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reschenk

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  1. I was able to acquire a rare USMC Staff NCO sword on eBay this week. The fact I was the sole bidder on the lot shows how little knowledge and interest there is in Marine swords. This sword was adopted by the Marines in M1859. Usually it is worn on a sliding frog in a leather scabbard with two mounts, throat with a frog stud and a drag. However at least from the Uniform Regulation of 1875 until the Uniform Regulation of 1937 senior staff NCOs, primarily, Sergeants Major and Quartermaster Sergeants, were authorized to wear their swords on slings like commissioned officers which of course req
  2. Sorry about the double posting. For some reason the program pulled up my pervious post and re-posted it. Ray skin is the pebbly-surfaced skin of some types of stingrays. It is rather expensive. You can still get it on Navy swords sold by Marlow White as a $150 extra.
  3. I also just re-looked your carrier case. It is the same style Ames used in the late 1800s.
  4. It is difficult to date these thin-bladed M1852s. Most turn-of-the-century swords have the retailer/outfitters name stamped on the reverse ricasso, and this usually provides a clue, but for some reason the outfit who sold your sword didn’t. The genuine ray skin grip suggests an earlier date. Although they continued to use genuine skin in later swords, post-WWI swords tended to increasingly use synthetic material. Here is an example sword made by Ames and retailed by Jacob Reeds Sons in about 1910 – is seems quite like your sword.
  5. It is difficult to date these thin-bladed M1852s. Most turn-of-the-century swords have the retailer/outfitters name stamped on the reverse ricasso, and this usually provides a clue, but for some reason the outfit who sold your sword didn’t. The genuine ray skin grip suggests an earlier date. Although they continued to use genuine skin in later swords, post-WWI swords tended to increasingly use synthetic material. Here is an example sword made by Ames and retailed by Jacob Reeds Sons in about 1910 – is seems quite like your sword.
  6. Another M1852 Navy officer's sword just sold on eBay. It was a good quality sword with a Made U.S.A. mark on the blade. (https://www.ebay.com/itm/M1905-USN-Dress-Sword-Made-1928-/224103250787?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=4O3CuGXe%2F4gBcFI9R4a0EzIs%2By0%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc) The officer' s date of service was 1927-1934, which suggests he likely purchased the sword near his date of commission, i.e. 1927. The M1852 Navy with these marks was probably contemporary with the similarly marked M1902 Army.
  7. One other observation. The "MADE USA'" marks are crudely stamped and often on a sword which otherwise looks to be of foreign manufacturer e.g. one having a brass proved slug. I understand The "Germany" country of manufacture is sometimes stamped on the tang to effectively conceal the origin on the complete assembled sword. Could the MADE USA stamp be a further deception? (I'm speaking of a Navy sword with the brass plug - haven't seen a M1902.)
  8. I checked my notes and you are correct, Jim Brown tells us L-A did discontinuing importing Eickhorn blades in Sep 1939, and I know of no other German supplier who sold blades at subsequent date. I just disremembered the date to be the US entry into the conflict. My bad. I still, however, suspect the Made-in-U.S.-marked blades are earlier than Sep 1939. In 1942 the Navy suspended officers swords for the Navy and Marines. I'm uncertain if the Army did as well, but i don't think much war production was dedicated to building officer swords.. You see a lot of Made-in-U.S. swords for them to a
  9. I'm not certain about about the "Made in USA" mark. I believe it was earlier. The driving factor was not the cut-off of blades from Nazi Germany - they kept up deliver right up to entry of the US into WWII. Not sure what the driver was for the use of these markings, but I believe they date to the 1920s or early 1930s, I have a Navy sword with similar marking which dates to the period between 1925 and 1931. I believe the Army sabers were contemporary.
  10. It is definitely an American sword, probably CW Union. Neither CSA nor any other entity use the "e pluribus unum" motto. It is extremely unusual not to have the "U.S." on these other side of the blade, although it was sometimes replaced with "U.S.M.C." on later sword used by Marine NCOs.
  11. I also believe the grip is original. Most were sharkskin covered, but leather is not uncommon.. Are the initials "U.S." etched on the blade?
  12. There were two prominent Solingen sword makers in the 19th century who merged in 1883 to form WKC. The one firm was Weyersberg and it used the king’s head logo to mark its swords. The other firm was Kirschbaum and it used the Knight’s head logo to mark its swords. After the 1883 merger, both heads side-by-side were used as the logo. This is what it shown on your sword. Later, WKC sometimes used the knight’s head alone as a logo, but never the king’s head.
  13. Varangian, you seem pretty savvy on cavalry sabers. I as I turn 80, I'm thinking of down-sizing my collection somewhat, including my Springfield M1872 cavalry heavy variant. This, of course, is the only real M1872 cavalry saber; those usually called that are the pattern 1880 Field and Cavalry officers' saber. The problem is I really don't how much to ask. I've only ever seen one listed, and it was in the $5k-range. Seems a bit steep, but is it reasonable?
  14. Etched names on Springfield swords are really rare. A great piece with a great story,
  15. The serial number is not the number of the sword but of the certificate of the document which approved the manufacturer to sell the sword as meeting all the standards for use by the Marines. I wish I had a list of all the serial numbers, when they were used, and by which companies. It would help date them.
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