Ames Sword Co., Chicopee, Mass. Illustrated Advertisement and 1862 Ames Manufacturing Company Receipt
Chicopee, Mass. n.p., 1862.
n/a. Paper. Approx. 10.25" x 7" illustrated card of the Ames Sword Co., Chicopee, Mass. Undated. No printed information on the blank verso. Also included with the engraving is a receipt, approx. 8" x 7", for a "Mr. John Wyles." The receipt is written on blue paper printed company letterhead and dated October 17, 1862. The receipt was for 1 Presentation Line Sword costing $30.00; 1 Crimson Sash for $15.00; and 1 Bell for $5.00. Along with the engraving and receipt is recent 1981 correspondence related to to the Chicopee Falls Works typed on "Scottish Rite Masonic Museum of Our National Heritage" letterhead. Very good. Item #26146
Ames Manufacturing Company was a manufacturer of swords, tools and cutlery in Chicopee, Massachusetts, as well as an iron and bronze foundry. They were a major provider of side arms, swords, light artillery, and heavy ordnance for the Union in the American Civil War. They also cast a number of bronze statues which can be found throughout New England.
Upon the secession of the South and the formation of the Confederate States of America, the Union lost access to its southern arsenals. Therefore, independent arms manufacturers were crucial to the success of the Union army. Ames was one of the Union's most important manufacturers of side arms, swords, and light artillery, and the third largest producer of heavy ordnance..