AMERICAN MEXICAN WAR CIVIL WAR AMES EAGLE HEAD OFFICER SWORD CA 1834-48 VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION, MEASURES 36 1/2 OVERALL WITH A 30 1/2 INCH BLADE. Eagle pommel officer's sword by N. The open-mouth, crested eagle's head is linked to the lower open-work quillon by a chain-link knuckleguard, whose links even show grooves and ridges on their exteriors. The grip is bone, round in cross-section, grooved vertically, with rounded ridges and a slight swell toward the guard. There is a ferrule at the base of the grip with floral and raised dot decoration.
The cross guard has two open work flared quillons with deeply cast and chased floral elements that are picked up and carried around the shield-shaped langets on either side, which are vertically striped like an American shield, but with no upper canton. The brass elements of the hilt preserve much of their original gilt.
The brass scabbard has some of the same decorative elements, shows a mix of bright and subdued areas. The floral elements are carried over on the upper mount of stud and single carrying ring and at the drag. The reverse of the scabbard throat has the N. Ames / Maker / Cabotville, Mass. Scroll panel, dating it to 1834 or after.
The stud and carrying rings are in place at the throat and the middle carrying ring is present also. The double edged blade with a single central fuller has good edges and point. The metal shows bright with some slight gray areas. The etching is legible throughout and shows a mix of floral motifs with stands of arms, quiver of arrows, flag, etc. The item "AMERICAN MEXICAN WAR CIVIL WAR AMES EAGLE HEAD OFFICER SWORD CA 1834-48" is in sale since Tuesday, April 30, 2019.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\1784-1860\Original Period Items". The seller is "rachelemandelgallery" and is located in Chicago Heights, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.