Steel, ivory, brass, gilding; brass, gilding
Overall: 38 x 5 5/8 x 1 in. ( 96.5 x 14.3 x 2.5 cm )
etched: on reverse of sword near hilt: "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / . . ."
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched designs and narrow central fuller that extends to mid-point on obverse and reverse; gilded brass hilt with ivory grips carved with linear patterns; cross quillons with slender langets, ears, and bud finials, with a five-pointed star surrounded by leaf and scroll motifs at the center of either side; pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet with two chains extending from chin strap to finial of quillon below; gilded brass scabbard with engraved foliate designs adjacent to two carrying rings just below throat, a single carrying ring about 7 inches below, and tip.
According to the accession records, this sword was received with a tag attached that identified it as a "relic" of the 79th Highlanders.
Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.