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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.09.00072
Date 1839
Description Model 1833 U.S. Dragoon Saber: slightly curved, single-edged blade with quill back, engraved on obverse ricasso "N.P. Ames / Cutler / Springfield / 1839"; brass half-basket hilt consisting of two branches and knuckle bow pierced for sword knot, and small oval branch forming a counter guard on the reverse side, quillon terminates in a disc stamped "WS" and "MPL / ORD"; wood grips covered with leather and wound with wire, brass ferrule and backstrap terminating in a stylized bird's head pommel. Browned steel scabbard (.72a) with two suspension rings and large drag; remains of leather sling with horseshoe buckles attached to suspension rings
Dimensions L-40.5 inches
Owned Zacheus Ellis; Charles D. Ellis
Owner Regiment 1st North Carolina Heavy Artillery, Co. D, "River Guards"
Made N. P. Ames
Provenance Donor history maintains that this sword and scabbard were carried by Capt. Zacheus Ellis of Massachusetts during the War of 1812 (which was not possible since the weapon was not manufactured until 1839). Afterwards, his son Capt. Charles D. Ellis used the same sword and scabbard during the Civil War.
People Ellis, Zacheus
Ellis, Charles D.
Subjects edged weapon