Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/31/2019
Fine, early example of a U.S. Model 1832 Foot Artillery Sword, 19” blade, 25 ¼" overall, featuring a one-piece cast-brass hilt consisting of a bulbous pommel engraved with an American eagle on both sides, A scale-patterned grip, and a straight crossguard with circular quillions. The hilt is peened to the tang at the pommel, and further secured by three rivets through the grip. A small copper plate with the rack number “99” has been soldered to the grip just below the crossguard, while the crossguard itself is stamped with this same rack number. The top of the crossguard is stamped with the initials “W S”, likely those of an inspector, and also with an indistinct cartouche over “Ord.” The hilt shows a fine patina overall, with slight dings and spots of verdigris. The ricasso bears the name and location of the manufacturer, “N.P. Ames Springfield”, below a well-worn American eagle crest, while the reverse ricasso is marked “United States” and dated “1836”, above the inspector’s initials “W S”. The double-edged, gladius-style blade bears deep fullers on both sides, with a dark patina overall and period signs of sharpening, but with only slight spots of surface oxidation and no apparent pitting. No scabbard is present, but the weapon is in very good condition overall. The Model 1832 was based on the French Model 1816 artillery short sword, and as itself the basis for several Confederate copies. It remained in service until 1872, and was more commonly used to clear brush and cut trails than as a weapon.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $550.00
Estimate: $400 - $500
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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