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Lot 798

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Description: GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER'S RIDING CROP WITH HIDDEN DAGGER
A great war-date Eisenhower relic, a finely-crafted dark brown leather riding crop, 22" long, hand-stitched with carrying loop, concealing within a deadly four-sided steel dagger. The crop show clear signs of use, including indents along the edge where one can easily see it was banged against a desk or another type of ninety degree edge with some degree of force. It should not surprise anyone that Ike would carry such a weapon as a back-up to his standard-issue .45, which of course he would not carry at all times. From the estate of the recipient, Col. Ernest "Tex" Lee, who served throughout the war as Eisenhower's Executive Officer and Aide de Camp. Lee joined Ike in June, 1941 and assisted in the planning of the invasions at Normandy, Sicily and the ultimate defeat of Germany. Accompanied by a letter from Lee's son indicating that Col. Lee had stated to his family that he had obtained this weapon directly from Eisenhower during the European war and that it has remained in the family since that time.

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June 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

Stamford, CT, US

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