MODEL 1840 PATTERN UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS NCO SWORD BY RIDABOCK & CO. WITH SCABBARD

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Sword meas. approx. 31.00 inches long from pommel to point. The blade meas. approx. 24.50 inches long with a semi-bright surface. There is a central stopped fuller that meas. approx. 22.50 inches long. Blade exhibits heavy mottling some pitting and scattered surface rust. 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. Reverse ricasso is etches with “RIDABOCK & CO. NEW YORK.”

It is known that Navy and Marine Corps swords were produced in various lengths. This blade has a central fuller that runs almost all the way to the point. However, neither the blade nor the leather scabbard show signs of shortening and the sword fits the scabbard perfectly.

The cast brass hilt is tight and features an imitation wire-wrapped ribbed grip. Pommel is globular with a low capstan rivet. The single knucklebow crosses the blade and ends in a rounded quillon. Sword has a cast brass double clamshell-shaped counterguard with the inner guard turned downward. For some reason the downward facing guard has a small hole punched through it. All brass has a light patina.

Leather scabbard is complete. Both the brass throat and drag are present and both are plain with minor wear from age, use and storage. Drag has several small dents. Leather has moderate surface finish loss and is slightly crazed but is otherwise good. There is one weak spot about halfway down its length.  [ad]

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