Civil War M1850 Field and Staff sword by Ames

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One of the most beautiful and graceful patterns used in the era, this example as manufactured by the premiere maker Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts clearly was carried and used in the field.  The fully etched blade is gray from wear and the original iron field scabbard retains generous amounts of the original blued finish.  The scabbard is missing the throat piece as shown.  All of the shagreen (rayskin) grip and wire is original.  This fine sword surfaced at an estate sale near Pontiac, Michigan but the related history is unknown beyond that.  It is typical of swords manufactured from 1861 to around early 1863 in style.

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