Rare U.S. Revenue Marine Service Sword ca 1870

28" x .68" narrow spear-point blade, 6.25" hilt with shagreen-wrapped grip and twisted wire. 4.625" cross guard terminating in rudimentary dolphin head quills. Obverse of guard marked U.S.R.M., olive-shaped pommel cap with oak leaf decorations, gold gilt brass mounts. Downturned guard with US eagle motif, counter-guard smaller and not decorated. Etched blade with U.S.R.M. in Gothic letters on the obverse and the Revenue Marine Service seal, combining the Treasury Department seal with an anchor. The balance of the etching with usual foliate and nautical themes. Reverse ricasso retailer marked SHANNON / MILLER / & / CRANE / NY. Brass-mounted leather scabbard. Top mount with Treasury Department seal and middle mount with fouled anchor motif. This 1870s period Revenue Marine Service sword is a throw-back to the ca 1840s Revenue Cutter swords and was used for a limited amount of time during the latter part of the 19th century, before returning to a sword based upon the USN M1852 pattern.


Fine. Blade mostly bright with frosty etching. Grip and wrap very good with light wear. Pommel cap loose with some play. Scabbard very good with leather showing some crazing and light finish loss. Mounts very good.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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