You can still clearly see the original etching on each side of the blade. On the front side it has the eagle still visible as well as the pen etched "E PLURIBUS UNUM" motto. On the back of the blade it has the block letter style US marking.
On the base of the blade you can still see 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.
This however is a very tough to find version of this sword. At the base of the blade it has the stamped date of "1862" as well as the "US" stamp and the "JH" initials. The sword has the original hand guard and pommel cap intact.
This sword is very high quality and it still retains a very fine 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 around the grip. The sword is accompanied by the original leather and brass scabbard. The body of the scabbard is the version made of fine black bridle leather.
It has both of the brass rings and mounts intact. The original throat is intact at the top of the scabbard and on the bottom of the scabbard it has the drag. The scabbard is an Ames product and has their maker's mark and location stamped into the back side of the top mount. The item "CIVIL WAR M 1850 AMES FOOT OFFICER SWORD 1 OF 575 MADE DATED 1862 VERY RARE" is in sale since Friday, November 16, 2018.
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.