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  1. Right you are. I forgot about his beautifully engraved posthumous PH that might still be out there. You could fill a large gallery with his bronzes and lithos as a display- only your wall space and wallet are the limit! Nice coincidence that you already owned some of his bronze pieces. Look forward to seeing your display as a work in progress. I enjoy seeing medals and awards to men that were also accomplished authors, artists, designers, engineers, inventors, musicians, etc. This one definitely rates. Thanks for posting.
  2. The dual facet of his life, better known as an artist to collectors than as a KIA naval reservist, is really neat. As you said, the medal with whatever bronzes you have of his and a Navy recruiting litho or two would make a great display. I'd enjoy seeing those bronzes if you ever decide to post them under non militaria. At 52 he was ancient to be serving at sea and in a combat zone. Definitely it would be worthwhile to order his personnel file from NARA St. Louis. I'd bet your medal is the only traceable award or medal to him.
  3. I was the purchaser of 3 of Crisp's 4- medals, including the Sampson when they sold in four separate ebay auctions several years ago. Crisp's West Indies #1143 is owned by a forum member. He and I communicated back when the auctions occurred and he is aware that I am open to a purchase or trade that would reunite the entire group to one of us. Here's an old posting of the group. This is a photo of RADM Crisp (1861-1951) as a US Revenue Service School cadet circa 1885. A graduate of both the US Naval Academy (Class of 1884) and the Revenue Service School, at the time o
  4. Do you happen to have any records of how tall your great-grandfather and grandfather were? Reason I ask is that the sword seems to be a bit shorter than the typical 35" from stem to stern like mine is. I'm guessing yours is about 31" which would indicate its owner was perhaps shorter.
  5. The apartment building in the "Hell's Kitchen" area of Manhattan where my great uncle was living 100 years ago, with his sword, watch and medals. A world away from the small town in Blue Earth County, Minnesota he left in 1910 when he moved to NYC. After he got married in 1926 to a Georgia transplant, they moved to Ocean Ave. in Brooklyn. In the mid 30's they bought their house on Coolidge Ave. in Queens where he spent the rest of his life, working as a registry clerk in the Manhattan Post Office. During the Second World War he was an air raid warden and converted his garage into a fir
  6. The pristine condition and the black leather case that looks like ones I've seen for post- World War One swords makes me think your sword may be more recent than 1890s or early 1900s when your great-grandfather presumably would have bought his. Since you located the name engraving, some might weigh in on that style of font and what period it was used. The top photo is a World War I era sword owned by member kanemono from a post he did on the Navy Cross group to a mustang who became a chief boatswain (warrant officer) in 1909 and temporary appointment as ensign during World War One. The f
  7. When I was researching your ancestor's life after I bought the Sampson Medal originally awarded to him, I was cognizant of the antisemitism that he would have encountered in the Navy of 120-30 years ago. A few years before purchasing that medal, by chance I was high bidder on two of the three original Bailey, Banks and Biddle #d campaign medals issued to RADM Edward David Taussig, patriarch of an historic four or five generation Annapolis family. Taussig was the first Jewish midshipman admitted to Annapolis and was in the class of 1867. In addition to the Philippine Campaign # 104 and C
  8. Does your extended family still possess the M1852 sword that your grandfather, Louis Shane, Jr, who was KIA commanding the USS Shark, presumably would have owned? I guess my question is, have you considered the possibility that this sword may be his, and not his fathers, since there's no name on it? I'm certainly no sword expert, but the case, sword, all seem more like 1920's or 30's than 1890s.
  9. A wise decision not to engrave it and to leave it as it's been for the past 120 years. The appreciation and preservation of American History should be its own reward, but nothing wrong with incentivizing it for the one who will appreciate it most. I don't have that dilemma of choosing, mine will pass to my daughter.
  10. You're welcome. When you figure that the price includes free shipping, and knowing how much shipping charges are for something this size, it's not much profit. Even if you could find something like it in a physical store, it wouldn't be at this price. Very happy with mine after two years and I've gotten much more than $60 worth of satisfaction. 😎
  11. sundance, of course, glad to help. This is the outfit I bought the unit from. It's the cherry wood finish option. I was completely satisfied with the quality, fit and finish, and their shipping, packing and communications were fine. They had an option for several dollars more to buy an engraved plate and two light bars for night lighting that I also bought. I believe red felt is the default background, but they also offered a removable backing in different colors you could put over the red. I bought a blue one (Navy), but have liked the red and not used the blue one so far. It's
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