20th Century USMC Officer's "Mameluke" Sword w/ Scabbard

28" blade length. 7" pommel to crossguard. 35" overall length with scabbard. Single edged drop tip blade with single fuller to forte and double offset fullers to foible, on both sides. Brass hilt has a 5.25" crossguard with double quillons, and simulated ivory grips with double brass star medallions to both sides. Nickel plate dress scabbard has double brass carry rings with floral designs, and a brass drag with rose floral reliefs to both sides. Blade has acid etched markings including "UNITED STATES MARINES" to both sides and "MAJOR R.L.P." to left side. Blade also has etched floral and patriotic designs to both sides, as well as "{Star of David}" marks to both ricassos. Blade is marked "MADE/U.S.A." under crossguard, and there is a "3" marked to the spine of blade just above hilt. Scabbard has brass throat. This item appears to be a 20th century "Mameluke" USMC officer's sword. Originating from the scimitar given to Lt. Presley O'bannon in 1805 by the Mamluks for service in North Africa, USMC officers have traditionally worn these dress swords since 1825. 


Good. Blade has some light scratching scattered overall with a few light pin point pit marks to edge of etched designs. There are some scratches and light losses to nickel finish on scabbard. Hilt has a .5" crack to right grip near pommel. Pommel has some light wear. There is some flaking to brass finish on crossguard. 

Estimate: $300 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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