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    "Remember the Alamo" Sword Cane. The straight stag horn handle is 3.5" high and 1.5" at its widest. Inlaid on the round top is a coin silver star that is engraved "Remember the Alamo." At the base of the handle, a 28" diamond shaped sword can be withdrawn with a straight pull. It has 9.75" of worn early bluing and it is in very good condition. There is a .33" coin silver collar on a malacca shaft with thin oval silver eyelets and a 1.5" brass ferrule. There are some splits in the malacca shaft and a 2.33" burnished brass sleeve was added above the ferrule some time ago to retard any further splitting. It has worked very well and the piece is sound and sturdy. The overall length is 33.5" and the general condition is very good. The Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, took place in 1836 and, from all its characteristics, the cane was probably made just after that (we have seen similar canes issued for Lafayette's visit in 1824 and for Andrew Jackson's presidency). The Battle was famous because of the many illustrious combatants who took part (James Bowie, David Crockett and William B. Travis), all of whom were killed by Santa Anna's army. It became a celebrated defeat and a rallying cry for Texan insurgents. The defeat was avenged six weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto. The recent discovery of an eyewitness diary by a Mexican soldier disputes the popular legend. If true, it indicates that Bowie, Crockett and Travis surrendered, expecting fair treatment as prisoners of war, but were instead executed by their captors. This is the only period artifact of its type we have ever seen -- an item of great historical importance.

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    December, 2007
    1st-3rd Saturday-Monday
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