The blade has a gray tone with a pretty look. You can see a good bit of the original etching on each side of the blade as it is light but visible. On the front side it has the eagle still ever so faintly visible.
On the back of the blade it has the script letter style US marking. On the base of the blade you can see traces of the etched makers mark from the famous Ames Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Ames was the largest maker of Civil War military swords and after looking at their quality products like this one you can see why.
The sword has the original hand guard and pommel cap intact. This sword is very high quality and it still retains trace amount of the gold gilding on the brass.
The hand guard has the floral design that denotes the foot officer status of the soldier that would have carried it. On the grip of the sword it has the original sharkskin grip intact.The handle has the original double strand of brass wire present wrapped around the grip. The sword is accompanied by a very attractive metal and brass scabbard. The body of the scabbard has the Ames maker's stamping still visible on the top mount. It has both of the rings and mounts intact. The original throat is missing in action from the top of the scabbard.
On the bottom of the scabbard it has the brass drag still intact and you can see that it saw a lot of time and use in the field. The scabbard is an Ames product and is so marked on the back of the top mount and it fits the sword like a glove. This is a good looking sword from the Civil War from the famous Ames Manufacturing Company. The item "CIVIL WAR AMES M 1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD W SIGNED AMES METAL SCABBARD C 1862" is in sale since Thursday, June 13, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons".
The seller is "rachelemandelgallery" and is located in Chicago Heights, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.