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    U.S. Model 1872 Presentation Cavalry Officers' Saber to Major O.C. Drew, Jr. and Oil Portrait.
    Comprising: 1.) Presentation 1872 Cavalry Officers' Saber. 34 ½-inch curved, plated blade with etched panels featuring a panoply of arms, eagle and floral designs. Obverse panel with "Major O. C. Drew, Jr." Reverse ricasso etched "The / M.C. Lilley & Co. / Columbus". The obverse ricasso is stamped with the walking bear logo of the German firm Abraham Kuller. The gilded hilt features knuckle bows with floral decoration and an pommel cap with elaborate rosette design. The fish-skin grips are wire wrapped. The plated metal scabbard has ornate gilded mounts and drag, each with inset vignettes on the obverse side. Between the top mount and center mount on the obverse side is acid etched: "Presented to / Major O. C. Drew, Jr. / by his friend John H. Kirby, / April, 1902", in Gothic Old English calligraphy font. Also: US over the head of Medusa near the end of the scabbard. The sword retains its knot affixed to the guard. 2.) Oil portrait of presumably Drew as a lieutenant, or perhaps his son during WWI in France. Oil on canvas, approximately 13 x 29-inches. Posed standing in the uniform of a lieutenant from what appears to be the 35th Division. A French village provides the background to the portrait. The portrait is unsigned, likely commissioned as a souvenir of his time in France and painted by an unknown French artist.

    Major O.C. Drew, Jr. was listed as the Assistant Adjutant General of the 1st Brigade in the Report of the Adjutant General of Texas. For the Two Years Ending August 31, 1904.

    John Henry Kirby born November 16, 1860, lawyer, lumberman "Prince of the Pines", oil man and "Father of Industrial Texas" John Henry Kirby has a Texas State forest named for him.

    Condition: 1.) Very good to excellent. The blade retains all the plating and is bright with only trivial scabbard wear. The hilt retains approximately 75-80% gilt. The scabbard retains approximately 65-70% plating with some uniform surface rust. 2.) Very good. A few small holes in the canvas.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    12th Sunday
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