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AMERICAN MILITIA STAFF SERGEANT'S SWORD BY AMES - GORGEOUS BLADE
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This outstanding militia sword bears a wonderful etched blade by Nathan Ames. The designs and style of the etching is quite distinctly Ames. The reverse side of the ricasso is maker-marked ins scrolled script, in three vertical lines -
AMES MFG. CO.
CHICOPEE
MASS
The style, evocative of the classical vernacular, was popular with militia non-commissioned officer's, however this particular example is of the best quality, with the details of the cross-guard and the pommel being nicely gilded and hand-chased. I'm inclined to think, based on the decorated blade and a high quality hilt, this may have been a staff sergeant's sword.
Blade is 25" long, decorated for the first 17" with frosted panels containing brightly-polished clusters of the trademark Ames etching, in outstanding quality. Examples of this quality of decorations on the militia NCO swords are quite seldom seen.






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