This Ames Sword is a rare bird with the early etching and early extra-wide scabbard. The hilt and mounts retain 90 - 95% original bright gold-gilt with the basket covering an excellent shark-skin grip. The blade is excellent as well, showing all of its original etching, most of its frosty backround and only the slightest little spots of staining and age. The scabbard body retains nearly all of its original brown lacquer finish. This sword should be appreciated for what it is, the rare early version of the model 1850, not the later, narrower model with blued scabbard. It is outstanding for this model. It is also priced to sell and a great addition to any American Sword Collection.