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Object Name Sword
Date 1862
Description Model 1840 musician's sword. Straight, steel blade; brass grip and guard. Inscription on base of blade: "US / AHC / 1862." Inscription on the reverse side of the blade: "AMES MFG CO / CHICOPEE / MASS." Inscription on guard: "AHC".
(Keywords: Civil War, Massachusetts)
Acquisition Gift of Thomas T. Winant
Ownership and History The sword was given to donor Thomas T. Winant's grandfather, Thomas P. Connell (a Staten Island undertaker), as payment for burial by someone who couldn't afford to pay. The donor said it was common practice to pay for funerals with objects rather than money.

The initials "AHC" are for Archibald H. Ceiley, U.S. Ordnance Department Inspector active in 1862 and 1863.
Earliest Date 1862
Latest Date 1862
Lexicon Sub-category Armament -- Edged
Catalog Number 13.016.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2014.
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