Hi all, I'm glad I found this forum because it seems to have a ton of knowledgeable people.
Long story short is that all my life I had seen this sword laying against a wall at my grandfather's house my whole life. I had asked him about the sword and all he ever said before he died was that he brought it back from the war. I removed the handle to expose the tang so I could get pictures if there was any kind of writing underneath. To my surprise there was engraving or etching of some sort on each side of the tang along with hand painted or written words as well (hopefully they show up well enough in the photos).
The blade itself is pretty dirty and knicked up and the paint on the scabbard has certainly seen better days.
I want as much information as folks can give me on this sword, especially the model, year, and especially what the writing and etchings say. My grandfather passed away last year and I was allowed to have this sword along with several other things I had remembered as a child. I'd also like to know a value on something like this in case I should get some of these things I got from him insured.
Also, what can I do about cleaning or polishing the blade and making it a beautiful display piece in my office? What kind of places do this type of restoration? Where can I find places like this in Iowa?
Thank you so much for your advice and information, hopefully I can have a more complete story about my grandfather's service history. Now hopefully the I can get the pictures actually posted to here