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    I obtained this apparently unique Marine...

    I obtained this apparently unique Marine sergeant’s hybrid sword, possibly a prototype, in July

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    It is unique for two reasons:

    - It has no makers marks whatsoever. ...
  2. Is your hilt steel or brass? (It's not clear in ...

    Is your hilt steel or brass? (It's not clear in the photo.) If steel, it is quite similar to the Starr M1808 cavalry saber but not the same. Note the number and width of the ribs on the grip and...
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    This appears to be the drag of a M1860/72 S&F...

    This appears to be the drag of a M1860/72 S&F sword. The M1872/80 cavalry and mounted officers' sword were more like this:

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    Your scabbard is for a M1860/72 staff officer...

    Your scabbard is for a M1860/72 staff officer sword. The early models came with two scabbards, one blued or browned for everyday wear, one with nickel plated for dress. Later swords c.1880 came...
  5. I would be leery of this sword - doesn't look...

    I would be leery of this sword - doesn't look right. You point out the problem with the grip. The pommel is also wrong. Horstmann used oak leaves around the periphery of the pommel, not laurel.
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  6. Marine M1859 Sergeants' Sword Article

    Mark Cloke has posted my article on the Marine M1859 sergeants sword on his Old Swords site (https://oldswords.com/images/Marine%20Sergeant.pdf). This study of the M1859 Marine sergeant’s sword is a...
  7. Since there were few swords in the auction, and...

    Since there were few swords in the auction, and fewer of much interest, plus the usual lack of interest in Marine swords in general, I had hoped this would sell for the estimate or lower. Most of...
  8. Gerry, did you bid in the Morphy Auction?

    Gerry, did you bid in the Morphy Auction?
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    We haven't had a M1852/72 Navy Officer's sword...

    We haven't had a M1852/72 Navy Officer's sword come up in a while so I thought I might show my new acquisition. I received it as part of lot with a Marine NCO sword. It is an older sword, last...
  10. Received the sword today. Per George. question,...

    Received the sword today. Per George. question, there was no "Iron Proof" or king's head stamp on the blade. The only mark anywhere on the sword was a tiny "X54" below the fastening screw on the...
  11. Reminds me of myM1850 foot officer's sword - saw...

    Reminds me of myM1850 foot officer's sword - saw a LOT of dragging!

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  12. From the pictures they sent, I don't think ...

    From the pictures they sent, I don't think there is either a king's-head stamp or "iron proof" on the blade, but will need to wait until I have it in hand to be sure there's nothing hiding there. ...
  13. The above post was somewhat of a setup for a...

    The above post was somewhat of a setup for a discussion of this sword I just acquied. It Is a Marine M1859 sergeant’s sword unlike any I have ever seen.

    - First, it is totally unmarked with...
  14. Hilt Types on Marine M1859 Sergeant' Swords

    I’m not sure most collectors have paid enough attention to the Marine M1859 sergeants’ sword to notice the hilts are of two different types. Type 1, which was used on early swords with unetched or...
  15. Sad news. I didn't know him personally, but...

    Sad news. I didn't know him personally, but bought several swords from him. He was one dealer who you could trust. He never had a misrepresented item or hyped tale.
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    That is what it appears to be. The blade was...

    That is what it appears to be. The blade was inspected by Daniel Reynolds in 1864 and re-inspected by Cdr Guart Gansevoort after the CW.
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    M1861 Cutlass

    In 2017 I wrote an article on the M1861 cutlass which was published in “Man-at-Arms” magazine. Since then, considerable new information has come to light, especially that regarding late-date...
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    I have an American version imported by Adam W....

    I have an American version imported by Adam W. Spies. Although commonly referred to as a medical officer/surgeon sword, there is little evidence for this and appears to be based on one Navy surgeon...
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    Hard to say from the photos and limited info...

    Hard to say from the photos and limited info supplied The first two appear to be French Mle 1845 or its many variants or look-alikes. The last is a variant of the Bavarian pattern 1788 cavalry...
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    The sword looks like a typical HoS product with...

    The sword looks like a typical HoS product with the narrow fuller except it lacks bogus blade marks normally found on the ricasso. Presume your sword, like normal HoS cutlasses, has no serial number...
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    Seems we have lost a number of members who used...

    Seems we have lost a number of members who used to be regular contributors to this forum. Have they just "retired from sword things" or have they moved on to facebook or other venues? At any rate,...
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    Back in 2017 we had a rather extensive discussion...

    Back in 2017 we had a rather extensive discussion on so-called narrow-fuller M1861 Navy cutlasses. Most of those discussed were repros made up by the notorious “House of Swords” back in the 1960s...
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    Ref Sean's comment on names being engraved on...

    Ref Sean's comment on names being engraved on medals - same applies to my period of service, 1962-1984. My father served in WWII and Korea - none of his medals were personalized either. I'm not...
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    The initials "J.H.C" are these of long-time...

    The initials "J.H.C" are these of long-time Springfield inspector James H. Clayton. The "51" is likely the rack number.
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    M1860s are also found with M1906 scabbards. ...

    M1860s are also found with M1906 scabbards. Mis-matched scabbards are very common with the M1860/M1906 sabers and it appears the mis-matching dates from the service life of the sabers. The M1906...
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