US MARINE CORPS OFFICER’S SWORD SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, PRE-WW1, MINT CONDITION

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Item Code: 266-1006

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This is the US Marine Corps Model 1875 officer’s sword that revived the mameluke pattern laid aside in 1859. This example has ivory grips and dates from the Spanish-American War and pre-World War era when the U.S. was stepping onto the world stage, largely through the projection of force through the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps around the world. The condition of the sword is stellar, like new. The grips have a wonderful mellow cream color patina, and have no cracks or chips. The pommel is pierced for a sword knot and the gripes are secured to the blade tang by two rivets with five pointed stars in relief on their heads. The brass guard has long langets up and down. The crossguard quillons are cast integrally with langets and quillon block giving the guard a cruciform appearance. The quillons terminate with acorn finials.

The blade is slightly curved, has a single fuller and spear point and, like the hilt, is in super condition, bright with no nicks or blemishes. The obverse bears an engraved banner scroll reading, “UNITED STATES MARINES.” The reverse bears a similar scroll that remains blank and would have carried the name of an officer.

The scabbard is bright steel with brass mounts: throat, carrying ring bands, and drag. The ring bands are cast with overlapping leaves. The drag has floral motifs as well, in the shape of a wreath wrapping around the tip of the scabbard. As with the sword, the condition of the scabbard is wonderful- no dings, dents or blemishes.

The mameluke pattern swords derive from the service of the marines in the Barbary Wars of 1801 to 1805. Adopting the exotic style of their foes, Marine officers wore these very early, but the pattern seems only to have been recognized in regulations in the 1820s. It was dropped in 1859 in favor of the army’s 1850 pattern, revived in 1875, dropped again in 1942, and then revived once more. It is hard to buck tradition.

These are very distinctive U.S. swords that carry and commemorate their history in their design. This one is like new.  [sr]

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