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Stearns-Ames collection, [ca. 1838-1894]

Creator:
Ames Manufacturing Company. Bronze Foundry  Search this
Subject:
Franklin, Benjamin  Search this
Washington, George  Search this
Ball, Thomas  Search this
Greenough, Horatio  Search this
Rogers, Randolph  Search this
Walter, Thomas Ustick  Search this
Ames, James Tyler  Search this
Ames, Nathan Peabody  Search this
Brown, Henry Kirke  Search this
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Citation:
Stearns-Ames collection, [ca. 1838-1894]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Bronze founding -- Massachusetts -- Chicopee  Search this
Bronze sculpture, American  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Art instruction and services  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9691
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211910
AAA_collcode_amesmanu
Theme:
Art instruction and services
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211910

Stearns-Ames collection

Creator:
Ames Manufacturing Company. Bronze Foundry  Search this
Names:
United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ames, James Tyler, 1810-1883  Search this
Ames, Nathan Peabody, 1803-1847  Search this
Ball, Thomas, 1819-1911  Search this
Brown, Henry Kirke, 1814-1886  Search this
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790  Search this
Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852  Search this
Rogers, Randolph, 1825-1892  Search this
Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887  Search this
Washington, George, 1732-1799  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1838-1894]
Scope and Contents:
Correspondence, castings record, financial materials, photographs and printed materials relating primarily to the work of the Bronze Division of the Ames Manufacturing Company.
Professional and personal correspondence, chiefly of James Tyler Ames, with sculptors, architects, government officials, and colleagues, including his brother, Nathan Peabody Ames, Henry Kirke Brown, Randolph Rogers, and Thomas Ustick Walter. A castings record (16 p.) contains expenses and final prices of bronze castings, a printed list of "Bronze Works Executed by the Ames Manufacturing Company," and photographs of completed work. There are also an expense account for the Lincoln National Monument artillery and cavalry groups, lists of expenses relating to "Bronze Castings for Washington and his Horse," the (Benjamin) "Franklin Statue," and other works. Photographs are of works cast by the Ames Company and of unidentified works, of Ames' artisans, of a room in James Ames' house with framed medallions of Washington and Franklin on the wall, and of a head of Washington and a head of his horse in Thomas Ball's studio; reports by the architect of the Capitol extension, and the U.S. Art Commission (1860); Ames Company promotional items; a printed narrative of the incidents connected with the statue of Washington in Union Square by Henry Kirke Brown; and clippings relating to various statues.
Biographical / Historical:
The Ames Manufacturing Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts, was founded in 1835 by James Tyler Ames and his brother, Nathan Peabody Ames. The company manufactured small tools, cotton machinery, swords, cannons, and did casting of bells. It began manufacturing large bronze statuary circa 1850.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by Malcolm Stearns, Jr., who purchased them from Parke Bernet, New York, in the 1960s. There are numerous notations on the backs of letters and photographs. It is not known who added this information.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Bronze founding -- Massachusetts -- Chicopee  Search this
Bronze sculpture, American  Search this
Metal-workers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Function:
Memorials -- United States
Identifier:
AAA.amesmanu
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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N.P Ames Model 1840/1845 Light Artillery Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, sword: 1 in x 4 7/8 in x 37 3/8 in; 2.54 cm x 12.3825 cm x 94.9325 cm
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 33 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.795 cm x 85.09 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Artillery, Light
ID Number:
AF.39483
Catalog number:
39483
Accession number:
136109
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-65e7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Presentation Sword, Inscribed "Presented by the People of the State of Louisiana to Gen. Winfield Scott"

Recipient:
Scott, Winfield  Search this
Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Physical Description:
metal; gilt (scabbard material)
metal (blade material)
metal; mother of pearl (grip material)
Measurements:
blade: 31 in x 1 1/8 in; 78.74 cm x 2.8575 cm
scabbard: 32 in x 2 7/8 in; 81.28 cm x 7.3025 cm
overall: 37 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in; 95.885 cm x 13.0175 cm
overall, scabbard: 5/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 32 in; 1.5875 cm x 7.3025 cm x 81.28 cm
overall, sword knot: 1 1/4 in x 19 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 3.175 cm x 48.895 cm x 2.8575 cm
overall, sword: 1 1/4 in x 5 in x 37 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 12.7 cm x 95.885 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
Given by; given in:
United States: Louisiana
Referenced:
Mexico: Veracruz
United States: New Mexico, Mexico City
Date made:
ca 1848
Subject:
Edged Weapons  Search this
Related event:
Mexican War  Search this
Credit Line:
Virginia Scott Hoyt
ID Number:
AF.41635
Catalog number:
41635
Accession number:
152161
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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General William T. Sherman's sword and scabbard

User:
Sherman, William Tecumseh  Search this
Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 8 in x 39 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 99.06 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
sword
Other Terms:
sword; Edged Weapons; Army; Foot Officer; Officer
Used:
United States: Tennessee
Date made:
ca 1850-1862
Used date:
1862-04-06 through 1862-04-08
Subject:
Civil War  Search this
Related event:
Civil War  Search this
Battle of Shiloh, 1862  Search this
Civil War and Reconstruction  Search this
Credit Line:
Hon. P. Tecumseh Sherman
ID Number:
AF.15926
Catalog number:
15926
Accession number:
59388
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William Tecumseh Sherman
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Exhibition:
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1860/1859 Light Cavalry Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 36 1/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 11.43 cm x 92.075 cm
overall, saber: 4 in x 6 3/8 in x 40 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 16.1925 cm x 102.87 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Cavalry, Light; Enlisted Man
ID Number:
AF.73543M
Catalog number:
73543M
Accession number:
285560
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-bd02-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_439507
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1860/1865 Light Cavalry Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 1 1/8 in x 5 1/4 in x 35 7/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 13.335 cm x 91.1225 cm
overall, saber: 3 3/4 in x 6 1/8 in x 40 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 15.5575 cm x 102.235 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Cavalry, Light; Enlisted Man
ID Number:
AF.76846M
Catalog number:
76846M
Accession number:
305112
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-5f5f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_439508
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1840/1862 Light Artillery Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 1 in x 4 3/8 in x 34 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 11.1125 cm x 86.995 cm
overall, saber: 1 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 37 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 12.065 cm x 95.5675 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Artillery, Light; Enlisted Man
Associated place:
United States: Connecticut
ID Number:
AF.66694M
Catalog number:
66694M
Accession number:
235568
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-691d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1860/1862 Light Cavalry Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 5/8 in x 4 1/2 in x 36 1/4 in; 1.5875 cm x 11.43 cm x 92.075 cm
overall, saber: 4 in x 4 1/2 in x 41 in; 10.16 cm x 11.43 cm x 104.14 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Cavalry, Light
Credit Line:
The Monsignor John M. Cooper Collection of African, American Indian, Oceanic and Philippine Ethnology presented by the Catholic University of America
ID Number:
AF.58576M
Catalog number:
58576M
Accession number:
211312
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-6965-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_440099
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in x 36 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 13.335 cm x 91.7575 cm
overall, saber: 4 1/4 in x 4 7/8 in x 40 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 12.3825 cm x 102.87 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Cavalry, Light
ID Number:
AF.76844M
Catalog number:
76844M
Accession number:
305112
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-dc29-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Model 1850 Staff and Field Officers’ Sword

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Object Name:
Sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Army; Field Grade Officer; Staff Officer; Officer
Credit Line:
Mrs. Leonard Wood
ID Number:
AF.36001
Catalog number:
36001
Accession number:
105588
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Exhibition:
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-6e7d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_440199

Ames Sword Co. Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer's Sword

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 5/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 28 3/4 in; 1.5875 cm x 7.3025 cm x 73.025 cm
overall, sword: 3 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 34 1/2 in; 8.255 cm x 11.43 cm x 87.63 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Army; Staff Officer; Field Grade Officer; Officer
Credit Line:
Edith Austin
ID Number:
AF.53327
Catalog number:
53327
Accession number:
188681
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-6009-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_440442
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1840/1851 Heavy Cavalry Saber

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 4 1/8 in x 37 1/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.4775 cm x 94.2975 cm
overall, saber: 3 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 41 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 14.605 cm x 104.775 cm
Object Name:
Saber
saber
Other Terms:
Saber; Edged Weapons; Army; Cavalry, Heavy; Enlisted Man
ID Number:
AF.76848M
Catalog number:
76848M
Accession number:
305112
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-6c5c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_440519
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 3 in x 33 in; 2.2225 cm x 7.62 cm x 83.82 cm
overall, sword: 3 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 37 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 10.795 cm x 95.885 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Army; Field Grade Officer; 5. Staff Officer; Officer
ID Number:
AF.76820M
Catalog number:
76820M
Accession number:
305112
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-d2d6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer's Sword

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 1 in x 3 in x 32 3/4 in; 2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 83.185 cm
overall, sword: 3 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in x 37 1/4 in; 8.89 cm x 9.525 cm x 94.615 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Army; 5. Staff Officer; Field Grade Officer; Officer
Credit Line:
Hannah B. Shaw
ID Number:
AF.38018
Catalog number:
38018
Accession number:
119409
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-6c4d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Sword Presented to A. H. Foster

Recipient:
Foster, Albert H.  Search this
Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Physical Description:
metal: gilt (scabbard material)
metal (hilt material)
metal (blade material)
shark skin (grip material)
Measurements:
scabbard: 33 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 84.455 cm x 5.715 cm
blade: 32 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 81.915 cm x 2.8575 cm
overall: 38 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 97.79 cm x 12.065 cm
Object Name:
sword
Other Terms:
Army; Staff Officer; Field Grade Officer; Officer; Presentation
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
Referenced:
United States: Virginia, Roanoke
Date made:
ca 1862
Date presented:
1862
Subject:
Edged Weapons  Search this
Civil War  Search this
Related event:
Civil War  Search this
Credit Line:
Mrs. R. A. Foster
ID Number:
AF.5836
Catalog number:
5836
Accession number:
24418
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Civil War Presentation Swords
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-67b5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_440541
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard, shorter piece: 1 in x 3 1/8 in x 10 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 7.9375 cm x 26.67 cm
overall, sword: 3 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 36 1/4 in; 7.9375 cm x 12.065 cm x 92.075 cm
overall, scabbard, longer piece: 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 18 3/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 3.81 cm x 46.6725 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Army; 2. Foot Officer
ID Number:
AF.42622
Catalog number:
42622
Accession number:
163938
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-689f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_440546
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Fraternal Society Sword

Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Measurements:
overall, scabbard: 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in x 31 1/4 in; 1.27 cm x 5.3975 cm x 79.375 cm
overall, sword: 1 in x 5 1/2 in x 36 3/8 in; 2.54 cm x 13.97 cm x 92.3925 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons
ID Number:
AF.65747M
Catalog number:
65747M
Accession number:
222195
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-b11f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Presentation Sword & Scabbard

Recipient:
Grant, Ulysses S.  Search this
Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Physical Description:
metal, gilt (hilt material)
metal, steel (blade material)
metal (scabbard material)
Measurements:
overall: 38 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 97.79 cm x 11.43 cm x 6.985 cm
blade: 32 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 82.55 cm x 1.905 cm
scabbard: 33 in x 1 5/8 in; 83.82 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall, scabbard: 5/8 in x 2 in x 33 in; 1.5875 cm x 5.08 cm x 83.82 cm
overall, sword: 2 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 38 1/2 in; 6.985 cm x 12.065 cm x 97.79 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation
Place Made:
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
Presented:
United States: Illinois, Jo Daviess
Associated Place:
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
Date made:
ca 1850
ca 1863
Subject:
Edged Weapons  Search this
Related event:
Mexican War  Search this
Credit Line:
Julia Dent Grant and William H. Vanderbilt
ID Number:
AF.2990
Catalog number:
2990
Accession number:
18528
Collector/donor number:
AN 74 A
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-23a3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
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Ames Manufacturing Co. Presentation Sword, Inscribed "Presented to Col. John R. Brooke 1862"

Recipient:
Brooke, John Rutter  Search this
Maker:
Ames Manufacturing Company  Search this
Physical Description:
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
metal, steel (blade material)
metal (hilt material)
Measurements:
blade: 31 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 80.01 cm x 2.8575 cm
scabbard: 32 3/4 in x 2 in; 83.185 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 39 in x 4 3/4 in; 99.06 cm x 12.065 cm
overall, scabbard: 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 32 7/8 in; 1.905 cm x 8.5725 cm x 83.5025 cm
overall, sword: 1 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 39 in; 3.175 cm x 12.065 cm x 99.06 cm
Object Name:
Sword
sword
Other Terms:
Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation
Place Made:
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
Referenced:
United States: Pennsylvania
Date made:
1862
Date presented:
1862 01 27
Subject:
Edged Weapons  Search this
Related event:
Civil War  Search this
Credit Line:
Major General John R. Brooke, U.S. Army
ID Number:
AF.22923
Catalog number:
22923
Accession number:
63843
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-23a7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
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edanmdm:nmah_420460
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