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His Mameluke sword, I think from the 1950's

Shots of the sword, and him carrying it.

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Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Quantico 11/10/1961

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Well that is a beauty. Can I ask whether you got it from the family or otherwise. What do you think the grip is made of?

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Col. Ditta was my father.

As far as the grip, it's called 'celluloid' Maybe a fake ivory formulation. I can say that the grip was not so yellow when I was a kid, maybe the heat of my mother's attic was a factor. It was never in the sun other than in use, so that would not have been a factor. So, age and heat?

Here's a thread on that topic on this Forum that is interesting:

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/157899-usmc-mameluke-sword-grip-color-and-material/

 

Here's a couple of links to some other threads about my father.

 

USMC 2/7 on Samoa Early 1942

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16338&hl=

ditta medals

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=11539

2/7 china

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=14159

Japanese bring backs-

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/339777-some-col-ditta-usmc-bring-backs/

 


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Very nice! It is great to have your father's sword and to keep it in the family. I love the deep age color on the grips.


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Very nice! It is great to have your father's sword and to keep it in the family. I love the deep age color on the grips.

 

 

The good news is that there are LOTS of young cousins to keep the family

history alive after I'm gone.

Bob's post on the grips was very informative about the materials, there was definitely a color change on them with age.


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Now thinking that the sword might be late 1940s, after the war for sure.  In one of his letters home while in China he states that he had decided to make the Corps his career and that might have prompted him to buy a sword. He was already a Major by then (May 1944).


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