A militia staff officer's sword by Ames Mfg. Co.
Straight 31 1/2 inch double edged blade with 19 inch panel etched and engraved with foliage; one side with Federal eagle, the other with stand of flags and Ames' Chicopee, Mass. markings. Gilt brass hilt: mameluke-style guard molded with foliage and beading around a five-pointed star, the oval finials with leaves; double chain guard; helmet-form pommel. Bone grip carved with ribbed, shell and fluted panels. Brass three-ring scabbard with frog stud and engraved with panels of leafage and with Federal shield over laurel wreath.
Condition: Blade showing scattered spotting/light pitting partially obscuring decoration. Hilt retains most gilt finish. Scabbard with clean, smooth brass.
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