Old South Military Antiques

Ames South Carolina Sword
Item #: OS-7302









The beautiful sword shown here was made and marked by Ames Manufacturing. It is a circa 1840-45 South Carolina officer’s sword. The blade is engraved in an etched panel: N.P. Ames / Cutler/ Springfield.

The blade is elaborately etched with sword, shield, bugle, a droop winged eagle grasping arrows and holding a ribbon in its beak that is engraved E. Pluribus Unum, below a sunburst on the obverse and an Indian brave with bow and quiver on the reverse. Both sides are etched with floral patterns. The blade remains bright and is perfect with the exception of a couple of very minor edge nicks. The grip is all brass, the pommel is decorated with feathers and the hand guard is beaded. The most prominent feature is the Palmetto tree adorning the clamshell.

The sword is sheathed in its original ornately engraved all brass scabbard. The scabbard is virtually perfect; the only imperfections are several light pushes in the brass. The scabbard is beautifully engraved with leaf patterns within a finely chased background. Its most prominent feature is a large, deeply engraved Palmetto tree. The scabbard is embossed with a scroll that reads: N.P. Ames/ Cutler/ Springfield/Mass. The sword and scabbard retain their original, deep, untouched rich patina

This exact sword is pictured on page 158 of American Swords & Maker’s Marks by Donald Furr.

This is a beautiful and impeccable maker marked example of a South Carolina Officer’s sword.


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