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M.1860 Cavalry Officer's Sword, by Ames

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M.1860 Cavalry Officer's Sword, by Ames
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U.S. Model 1860 Cavalry Officer's Sword, by Ames, with Engraved Naming on Pommel and Research Documents. Front side of pommel reads ''EDWARD J. NOYES, 1st Texas Cavalry, 1863''. Engraving looks period and nicely done. Edward J. Noyes enlisted in the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry, Company ''L'' in November, 1862. He was transferred with a promotion to Captain to the 1St Texas Cavalry Co. A, later that month. He served with the 1st Texas Cavalry until 1864, and was severely wounded in the upper chest (by a ball entering between the clavicle and first rib) while leading a charge on a body of rebel cavalry at Ticfaw Station on the Jackson R.R. in Louisiana, May 16th, 1863. Noyes was discharged, presumably for medical reasons in July, 1864. He survived the war and was a member of the G.A.R. He died in 1925, age 83. The 34.5'' blade is etched engraved with ''U.S.'', floral and military motifs, American eagle and shield, and the Ames Mfg. Co. maker mark etched just above the ricasso. It has one small and one large fuller in the blade; original leather blade washer present. The three-branch guard has a small eagle at the quillion area, floral embossed and engraved decorations on the bases of the branches, and acanthus leaves around the bottom edge of the pommel. Grip is wrapped in shagreen sharkskin with a single twisted brass wire wrapping. Scabbard is steel with decorated brass bands and hanging rings. Mouth of the scabbard is a separate brass piece retained by a central screw. The drag is brass with a border line around the edge and retained by a central screw on the back. Condition is good, the blade showing age graying, light pitting, and fading to the etched engraving. There are no edge nicks. Guard and pommel show a light age patina and were probably cleaned at sometime in the past. The eagle at the quillion shows wear to the details of the bird. Shagreen grip covering has some losses on the top edge and sides. Wire wrapping is all intact and tight. Scabbard shows an old cleaned appearance with age graying, rust spotting, light pitting, and wear to the drag and hanger bands. Top hanger band is missing its retaining screw. A nice sword with great history. Est.: $2,000-$4,000.