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PRE WW II MOD 1852
LT. R.W. Mathes' Sword
by Harding Uniform & Regalia, Boston,
Mass., nothing on the reverse. Original leather scabbard
5/8 inch wide, 3/16 inch thick, 28 inches long, Handle 5 1/4 inches long. Length overall 33 1/4 inches. In
scabbard 35 inches. Weight 1 1/2 pounds.
Twelve wraps of two strand wire on the Ray covered handle. Single 19
1/2 fuller. 16 stars in oval.
Design on blade is acid etched all in excellent condition. Personalized to R. W. Mathes. The
bands and drag are embellished with a single stamped line at the edges. There is a single rivet holding each. The
leather is complete with its surface in excellent condition and the stitching is intact. The dolphin on the drag is
mounted with its head to the side away from the hangers. The eagle on the pommel faces left surrounded by 13 stars.
PROVENANCE: LT. ROY WENTWORTH MATHES,
MEDICAL OFFICER, USNRF
born Dec. 15, 1883 Durham, NH
died Dec. 14, 1926 Lynn, MA
Graduate of Dartmouth Medical College class of 1906, member of medical fraternity Alpha Kappa Kappa. Dr. Mathes was
asst. medical officer of the receiving ship at Commonwealth Pier, Boston harbor, during the influenza epidemic of 1918, and
was one of the earliest to identify the pandemic. After his military service, he began private practice in the
Boston area. He succumbed to pneumonia Dec 14th, 1926, a day before his 43rd birthday.
This sword was purchased by LT. Mathes' grandson.
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