

This represents an outstanding example of an antique sea service cutlass with a Civil War heritage. Buy this magnificent collector's cannon Now!

 
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