Original U.S. Civil War Era Ames Model 1832 Artillery Short Sword with Scabbard - Dated 1841

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Ames Model 1832 Artillery Short sword, dated 1841, complete with a leather scabbard, which is broken in the middle. This design of foot artillery sword has a straight, heavy double-edged steel blade. There are two side-by-side fullers, starting just below the hilt. Then, after a space of 11/16", there is a single broad center fuller that extends toward the blade's spear shaped point. The overall blade length is approximately 19''.

The blade is stamped on the reverse, near the hilt:


On the obverse, near the hilt stamped under an American eagle, is:


The hilt and cross guard are cast and stamped brass. The grips have been molded in a scalloped eagle feather design. This hilt itself has additional markings of W.S (Inspector mark) and MPL. / ORD., possibly the manufacturer or maybe arsenal marking. We have not seen this marking before, and can find little about the company, which makes this an excellent and interesting research opportunity.

Three transverse iron rivets secure it to the tang of the blade. The pommel is decorated on each side with a heavily incised American eagle, with shield, holding arrows in his left talon and an olive branch in his right talon. The eagle's head faces towards its right. The straight cross quillons terminate in disk shaped finials.

The included scabbard is in fair condition, and definitely shows its age being split in the middle due to leather dry rot. However, this is only the second example of this type of sword we had handled that had any type of scabbard. They are exceedingly hard to find on the market, even in condition such as this, broken in half.

This is a very nice example of a hard to find with scabbard, used before and during the U.S. Civil War. Ready to display!

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