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    Named, Early 19th Century US Marine Corps Mameluke Hilt Officer's Saber. The remarkable exploits of the small US Marine contingent, led by Presley O'Bannon, in the Tripolitan Wars, to restore Prince Hamet Karamanli to the throne in Tripoli, resulted in Karamanli presenting O'Bannon with his personal mameluke hilt sword. From that point forward the mameluke hilt sword became the traditional form worn by Marine officers, and was formally adopted by regulation in the late 19th century. The mameluke hilt saber is still carried by commissioned US Marine Corps officers today.
    This example has a 26 1/2" curved blade with wide shallow unstopped fuller. The blade is plain and unmarked with an overall smooth gray patina and absolutely no rust or pitting. This blade for, with no visible markings provides strong evidence that this sword was, in fact, American manufactured. The white plaque grips appear to be ivory or a composition material made to simulate ivory are about perfect with nice light age patina, although missing the brass rivet caps that hold the grips in place as well as the brass liner for the sword knot aperture. The gilded brass cross guard, which is generically typical of this form, exhibits superbly executed hand engraving along the edges and on the teardrop shaped quillons. The scabbard is now covered with red velvet, which was likely done during the 20th century with the leather scabbard underneath. The scabbard is, however, intact and quite sound. The scabbard carries three beautiful large brass mounts with are profusely pierced with scrollwork and extensively hand engraved on both sides. The top mount exhibits a form fitted recess for the sword langet. Large brass carrying rings. The mounts and crossguard are about perfect and retain much of the original gilt. The name "Col. John Stone U. S. M C." is machine engraved in large block letters on the obverse side of the blade. We believe this to have been executed during the 20th century yo identify and commemorate the officer to whom the sword originally belonged. An extremely rare American sword, worthy of diligent research, with but a handful of known specimens extant from this early period.

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    June, 2013
    8th Saturday
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