IDENTIFIED, WWI USMC OFFICER’S ‘MAMALUKE’ SWORD AND SCABBARD

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This World War One era specimen is an identified, USMC officer’s sword and scabbard used by Edgar Hayes. Marine Corps history indicates that this type of sword was first presented to a Marine lieutenant by Prince Hamet, the Ottoman Empire viceroy, on Dec 8, 1805. It was given to the officer during the First Barbary War as a gesture of respect and praise for his action at the Battle of Derne. The sword was adopted by Marine Corps Commandant Archibald Henderson in 1825 as part of the officer’s uniform as a ceremonial sidearm.

The sword blade is 33” long, is 7/8” wide with a gold-plated brass cross-guarded hilt with a lancets on each side of the ricassos. Slightly curved blade of hand-polished steel has a 28½” long wide fuller with an 8” narrow fuller located near the blade point. Reverse ricasso bears the maker’s address of “F. O. HEIBERGER / WASHINGTON”. Three inches up from the address is the name “EDGAR HAYES” etched within a pennant. Pennant area has is moderate to heavy pitting at the name as well as scattered pitting over the entire flat. Obverse flat bears a like pennant with “U. S. MARINES” etched within. Invites further research on Edgar Hayes. Grips are ivory and secured by two large starred brass rivets. Rounded pommel is fitted to accept a sword knot. Stainless steel scabbard is unmarked and has gold-plated furniture including the ring mounts, rings and drag slipper. Scabbard not dented but has a number of abrasions. Brass throat present.

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