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Accession Number: 1924.51.0

Physical Description: .1) Officer’s saber, U.S. Navy. Slightly curved single-edged blade. One side of blade is etched with (beginning closest to the hilt) an eagle with sunrays above its head, a fouled anchor, a ribbon labeled USN with foliage surrounding the ribbon, and a floral design. The opposite side has the manufacturer's mark nearest the blade, floral decoration, a fouled anchor and shield, floral decorations, an oval of stars, and an arrangement of weaponry with a USN flag standing within a circular stand. Each side of blade has a 49.5 cm fuller. Sharkskin grips finely checkered. Top of grip wound with two strands of twisted gilt wire. Brass pommel, top has an eagle surrounded by a circle of 13 stars all cast in relief. On the opposite side of the hilt from the knuckle bow, the pommel comes down into the grip and is edged with oak leaves and acorn relief. Knuckle bow decorated with a dolphin head, its mouth meeting the pommel. Decoration of oak leaves and acorns at the base of the hilt with a ribbon of USN near the blade. Dolphin head at the quillon. .2) Officer’s scabbard, U.S. Navy. Slightly curved leather scabbard with brass throat, middle band, tip, and drag. Two carrying rings located on the throat and middle band, held by brass knot design. Leather sheath has two grooves on both sides. Dolphin-shaped drag curled along the edge of scabbard tip. One flathead screw in throat, middle band and tip. Incised band in brass near sheath edge of tip.

History of Object: According to a letter in the Info File, this scabbard and saber set belonged to Amos Garret Perkins of Colony, Kansas. He wore it on parade during the Civil War as a Volunteer Naval Officer, Acting First Assistant Engineer, on board the gunboat U.S.S. Exchange. Amos G. Perkins was born in Kentucky ca. 1813. He was living in Ohio in 1860, began service with the U.S. Navy on April 22, 1863, and was honorably discharged Dec. 1, 1865. Perkins is listed in the 1870 U.S. census as living in Indiana with wife Mary and two children. By the 1875 Kansas state census the family is living and farming in Colony, Kansas. The maker of this saber was the Ames Manufacturing Company. The U.S. Government contracted with Ames to manufacture foot artillery swords. The USS Exchange was a stern wheel gunboat built in 1862 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. It patrolled the Tennessee River during the summer of 1863, and then the Mississippi and tributaries for the remainder of the war.

Date: Between 1850 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): 89.00 (H) 12.00 (W) 8.00 (D) .2) L: 78 cm W: 6 cm D: 2.5 cm

Marks/Inscriptions: [.1) etched on ricasso] Ames Mfg Co/ Chicopee/ Mass // [.1) etched on both sides of blade] USN // [.1) cast on guard] USN // [.2) on back of throat] Ames Mfg Co./ Chicopee/ Mass

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Anderson County (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Gunboats
    Use, Place of: Colony (Kan.)
    Business / Organization: United States. Navy
    Theme/topic: Military
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Origin, Place of: Chicopee (Mass.)
    Individual: Perkins, Amos Garret
    Theme/topic: U.S.S. Exchange (Ship)

Creators and Contributors

    Ames Manufacturing Company

Status: Cataloged

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