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Hard to find sword of Officers. These were originally authorized for the ranks of ensign through captain. The plated 26" blade shows darkening towards the hilt. The hilt is brass based with areas of frosting remaining. The top of the pommel and backstrap have a five leaf plumb blossom. The white ray skin grip has intact original wire wrap. The guard has a nine-leaf pattern, (see Dawson's reference pg 368). The reverse has a fold-down locking mechanism to secure the scabbard. The scabbard is leather based with matching plumb blossom fittings. The finish is mostly worn down to the base metal. Remnants of a knot can be seen.
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