Created by
Ames Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1791
Date
1861-1865
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)
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.
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Tools and Equipment-Weapons and ammunition
Type
swords
Topic
Military
Slavery
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
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
GUID
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