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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.03.00045
Description Non-regulation Militia Staff Officer's Sword; straight double-edged blade with single narrow fuller, etched with floral sprays, U.S. eagle, quiver with arrows, "N.P. Ames / Cutler / Springfield", leather cushion; brass cruciform hilt, quillons terminating in floral buds, langets and arms decorated in floral designs and five-point stars, langets extend forward over blade and counter-sunk into grips; knuckle bow consists of two flat-link chains (one detached from quillon); crested helmet pommel; bone grip with incised decoration. Silver plated brass scabbard (.45a) decorated with applied Palmetto / palm tree behind shield and panoply of flags; two suspension rings on same horizontal plane with remains of belt sling attached to one with brass swivel snap hook; scabbard bent near tip; less than 50% of silver remains on scabbard.
Dimensions L-37.5 inches
Owned Albert Lawrence West
Owner Regiment Architect and Civil Engineer, service to Confederate Govt
1st Georgia Infantry Local Defense (Augusta), Co. G
Made Ames Manufacturing Company
Event Siege of Savannah
Provenance The sword and scabbard belonged to Albert Lawrence West. He was an architect and civil engineer for the Confederate government.

Col. George Washington Rains hired West to design and build the Augusta (Georgia) Arsenal. West also served a Corporal in Co. G, 1st Georgia Infantry Local Defense (Augusta) Troops. Rains organized this unit from the factory workers in the arsenal and gunpowder works; this unit participated in the action during Sherman's siege of Savannah.
People West, Albert Lawrence
Search Terms Savannah Campaign
Savannah, Georgia
Sherman's March
Sherman's March to the Sea
Siege of Savannah
Subjects Engineering
edged weapon