The model 1902 Army officers' saber is the current sword used by officers of the United States Army. The official nomenclature for the current regulation U.S. Army saber is “Saber for all officers, model 1902”. It was adopted on July 17, 1902 by authority of General Order No. 81. The M1902 saber was authorized for all officers with the exception of chaplains. The sword was designed to be a replacement for the U.S model 1850 for foot officers and model 1872 for the cavalry.
This sword comes with its original 1914 chain-type hanger marked FRANCE and RUSTPROOF. This example has the typical nickel plated hand guard, with a smooth black scalloped grip bearing finger grooves. The slim slightly curved 30" long blade shows floral motif etched designs with U.S. on one side and the federal eagle, with the Motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, on the other. It is also marked with the Star of Damascus (this location being Damascus, Syria) an ancient blade-making center of high quality blades. The Star of Damascus is applied to sword blades in the nostalgic sense. The six-pointed star has occasionally been considered one of the many Masonic symbols and often-times a symbol of war. The star is deeply stamped "proved". Also, there is floral pattern etched along the spine of the blade.
The blade's plating is still in very good condition and the point is needle sharp. There are a few tiny nail draggers and a minor scuff here and there, but they would easily come out. The original leather blade washer is intact and in very good condition. The scabbard is also nickel plated and though a good bit of the original plating is in well worn condition, with oxidation and handling, the scabbard has a great look! It still bears a few "door dings" where the kids probably had a swashbuckling adventure with it! The really interesting part is the personalization of the officer's name on the upper part of the scabbard. "LT. R.E. BRADLEY" This would make quite an interesting research project, especially if it turns out he was related to "Omar"!
Overall, a really nice early example with great research potential!