Lot of 3. Includes two CDVs credited to JW Black: Boston, MA. The first features a seated man wearing a suit, identified as "N.P. Ames," in pencil inscription on verso; the second featuring a vignetted bust portrait of a bearded man, identified as "James T. Ames / Chicopee" in pencil inscription on verso along with birth and death dates; and one advertising card for Ames Manufacturing Company, featuring patriotic illustrations and mechanical illustrations around text outlining the company's products including "Cotton Machinery of Every Description" and swords of "All Descriptions Used in the U.States Army." Undersigned in print by "Jas. T. Ames / Agent." Verso lists specific machines and tools manufactured by Ames.
The Ames Manufacturing Company had its origins in Chelmsford, MA as a blacksmithy. Sons Nathan P., Jr. and James T. Ames brought the business to a manufacturing village on the Chicopee River in 1829, and expanded the business to include cotton machinery and other machine tools, as well as edged weapons. By the time of the Mexican War, arms were their primary focus (although they continued casting bronze statuary when called upon). During the Civil War, Ames became a major manufacturer of side arms, swords, light artillery, and heavy ordnance for the Union Army. Besides the Federal government, they also contracted to state militias, including many southern ones, and foreign countries. Although they produced cannons and smaller arms, Ames remained best known for their swords.
CDVs and card with surface soil, spots of discoloration, and wear to edges and corners. Toning to James T. Ames image.
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