Steel, brass, silver, gilding; brass, gilding
Overall: 38 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 97.2 x 12.1 x 3.8 cm )
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with narrow, almost full-length central fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; shell-shaped gilded brass counter-guard on obverse side with emblem featuring a standing figure holding a bow and arrow surrounded by a banner with Latin inscription; simple gilded brass cross quillons that taper slightly toward center; six-sided silver grips with oak leaf and acorn spray molded in relief on either side; gilded brass pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet with chain attached below visor extending to end of quillons below; gilded brass scabbard with upper band with oval frog stud and two carrying rings, middle band with one carrying ring, and tip with rudimentary drag; engraved motifs on obverse of scabbard include an eagle atop a shield bearing the emblem of a raised arm holding aloft a sword, and military trophies with central pike holding a radiant liberty cap.
Gift of the Estate of Juliana Cutting
etched: on reverse of blade near center: "E Pluribus / Unum" on banner (part of eagle insignia)
etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "N. P. Ames / Cutler / Springfield"
impressed: on counter-guard: "ENSE PETIT PLACIDAM SU LIBERTATE QUIETEM"
in relief: on raised panel with scrolled ends on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "N. P. AMES / MAKER / CABOTVILLE MASS."
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