An outstanding example of a very scares Civil War sword, this quality, all original war time Ames Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword will please the most discriminating collector. Offering good evidence of age, originality and light period use, yet remaining in exceptional condition, this impressive sword exhibits all of the distinctive Civil War characteristics that set it apart from later commonly seen models: elliptical blade, functional folding counterguard; plain browned (not nickeled) scabbard, plain scabbard drag and eye catching exceptional quality, high-relief cast and chased hilt. The ray skin grip and wire remain in fine all original condition and the folding counter guard exhibits early, plain features and is locked in place by a spring-loaded button which still functions perfectly. All this and with strong blade etching of early quality, this Mod. 1860 exists as one of the rarest of Civil War swords. ( As demonstrated by the illustrative use of a post-Civil War version by Harold Peterson in his classic reference The American Sword 1775 - 1945.) Established by War Dept. General Order #21 on August 28, 1860, the Mod. 1860 S & F sword was prescribed for optional wearbuy General Staff and Staff Corps grade officers. (Optional being the operative word here and likely why the unpopular early issue Mod. 1860 Staff grade sword was produced in limited numbers.) On June 11, 1861 Ames received the first order from the Ordinance Department for the new Mod. 1860 General Officers sword. While the initial order was for 300 swords it was cancelled May 24, 1862 with only 55 swords having been completed and delivered. Ordinance Departments records show that Ames ultimately delivered only 249 swords of this model the last delivery dated July 27, 1865 was for 24 swords. While records indicate that contract arms were to be U. S. marked with date and inspector initials no so marked examples could be documented by the author who classified existence of marked Mod. 1860 S & F swords as speculative (see: Ron Hickox: Collectors Guide to Ames U. S. Contract Military Edged Weapons) While the long use of the Mod. 1860 S & F, (made mandatory for all officers except Medical, Pay Department and mounted officers in 1872) and popularly utilized general design features have made the type a most commonly encountered type, the rarely seen early Civil War sword of this model is coveted by knowledgeable collector / historians and is most easily distinguishable from the later example by the configuration of its straight blade which is elliptical in cross section () while the later version is diamond shaped <> in cross section. With all this said, our photo illustrations will provide the best physical description of this exceptional Civil War Mod. 1860 General Staff and Staff Corps grade sword. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! COLOR=#0000FF>

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