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Civil War & Earlier Soldier's Belt Buckles in Excavated & Non-E
Edged Weapons
Authentic 1862 Dated Naval Cutlass by Ames With Scabbard & Frog
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This is a nice original Civil War naval cutlass with scabbard and it even has the original navy belt. It is the classic model 1860 that you associate with the Union navy of the Civil War. The blade is full-length at 26 inches. At the base of the blade you can see the 1862 production date stamped into the metal just above the original washer. Above that stamp it has the "U.S.N." and the initials of "DR" these are the initials of the Ordnance Department Inspector, Daniel Reynolds. He approved the sword for military use. The edge of the pommel cap has the matching and correct "DR" initials. On the back of the blade you can still see part the scroll style maker's mark from the famous Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts but we know Ames was the only maker that produced this sword. Ames was the premiere sword producer for the U.S. Government during the Civil War. When you look at the quality of their products such as this one there is no reason to wonder why. It has the basket style guard still present with a nice golden tone to the brass. The handle present with a beautiful amount of the original leather intact and is still nice and tight. The sword is accompanied by an original leather scabbard. The scabbards on these cutlasses were made of a single piece of leather that was folded over and riveted down the back. Very few of these scabbards made it since the war. At the top of the scabbard the brass belt frog stud is present and it even has the original frog that allowed for attachment to the sailor's belt. The belt frog is still present. As if that wasn't enough it even has the original navy enlistedman's belt and buckle. It is the thin version of the pattern that is listed as figure #1015 in the wonderful buckle book by O'Donnell & Campbell. This is the belt buckle that was worn by the enlisted men of the United States Navy during the Civil War. The buckle itself is a cast iron piece that was painted using black lacquer paint to keep them from rusting in the salt air. It has an iron piece of metal folded over the center bar that was riveted on one end to the belt itself. One thing that is so special about this one is that it has the original leather belt attached. The leather is the buff leather version and the leather is still nice and pliable. This is a gorgeous Civil War naval cutlass with scabbard and belt and belt frog that has the desirable 1862 production date.

Item #: B368
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Your Price:$2,250.00 USD
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