Item # 120
Title: 1920's 1930's BANANA WARS RIBBON BAR, WW1 VICTORY, EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL, HAITI CAMPAIGN AND 2ND NICARAGUA
Description: A sew in place ribbon bar showing service from WW1 to the 1930's. No pin, never had it, meant to be a sew in bar. Ribbons show fray and honest wear.
Size: 5-1/2 x 1/2"
Year: 1920's - 1930's
Item # 131
Title: USMC SECOND NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL NO. 1133
Description: A second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal edge numbered "M No 1133". In original condition, as it should be. Has a split wrap suspension bar and brooch shows some fraying. A beautifully designed medal. I believe these were a US Mint contract. Awarded to Marines having served in Nicaraguan operations from 1926-1933. A great piece of Banana Wars history. Many of the tactics and lessons learned in Nicaragua helped the Marine Corps pave a path towards their WW2 successes and shape modern warfare (Close Air Support, counter Guerilla Warfare, etc). Unfortunately, there is no listing of awardees and medal numbers. Some medals and their numbers can be found issued to Marines in their individual file folders within NARA, however you need a name to start with.
Item # 137
Title: USMC 1920'S OFFICER'S MAMELUKE SWORD, IVORY HANDLED, SELDOM SEEN BLACKMAN BROS, PHILA MAKER
Description: What I like about Marine swords, is not only the history that traces their lineage to the Barbary Wars and First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon receiving the first Mameluke, but generally, each sword is identified by name, is carried by a Marine officer his entire career, and is the prized possession and hallmark of an officer. Unlike uniforms that may fall apart and unidentified insignia that get placed in a box, swords stand the test of time and are here long past their owners. This one here is a mid-1920's era Mameluke sword with etched blade "UNITED STATES MARINES". The blade is also etched with the original owner's name "LEROY HAUSER". Records indicate that Leroy (or Le Roy) Hauser was commissioned in 1927, and served in World War Two and the Korean War. He retired in 1959, as a Colonel. The sword is made by a maker I have never seen before, it is etched "Blackman Bros, Phila" under the cross guard. The scabbard shows plating loss and pits, however the blade is excellent. The grip is ivory and shows the typical shrinking cracks around the knot hole. Brass fittings show age and retain scabbard screws and fittings. There is a dent to the scabbard. A decent sword identified to a career officer and to a rarely seen maker.
Size: 39" overall, blade 31-1/2"
Item # 119
Title: 1919-1920 BAILEY BANKS AND BIDDLE USMC HAITIAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL #917
Description: A nice all original 1919-1920 Haiti Campaign Medal for the Marines' second foray into Haiti from 1 April 1919 to 15 June 1920. Has three digit rim edge number of "917". Has deep chocolate brown patina. Ribbon shows fray.
Year: Issued 1921
Item # 121
Title: JUNE 1928 MARINE CORPS GAZETTE QUARTERLY, VOL XIII NO. 2
Description: A very hard to find and early issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, the professional magazine of the Marine Corps and still in publishing to this day. Pagination is 89 to 156. Retains a strong cover, spine and rear cover. Article include Thomas S. Butler (Smedley Butler's father), Thirty Years Ago, A Russian Background, An Old Time Fighting Marine (John H Gamble), A Shooting Trip in Uruguay, Status of Personnel Legislation, Events in Nicaragua Since Feb 28, 1928, Professional Notes.
Size: 10" x 7"