Two types of Ames cutlasses are shown. The two Ames brothers, Oakes and Nathan, each owned his own sword-making foundry, but instead of cooperating they fought each other viciously for U.S. Government contracts. Oakes Ames, of Chicopee, Mass., produced the Model 1860 navy cutlass shown in the center, with its copper-riveted leather scabbard above it. His brother, Nathan P. Ames of Springfield, Mass., produced the Model 1842 cutlass at the bottom; note the fish-scaled brass hilt reminiscent of the Model 1833 artillery short sword. This weapon is so short as almost to be a dirk. Naval supply personnel constantly confused one Ames with the other.
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