Rare 1849 Ames Mounted Rifleman's Fighting Knife with Original Frog and Scabbard
Having the standard pattern 12" blade, the ricasso marked:Ames Mfg. Co./Cabotville/1849 on the obverse and US/WD on the reverse. Brass crossguard marked: WD/J.W.R. Walnut grips scales, held in place by three rivets. Contained in original black leather scabbard with brass mounts. Attached to an unmarked period black leather frog. According to accompanying provenance, this knife surfaced in 1954 from an elderly woman in her eighties whose uncle had given it to her years before. His name was Henry Turrill. He was a U.S. Army medical officer once stationed at Ft. Riley. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel and Chief Surgeon in 1898. Reports from the Surgeon General 1904-05 list him as Commander of the New York Medical Supply Department. He was the last owner of this knife prior to acquisition by the present owner. Turrill probably acquired the knife in his early career on the plains of Kansas. The knife is also accompanied by a copy photo of ColonelÿTurrill in his officer's uniform. A very rare U.S. knife with some history of prior ownership. A knife similar to this, was sold by this firmÿin February, 2007 forÿ$8,500. The Ames Rifleman's Knife was made in a quantity of 1000 and was for issue to the U.S. Mounted Riflemen, organized in 1846, at Ft. McHenry, Baltimore which served with distinction in the Mexican War, and to whom were issued 1000 Colt Walkerÿrevolvers. The knives association with the Colt Walker has given them added collector status over other martial knives of the period.ÿ
Condition: Good to very good for this type knife. Blade showing moderate wear with a half inch chip in edge near middle. Hilt very good. Scabbard excellent. Frog fair to good with losses to surface finish.
Estimate: 4000 - 6000
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