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The Sam Huse Contracted M1832 Foot Artillery Sword, dated 1833

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The Sam Huse Contracted M1832 Foot Artillery Sword, dated 1833

This sword was based on a the French Artillery Model of 1816. It resembles in shape and size the modern conception of the Roman infantry sword. One of the design and assignment considerations was it's use against cavalry. Since cavalry loved to take artillery positions - like the Charge of the Light Brigade, it was thought that the heavy or foot artillery man using this weapon could rip open the horses belly's or break their legs as they leapt over the revetments protecting the cannon emplacements. U.S. Ordnance Department manuals for 1834 and 1839 also advocated the use of this weapon by infantry.

Ames, due to limited production facilities had sub-contracted out the the manufacture of the earlier brass hilts to Samuel Huse who had a foundry in nearby Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 1834 Ames started producing hilts at their Chicopee Falls factory canceling the sub-contract to Huse.

The 1833 dated Ames Foot Artillery sword has a straight, delicately wasp shaped blade. It is double edged and elliptical in cross-section. There are two side by side broad lower fullers, starting 1-1/16" from the hilt that are each 3-9/16" long by 7/16" wide. Then, after a space of 11/16", there is a single broad 7/16" wide center fuller that extends 10-7/16" towards the blade's spear shaped point. The over all blade length is 18-15/16''. The blade is 1-3/4" wide at the hilt then curves inward to 1-9/16" before flaring out again to 1-3/4" and tapering gracefully to it's point. The blade is stamped on the reverse, near the hilt "UNITED / STATES / 1833" in 3 lines. On the obverse, near the hilt, stamped under an American eagle, is "N. P. AMES / SPRINGFIELD" in 2 lines. The 6-1/8" long hilt and cross guard are stamped brass. The grips have been molded in a scalloped eagle feather design. Three transverse iron rivets secure it to the tang of the blade. The tribolated pommel is decorated on each side with a heavily incised American eagle, with shield, holding arrows in his left talon and a olive branch in his right talon. The eagle's head faces towards it's right. The straight cross quillons terminate in disk shaped finials and are 4-7/32" across. On the top flat of the cross guard, on the obverse blade side looking down, is the horizontal stamping of "S. HUSE NEWBURYPORT". To the right of that stamping, running vertically next to the finial, is the inspector's cartouche "DT" , These are the initials of Mr. Daniel Tyler, an Agent for Ames Mfg.Co., Springfield, Massachusetts.

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