Model 1832 United States military issue " roman style" short sword. Early Ames manufacture , dated' 1836. With a hollow cast bronze hilt.It has a rack number " 104" stamped on the cross guard. These were issued by both the US army artillery service & the US NAVY. It is well documented that these were issued by the navy for use along the Mississippi River , on the big wheel steamer paddle boat gunships. And several hundred of this model were issued to commodore Perry , to be used by the sailors on his fleet when he " opened" Japan to the world.
The rebels of the CSA often used these , as large amounts were captured from union army arsenals. A huge sword , with a big 19 inch blade & 25 inches long over all in length. The blade has a deep brown patina and scattered light salt and pepper Pitting... The brass hilt has a pleasing patina , with the tack number 104 deeply stamped in the crossguard.
The seam connecting the cast halves of the brass grip is starting to open up along the cross guard , a result from intense blows from real combat / fighting. The blade is NOT dull , nicked or. Banged up as one might expect from kids " sword fighting ".. This has only seen a few heavy' blows' near the guard , one or two inches off the blade and the users hand would have been gone!
Don't pass it up! A unique civil war era sword. Fresh out of a long time collection , first time on the market in several generations! The item "Civil War U.ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD 1832 Pattern Ames Mfg Union army" is in sale since Monday, December 18, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "phmical" and is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.