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Ames Manufacturing Company Sword of William E. Jones

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02711.09 Author/Creator: Ames Manufacturing Company Place Written: Chicopee, Massachusetts Type: Object Date: circa 1844-1848 Pagination: 1 steel sword ; 98 cm. high

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.

Background Information: Ames & Co. was located in Springfield, Massachusetts; contracted with the U.S. Government to provide several thousand guns for the War with Mexico in 1845.

People: Jones, William E., 1824-1864
Ames Manufacturing Company

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: CavalryCivil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaWeaponryWest Point (US Military Academy)

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