Summary of Content: Non-commissioned officer’s sword, model 1840. Used at West Point and owned by William E. Jones. Inscribed ”Ames &Mfg. Co., Chicopee, Mass.” The Ames Manufacturing Company was founded in 1835 in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The company manufactured small tools, cotton machinery, swords, and cannon; they contracted with the U.S. Government to provide several thousand guns for the War with Mexico in 1845. Ames produced more swords for the American military than any other company before or since.