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    I also noted that. I believe E&S scabbards...

    I also noted that. I believe E&S scabbards usually have inspector marks on the drag, so the lack of one on our scabbards is another indicator they are Ames.
  2. i A rather pricey book. Has it been reviewed? ...

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    A rather pricey book. Has it been reviewed? Since it is primarily focused on UK swords, while my interest is US, not sure I'd get my money's worth.
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    Your etching is much better than on my example. ...

    Your etching is much better than on my example. You can see the design clearly enough on the blade, but the surface provides little contrast and is difficult to photo. Since the scabbards on our...
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    Naval Academy Musician's Sword

    I just purchased Naval Academy musician's sword. It is generally the standard pattern Army M1840 musicians’ sword, but the blade is etched with old English letters “NA” in a panel on observe, a...
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    Baltimore Show

    With all the events being canceled due to the coronavirus, I wonder if the Baltimore show will be among the victims? Being among the "senior citizen" high-risk group. I should probably give it a...
  6. I don't doubt Rose, Starr, and Winner/Nippes all...

    I don't doubt Rose, Starr, and Winner/Nippes all made M1810-style sabers, however I don't think the differences were all that supple. However differentiating between the Winner and Nippes portion...
  7. I just received a PM from Harvey in which he...

    I just received a PM from Harvey in which he pointed out his scabbard does not have the oval ring-mounting plates on his scabbard but does have what may have been a frog stud on the front. It really...
  8. I agree, it is probably a Nippes but Winner is a...

    I agree, it is probably a Nippes but Winner is a close runner up. It is definite not a Henry or a Henkels; those maker's hilts were smaller than the Winner/Nippes example. They also had a different...
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    The hilt certainly looks like one of the first...

    The hilt certainly looks like one of the first 600 which were retro-marked by the Navy after they left Ames. The blade, of course, is dated 1864 and so would not have been the one originally mated...
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    I was just exchanging e-mails with Charlie Pate...

    I was just exchanging e-mails with Charlie Pate regarding M1861 cutlasses procured by the RCS. Among other issues I asked him if he had found any records of deliveries of cutlasses to the RCS in...
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    Here it is - essentially the same as the ordinary...

    Here it is - essentially the same as the ordinary M1840 foot officer sword.

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    Here is another Horstmann M1840/51 General Officer sword with variant pommel and a photo of Gen Burnside...
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    I'm not sure when they started to use this style...

    I'm not sure when they started to use this style decoration, but I believe it was probably before the end of the CW since I have seen a lot of CW officers swords with such blades. Kevin Hoffmann...
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    Ref my comment above "this afternoon someone...

    Ref my comment above "this afternoon someone posted on the "CW Talk" facebook site a photo of a presentation quality M1850 S&F sword with a gilt and bright decorated blade featuring the same Federal...
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    An interesting sword. If just looking at it in a...

    An interesting sword. If just looking at it in a scabbard, I'd say in was a militia officer sword from the 1840/50s or so. The blade, on the other hand, is one of those distinctive gilt and bright...
  15. I would love to have one. Charlie Curiton says...

    I would love to have one. Charlie Curiton says some early Marine officers carried them. I believe he based this on early paintings of Marine officers showing swords with similar hilts.
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    My favorite acquisition was neither rare nor...

    My favorite acquisition was neither rare nor expensive. It is a Horstmann M1840 NCO sword. The Horstmann M1840 NCO sword is unique among all the various makers of this model in that it has a...
  17. I suppose that is the reason the merged company...

    I suppose that is the reason the merged company adopted the king's head of Weyersberg and the knight's head of Kirschbaum stamped side-by-side as its logo. The king's head standing alone was never...
  18. A very nice late-century M1860/72...

    A very nice late-century M1860/72 presentation-grade sword. I have a very similar Lilley presentation grade M1860/72 but with a somewhat more conventional knuckle bow and counterguards. I don't...
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    A sister site, "Civil War Talk. currently has a...

    A sister site, "Civil War Talk. currently has a thread dealing with the Tiffany cutlass. It's worth checking out if you are interested in American cutlasses. The Tiffany looks quite like the Ames...
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    Here is another quality repro M1861 cutlass...

    Here is another quality repro M1861 cutlass currently being offered as an original with a four-figure price. There are a lot of tells it's a fake in the proportions and markings, e.g. the pommel...
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    I do not doubt Widmann imported blades for at...

    I do not doubt Widmann imported blades for at least some of his swords, but we really can't use this particular example to make the case. It has no visible German maker's marks. My second example,...
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    Early Marine swords

    Most collectors have little knowledge of early Marine swords, especially those carried by enlisted Marines. This is not too surprising because very little has been written about them, and much of...
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    As far as I know these are just model names...

    As far as I know these are just model names within the Meyer lineup. I imagine there is some differences in the quality of the materials and workmanship between the models as well as a commensurate...
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    Once you remove the rust from the scabbard, I...

    Once you remove the rust from the scabbard, I would just oil it and leave it bright. Black paint would be completely out of place. All these swords had nickel plated scabbards - none had a black...
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    The sword appears to be a M1860 cavalry saber. ...

    The sword appears to be a M1860 cavalry saber. Although it has no markings on the blade, it looks American made, perhaps by Ames. The blade and scabbard both look to have been heavily polished. If...
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