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    U.S. M1859 Marine Corps Officer's or Staff NCO Sword by Horstmann. In 1859, Marine Corps officers were ordered to abandon their distinctive mameluke hilt saber in favor of the the M1850 foot officer's sword, with these regulations remaining in effect until 1875 when the mameluke hilt was reconstituted. This is a very fine example of the M1859 sword. Blade about mint with USMC in the center of the reverse etch, eagle/ motto, etc. on the obverse. "Horstmann & Sons/ Philadelphia" at the base of the blade. Classic M1850 foot officer's style hilt, near perfect, with rack numbers and nice untouched patina, quillon just bent slightly downward. Black leather grip with twisted brass wire about perfect. Steel scabbard with heavy black leather covering excellent, one break in the leather 2" above the lower mount where it was obviously struck, although still intact. Brass mounts, including throat with frog stud, about perfect, with nice patina and matching numbers. The steel scabbard liner would indicate the sword is very late Civil War or possibly post war. Additionally, the sword quillon bears the mark "No / 208" while the scabbard drag is marked "No. 127" indicating mismatched rack numbers. Still an exceptionally nice example of this scarce regulation U.S. sword.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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