Circa 1900 US Marine Model 1875 Mameluke Ivory Grip Handle Sword: material steel, brass and Ivory. Word are etched in curved blade with "United States Marines also on the same side is the name of the owner " C (looks like a C) initial ? Saunders". Each side has scroll and foliate designs in clear etching. Blade ricasso is etched with the maker's name Carr Mears and Norfolk Va which is somewhat hard to see but is legible. The hilt is brass with real ivory (see herring bone lines in photo) grips with two brass star rivets and the original portepee braided leather tassel. Guard terminates on either end with acorn finials. Scabbard is nickel plated brass, brass bolsters and drag. There are floral designs on both sides of the drag and designs on the lockets with a number "3" on the the drag and on the top side of the blade.
The makers Mark Reads "Carr - Mears Norfolk, VA". Carr Mears & Dawson was a Tailor and Fine Men's Shop Catering to Naval Officers in Norfolk in the Early 20th Century. This is an Unknown Sword Made by Carr and Mears and may be a Rarity.
Sword with scabbard is 35" long.
Condition: Blade is in very good condition. One brass guard is slightly bent. Ivory handle has cracks from age. The tassel is slightly worn and fraying. The scabbard has red and green rust in several spots. The clothe cover is ripped, worn and stained. Overall is good.