A militia staff officer's sword by Ames Mfg. Co.
Straight 27 1/2 inch double edged blade with 20 inch panel etched with foliage and scrollwork; one side with Federal eagle and panoply of arms, the other with stand of flags and maker's markings Ames Mfg. Co./Chicopee/Mass. Gilt brass hilt; large shell molded with Federal eagle; recurved quillons with button finials; double chain guard; helmet pommel. Mother-of-pearl gripscales bound with gilt wire. Gilt brass three-ring scabbard, the suspension mounts and drag molded with foliage, the central mount with circular panel of an eagle, reverse stamped with maker's markings.
Condition: Blade with grey metal showing light spotting and some wear to decoration. Hilt and scabbard retain most gilt finish. One gripscale with small chip.