I. POST 1892 Mystery
Sword, Made U.S.A. over Star of Damascus, nothing on reverse. Original leather scabbard. Sword knot, not included:
3/4" wide, 3/16 inch thick, 30 1/2 inches long, Handle 5 1/4 inches long. Length overall 35 3/4 inches. In
scabbard 37 inches. Weight 2 1/2 pounds
Thirteen wraps of four strand wire on the white painted fish
skin covered handle. Single 20 1/2 inch fuller. 13 stars in oval. This was the number of stars in the 1852 design. The scabbard
bands are stamped with the number "17" indicating the year of manufacture.
Design on blade is acid etched. All in like new condition with almost all gilding and lacquer in place. This sword
was never personalized and the designated area is ready to be engraved. By treaty signed in
1892, the country of origin began to appear on blades. The bands and drag are embellished with a zig-zag
design and the top two stamped "17". There is a single screw holding each. The gilding on the top knot is tarnished.
The leather is complete and in like new condition with all the stitching intact. The dolphin on the drag
is mounted with its head on the side away from the hangers per official design. The eagle on the pommel faces left surrounded
by 13 stars.
Handle four strands of twisted wire, 13 turns
Extra sprig of oak leafs front
The most distinguishing features of this sword compared to the other
two are the sprig of extra oak leaves on the front of the guard and on the back of the guard. These are not authorized in
the 1852 regulations nor do they appear on most Navy sword guards.
Mystery sword extra leafs front & back
1908 Lilley & Harding swords no extra leafs
THE MYSTERY SWORD: On the top of the blade next to
the hilt is stamped "Made in USA" above an etched Star of Damascus, but no maker is given on the reverse. It is in near new
condition, and at 2 1/2 pounds is one pound heaver than the other two. The scabbard is also wider and thicker. Everything
looks more massive and of much higher quality. It appears recently made except for Ames who denies knowledge of it, no one
has been making swords in this country for years, and then only with imported blades. There are two other significant differences.
In addition to the country of origin, the first is that etched on the blade is an oval of
thirteen stars as was called for by the official design. The other two swords have the same oval, but the
count is sixteen stars.
The other unusual difference is that on the front and back of the guard is a small sprig or
branch of leafs. It is blank metal in the same place of the other two.
The mystery sword is shown with a gold bullion
sword knot which dates from the time that real gold thread was in use and not Mylar. It is not included.
below has been sold. Thank You!
II. Commodore Oscar Smith, USNA
Class 1908, Sword by A.P. Lilley Co., New York, N.Y., Star of Damascus and bronze "Proven" cartouche on reverse.
Original leather scabbard: