The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.

Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.

W0507     Non commissioned officer sword, Model 1840, Ames, 1863, banner address, ADK.
  The model 1840 non commissioned officer sword was intended for sergeants and were ceremonial in purpose, being used to convey rank and to signal movement in drills.  The sword could be used in a fight, but only as a weapon of last resort.  Standard features include an all brass handle, grip gives the appearance of wire wrap but is integral with the handle,  guard is made from two plates unadorned, hilt is single branch.  Scabbard for Ames is usually leather with brass mountings, however many were replaced with more durable iron scabbards in the field.  Manufactured by Ames Manufacturing  Company, Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Marks on ricasso, "MADE BY / AMES MFG CO. / CHICOPEE /  MASS." (banner style), and "US / ADK / 1863", additional inspector stamp on pommel and scabbard drag.  Blade is clean and bright, leather scabbard intact, with frog.  Blade length 32in.
Ref: Thillmann Army Swords pg. 190.

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