Civil War Ames 1862 Musician’s Sword

This sword is a model 1840 musician’s sword. It was intended to be worn during drills or formation and while it could be used in battle, it was only as a last resort. The ricasso features the stamps “MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE /  MASS.” (banner style) and “U.S./1862”. The handle is entirely brass with the grip giving a wire-wrapped impression. The blade length is 28″