This is an original US Civil War Model 1840 NCO’s Sword – dated 1864. A good example of a sword made by Ames sword makers during the American Civil War and comprising a brass hilt with D-Shaped hilt and ribbed brass grip. The blade is maker marked to the forte and to the reverse it is dated 1864. The blade is plain and single-fullered. There is no scabbard. These swords were very much influenced by contemporary French military swords and the hilt design is a virtual copy of many French officer and NCO swords. There is an inspector’s mark to the underside of the hilt. The condition of the sword is pretty good with some dark staining to the blade. Both hilt and blade are tight and strong with no movement. These swords were primarily used for dress purposes and I doubt whether it would have been too effective as a combat weapon in the field but it is still a very popular model of sword for collectors of American Civil War edged weapons. Blade length is 32 inches (39 inches overall).
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