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    The Most Magnificent U.S. M1902 Saber We've Ever Seen and Certainly among the Most Elaborate Ever Produced with Wonderful Texas History. The 32" blade is absolutely mint and the only piece on the sword that is not custom manufactured. It bears the normal floral and scroll work motifs with spread wing eagle on the obverse and olde English US on the reverse, along with the maker's name, " The / M. C. Lilley & Co. / Columbus, O" at the base. The magnificent hilt is constructed entirely of heavily gold plated brass and utilizes a large eaglehead quillon. The face of the guard and the three branches are all covered with deep relief scroll work. The guard is slotted at the top for the sword knot, with the original black and gold bullion knot still attached. The helmet like pommel, affixed by a screw, is surmounted by a huge, full figured, three dimensional eagle, exhibiting exceptional detail. The backstrap is decorated with extensive incised scroll work. There is a 1/2" ribbed ferrule at the base of the grip. The grip, with finger grooves, is fabricated of ivory and was apparently originally tinted black overall, and engraved on the obverse with an oak leaf and acorn motif and on the reverse with laurel leaves and berries. Some of the black tinting has worn on the finger grooves from handling, revealing some of the ivory underneath, else the hilt is absolutely mint retaining 100% of the original gold plating.

    The scabbard is truly remarkable. Fabricated of nickel silver, there is a silver 3 1/2" plaque affixed between the two upper mounts which bears the following presentation, "Colonel Otto Wahrmund / From His Friends / Marshall Hicks / D. E. Decker / John G. Willacy / Joseph Faust / R. N. Stafford / McDonald Meachem / Geo. D. Neal / A. B. Davidson / W. A. Hanger / San Antonio, Tex. May 15th 1905". Colonel Wahrmund was born in Bexar County in 1857 and died in 1929. He served in the Texas Volunteer Guard the origin of his rank as Colonel, from 1886 to 1903. At the time of the presentation he was the President of The Pearl Brewing Company in San Antonio and the list of presenters includes many active members of Texas politics, and other important personages in the world of industry and business. The 5 1/2" top mount uses multiple piercings involving intertwined scroll and floral work, with the central them being the Great Seal of the United States in silver, with blue enamel on the top of the shield, set inside another shield which is set with 28 green semi precious stones, one of which is missing. The middle mount, also of gold plated brass, is 6" long and exhibits multiple piercings among the intertwined scroll and floral work. Set in the center is a 1" silver disc with TEXAS between the points of the star, with oak leaves and acorns around the rim, the circle in which it is set is mounted with 24 red semi precious stones, one of which is missing, else perfect. The 6 1/2" lower mount also exhibits multiple piercings amidst the deep relief scroll work, with a cross of laurel leaves near the base. In the center of the mount a silver device with crossed sabers with intertwined riband is separately affixed. The drag is absolutely unique and is composed of an eagle with it wings wrapped around the base of the mount. The reverse of the mounts also exhibit large piercings and are fully covered with engraving. The entire scabbard is absolutely mint, with the exception of the two missing stones.

    The sword is housed in its original 8" X 45" X 5" high leather covered wood case. The case is lined with tufted/cushioned purple silk. The exterior of the case has seen considerable wear, doubtless as the result of poor storage and, although intact, retains only a small portion of the leather covering. The lining of the case is near perfect, showing just some wear on the mounts on which the sword rests.

    An absolutely remarkable example of the American swordsmith's art, and a superb addition to either an American sword, or Texas history collection.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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