CIVIL WAR Antique U.S. Ames M1860 NAVY Cutlass
INSPECTED by Herman Melville’s Cousin! Dated 1862
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Location Columbia, MO 65203
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CIVIL WAR Antique U.S. Ames M1860 NAVY Cutlass

INSPECTED by Herman Melville’s Cousin! Dated 1862

Here we present an antique U.S. Ames Model 1860 Naval Cutlass, made in 1862, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. The M1860 was a fantastic vessel boarding weapon in its time, and served well in its role in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. Only an estimated 25,000 of these were produced during the war, compared to 300,000 of the M1860 Light Cavalry Sword.

This specimen bears the standard markings of a M1860, but also has an “N” stamped into the side of the pommel and the number “14” stamped into the quillion. These marks are also repeated at the top of the leather scabbard. These are likely denoting the naval unit or ship rack number that used this particular piece. The ricasso bears the faint maker’s mark of Ames Mfg. Co. on the left. The right side is marked with an anchor, the letter “P” (likely for ‘proofed’), the date of “1862”, and “GG” for the initials of Guert Gansevoort, the military inspector of this blade.

Interestingly, Guert Gansevoort was the first cousin of author and poet Herman Melville (Moby Dick). He was the grandson of famous Dutch American patriot during the American Revolutionary War with Britain, Peter Gansevoort, of New York. Peter’s son Leonard begot Guert; while Peter also had a daughter, Maria, who gave birth to Herman. It seems that the cousins were close, and some reports even say that they looked alike. Guert joined the U.S. Navy as an officer and was one of the deciding officers on board the USS Somers that fateful voyage when a mutiny was put down and three conspirators were summarily executed. In fact, Melville’s unfinished novel Billy Budd seems to have been in part based on this incident. Guert was a veteran of the Mexican-American War, Puget Sound War, and the American Civil War. He was tasked with outfitting ships for the successful and critical Union blockade of the Confederacy from 1861-1863 (the period during which he inspected this sword), then made the captain of the Roanoke, a wooden-hulled steamer ship converted into an iron-clad in 1863.

This specimen is in good condition. If you want a Civil War relic that has the look, this is your sword. The leather scabbard is 90% present. It is also marked “14 N” like the sword itself. Brass frog stud and brass rivets.

Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.

Blade is 26 inches in length. 32 inches overall length.

Overall condition as seen in photos.

Here is a Civil War veteran and survivor for your historical collection. It would make an absolutely fantastic display for the Seaman, collector and historian alike.

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5.00 Pounds