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Field Officer's Sword and Scabbard

Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: ca. 1857
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Medium: Steel, brass, fish skin; steel, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 40 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. ( 101.6 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Chicopee
Description: Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with openwork flower and scroll design incorporating initials "US" on obverse side and quillon with scroll finial; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border centering a flower; blackened steel scabbard with brass mounts consisting of upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with drag.
Credit Line: Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Object Number: 1951.380ab
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade: "Ames Mfg Co / Chicopee / Mass" etched: on reverse of blade: "US" stamped: on upper band of scabbard (reverse side): "AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS"

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According to the accession records, this sword was worn by Lt.-Colonel William H. Kipp, ex. Co. D, 7th Regiment, National Guard New York. Kipp served the 7th Regiment from 1857 to 1908.