High Grade AMES - Famous fire zouaves - Ellsworth

High Grade AMES - Famous fire zouaves - Ellsworth

Item #: SEG330

Engine Company 14 Presentation - The famous New York Fire Zouave Engine Co. 14 of Col. Elmer Ellsworth NYFD

Made: C1850s-60s / Chicopee, Mass
Maker: Ames Mfg. Co.
Model: Militia
Size: 31.25 long 1 inch wide
Grade: VG-Exc

 USA/Canada - $24 per Item
 Europe - $48 per Item
 APAC - $48 per Item
 S,Cent America - $48 per Item


Price: $12,500 USD

A very high grade Ames with engraved silver grip. Silver grips are a seldom seen feature on Ames swords. History first on this one --- Presented to / Captain Andrew D. Purtell / by his friends / as a token of respect and esteem / September 28th 1859. The 11th NEW YORK REGIMENT was "ELLSWORTH'S ZOUAVES" one of the Civil War's most famous regiments, whose commander Colonel E. Elmer Ellsworth was assassinated at the Marshall House Hotel, Alexandria Virginia, and became one the war's most notable martyrs.
During their brief service the regiment saw service in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, Fairfax Court House, 1st Bull Run, and the action between the Monitor and the Merrimac, Hampton Roads, Virginia. Purtell was cashiered on May 7th 1862 and this unit was mustered out of service on June 2, 1862.
The sword has a large Knights helmet pommel standing tall with a large plume. As mentioned the grip is silvered with scroll engraving. The cross guard terminates with a dolphin on each quillon. The guard has a American Eagle on a stippled background. There is a small up swept counter guard. The oval cross-section blade is double edged with a small center fuller running 11.5 inches. The etched blade on the frost background is acorns & oak leaves a stand of American flags with a Liberty cap and the reverse has similar foliate with a stand of arms, an American eagle with E. P. U. and sun rays. The sheet brass, engraved scabbard has high grade applied embellishment of Arms and flags on the ring mount and the Roman - fascio symbolism -  on the drag. Throat is missing. Great sword and super early war history including the death of Col. Elsworth, Lincoln's friend.