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Swords Used by the Artillery Branch of Service
Artillery
Well Marked Original1844 Dated Artillery Short Sword by Ames of Springfield
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This is a cool looking original Civil War era short pattern artillery sword. These were patterned after the Roman gladiator swords with the fierce look like you see in the movies. They are officially known to collectors as the U.S. model 1832 short pattern artillery sword. The blade is full-length with the maker's mark of the N.P. Ames Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Massachusetts on the back of the blade. It has the large straight line stamping with the eagle above. These were made by Ames from 1832 until 1862. The back of the blade has the "U.S" stamp with the production date of "1844". According to the Ames book by Ron Hickox, they received a government order for 1,000 of these swords in 1844 and they were delivered in 1845. As you can see in the images the blade has some age pitting and a few shallow nicks along the edge that are mentioned for exactness. The handle is made of cast brass and has the fish scale design with the droop wing eagle at the top of the pommel. On the side of the crossguard it has the inspector initials of "JH" for the Government inspector Jospeh Hannis with William A. Thornton's "WAT" on the other side stamped into the brass. The sword scabbard is missing as they so often are. This is a very nice looking 1844 dated Ames artillery short sword.

Item #: B5035
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