A militia officer's sword by Ames Mfg. Co.
Straight 31 inch double edged blade with 19 inch panel etched and engraved with conventional motifs, the base with Ames Mfg. Co. markings. Gilt brass hilt; spread eagle guard with Federal shield languets; double chain guard; helmet pommel. Mother-of-pearl gripscales. Gilt brass three-ring scabbard engraved with panels of foliage, reverse stamped with Ames markings. Retaining the original gilt brass suspension chains, the links molded with foliage.
Condition: Blade showing scattered light spotting and patches of dark corrosion partially obscuring the decoration. Hilt retains perhaps 80-85% gilt finish. One gripscale with hairline crack showing some chipping, the other with some small areas of chipping. Scabbard retains nearly all vivid gilt finish.