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  1. Two examples of a Prussian Kavallerie-Degen M.1889. One example is an ordonnance piece, dated with a W and crown over 91, being 1891. This weapon was manufactured by Lüneschloss in Solingen. The fittings are all in iron. The guard bears the Prussian heraldic eagle clutching Sword and Orb, the breast has a shield in the colours of the House of Hohenzollern. The grip is in one piece of "Hartgummi" with two rivets straight through, which is the correct configuration of ordonnance weapons. The blade is the regulation so-called "SteckrückenKlinge mit Schör", which is mainly only seen on ordonnance types. The scabbard still has the two suspension rings as before 1908, but already the regulation blackened finish, in this case renewed. The back of the handguard is stamped: 12 D.4.111, being Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regt.12, 4.Eskadron, Weapon No.111. The other weapon is a presentation weapon, in this case, an example of an ordonnance type, which has been fitted with a souvenir blade bearing the inscription attributed to Schleswig-Holsteinisches Husaren-Regiment No.16, with engraved and blued panels and contrasting gothic script, the rest of the blade in nickel plating. The reverse of the blade shows the usual cavalry charge scenes. This came in an ordonnance scabbard of the type for the Infanterie-Offiziersdegen M.89, not quite correct but fitting. The blade is signed W.K.& Co. with a double logo of a knight's head and a crowned king's head. The tip of the blade has been filed round during the occupation period and comes from an old collection.
  2. Here is a selection of "standard" German bayonet types at the beginning of WW1. The older types were the shorter SG 84/98 a.A., which had been converted from the old M.71/84, and had been adapted for the new G.98 rifle, whereas the older 71/84 model was only suited to the G.71/84 or G.88 rifle, which were still available in sufficient numbers to equip the reserve troops. Shown are two examples of the SG 84/98 aA (old model) in varying lengths. These had the same blades as the SG 71/84 (middle). The SG 71/84 shown has a stamp on the rear of the hilt: being 31.R.6.25 meaning Inf.-Regt.31, 6th Comp., weapon no.25. There is a date on the spine of the blade of 1888, beneath a crowned "W". The blades of all three weapons are by Weyersberg, Kirchbaum & Cie., Solingen. All three weapons have walnut grips. The rear of the pommel shows two crowned inspection marks, which are almost always present. In most cases, the blades were only sharpened on mobilisation, never in peacetime. The misuse of blades was also absolutely prohibited. The scabbard of the SG 71/84 shown here is missing, but would have been identical to the SG 84/98. When leather scabbards became unserviceable during WW1, they were replaced by the depot with steel scabbards. Each unit had it's own armourers workshops, which, constantly inspected the weaponry and carried out the necessary repairs and replacements. Further examples shown are of the SG 98/05, which was issued in large numbers till about 1918, and was probably the most common bayonet of WW1. It was originally conceived for the foot artillery for use with the G.98 and Kar 98, but was found most practical as a general service bayonet. This was originally issued with a leather scabbard, but as from 1915 steel scabbards were produced, which proved more durable under the damp and harsh conditions at the front. Shown is a 1914 produced bayonet by Haenel in Suhl with a leather scabbard. The other is a 1915 example by V.C.Schilling in Suhl and is with a steel scabbard, the hilt has lugs as a reduction of a muzzle ring, as well as no fireguard above the grips. These versions are now rarely encountered, as they were usually later fitted with a fireguard and the lugs filed down. The next two examples shown are a SG 98/05 sawback in a steel scabbard and dated 1916. This example is made by E.& F. Hörster in Solingen. The shorter bayonet is a SG 84/98 n.A. (new type) with fireguard and sawback and was issued with a steel scabbard. The blade on this example was made by Gebrüder Heller in Marienthal. The other marking to the reverse of the blade is a crowned ERFURT mark, where the weapon was produced. This example has no date stamp to the spine of the blade. The grips are of fine walnut. In the course of the war the Allies threatened to kill all prisoners who were found carrying sawback weapons, so the Germans began to withdraw these and file the sawback down. Recommended literature: Preussisch-Deutsche Seitengewehre 1807-1945 by Rudiger Franz, Journal-Verlag Schwend, 1994 (appearing in several volumes) 1884/98 old type, 2 examples, blades of varying lenghts, original leather scabbards as before, and centre - M.1871/84, scabbard missing, I.R.31 M.84/98 old type, two examples: first one mismatched - 18.R.7.x? and scabbard: 63.R. 9. 35 Second: 16 R.3.134 - Inf.-Regt.16 3. Kompagnie, weapon no.134 R = Regiment, French styled R = Reserve-Regiment+ The original numbering has been officially deleted (always still legible) for a change of weapon number! 84/98 old type, one example with crown and Erfurt mark Both blades with W and (18)87, one with RC for Revisions-Commission 1898 Bayonet, long, 2 variations, 1st and 2nd type. They were withdrawn from active service around November 1914! Bayonet and scabbard are from two different regiments. Note damaged scabbard tip (eaten away by corrosion) 2nd type, heavily corroded and damaged scabbard tip has now been expertly restored using an original re-worked replacement part! Many thanks to Michael St., did a very good job. 2 examples M.1898/05, leather scabbard, dated 1914 and steel scabbard, 1915, first type with reduced ring lugs and without flashguard. I remember getting the 1914 example complete with frog and knot of 2.Kompanie from an antique dealer in Altona, Günther Lange, he told me had been with SS-Division Wiking and had been highly decorated 1898/05, older type with reduced ring lugs but with later steel scabbard, 1915 - without flashguard 1898/05 with dates, 1914, 1915 and 1916 M.98/05 with various makers M.98/05 with sawback, with flashguard and steel scabbard, 1916 M.84/98 new pattern with sawback and flashguard, undated, steel scabbard M.71/84 and 84/98 new pattern with flashguard and sawback with crowned Erfurt stamp. Both with very fine quality wooden grips 1884/98 new pattern with flashguard and sawback with makers mark: Gebr.Heller, Marienthal, crossguard stamped with number 1871/84 with maker mark: Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie., Solingen - crossguard stamped: 31.R.6.25 -Infanterie-Regt.31, 6. Komp., weapon number 25
  3. Offiziersdegen as worn till replaced by the 1889 model. This weapon was used in varying forms from the early 18th Century onwards in Prussia and other European states. This example is after 1889 and was still worn by the Militärbeamte (military officials). The blade has decorative engraving, which would not normally be found on an officer's example. Fine gilt bronze fittings, grip is with silver wire, original leather scabbard with gilt bronze fittings. Back of blade has manufacturer / outfitter name: Feldstein & Berger, Cassel (Kassel). Total length ca. 99 cm. This example would be around 1910-14. The Portépée is missing. From an auction in Southern Germany around 1984
  4. 2 Examples of Prussian Infanterie-Offiziers-Degen M.1889 (I.O.D:89) These are both private purchase types with a folding guard. The length of blade could vary, deplending on the stature of the wearer. One example is for officers of the Guards - the grip has an attached Guard Star in silver, gilt and enamels. The grips are bound in rayskin (Rochenhaut) with finely twisted silvered wire. All Fittings are of gilded brass. The handguard displays as always the Prussian heraldic eagle. The blade is nickel-plated. Scabbard of blackened steel with one suspension ring after 1908. Scabbard blackening has been renewed. The second example is a sword of the infantry regiments of the line, bearing similar features as the first example. The grip is mounted with a crowned WR II mongram for Wilhelm II. The scabbard has almost perfect original finish. The other German states such as Baden, Hessen, Württemberg and Saxony had their own type of officer sword. In Bavaria a sabre was worn. All swords were constantly worn with a Portépée in the Prussian colours. An example of a scabbard for an ordonnance issue sword is also shown. This bears a stamp: 77.8.1 for 8th Companie, Hannoverian Infantry Regt. 77, weapon no.1. These ordonnance items were usually issued to a Portépée-Feldwebel. Scabbards were worn blank (iron grey) up till about 1905, thereafter with a black finish.
  5. Seitengewehr M.1898 lang, 1st and 2nd type. The first type had a wooden grip piece in one part. The second model had two separate grip halfs: The second type in this example has a scabbard tip which has been eaten away by corrosion along the top edge. The first type was produced till 1902, but breakages to the wooden grip occured. The new model was more practical. However, it had disadvantages in field service due to breakages of the long blade, production ceased by mid September 1914, and it was replaced by other types. The weapon was then withdrawn from service and either landed in depots or was issued to rear area units. On this second example the wooden grips have considerably darkened due to bad storage, corrosion staining the wood. ---------------------- Interesting scabbard markings, the bayonet itself lacks these interesting markings Makers Mark W.K.&Cie. Could be 10. Jäger or Jnfanterie Ersatz Btl., 2.Komp., weapon no.181 The knight's helmet logo to the other side Control stamp of Revisions-Commission under a crown. Some slight damage and darkening of woodwork, someone has carved their initials to both sides J.M., probably an English or American soldier. The scabbard tip after restoration.
  6. This private purchase KD 89 with presentation blade of Husaren-Regiment Königin Wilhelmina der Niederlande (Hann.) Nr.15 from Wandsbek was offered to me recently by a visitor to the Museum, thinking that perhaps the Museum might like to purchase it. However the Museum is in posession of two even better examples, but I expressed interest for my own private collection. The weapon is not "top", but reasonable, the blade is good and has the regimental inscription and battle honours and without any major flaws, with original leather blade buffer (Stoßleder). There is a maker's mark of W.K.C. The other parts, scabbard, hand guard (Stichblatt) and other metal parts have been "buffed up" at some time, and I think they been re-nickeled a long time ago, the scabbard repainted, but well done and no rust. The worst issue is the hand guard, which is just very slightly out of alignment, when folded down, and also the Hohenzollernwappen has been completely erased from the eagles breast. The underlying metal is of iron, as it is weakly magnetic. The Hohenzollernwappen could be re-engraved if desired, but it would have to be a skilled engraver. Otherwise, no major issues. My theory is that the weapon has been worn for many years for occasional re-unions, etc. and probably belonged to one of the more prominent members of the Husaren-Verein, which would explain the condition it is in, well worn, but kept clean. Not a brilliant piece, but of regimental significance. Apart from that, I think the present owner, who is a weapon collector, is asking a bit much for the weapon - 400 Euros and is not prepared to go down in price, a collector, who also speculates and trades. The sword has been deposited in the Museum until paid off, the present owner says he is not waiting for the money, just pay in your own time, we have agreed. I have seen nicer blades and prefer those with the blued panels around the lettering, of which the Museum has two examples, and a fragment of a further blade. Purchased on 5.11.2019 W.K.& Co. maker's logo. Folding handguard, the two closing parts slightly out of alignment, the shield on the eagle has lost all it's detail through years of polishing, has possibly been re-plated at some stage. These parts are of non-ferrous metal. Undoubtedly worn for re-unions by one of the members of the Verein ehemaliger 15er Husaren in Wandsbek till the 1970s or 80s. As a comparison, a fragment of a blade in posession of the Wandsbek Museum, showing the blued blade panels, which look much nicer. Also the design and lettering is much more ornate.
  7. Here, a selection of edged weapons pre 1945, all in above average condition. The HJ Knife is by Robert Klaas, early manufacture, hilt is nickel-plated iron The Police sidearm is by F.W.Höller, Solingen, early manufacture, good nickel silver fittings The parade bayonet has no maker marks. Nickel-plated iron fittings The Army Dagger is by W.K.C. Wartime manufacture, zinc fittings The Luftwaffe Dagger is by Fridericus, Solingen. Early war, Aluminium fittings And two patent leather bayonet frogs for the parade bayonet. Patent leather becomes a problem with age. They become difficult to restore. WH Officer's Dagger, zinc fittings, almost perfect blade by W.K.C., better than the rest of the fittings, which have darkened and with zinc corrosion in some places.
  8. A good example of an army officer's sabre for full dress uniform. Blade is by Eickhorn, Solingen, and with perfect nickel-plating. All hilt fittings are in gilded aluminium, and the weapon can be dated as around 1939-1940. Previously these fittings were of finely gilded bronze, but due to outbreak of war, these were then produced in aluminium. This also was restricted as from 1940/41, as was required especially for the aircraft industry. Zinc fittings replaced these, but less swords were manufactured, until the production finally ceased. The scabbard has an unusually blued parkerised finish. Normally scabbards had a black lacquered finish. The grip is of black celluloid with silver-plated wire binding, all complete. The hilt parts are decorated with a simple oakleaf and acorn pattern, the crossguard has a Wehrmacht eagle wth downswept wings of a very simple pattern. The reverse is plain, and has been engraved with the initials of the wearer, JS or SJ. A Portépée is shown here, but not quite matching. This example has probably been attached to a parade bayonet frog, judging by the folds to the slightly hardend leather strap. The officer Portépée normally has three silver wire strands, this example has two, so therefore I have not attempted to attach this to the weapon. Hoping to find a fitting example. There were many variations of this kind of sabre. This is presumably the model "Wrangel" in the Eickhorn Katalogue. As long as the weapon remained within the regulations, the wearer could choose the design detail on offer by the manufacturers.
  9. Trench Dagger, or Grabendolch. There are no markings at all. All original finish. Some distortion to front of scabbard mouth. Blade has been slightly sharpened at some time, some scratch marks evident. The textile belt attachment is damaged and has a makeshift repair, the leather fastening strap with original press stud is intact. It can be assumed that this example is from WW2, but otherwise nearly identical to WW1 examples, judging by age appearance, most likely WW2. On the other hand, this could well be an almost pristine WW1 example. Purchased around 30 years ago at a London Arms Fair.
  10. German bayonets, ordonnance issue: From below: almost mint example, complete with frog with aluminium fittings. Matching numbers by manufacturer S/155G, No.3139, with wooden grips, probably dating from 1939. Blade as good as perfect, All orignal blueing. An original set obtained in 1966. Centre: non matching example with bakelite grips, bayonet is by ddl, 1941 with serial no.7626. Scabbard by clc, 1943, no.C8934, some light storage marks and minor corrosion in places. Blade almost perfect. Top: A rather battered, non-matching example. Blade has been sharpened at some time, partly reblued. Grips with pronounced wear and dents, also the pommel and hilt, fireguard rather battered. By fnj 1943, serial no.2867 - R. Scabbard in similar condition, but no dents, is earlier pattern by S174/G, serial no.9034 j. The frog hook, which has the earlier decorative double Kerbs, is marked 2404. This discovered at a fleamarket locally - low tempting price. Futher photos show two parade bayonets, nickel-plated, one long, one short, both without maker marks. They are complete with their correct patent leather frogs, which have suffered from age and bad storage. The long bayonet is of nickel-plated iron fittings, these with some loss of plating and patina, which has been treated. Scabbard paint has been been partly re-touched. The short bayonet has zinc fittings and the plating has migrated in places, leaving some greyness. This example still has the red felt wool plug in the fitting slot. Original finish to scabbard.
  11. A fair example of a Prussian Seitengewehr M.1871, introduced after the Franco-Prussian War, and was, along with other models, standard until introduction of the Gew.1898 rifle. These bayonets were still worn by Landwehr and Landsturm units throughout WW1, but not for frontline duties. Before introduction of the Gew.98, this bayonet was worn mainly by the guards regiments, also grenadiers and fusiliers. This example is by Simson & Cie. in Suhl/Thüringen. The back of the blade is marked with a crowned W over 75 for 1875. The underside of the double hooked quillion has an illegible stamping of the unit. The scabbard is not quite matching, and is of Bavarian origin by the frog fitting at the front, which is similar to the French bayonets of the period. The Prussian scabbards had the hook button fitting. This example has Bavarian markings to the underside: B.2.R.A.F.6.68 - probably Bavarian 2.Reserve Artillerie (Fuss) 6.Batterie - weapon no.68 There are various other crowned arsenal marks on scabbard and underside of brass grip. The underside of the brass scabbard tip has also probably deleted earlier marks. The last marks were probably added after mobilisation 1914. This weapon fits the Gew.71, Gew.71/84 and Gew.88, but not the Gew.98 These bayonets have become scarce in recent years.
  12. A fine post WW1 example of a Saxon infantry officer sidearm M.1867/21. This pattern of weapon closely resembles the French officers sword M.1845. This example is post-ww1. The blade is nickel-plated. Pre-1918 examples always had a polished steel blade of superb quality, at the root of the blade on both sides was a finely engraved crowned FAR monogram for Friedrich August III of Saxony. Also the handguard had a crown above the Saxon emblem, in this case, decorative foliage, which has only the outward resemblance of a crown. After WW1 all symbols of the monarchy, Crown and cyphers were no longer permitted, as the new state was a republic. These weapons were permitted up till 1934, after which new designs for the Wehrmacht were introduced. The grip is of fine rayskin (Rochenhaut) with finely gilded copper wire binding. The hilt parts are of zinc (wartime shortages were still prevalent for many years to come, the allied blockade till 1923) with a good gold plating, the knuckleguard is hinged. The scabbard has most of original blackened finish. First illustration, blade engraving on an example before 1919, with crowned FAR monogram (monarchy period). Note also the crown above the arms on the handguard. The original version before November 1918 (example)
  13. An very good example of a long Mauser bayonet - Seitengewehr M.1898 long, complete with brown leather frog and bayonet knot of 12. Kompanie, as purchased in London's Portobello Road antiques market from Brigadier Goode early 1968 - cost around 4 pounds in those days! The bayonet and scabbard have different markings, but judging by the matching condition of both, have been together since about 1916, or even earlier. The bayonet is marked on the rear of the hilt: 12.R.3.196 meaning - Grenadier-Rgt.12, 3.Komp., weapon no.196 The scabbard is marked to the rear: 102.R.10.175, meaning - Saxon I.R,102, 10.Komp., weapon no. 175 These two regiments were both in the Verdun area in early 1916, when probably bayonet and scabbard got mixed up for some reason. The blade has only a crowned ERFURT mark, and the spine has a crowned W over 02 for 1902, beneath which is a crowned arsenal or Waffenmeister mark (in those days it was not Waffenmeister, but Büchsenmacher and Prüfer, who was the armourer and examiner). The bayonet knot was missing its coloured parts, these being soft wool, had disappeared due to mothing over the years, there were just slight traces of the blue to the end sections, so I restored this many years ago, as I thought likely. This example is the first pattern, and has wooden grips in one piece and still without the fireguard to the grips upper (Feuerschutzblech). The SG 98 long hat the disadvantage that the long blade could relatively easily break or bend, and was also a hindrance in the narrow trenches. When a blade broke, this was then shortened, the scabbard also, such examples are still encountered. In this quality, now hard to obtain.
  14. A fine example of a Prussian Kavallerie-Säbel M.1811. This weapon is derived from the English cavalry troopers sabre M.1796, of which large numbers were supplied to Prussia as war aid in the Napoleonic Wars, despite the French continental blockade. These were then copied and designated Leichter Kavallerie-Säbel M.1811. They were in service for a very long period, later replaced by the lighter Artillerie-Säbel M.1849. They were however used by second line units up till about 1871. There are existing examples of these weapons with a Reichwehr Übernahmestempel (taken over) of 1920, thereby used as a practice weapon. This particular example is stamped on the underside (Parierlappen) with unit details: 8.F.L.7. meaning 8.Feldlazarett 7.Kompanie (VIII.Korps, Koblenz, Rheinprovinz) over a crowned FW and 54 for the year. This is stamped over previously erased unit details, which was common practice. The outside "Parierlappen" did not bear any details, and in this case has been skillfully replaced by a master gunsmith in Garlstorf near Lüneburg in 1992. The scabbard has matching numbering. The grip is bound in black lacquered leather and these were never wire-bound. The grips show some slight woodworm to the leather, underneath which is a wooden core, bound with twine. This is a very heavy weapon, and was primarily intended for the light cavalry and mounted artillery. Obtained from an auction in Munich in 1984. Recommended literature: Degen, Pallasche, Säbel, Faschinenmesser aus dem Bestand des Armeemuseums der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik by Autorenkollektiv Hillmann, Lehmann, Richmann, Staatsverlag der DDR, Berlin-Potsdam, 1989
  15. This weapon was a remake of the old Prussian infantry sabre M.1715, which had a very long service, and examples of which were constantly repaired or fitted with a new blade or scabbard. After the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, Prussia had large stocks of older weapons as well as captured French weapons, which then bacame standard. The French line infantry sabre was then standard issue to the Prussian infantry regiments, the Guards regiments favoured the old Prussian model, and these were remade in 1816, and finally still in use by second line units till about 1873. The slightly curved blade had, as always an etched crowned FWR mongram towards the root of the blade. Hilt, grip and guard were of solid brass in the typical style as favoured at the beginning of the Eighteenth Century, and for reasons of tradition, renewed in the early nineteenth Century. This example has a later dated blade, the back of which has a crowned W stamp over 65, being 1865. This weapon was also worn until after 1914 by the Schlossgarde-Kompanie, the palace guard of the Prussian palaces, together with the old ceremonial uniform. This example is missing it's scabbard, which was of plain dark brown leather, all fittings concealed, with a long brass frog hook and a brass ball tip to the lower end. Obtained from an auction in Southern Germany in 1995. Blade marked with a crown over FW and dated 1865, with a further crowned S below, probably for manufacture at Suhl. Although this type of weapon was outdated, was still in service till around 1873. Used as a traditional decorative sidearm by the Schloßgarde-Kompanie till the end of the monarchy, and worn with a silver Portépée. An example of the M.1816 Garde-Infanterie-Säbel with original brown leather scabbard and FWR-monogram on the root of the blade
  16. An average example of a private purchase Artillerie-Säbel M.1849/73. This was a lighter version of the old Prussian cavalry sabre M.1811 (so-called Blüchersäbel). Existing examples of the sabre M.1849 then had the "Parierlappen" removed, and this was then re-issued to the mounted personnel of the artillery as well as to the Ulans, then known commonly as Ulanen-Säbel M.1873, until the introduction of the K.D.89. This example has plain iron fittings and leather-bound grips, for officers with silver wire binding. The blade, gently curved, shows no maker's marks, but has the remains of a feint floral engraving. The scabbard has the old type 2 suspension rings on loops, and has been blackened, probably originally blank or nickel plated. This type of sabre was used by the mounted artillery until about 1916.
  17. A good example of a presentation variation of a Prussian Kavallerie-Säbel M.1852. Newly introduced due to the experiences in the first Schleswig-Holstein war of 1849/50, when hand wounds became prevalent, a new basket hilt was conceived. This was a popular campaign weapon, even favoured by infantry officers as late as 1870, and otherwise kept as a service weapon by officers up till 1914. The ordonnance version of this weapon was heavier and stronger, this example is simply a presentation piece. All fittings are of nickel plated iron. The scabbard has lost it*s scabbard throat and fixing screws and has the old style of two suspension rings, these moveable as per the officer's version. The grip covering is also of sharkskin or rayskin and bound in threefold silver wire, a typical officer's example. The blade is of fine polished steel with floral motives engraving, the leather washer undoubtedly a replacement. This weapon was used by all types of cavalry, except for the Kürassiers. From an auction in Munich in 1984.
  18. An almost perfect example of a presentation weapon, a Bavarian Kavallerie-Pallasch M.1891. Followng the patern of standardisation of the weapons under Prussian leadership, this was based on the Prussian Kavallerie-Degen M.1889. This example, being a private purchase presentation piece, has the scabbard with only one suspension ring as per 1908 regulations, but still retains the old nickel plating, which was supposed to be later blackened. The weapon is by it's souvenir character engraved and attibuted to the Bavarian 2. Chevaulegers-Regiment "Taxis", being in honour of the "Prinz von Turn und Taxis" , this regiment based in Regensburg. The handguard bears the Bavarian lion with sword and shield with the Bavarian "lozenge pattern" or "Rautenmuster". This weapon is solely a souvenir of "my service" as indicated on reverse of blade - "Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit", undoubtedly a farewell presentation, to someone leaving the regiment. The blade is by W.K.& Co., the reverse side shows the supplier's mark: J.G.Merz. The remains of the coloured felt washer are still present, moth damage, the colour is here a carmesin red, as per the regtl. facings. The bakelite grips have been repaired in recent days (glued with Sekundenkleber, almost unnoticeable), otherwise near to perfect. Purchased, early 2005 from a well-known dealer in Hamburg. The item had just arrived in from the U.S.A. (again U.S.A. - they really plundered Bavaria after 1945). The KD 89 and Bav.KD 91 all had iron fittings, this example as private purchase, has all fittings in fine nickel-silver.
  19. Obtained at an auction in Munich over ten years ago, a presentation Pallasch (Broadsword) with regimental engraving to Kürassier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr.2 - a regiment stationed in Pasewalk/Pommern. The total length measures about 100 cm, and this is a much lighter version than the official ordonnance issue. The weapon is much smaller than the ordonnance version, both in length and dimensions, and much lighter. The guard is of tombak and has three bars, the grip is bound in rayskin and gilded copper wire, as per officers version, blade and scabbard are nickel-plated, the panels blued and etched with contrasting gothic script with the deails of the regiment, the other side depicts an attack scene by heavy cavalry. There is no visible maker's mark. The weapon is as made up till 1914. The weapon is in overall good condition, the blade has a few small patches of lifting to the plating, the scabbard has a couple of dents. This example has the typical appearance of an officer's weapon, but could be for any rank, as it was a presentation souvenir. Missing is the knot or portépée.
  20. Got this complete set of hilt relics of a Württemberg Kavallerie-Degen M.1889 many years ago from a Hamburg dealer. I found them rather fascinating, and took a long time to decide to go for them. They weren't cheap, but all complete and could be restored with carefull cleaning, but have decided for the moment to leave them as they are. Only the blade and scabbard are missing. The vulcan fibre grip (here hard plastic), which is a limited edition copy, but identical to the original, I got later from a wheel and deal man in Berlin. I heard he had a few left and I phoned him up, and was lucky to catch him with the last one. No more left! If attempted, this would fit perfectly, as the whole set is a private purchase type, in solid nickel silver - normally in iron, which would not have survived. I am tempted to think this set was ground dug somewhere. It could have well been buried with the wearer, as this used to be the custom, the person in uniform and helmet and sword on the coffin, and after 30-40 years....? The basket hilt bears the crowned and helmeted crest of the Kingdom of Württemberg, which is still in perfect order. This sword would be from one of the four Württemberg cavalry regiments: Dragoner-Regiment Königin Olga No.25 in Ludwigsburg Dragoner-Regiment König No.26 in Cannstatt Ulanen-Regiment König Karl No.19 in Ulm Ulanen-Regiment König Wilhelm I. No.20 in Ludwigsburg
  21. The Saxon Faschinenmesser M.1845 has already been featured in a previous topic. The other sidearm shown is a Saxon Infanterie-Säbel M.1818. This was originally a French Infantry sabre, captured in large numbers in the Napoleonic Wars, and then adapted for re-use. In Prussia this became the standard infantry sidearm during and after the Wars of 1813-14 and 1815, and was later designated Infanterie-Säbel M.1818 (Französisch) and was in use for a good fifty years. These were also used by other states, and this example was in Saxon Services. It bears the orginal engraving of Manufr.de Klingenthal, 1814 - the scabbard was either replaced or modified. This weapon is described in the work about Saxon edged weapons by Klaus Hilbert in "Blankwaffen aus Drei Jahrhunderten" (Brandenburgisches Verlagshaus, Berlin 1998)
  22. Polizei Seitengewehr - sidearm (Hirschfänger) A very good example of a 3rd Reich police sidearm made by F.W.Höller in Solingen, and with an issue mark: S.B.4344. this stands for Schützpolizei Berlin, weapon no. 4344. The leather covered scabbard is blackened, which is correct for the Schupo or Schutzpolizei, Gendarmerie were issued with brown leather equipment. The weapon is undated, but is certainly pre-war, as all fitings are in fine, heavy nickel silver. The blade has lost a little of the plating around the tip, the scabbard has had some slight damage, which is not too visible. Grips are of staghorn with a German silver police eagle mounted. Missing is the special black leather frog and bayonet knot.
  23. Sachsen Infanterie-Faschinenmesser M.1845. Saxony adopted an identical weapon to the Prussian Infantry Sidearm M.1841 and it was designated M.1845. There were also variations of these with a sawback blade. Most blades do not show any makers mark, but were undoubtedly manufactured in Solingen or in Suhl/Thüringen. Prussian examples are marked on the back of the blade with a crown and FW over the year of issue. Saxon examples usually show no year, but either a crown or a crown over JR for King Johann, A for King Anton, or FA for Friedrich August of Saxony, and these are usually found on the brass crossguard and on the brass scabbard fittings. On the rear of the crossguard were usually the regimental markings, in the case of the example shown: 103R.E.4.227 which stands for Infantry Regt.103, 4th Ersatz-Bataillon, weapon no.227, an identical stamping is also to the rear of the brass upper fitting of the leather scabbard. To the upper grip back is a crown. The standard system of German regimental markings were applied after 1867, when Saxony and other German states joined the military convention under Prussian domination. Uniforms and weapons were then gradually standardised to the Prussian norm. This weapon was worn until 1873, thereafter by Landwehr formations carrying obsolete equipment. It had seen service in the wars of 1864, 1866 and 1870/71.
  24. From above to below: 1. Prussia, Seitengewehr u/M., introduced about 1866. This example is attributed to Infanterie-Regt.76 (Hamburg) and is marked FW under crown and 66 for 1866. 2. Saxon Infanterie Faschinenmesser.M.1845 - attributed to I.R.103 after 1867. 3. Prussia, Infanterie Seitengewehr M.1851 This weapon is attributed to Grenadier-Regt, 2 in Stettin
  25. Here is a copy of an old colour chart of all sword and bayonet knots of the Wehrmacht (Heer). These are basicly the same as in WWI and imperial
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