U.S. Model 1840 Light Artillery Sword. This is the classic true fighting or combat sword issued to the United States Military beginning in 1840 and continuing through the Indian Wars Post-Civil War period. As one of the most sought after and desirable U.S. swords, this outstanding example is correctly stamped with the maker’s name on the left side base of the blade, “ AMES MFG. CHICOPEE, MASS.” The opposite right side is stamped with “U.S.” plus the government inspector’s initials, “A.D.K.” and the date of issue “1863.” The sharply curved blade measures approximately 32” from tip to hilt and is in a beautiful bright state of preservation showing no signs of over-sharpening, chipping or broken tip. Beneath the handle is the correct cushioning leather keeper. The brass knuckle bow is uncleaned and retains a fine aged brass patina. The grip still retains it's twisted wire wrapped leather. The original scabbard is complete with both retaining hanger rings and is also in a desirable state of originality and shows no signs of cleaning or restoration. The Model 1840 Light Artillery Sword was popular and widely issued to fighting soldiers. While attractive and superbly made, it was primarily a combat weapon made to be used in battle, not merely worn for parades or reviewing of the troops. Being dated 1863, it can be assumed this sword saw heavy action during the Civil War and probably during the Indian Wars that lasted through the 1880s. It would be difficult to find a sword with more history than the Model 1840 Light Artillery Model.
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