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    A remarkable piece of American military history.

    The M1902 Saber for all Officers of General Douglas MacArthur with Wonderful Provenance. The sword is a pure regulation M1902, manufactured by renowned German sword maker Carl Eickhorn. Black composition grip with deep finger grooves, deeply etched blade with eagle, US, arms panoplies, floral/ scrollwork and a 3" panel on the obverse that is engraved in, 3/16" block letters, "DOUGLAS MAC ARTHUR USA". The sword is in near mint condition with just some minor wear to the nickel on the ring mounts, rings and drag, clearly showing the sword was worn. Exhibits an old, nearly transparent, coat of dried oil/ grease, being completely untouched.

    The sword is accompanied by a notarized statement from the consignor, a minister in Connecticut, detailing the sword's lineage. The consignor's father, Robert M. Hall, owned the Publisher-Hall Syndicate, one of the largest newspaper syndicates in the country. In the late 1940s, as a child, the consignor accompanied his father to a newspaper editors convention in Washington, D.C., where he met Robert Sharon Allen, a Washington correspondent and bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor. Allen was a veteran of World War I, and served on Patton's staff during World War II, subsequently authoring the book, Lucky Forward: The History of Patton's Third Army. Papers concerning his military career reside in the George S. Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon learning from the consignor's father that he was interested in swords, Allen gave him this sword, stating that it had been given to him personally by General MacArthur.

    MacArthur graduated from West Point in 1903 and this is very likely his first M1902 saber. Elaboration on MacArthur's life for the purpose of this description would be superfluous. One of the most , if not the most, important American military figures of the 20th century, his career was touched by its share of controversy, and his renowned egocentric character led to the sobriquet "American Caesar".


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    July, 2009
    25th Saturday
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