US MARINE MAMALUKE OF MAJ. WILLIAM W. RUSSELL OF HARPER’S FERRY FAME

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Manufactured: Philadelphia, PA  Maker: F. W.Widmann  Year: c1840  Model: Mamaluke Size: 33 inch blade, 1.22 wide and .3 in. thick  Condition: Excellent+

Widmann Mamaluke of Major William W. Russell who stormed Harpers Ferry to repel John Brown. This is the Marine Mamaluke of Major William W. Russell who stormed Harpers Ferry to remove John Brown. It was made by F.W. Widmann. Careful examination of the blade etching shows “F. W. Wittman” (we presume that engraver had some explaining to do.) / Phila. The grip is ivory; brass is gilt, beautiful etched blade is of quill back design with American Eagle, Anchor in stand of flags with Caduceus and a wreath surrounding United States Marine. The scabbard is sheet brass with a raised center ridge on both sides. It has two carry rings, brass frog stud and a simple squared off drag.

At Harpers Ferry, under the command of Robert E. Lee, the senior line officer on duty at the Navy Yard Israel Greene assumed the burden of organizing the expedition. Major William W. Russell, Paymaster of the Corps, was detailed to assist him. Twenty-seven Marines, with Greene and Russell at their head, gathered close to the engine house but out of the insurgent's line of fire to await Stuarts signal. At the door one Marine fell mortally wounded. The rest, led by Lieutenant Green and Major Russell, quickly ended the contest. Maj. Russell charged in armed with only his cane.

His cane is with this group and is more like a weapon than a cane. (Solid metal wrapped with leather). John Brown fell to a saber wound inflicted by Lt. Greene. This family archive came with family effects in his g. grandson’s WWII military trunk. Included within the trunk were family books, engraved silver goblets and presentation silver pitcher commemorating his Marine service as paymaster. The pitcher inscription reads: “MAJ. W.W. RUSSELL, P.M.M.C. / FROM THE / Clerks of the Commandant / and Staff / 858 / Aetis arum implet non Segrubus annis”.

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