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Created by:
Ames Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1791  Search this
Medium:
brass (alloy) and steel
Dimensions:
H x W x D: Handle: 7 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (17.8 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm)
H x W x D: Overall: 32 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (81.3 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm)
H x W x D: Blade: 26 x 7/8 x 1/4 in. (66 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm)
Type:
swords
Date:
1861-1865
Description:
A plain single-edged model M1840 steel sword without decoration and a distinctive turned-down reverse guard. The hilt has an urn-type pommel and single branch counterguard. The keystone mark on the ricasso is an Emerson & Silver keystone. The 26-inch blade is five or six inches shorter than a standard 31- or 32-inch NCO blade. A short blade normally identifies a sword as one carried by an officer of short stature, cadets, etc. The number “54” is stamped into the interior of the double clamshell guard. The sword shows no signs of wear.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Military  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.4.4
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Tools and Equipment-Weapons and ammunition
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52d57744b-d909-4c5b-ab84-de92e798fc55
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.4.4