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Swords Used by the Navy Branch of Service
Edged Weapons
Anchor & Inspector Initials Model 1860 Naval Cutlass by The Ames Company
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This is a nice original Civil War naval cutlass. 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 clearly see the first three digits of the production date, "186" stamped into the metal along. You can also see the anchor stamp and the "G.G." inspector initials. These are the initials of Guert Gansevoort who inspected the sword for the Government. There is also the small anchor stamping. These markings let us know that this one made it through the Civil War and were in Naval inventory when they inspected the pieces in the late 1860's and approved it for further military service. On the back of the blade it has the remnants of the scroll style maker's mark from the famous Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts. 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. On the inside of the handguard, you can see the stamps where it was issued at one time. The handle is worn down to the wooden core and you can see that the wood has split over the ages and has a neat attic relic tone. This is a good honest Civil War naval cutlass that has the desirable inspection markings.

Item #: C227
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Your Price:$495.00 USD
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