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    ACRYLIC SWORD & SCABBARD STAND: This pair of acrylic sword & scabbard stands was designed to hold one sword and its scabbard. Each is 5 inches tall and designed with square edge groves to prevent the sword or scabbard from flipping over as often happens with similar stands with a rounded cut. They will accommodate swords of all sized from small bowie knives to cavalry sabers.  This design presents a very clean and crisp display that is attractive. $27.00

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    U567. RARE - CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS STAFF NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER'S SWORD: During the Civil War the Marine Corps was very small in size compared to the other military services, and as such Marine Corps Civil War swords are rare.  I initially thought this was a Bent & Bush made sword; however, a very knowledgeable and educated collector has positively identified this as being made by Ames. Most Marine Corps swords of this period, and following the war, were produced by Horstmann and that company is well known for marking their product. Horstmann had the first contract in early 1859 and the second contract went to Ames in November 1859, and Horstmann got the third contract in 1861. After that, Bent & Bush received all sword contracts.  This sword appears to be part of the second contract , of which there were only 36 produced by Ames in 1860.  The guard on this sword was made by Weyersberg. However, during a part of 1860 and to the start of the war, Ames incorporated these guards into their hilts. Ames still utilized their own pommels and the heel portion of their knuckle guard to assemble the hilt. The Ames knuckle guard was thicker than the matching section of the Weyersberg guard so the Ames part was filed to match the Weyersberg part. Many Weyersberg M1850 foot officer swords were imported by Horstmann. Once you note the Weyersberg guard (which is easily identifiable) look for the taper of the knuckle bow at the heel. Invariably, when the taper is there it is an Ames product. The Knight head is not found on the ricasso of these swords, and the blades are probably made by Ames. They are found with and without secondary (small) fullers. The swords that Ames assembled of this style are found with unetched blades. The scabbard has two brass fittings, the top mount designed to be carried in a leather frog, and the brass drag. The scabbard black leather has turned into rawhide. I have seen this before with some other Marine swords of this period, and believe this occurred as a result of exposer to salt water while at sea. $2500.00

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    U568.RARE - CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER’S SWORD: During the Civil War the Marine Corps was very small in size compared to the other military services, and as such Marine Corps Civil War swords are rare.  Most Marine Corps swords of this period, and following the war, were produced by Horstmann and that company is well known for marking their product. Horstmann had the first contract in early 1859 and the second contract went to Ames in November 1859, and Horstmann got the third contract in 1861. After that, Bent & Bush received all sword contracts.  However, Horstmann was known to continue providing private purchase swords to Marines, and I believe this is one such example. The Marine Corps contract for the Civil War call for unetched blades, and the use of the letters USMC were not added to Marine sword until 1875.  This particular sword has an etched blade, but no letters, and no inventory-rack numbers in the hilt.

    The swords hilt is a quality cast standard M1850 Foot Officers guard with some traced ofgilt, black leather grip with twisted wire.  The 27 3/4 inch blade is Horstmann marked and etched, but no lettered making it a Civil War period piece. The scabbard has two brass fittings, the top mount designed to be carried in a leather frog, and the brass drag.  $2500.00

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    U571. USMC - M1875 MUSICIAN'S SWORD: This is a M1875 United States Musician's sword. Many mistakenly think it is Civil War, but it is not.  Its design is similar to the M1840 NCO sword, but with the reverse turned-down claim shell, a shorter blade, which it etched U.S.M.C. and maker marked Horstmann. The Marine Corps regulation of 1859 called for no reverse claim shell and no etching, though there are several examples with a 1/4 size reverse claim shell and etching, but these are believe to be Marine Corps boy musician sword.

    This sword has a 26 1/2 inch blade in excellentcondition. The etching is strong and frosty, and there are no nicks or dings.The blade is held tight with the original red leather washer.  The hilt is strong, with a nice turned-down claim shell, and displays an even dark muster colored patina. The scabbard is complete with original mounts with only the top screw missing.  The leather is strong with no breaks, but some expected crazing.  These are getting harder to find in this condition. $1600.00

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    U572.RARE - USMC – CIVIL WAR MUSICIAN'S SWORDI have been searching for this sword for over 40 years and was excited when I found it at the recent Gettysburg Civil War sword.  It is an extremely rare example of a Civil War Marine Corps Musician's sword with no reverse claim shell and a total unetched blade.  The Marine Corps regulation of 1859 called for no reverse claim shell and no etching for the musician sword. Horstmann, Ames, Bent & Bush all had contracts for Civil War Marine swords, and there is a known Roby example.  I believe this one may be an Ames example because the guard has the inspector mark "JH"; thought the blade is void of a marker mark. On close examination, you can tell the reverse claim shell was not just cut off, but factory configured to conform to the desires of the Marine Corps. You can run your finger over it and feel a smooth surface. The 25 inch blade is totally unetched; it has a dark gray patina, and has several small nicks. The scabbard fits the scabbard, has both mounts and is in outstanding condition. $1900.00

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    U592.  USMC - M1850 OFFICERS' SWORD, POST - CIVIL WAR:  This is a United State Marine Corps M1850 Officers' sword – early post-Civil War.  The Marine Corps authorized Marine Officers to carry this sword between the years 1859 - 1875.  The earlier one I have found have the Horstmann mark in a rectangle shaped box and the Kings head stamped in the blade.  I believe those with the square box Horstmann mark and void of the Kings head stamp are post-Civil War; however, it the Kings head is present it is an earlier version most likely 1865-1869. This is an early version.  The hilt is tight with all original leather and double-strand wire.  The brass has a nice even mellow patina.  The original blade washer keeps the 30" blade tight.  The blade has an even patina, and has the standard etching for a Horstmann officer blade, but this has USMC in the center panel. The scabbard is original to the sword and has all the brass fittings. All the mounts are firmly in place. This is a rare sword to find.  $1900.00

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    U678. “RARE” PRE-CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORP BOYS MUSICIAN’S SWORD: This is a “Rare” Pre-Civil War United States Marine Corps Boy Musician’s sword.  It is the brass Eagle-Head guard design retailed by Horstmann and is marked on the blade and guard.  The blade is 23 1/2 inches and etched with a gray patina and surface pitting. The blade washer is original; however, no scabbard. $1250.00

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    U685b. “RARE” PRE-CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORP MUSICIAN’S SWORD: This is a “Rare” Pre-Civil War United States Marine Corps Musician’s sword.  It is the brass Eagle-Head guard design with no retailer mark, but must likely a Horstmann product.  The blade is 25 1/2 inches, un-etched with a gray patina. The blade washer is original; however, no scabbard. $1250.00

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    U685c. “RARE” PRE-CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE CORP MUSICIAN’S SWORD with SCABBARD: This is a “Rare” Pre-Civil War United States Marine Corps Musician’s sword with its original scabbard.  It is the fancy brass Eagle-Head guard design with the Horstmann mark on the guard and a Kings Head stamp in the blade. The blade is 26 inches, un-etched with a light-gray patina. There is no blade, but the scabbard is original with the top brass mount. It is rare to find these with an original scabbard! $1250.00

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    U756. CIVIL WAR – UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS SNCO SWORDRecently, this rare Civil War period United States Marine Corps SNCO sword was discovered and being a retired Marine, I purchased it for my private collection. Ames, Horstmann and Bent & Bush all had contracts for Marine swords during the Civil War and since many of these swords were unmarked it is difficult to identify the maker.  Ames produced a large amount of swords during the Civil War and it is easier to compare and identify their product. Horstmann swords are also easy to compare and identify since they were a major supplier of swords. Bent & Bust swords are an unknown since there are no known marked example of their product and they often obtained parts from other supplies to include Horstmann and maybe Ames. So with all this to consider, a side by side comparison is important. This sword has a 28 inch totally un-etched blade with a small fuller; a leather grip with triple wire with twisted wire in the middle; slightly crude cast guard with three rosettes in the design; and a pommel cap with laurel leaves. The leather scabbard is strong and complete with the frog-stud throat mount and drag. This sword is not a Horstmann product, and a produced of either Ames or Bent & Bust. This assessment is based on four facts: the laurel leave pommel cap, triple-wire, rosettes in the guard, and a small fuller, which does not match the know Horstmann examples. The quality of the the pommel cap, grip and guard inidicates Ames, but the blade fuller does not appear to be an Ames product. So, it is a Bent & Bust product?  $2500.00

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