Crisp Ames etching on frosted background. Abuse dings on blade edge.
Ames swords will have the Ames identification on the top scabbard mount. If there is no Ames identification, the scabbard is likely a marriage.
Frosted blade with typical Ames early block style "US".
Right shows two indicators of the 1861 models. The first is the three line inspection US/ADK/1861. On the 1862 swords the "U.S." was dropped and the inspector initials were placed on one side and the the sword contract year placed on the other. The second indicator is the use of the scroll Ames address on the ricasso. This is only seen on the 1861 swords.