5.25 grip with grooved wooden handle covered by gray shagreen with 15 wraps of twisted brass wire. Blade etched with a bold U.In a ribbon on the reverse at center with additional images of an American eagle, fouled anchor, a bowline knot and foliate scrolls. Obverse etched with panoplies of arms, an American shield and anchor and both foliate and geometric patterns.
Above the ricasso the obverse blade is etched AMES Mfg. Co / Chicopee / Mass in three lines.
Sword is contained in its Ames factory leather scabbard with gilt brass mounts. The two suspension mounts feature the standard knotted rope motif while the drag is cast with a sea serpent around its edge. The throat is marked on the reverse in three lines.
In 1852, the US Navy adopted a new pattern of officer's sword. At that time they ordered 500 of the new swords from Ames.These swords were then issued to all current US Naval Officers in the service, leaving less than 20 swords unissued at that time. This is an exceptionally rare example of a US Navy contract M1852 sword from Ames. A true rarity for the US Naval collector and an item rarely seen for sale. The item "CIVIL WAR M 1852 EARLY CIVIL WAR AMES NAVAL SWORD 1 OF 500 MADE 1852 VERY RARE" is in sale since Sunday, May 19, 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.