American Civil War M1840 Sergeant's Sword. Ames 1861

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This Model 1840 Sergeant’s sword was made by the Ames Manufacturing Co. of Massachusetts at the beginning of the American Civil War (1861-1865) and was for use by the Northern (Union) forces.

The 818mm Spadroon blade has a slightly rounded spine and a single fuller running for almost its full length. The thrusting blade terminates in a spear point. The blade is in generally good condition with small patches of age related tarnish. The edge has a few nicks that from the angle and depth look to be combat related. The blade retains its original leather washer.

The ricasso is stamped with the details of the Ames Manufacturing Co. of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Ames used this banner style of logo from 1859 until 1865. The obverse ricasso bears the US Armoury inspectors initials and date. The inspector, George K. Charter was the US Armoury inspector for one year only, in 1861.

The cast brass guard is in excellent condition and bears the Armoury inspectors’ initials, “G. K. C.” on the knuckle bow.

The sword is complete with its brass mounted leather scabbard. The leather is in good condition with creasing above the chape and crazing to the original finish. The stitching is intact and tight. The brass locket and chape have several small dents. The throat of the scabbard retains its original red woollen washer. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.

This is a good clean example of an early Civil War production Union Sergeant’s sword by a sought after American maker.