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Lot 0237
Interesting brass hilt short sword or bowie knife with original leather scabbard brought home from the Philippines during the Spanish American War. The sword / knife appears to be mid 18th century, but has H.G. Martin Manila PI, Aug, 13, 1898, on one side of grip and May 1 1898 KV on the other side. The first battle between American and Spanish forces was at Manila Bay where, on May 1, Commodore George Dewey, commanding the US Navy's Asiatic Squadron aboard USS Olympia, in a matter of hours defeated a Spanish squadron under Admiral Patricio Montojo. On August 13, 1898 Manilla fell to U.S. troops. 21" overall with 15 1/2" clipped point blade that is 1 3/4" wide at hilt. Blade has scattered pitting, staining and patina. Leather scabbard has wear and damage, but retains original brass throat and chape. A wonderful souvenir sword/knife with soldiers name and 2 significant events noted. Very Good

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Estimate $400 - $600Jul 28, 2018