This is a good condition Horstmann Foot Officers sword inside of an Ames Scabbard and it has been that way since it's period of use. The sword was purchased by me a few years ago from a family that picked it up from a neighbor and didn't feel they needed any documentation on the sword as it was identified with inscription. I have had this for a couple of years now and once pictured it on this website but took it down when I found the history associated with it. It is inscribed on the pommel, "Lieut. Geo. T. Chase, 20th Mass. Inf'y". It is in very good, solid condition with all of its original etching showing and traces of gold gilt in protected areas. Chase was in 3 separate units during the Civil War to include the 2nd Mass. that saw heavy action at Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg among others. He was then in the Veteran Reserve Corps for 4 months before joining the 20th Mass. where he saw further action. Chase was no wall-flower as he was wounded in action at both Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. A great, untouched sword with outstanding patina and an even better war record on the soldier that carried it.