SHORTENED MODEL 1840 PATTERN UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS NCO SWORD BY HORSTMANN WITH UNALTERED SCABBARD

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Sword meas. approx. 29.75 inches long from pommel to point. The blade meas. approx. 24.00 inches long with a bright surface. There is a central stopped fuller that meas. approx. 22.00 inches long. Blade exhibits very little pitting. The reverse side is etched with “U.S.M.C.” inside a foliate border. Etching is not strong but is easily visible. The edge has several nicks and numerous scratches.

It is known that Navy and Marine Corps swords were produced in various lengths but this blade has been shortened which is evidenced by the fact that the fuller runs almost all the way to the point. However, the leather scabbard shows no signs of shortening and the sword fits it perfectly.

The cast brass hilt is tight and features an imitation wire-wrapped ribbed grip. Pommel is globular with a low capstan-style rivet. At the point where the knucklebow / quillon crosses the blade there rests a brass cast, double, clam shell-shaped counterguard with the inner guard turned downward. All brass has been cleaned.

Leather scabbard is complete. Both the brass throat and drag are present and both are plain with minor wear from age, use and storage. Leather has moderate surface finish loss and is slightly crazed but is otherwise good.  [AD]

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