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This is the pommel on a Widmann General Officer's Sword.

Note the leaf design.  A similar, but more ornate, design is often seen on the Ames model.

Note that the underside of the pommel is plain.  Commonly on the Ames swords, we find the bottom half of the pommel cup embellished with an acanthus leaf design.

Each side of the blade has a typically etched Ames eagle along with the word "Liberty" needle-inscribed in a banner beneath 13 stars.  The 13 stars represent the 13 original colonies.

Note the star that appears on the Ames sword on the capstan nut and quillion.  Note the capstan nut on the Ames model (center) screws onto the blade tang, whereas on the Widmann M1832 (right), the blade tang is peened.

Ames M1832-1834 General Officer's Sword

Issued to the rank of Colonel and above


Notes:
  • Needle-inscribed date, manufacturer's mark, and a scrawled "Liberty" within banner
  • Ames Cutler/Springfield/1839 needle-inscribed on ricasso
  • Star appears on quillion point and capstan nut
  • There are no ring mount attachments on this particular sword - frog stud only.
  • It is difficult to find these swords with the silver foil grip intact.  The grip on this sword looks original, but close inspection will reveal it is fused, coiled wire that looks like the original grip.
  • Scabbards for these swords are found in leather with brass fittings and also in brass.  Brass scabbards tended to be reserved for the upper ranks and were quite elaborately engraved.