M1832 FOOT ARTILLERY SWORD
This is a very popular sword with collectors. The gladius style, shorter, less cumbersome sword was preferred by the troops for those reasons. Modeled after the French M1816 Artillery sword, it was adopted into American service around 1832. As an effective weapon, this sword would not have had much use. Its probable utility was likely that of cutting brush, digging, and other tasks around camp. This is likely the reason why finding these swords in good condition is relatively difficult. Of American makers, Ames was the primary producer of these swords, but rare Horstmann models can also be found. Caution should be taken in not confusing American market models with those of French and European market models.
US Civil War Model 1832 Ames Fott Artillery Short Sword with a Handmade Leather Scabbard. The ricasso is unmarked due to being worn away but the guard has several markings “M S” for Massachusetts State? on the crossguard, “WS” on the underside of the guard, and then “MPL” over “ORD ” also on the underside of the guard. There is also an eagle on both sides of the pommel cap. The grip doesn’t wiggle but there is a little sand loose inside the handle. The blade has darkened and the fullers look to have been attempted to be filled in. The interesting handmade leather scabbard has 2 brass bands. The leather washer is missing. Length of the blade is 19 1/8″, sword is 25 1/8″, and overall length in scabbard is 27 1/8″. Check out my other Civil War Items ! Including a Named Presentation Model 1850 Sword!!