Original U.S. Pre-WWII M-1903 Army Officer's Dress Sword named to Emory W. Heizer with Scabbard
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is the official U.S. Army Officer's Sword, introduced in the early 1900's (M-1902). It has a four bar nickel plated hand guard, dark composite finger grooved grip, slim slightly curved fully etched and nickel-plated blade. The etched design has typical United States Military emblems, including the Federal Eagle, crossed cannons, flags, and so forth. There is a panel showing the name of the officer Emory W. Heizer in European "Black Letter" Gothic Font.
From internet research, we found that U.S. Army Lt. Col. Emory W. Heizer was born in 1908, and passed away in 1974. He doubtless saw service during WWII, and this sword was most likely purchased in the 1930s, before the build up to WWII.
The reverse ricasso is marked by retailer, which imported and personalized the blade, and fit it to the scabbard and hilt.
The blade itself is stamped MADE IN GERMANY right where the crossguard meets the grip. Germany had a very active edged weapon export industry, which really only was stopped by the first world war, and continued again during the interwar period. Many outfitters had blades made under contract in Germany, which were imported in bulk, and then customized to the owner's wishes.
The sword is 37 1/2 inches in overall length, with a 32 1/2 inch blade. Condition is very good, with almost all of the nickel plating intact, and comes complete with its matching Scabbard. There is some oxidation speckling in places, to be expected on a sword of this age.
Ready to display!
Overall length: 37 1/2”
Blade length: 32”
Blade Style: Single Edged Saber
Basket dimensions: 4" width x 5” length
Scabbard Length: 33"
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