Exceptional antebellum Ames Militia officer sword with tarred throg

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A beautiful example of the sundry militia officer pattern swords produced by N.P. Ames, Cutler, Cabotville, Massachusetts circa 1830-1847.  When the company started producing swords it was owned and managed by Nathan P. Ames and most known blade markings reflected that fact.  In 1847, Nathan died and left the company to his brother, James. The markings on the blades were immediately changed from N.P. Ames to Ames Mfg. Co.  In 1848, the town of Cabotville was incorporated into Chicopee, Massachusetts, and the marks were once again changed to reflect this.

This fine sword has deep relief etching on both the blade and brass scabbard and the brass chain guard is original.  About 85%+ original gilt remains overall.  The original tarred leather reinforced throg indicates this sword was likely carried on the belt rather than on an over-the-shoulder strap.  The pattern was popular with officers during the Seminole Wars, Mexican War and even the Civil War, often carried by Southern officers.  This example surfaced in central South Carolina over 2 decades ago and has been in the same collection until now.

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Weight 6 lbs