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Object ID 1931.023
Object Name Sword
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of W. N. Ralston
Date circa 1860
Made Ames Manufacturing Company
Makers mark Sword and scabbard stamped with "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass."
Description Model 1852 Revenue Cutter Service (Coast Guard) sword with a steel blade, the upper 15 1/2" of which are engraved with various martial designs. On one side is a central oval of thirty stars flanked by an anchor and shield motif and a cluster of crossed weapons with a flag. This side is also engraved with "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass." On the reverse is a central banner motif with "USRM" flanked by images of an anchor, eagle perched on a cannon, and knotwork motif.

The guard is brass and cast with an openwork design of oak leaves and acorns. The end of the quillion has a small stylized sea serpent motif that also appears on the top part of the knuckle guard that attached to the pommel. The brass pommel is decorated with a central relief image of an eagle surrounded by thirteen stars. The grey shagreen grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The leather scabbard has two rings and the fittings are decorated on one side with raised rope knotwork motifs. The back of the topmost fitting is stamped: "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass." The brass drag has a sea serpent motif around the end that is detailed on one side only.
Dimensions W-1 L-34.5 inches
Dimension Details Overall length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 30 1/2" long x 1 1/4" wide.
Owned Captain Henry B. Nones
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Search Terms Swords
Nineteenth Century
Revenue Cutter Service
Coast Guard
Henry Nones
Henry B. Nones
Material Steel; brass; leather scabbard; shagreen grip
Place of Origin Chicopee, MA