The blade surface still shine. The etching on the obverse side begins just above the ricasso with a clamshell and linear decoration.This is followed by a US shield and cannons with a section of foliate above it. This is followed by a block US and panoply of flags followed by foliate and acorns. Blade reverse ricasso has the makers name that reads Ames Mfg. Co / Chicopee / Mass. Some of the lettering has faded from age and is affected by the only spot of mottling found on the blade. The etched decoration begins above the makers name with spears, guidons and shields followed by foliate, panoply of flags, spread-winged eagle, riband with E PLURIBUS UNUM and more foliate.
Blade has some dark spots. Original leather washer is strong and secure under the guard at the base of the ricasso.
The detailed brass hilt features a cast guard and knucklebow with a delicately cast single-band with cutout oak leaf scrolls and acanthus leaves. Brass hilt is tight to the blade tang. Features a grooved, center-swelled wooden handle wrapped in high quality, light colored sharkskin.
Skin is tightly bound with double-twisted brass wire around the handle. Normal seam is evident on the reverse side of the handle. Grips are original and in good condition.Brass pommel is decorated with ornate scrollwork of laurel leaves and features a tiered domed cap. Casting on the hilt and pommel is well executed. Gilt remains on the hilt. The original black leather scabbard is a complete specimen with brass furniture but separated in one area.
The leather is poor (fragile) condition (please see all pictures). Both plain brass original sword mounts and throat are present with both rings. Reverse of throat has AMES MFG CO.
This original Ames Model 1850 foot officers sword is a fine example of a Civil War officers edged weapon. The item "Original Ames 1850 Foot Officer's Sword Antique American Civil War Sword US" is in sale since Thursday, February 11, 2021.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "civilwardagger" and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.