Lot 1601: Two Inscribed United States Marine Corps Mame
|Two Inscribed United States Marine Corps Mameluke Officer Swords with Scabbards, Documented to Two Navy Cross Winners|
|Estimated Price: $900 - $1,300|
|Description||Both swords are fitted with curved, nickel finished triple-fuller blades, etched Marine Corps themed decoration, brass cross guards with dual acorn quillions, a pair of smooth original ivory grip panels with brass star accents, and a brass fitted nickel finished sheath with suspension hardware and belt loop. Additionally, each sword comes with a large quantity of research materials on the officers they were marked for, and photographs of said officers. 1) F. J Schmidt & Company U.S.M.C. Sword, 36 inches overall, with a 30 1/2 inch blade, etched "C.D. Hatfield" on the left side. With a gold and red wire sword knot with bullion tassel. Hatfield is identified as Gilbert Durnell Hatfield; enlisted in the Marines in 1915, Hatfield was accepted as a reserve officer in 1919, and retired from the Marines as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his service, he spent a brief stint as a Major in the Haitian Gendarme, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor (Navy Cross awarded) for action in Nicaragua on 16th July 1926, when Augusto Sandino, bandit and later namesake of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, attempted a pre-dawn raid on his encampment with 5/1 numerical superiority. The nomination makes special mention of his "coolness and military way of handling the situation" when Sandino sent a messenger to ask Hatfield's surrender. Hatfield's response: "Marines don't surrender. Go to hell." 2) F.J Heiberger U.S.M.C. Sword, 36 1/4 inches long, with a 30 1/2 inch blade etched "Miles R. Thacher" on the left side. Records show Miles Thatcher entering the Marines in 1905 as a Second Lieutenant and retired in 1946 as a full Colonel, having earned the Navy Cross, the Nicaraguan Medal of Merit, the Haitian Medialle Militaire, the Mexican Campaign Medal and the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.
|Condition||1) Fine overall, showing light spotting on the blade, a few age cracks on the finely colored grips and light wear of the portapee. 2) Very good, with some flaking of the nickel, a few chips and cracks on the well aged grips, and some lost stitching on the suspension straps.|
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