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RARE AMES U.S. NAVY FIGHTING SHORT SWORD CUTLASS DIRK M 1832

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RARE AMES U.S. NAVY FIGHTING SHORT SWORD 

Model 1832

 
 
 
Presented is an Ames fighting short sword that resembles a Roman infantry sword. It was first made as  Model 1832 and issued to regular artillery regiments and infantry, but quickly found its way into sea service. The Ames short sword appeared in their catalog as Number 350. This example is complete and in excellent condition without regard to its age and years of service.
 
The difference between the Navy version and the foot and artillery sword is that the blade tang extends all the way though the hilt, and is securely preened over the top of the pommel.  It was likely made in 1848 when the town of Cabotville became part of the new town of Chicopee. Two of these swords are currently selling on the internet for up to $1800.00
 
The blade is 1 1/4" wide at the hilt and 20" long. There is a single wide "fuller", starting 1/2"below the hilt that is 13 1/4" long. The handle is 5 5/8" long, 1 1/4 wide and 7/8" thick. The entire hilt is cast brass. The grip is molded with a decoration that looks like the tips of eagle feathers. The quillons is a straight cross. The scabbard is red leather with a brass throat band and tip. There is a stud on the reverse side to attach it to a frog.
 
With the passing of time and use, the Ames imprint has been worn down, but still recognizable on the end of blade near the hilt, "Mfg. Co. and Chicopee". Clearly remaining on the reverse is "USN, GGS, and 18xx". GGS is likely the stamp of the inspector and only the first two numerals of the year are recognizable.
 
Because it was shorter and lighter than the heavier swords of the time, it was readily adopted at sea because it was more easily carried and used on the crowed ship's decks or in the rigging.
 
 
 
               Molded brass handle with eagle tip feathers
 
CONDITION: Considering its age and use, this is a near perfect example which is in excellent near "mint" condition. The blade's edges have some small nicks which show it may have been used in drill. There are only a few very tiny spots of corrosion at the tip of the blade. One rivet is missing from each side of the scabbard's tip band. The blade is solid in its handle.
                   Imprint, MFG Co, ....pee 
                   Imprint, USN, GGS, 18..
          Mid section of blade, wide fuller
Dimensions:
 
Handle   5 5/8" L x 7/8" W x 1 1/4" H
Blade   20" L x 1 1/4" W x 1/4" T at widest
Weight   1 Pound 14 ounces
Shown is a custom made Mahogany stand that shows how magnificently this rare sword will display in your collection.
The stand is not included in this offering, but is available for purchase separately through a separately. 
 
International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, 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 shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

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.

 This is the first of the short sea service fighting sword that we have offered for sale. It is in near mint condition. They are very scarce and should appeal to the most sophisticated collector who desires the most unusual.

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