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Officer’s Sword, USS San Diego, #2010-75-17

A long sword with wooden grip.  The grip has a hole at the bottom with a braided leather strip.  In the middle of the grip are two brass stars. Above the grip is a brass cross-guard with knobs at each end.  The sword blade is sheath with a silver colored scabbard.  The scabbard has two brass fittings located close the grip with rings attached.  A bent leather strip is attached to one of these rings with a brass clip.  The other clip is located further up the leather strap.   At the tip of the scabbard is a decorated brass chape or tip.
Title: USS San Diego Officer’s Sword, #2010-75-17
Caption: A USMC Marmeluke Officer’s Sword from WWI-era ship USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6)
Description: This particular type of sword, Marmeluke, was adopted by the United States Marine Corps in the 19th century and usually carried as a dress sword by officers.
Accession #: 2010-75-17
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