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The Forks of the Delaware Historical Arms Society, aka Allentown, PA show
July, 13 & 14 2013
The Forks of the Delaware Historical Arms Society, AKA: Allentown, PA show
May 11 & 12, 2013
Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Assoc.
June 29-30 2013
Item #: SJM226
Ames Non Regulation - open guard similar to the French Infantry M 1821
Manufd: Chicopee Mass
Year: 1851 - early war yrs
Model: Ames Non Reg Foot Officer
Size: 29.75 blade
Ames Non Regulation open guard foot officer sword. This guard is like the standard foot officer of the m1850 with the casting eliminating the decorative foliate between the guard. These also had a special scabbard which is attributed to E. Gaylord. It is similar in style to the French Infantry M 1821. Identical sword to the Ames Non Reg on pg 415 of John Thillmann's Civil War Army Swords. This is a rare sword. Brass guard is standard M 1850 Foot Off. Sword with floral casting cut away. Several other examples are shown in this work. The Grip is leather with twisted wire. Grip has the seam on the side as normally seen on Ames Foot off. Swords. Brown leather, back seamed scabbard with brass mounts have the support rings directly attached to the mounts rather than th usual ring band around the mounts. The Blade is not etched or maker marked. This is a well used / carried sword as the drag is worn and the blade tip is also worn to the shape of the drag. Blade is gray with several chips along its edge which is testimony for it's use in the field.
A hard sword to find for even an advanced Ames collector.
Hilt with leather grip wrap
ReverseInside view showing OPEN guard
Bottom view of the open guard
Drag showing heavy use, worn almost away.
Blade tip worn to the shape of the scabbard drag wear.