The manufacturing date 1862 and the nameAmes Mfg. Co. Chicopee, Mass. are boldly displayed on the blade as it meets the hilt.
The brass hand guard and pommel are handsomely darkened by age. Wire wrapping that originally covered the leather over wood handle is missing which is common in this type of sword. The brass only has minimal dings.
Interesting that the rarest part of the sword is its scabbard. Leather doesn't survive well over 150 years and when exposed to salt water its survival rate is even worse. This leather however held up quite well. Still present are the numerous tacks that held it in place.
The blade itself is bright and very free of marks.
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