Lot 413: 44th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

RR Auction

2015-10-06 13:05:24

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Lot 413: Desirable Ames Model 1850 foot officer's sword identified to Lieutenant Frederick T. Brown of Company 'K' in the 44th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The handsome sword is a product of the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts, and features a finely detailed, single-banded brass hilt with a stong guard and slightly forward-bent knucklebow with an intricately cast face displaying oak leaf scrolls and acanthus leaves. The blade measures 30.25? long and is nicely acid-etched on both sides with foot-long designs starting right above the ricasso; one side has the large block letters "U. S." centered in between scroll and military arms designs, while the other side has the manufacturer's name, scroll designs, and a banner reading "E pluribus unum." The original leather washer is tight and intact, and the original grips consist of a wooden, center-swelled handle wrapped in high quality, dark colored rayskin with double-twist brass wire bound around the handle. The brass, Phrygian-style pommel cap is decorated with ornate scrollwork featuring laurel leaves and features a tiered, domed cap. In fine condition, with scattered spots of pinprick rust putting and some oxidation marks to the blade, nice patina to the hilt, and the brass wire on the grip slightly loose. Includes the original scabbard with brass fittings, including upper and lower mounts and the drag. The upper brass band bears the manufacturer's stamp on one side, "Ames Mfg. Co., Chicopee, Mass," and is engraved on the opposite side, "Fred. T. Brown, 44th Mass'tts." Accompanied by a packet of research material about Brown including copies of his military records. Provenance: The Horse Soldier. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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