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Lot 1465: "President Bush" Pattern Gold-Blue Saber with Eagle Head Pommel

Scarce Marlow White/Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie. "President Bush" Pattern Gold-Blue Saber with Eagle Head Pommel and Scabbard

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1465: "President Bush" Pattern Gold-Blue Saber with Eagle Head Pommel

Scarce Marlow White/Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie. "President Bush" Pattern Gold-Blue Saber with Eagle Head Pommel and Scabbard

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000
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Scarce Marlow White/Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie. "President Bush" Pattern Gold-Blue Saber with Eagle Head Pommel and Scabbard

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The included July 14, 2015, letter from Marlow White President Timothy J. Cahill explains: "In 2004, Texas A&M University desired to present special gifts to both President George W. Bush and his father President George H.W. Bush -- sabers styled after the US Army's historic General Officer Saber, but with the Texas A&M University etch on the blades and with the sabers created in what we term the 'gold-blue' style." They also note that in addition to the sabers presented to the presidents, only two others were made in 2004. One kept by WKC, and one owned by Lawrence M. Watson of Harlingen, Texas. An article by Watson in the October 2006 issue of "Military Trader" on these swords is also included providing further background. He indicates the order for these swords came through Robert Forrest of Bryan Surplus in College Station, Texas, where Texas A&M is located and also where the elder Bush made his home and established his presidential library and museum. Bryan Surplus were the distributors for A&M sabers for their corps of cadets. He indicated George H.W. Bush had received his by that time, but that due to the events of September 11, 2001, then President George W. Bush had not yet been to College Station to receive his. He may have received it subsequently when he gave a commencement speech in 2008. After learning about these special presidential presentation swords, Watson ordered one himself, this sword, which differs only in having the U.S. Army etching instead of the Texas A&M etching. He notes "The presentation-grade saber with the eagle's head in the author's collection will likely not be manufactured again." The sword has a 30 inch, lightly curved blade finished in gold with 16 inch panels of etching with niter blued backgrounds, WKC maker's mark on the left, and the six-pointed star on the right. The gilt brass hilt has an eagle head pommel, floral patterns, and an imitation shagreen grip. The scabbard has gilt fittings with floral scroll patterns and a nickel body. A light blue "US Army Officer Sword/Blade Size - 30 inch" marked WKC sword bag is also included.

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Excellent overall with minimal light handling and storage wear such as some fading of the gold wash on the scabbard and slightly discolored grip.



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