Original WWI Era U.S. Marine Corps Mameluke Sword with Scabbard named to James G. Petrie
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an incredible WWI era USMC Mameluke Officer Sword Named to U.S. Marine Corps Capt. (Temporary Major) James G. Petrie. Preliminary research shows that on May 27, 1919, the Congressional Record of the U.S. house indicates that Capt. Petrie was promoted to the temporary grade of major. We have not been able to find more information regarding his service.
This WWI era USMC Officer's Mameluke sword with scabbard features natural handle grip scales that have yellowed with age but have no cracks or chips. Sword alone is approximately 33“ long overall and in scabbard is approximately 37“ overall. Blade is approximately 27" long, curved, and unsharpened. Blade is nickel-plated and has been etched on both sides with UNITED STATES MARINES and various other military motifs. The blade is also etched with the name James G. Petrie in Black Letter typeface on one side. Scabbard is is in great shape, with both of the original hanger rings, as well as the brass throat.
Overall condition is very good, but it does show age, probably being around 100 years old. The nickel plating on the scabbard and blade is a bit worn, giving it a lovely patina of age.
A fantastic USMC Mameluke Officer Sword named to a WWI Era Officer! Ready to add to your collection!
Marine Corps history states that a sword of this type was presented to Marine First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon by the Ottoman Empire viceroy, Prince Hamet, on December 8, 1805, during the First Barbary War, in Libya, as a gesture of respect and praise for the Marines' actions at the Battle of Derna (1805). Upon his return to the United States, the state of Virginia presented him with a silver-hilted sword featuring an eaglehead hilt and a curved blade modeled after the original Mameluke sword given to him by Hamet. Its blade is inscribed with his name and a commemoration of the Battle of Tripoli Harbor.
Perhaps due to the Marines' distinguished record during this campaign, including the capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna after a long and dangerous desert march, Marine Corps Commandant Archibald Henderson adopted the Mameluke sword in 1825 for wear by Marine officers. After initial distribution in 1826, Mameluke swords have been worn except for the years 1859–1875 (when Marine officers were required to wear the U.S. Model 1850 Army foot officers' sword), and a brief period when swords were suspended during World War II. Since that time, Mameluke swords have been worn by Marine officers in a continuing tradition to the present day.
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