26" slightly curved single-edged blade with 6" false edge. 17" stopped median fuller, 11.5" narrow fuller at spine. 5.5" gold gilt brass hilt with pierced guard, sea monster motif forward swept quillon and knucklebow, USN in ribbon on face of guard. Obverse ricasso dated 1852, reverse ricasso inspected P / R.B.H. Obverse blade etched with Ames / Mfg Co / Chicopee / Mass near ricasso as well as an anchor and shield, panoply of arms and various geometric and foliate motifs. Reverse blade etched with an American eagle, fouled anchor, USN in a ribbon, and various nautical motifs. Ames marked leather scabbard with gold gilt, fouled anchor mountings and sea serpent drag. This is a very scarce, maritally marked example of a USN M1852 Naval Officer's sword from the first year of production. Only 500 swords were ordered from Ames and inspected, they were subsequently issued to the 487 US Naval Officers then in service. Any inspected US military officer's sword from the 19th century is scarce, as officer's were required to purchase their own side arms and uniforms and were not generally issued swords by the government. A rare and important sword for the US Navy collector.
Very good. Blade dulled and oxidized with no polish, showing some surface discoloration and pitting, particularly near the tip. Etching dull but mostly present and visible. Hilt fine, with fine grip and much of the gold gilt, but missing the throat washer. Scabbard very good with fine mounts, leather showing wear and some finish loss. Scabbard has shrunk slightly and the sword is about .25" proud of the throat when inserted.
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