A pattern about which there is some confusion, clarified in the following. Standard US M.1860 pattern (Peterson #53) but for the grip which is not wire wrapped for this group which evidently represents a specific Ames contract. This example with crisp but typically weak Ames maker’s mark surcharged with NJ for New Jersey. The reverse with 1862 date. The lack of USN or a government inspector’s initials confirms that this example was provided directly to the New Jersey Volunteer Militia Infantry. General Burnside organized a flotilla of barges and gunboats to provide a floating force for protection as needed but also for a possible offense against vulnerable southern targets. They were manned by members of the 9th New Jersey Militia which was rich in merchant seamen with knowledge of the coastal waters. An excellent example with fine patina and markings which clarify the production and use of this group.