US army officer's sword model 1902 with scabbard The M C Lilley Co. For Sale
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US army officer's sword model 1902 with scabbard The M C Lilley Co. :
US army officer's sword model of 1902, by The M C Lilley Co., Columbus, Ohio, an early example with the grip made of horn. These have more character than the later swords with the black bakelite grip. Bakelite was an early type of plastic. I recall reading somewhere that these horn grips were made from the horn of an African water buffalo, or something like that. This company called itself the Lilley & Ames Company after 1925, but I don't know when the change was made from the horn grip to the bakelite grip. The nickel plating of the hilt is in good condition, with no brass showing through. The nickel on the scabbard is also good, though it has a dent on one side about 5" above the tip of the drag, which shows in the photo. On the reverse side there are two small, shallow dents. There are no dents on the top or bottom round of the scabbard. The sword sheathes easily, snugging up slightly at the last 1/2", as it should. There is some corrosion on the blade, a darkening of the low ground. This highlights the high ground ornamentation, actually, which is still bright. These corrosion spots diminish away from the hilt, and there is very little beyond the US and the eagle. I think the photos show this. There are no bends in the blade; it is straight. The blade is 32" long. That's all I can think of, but feel free to ask questions. Returns allowed if not as described.