If it is The M.C.Lilley & Co. . Yes, Columbus Ohio and the company also acquired the Henderson-Ames Sword Company.
With the sword so marked with 'The', that would put it between 1882-1925. Just M.C.Lilley&Co. between 1865-1882...
That was really my first impression. A civilian branch of government and parts of the hilt strike me as Italian (or one of several sates/kingdoms). There are other countries nearby. I don't believe it to be South American......but.
Blade length. Center of the blade to the point in a straight line. My mental guess was 24". The first thoughts elsewhere was Italian infantry late 19th century but that doesn't fit with what I usually see.
What does an Ames 1937 saber look like? If you are regarding an 1837 contract of the m1833, I don't see a lot of resemblance aside from being a curved blade with wholly different mounts. Even the blade type itself is completely different...
Personally, I used to save the 1/2" thick walled cardboard silica impregnated pallet wrap cores and we would cut those freestanding with some of the Euro swords. The katana failed time and again. The cores are similar to the tubes used for newsprint paper. Again, free standing. We would also...
The sword is a Hanwei Golden Oriole and a real brick.
Staged but pretty convincing :D
Look closely at the the piece on the stand being propped up at an angle. The flying piece was tossed into the frame.
The photographer was Tom Carr and while having a Texas gathering long ago.
"Cutacha --- sword or fighting machete.
Machete de monte --- bush or jungle machete."
The term comes from the word mallet.
late 16th century: from Spanish, from macho ‘hammer’.
"heavy knife or cutlass," used as a weapon and tool by the Spanish in the Americas, 1590s (in pseudo-Spanish form macheto), from Spanish...