Union Swords and Blades

Confederate Potts Bayonet with Scabbard

These unique "bayonets" are believed to have been manufactured by T.A. Potts of New Orleans based on one known marked example.  All other matching bayonets have no markings, this one included.  This is a fine example of this rare and unique bayonet with original scabbard.  The blade is bright with minor oxidation specks and measures approximately 12" in length.  The leather scabbard shows signs of age and cracking throughout and is beginning to pull away at the seams on the reverse due to the drying out of the leather over time.   The rosewood grip is near excellent with little wear and features circular brass attachment rings at the cross guard and pommel which have a pleasing smooth patina.  There has long been discussion over what this weapon was used for given it's unique design.  Seeing as how there is no cutout for the front sight of a rifle, my opinion is that these were not used as bayonets but as side knives that had the capability to be attached to a pike if needed.

Price: $4,200

Ames Model 1832 Artillery Short Sword

This Roman gladiator style artillery short sword was popular from the 1830's through the Civil War.  This 1832 sword is a first year production model.  This is an example of a Union made sword but these swords were produced by both armies during the war.  The stamping on the blade is very worn but reads "UNITED STATES/1832" on one side and "N P AMES/SPRINGFIELD" on the reverse.  The eagle above the Ames stamping is almost entirely worn away.  Beautiful blade on this harder to find 1832 dated sword.

Price: $695

1861 dated Ames Cavalry Saber

This is one piece that was certainly there and saw action.  Check out the top ring mount and the amount of wear - this one spent many hours in the saddle.  The grip is in good shape with wire intact.  On the grip, some leather is worn through to the wood from extensive use.  There are 2-3 small nicks in the blade possibly from war time usage as patina matches the rest of the blade.  The scabbard has several "crimps" along it to keep it from rattling while riding on horseback.  Super cool piece that shows natural war time wear.

Price: Sold

1861 Ames Non-Commissioned Officer's Sword

This 1861 Ames NCO sword is in great shape with leather scabbard intact.  There is one crease in the leather scabbard below the throat but no weak spots.  Markings on the blade are sharp and clear with a blade you can see your reflection in.  A good solid example of an NCO sword for your collection.

Price: $695

Excavated Model 1840 Cavalry Sword

This is one super cool relic - a complete excavated Model 1840 Cavalry sword.  It was dug on private property with permission at Brandy Station, VA.  The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry engagement of the war pitting Federal forces under the command of General Alfred Pleasanton against Confederate forces under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart at the start of the Gettysburg campaign.   This sword is in great relic condition with the only flaw being a bent tine on the guard possibly from a horse falling on top of it during the engagement.  This could be the centerpiece of any dug relic collection.  You won't see another one of these for a long, long time.

Price: Hold