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  1. Varangian

    BOKER M3

    Why would they make a double tang? Seems inefficient...
  2. Nice saber! Well, it was steep and I'm the knucklehead who paid it. I've been looking for one for a decade or so, and seemed to always be a day late when it came to snagging them for $200 in an auction where no one seemed to know or care what one was. It was originally listed quite a bit higher, but it finally came down in price to the very limit of my pain tolerance, so I just went ahead and bought it. Obviously it's more than the market thinks it's worth, as it sat there for a while at that price. That said, they only made about 106 or so of them. And, as you noted, they don't pop up very often on dealers' sites. When you look at a similarly-scarce, but better known, saber like the M1911 Experimental, they price between $3k-5k. The M1798 sabers pop up for sale much more often and hold around $3k or more. I would expect yours to bring at least that much, but the market now is pretty soft as we saw with the latest Poulin auction. I'd just hold on to it, at least until the holidays.
  3. This is a nice example with a 32" blade, purchased by Lang probably in 1903 or 1904, going by the Armory signature. Lang was born in Portland, Maine, on 16 Nov 1876. Before his military career he was an avid bicycler and distinguished member of the Century Road Club of America, holding several state records and club awards for his cycling feats. He enlisted in the 1st Maine Infantry for service in the Spanish American War, serving first as the Regimental Sergeant Major at the age of 22 and later promoted to 2LT of Infantry in H Company. The 1st Maine saw lots of countryside, but no overseas deployments. He mustered out with his unit on 12 Nov 1898, but apparently the military bug had bitten hard. He was offered a commission in the regular Army on 10 Apr 1899; by his own account he was initially a 2LT in the 9th Cavalry, but the official records only show his commission as a 2LT with the 9th Infantry. Lang deployed with his regiment to the Philippines where he saw action, and also deployed with the regiment to China to help rescue the diplomatic delegations during the Boxer Rebellion. On 13 Jul 1900, Lang participated in the Battle of Tientsin, where the 9th suffered a 10% casualty rate and lost its commander, COL Emerson Liscum. Lang was himself shot in the arm. The wound was apparently not too inconvenient, as Lang continued to march with the 9th to participate in the Battle of Yangstun on 6 Aug 1900. Here he was less lucky; a shell from one of the modern Chinese Krupps field pieces exploded directly above him, killing his horse and wounding him so severely he was on convalescence for over a year. He would later be awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Heart medals for his actions in China. He returned to the Philippines with the 9th in 1906, where he saw more action as the Commander of the 13th Company of Philippine Scouts, but his wounds continued to trouble him. He was allowed to transfer to the Judge Advocate Corps on 18 Jun 1909, where he was promoted to Major and then medically retired on 25 Jun 1909 for wounds received in battle. He returned to active duty that November, however, and served until October 1913. In 1917, he was named Commandant of the Regiment of Cadets of the University of Maine. Here he is, front row with the very pointy campaign hat, likely posing with this very saber. Lang returned to duty in 1917 for service in France with the JAG. He retired, this time for good, on 17 July 1921 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the JAG. He died on 3 April 1954 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  4. Awesome, thank you very much!
  5. Does anyone who has Cole's Volume III willing to look up the M1849 knife? TIA!
  6. Ummm...that's a barrel. http://www.coolgunsite.com/pistols/barrels.htm
  7. Nice acquisition! Those New Service revolvers are nice sidearms. The boxes of ammo intended for the revolvers was different from those intended for the M1911.
  8. Some of the prices were surprising, but the economy isn't really the best right now. I was tempted on a couple of pieces to upgrade, but there wasn't anything there I really needed and I was already bracing myself to shell out for a seriously overpriced example to fill an actual hole in the collection...
  9. Gregg was an Apaché pilot, so the Wolfpack patch is more likely (if this belonged to who I think it did...) And I was either an embedded field advisor in Latin America or Air Cavalry between 2004-2013, so I never wore the Aviation brass...and yes, I did so very much enjoy wearing the crossed sabers!
  10. Rebellion! Mutiny! 😂 I think the official rollover was in July 2004. Coincided with the new CW5 insignia. There are warrants that still have hurt feelings over that. I'm not one.
  11. Has anyone talked to Ken lately? Someone told me he may have passed recently?
  12. OCP = Scorpion/Multicam The tops take a lot less punishment than the pants. The Aircrew Combat Uniform fabric is tougher than that of the ACU-FR, but not near as tough as the NYCO on regular ACUs, and gets very thin after repeated washing.
  13. I *much* preferred the two-piece over the zoom bag. It was a lot easier to work on the aircraft in hot weather since you could take the top off instead of tying the top half of a zoom bag around your waist, and it was light years easier to drop a deuce. Personal opinion, they also looked a lot sharper, especially the OCP version with a decade or so of improvements incorporated.
  14. Excellent! Thank you! RIA made scabbards for some of the sabers along with the saber knots, maybe I can score some drawings.
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