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Early Militaria Collections / Extremely Rare Presentation Grade Ames U.S. Model 1841 Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard

PROPERTY FROM THE ROBERT BYRNE FINE EAGLE POMMEL SWORD COLLECTION
Lot 128
Extremely Rare Presentation Grade Ames U.S. Model 1841 Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard
Nathaniel P. Ames, Springfield, Massachusetts, mid-19th century
28 September 2022, 10:00 EDT
Skinner Marlborough

Sold for US$11,162.50 inc. premium

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Extremely Rare Presentation Grade Ames U.S. Model 1841 Naval Officer's Sword and Scabbard
Nathaniel P. Ames, Springfield, Massachusetts, mid-19th century

The highest grade produced of the Model 1841 Naval Officer's sword with gilded brass hilt, the bilobate counter-guard with folding panels, the outboard panel with oak leaf and acorn motif, the inboard panel with recessed field, foliate and acorn quillons, foliate knuckle bow connecting to a finely chased eagle's head pommel and faceted back strap, finely feather carved grip; slightly curved single-edge blade with rounded spine, the upper three-quarters of the blade finely etched with intricate foliate scrolls, spread wing eagle, panoply of arms with naval motifs, meandering oak leaf and acorn vines, and "U.S. Navy," marked near the hilt "N.P. Ames/Cutler/Springfield; black leather scabbard, the gilded brass mounts with applied high-relief scroll, fouled anchor, and oak leaf and acorn decoration, the back of the throat with "N.P. AMES/MAKER/CABOTVILLE MASS" in raised letters on a raised scroll device.
Blade lg. 27 1/2, overall lg. 32 3/4 in.

Footnotes

Provenance
Morphy Auctions, November 8, 2018, Lot 701.

Note
When offered at Morphy Auctions in November, 2018, this sword was described as "the finest condition specimen of a Model 1841 that is known."

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