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Prussia, Infanterie Offizier Degen alter Art


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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

 

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Restored example in Heimatmuseum Wandsbek

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Prussia was always simplicity combined with gracious elegance, always "Understatement" (die feine Englische Art, wie man in Hamburg sagt)

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A further example as found, no scabbard, blade has rusted, Parierstück (hilt) has broken off, wire grip binding is totally missing. Can be restored. Mid to late 19th century.

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Weapond has since been restored, without scabbard, now on display at the Heimatmuseum Wandsbek.

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