During the period of the Kaiser and through WWI, many interesting and high quality swords were produced. During this period, many swords were personalized or were given as gifts to others. This gives rise to researching the original owners and their service records. The quality of Imperial swords is usually superb and even after a century, many of these weapons still remain in outstanding condition. The variety of Imperial swords is vast, as the Kaiser's Army, Navy and Schutztruppen and other para-military organizations all had their own weapon designs. Added to this were innumerable differences determined by branch of service as well as state or section of Germany native to the holder of origin. Many of these Imperial swords often were produced with highest quality Damascus blades, as well as blades having gold and/or blue highlights.
During the Weimar period, the sword production was not as great, but this period also has many collectors, as it was a time when Germany's military was drastically reduced, due to the Treaty of Versailles restrictions.The below listed swords represent examples of all types in an attempt to satisfy the whims of our worldwide collecting community.
SWDSIMP #35055 Imperial Naval Sword with Ivory Grip. Damascus Blade, and Gilded Presentation - Ewald Cleff
To those out there that know Imperial Swords, the maker, "Ewald Cleff", will draw immediate respect. The craftsmanship and quality of this firm's product is absolutely state-of-the-art. This sword, I believe, is the first naval example that I have handled that was produced by Ewald Cleff, so it is a special weapon to me. After reading the description and viewing the photos, I am sure you will agree.
The hilt is a grosser size and having a stationary basket. It features a lion head of unique design, different from the usual W.K. & C or Eickhorn types. To me, it has a more masculine appearance. The cat's jaw area is more substantial than the usual. The animal's teeth that bite down on the guard are large and painstakingly shaped. The accent lines to the jaw, nose and brow area are carefully executed. The entire facial area has been hand-cut with small lines, being as fine as a piece of jewelry. The cat is equipped with red and green faceted glass eyes simulating the international marine guidance colors. The eyes are more rounded on the center than the usual types. The feline's mane continues down the entire back strap, exhibiting lots of hand work. The one-piece "P" guard/basket hilt has the usual naval raised swirl decorations having random pebbling inside. At the center of the basket is a raised oval which features a fine Imperial crown positioned over a fouled anchor. The right basket side has a short quillon extension that ends in a downward teardrop. There is a reverse-mounted, folding clam shell that is hinged and holed, and folds over the male counterpart blade lock on the reverse of the upper scabbard mount.
The grip is a classic toned ivory, having a single "springy" style gilded brass wire. The ivory has fine age spots here and there adding much to its character. The grip is in perfect condition with no chips or cracks. The hilt is decorated with a fine silver bullion naval portepee, but not an Imperial type as this sword experienced wear into the 3rd Reich period; this will be explained further in the description. This fine sword knot is wrapped around the grip in what appears to bet hte original tie. There is no fraying, only a fine gold toned patina. The slide and stem are the woven bullion style, and the inserts is a smooth bullion cloth.
The scabbard is a fine black leather. being sewn-up the rear and decorated with the dual accent lines that run the length of the edges on both sides. The leather shell remains in excellent condition, showing little age. The three scabbard mounts have traditional naval line decoration and scalloped edges. The mounts are retained with large-style staples; the upper example is gone to time. The scabbard upper and center mount have the original leather thong suspension straps. The leather is in serviceable condition, with each end equipped with a brass snap.
The 30 inch long blade is equipped with a traditional quill-back design. It is forged of genuine Damascus steel, being the "Maiden-hair" design. The Damascus pattern is very prominent and impressive. About half of both sides of the blade are covered with raised and gilded embellishments. The gild work still remains at near 100%; very beautiful indeed. The obverse blade has a three-ribbon band with the raised dedication, "Alexander Heÿe/ Leutnant zur SeeBatallion 1882-1887". The bands are surrounded by elaborate floral type decoration with "Eisenhauer" positioned at the ricasso, indicating "best of steel". The reverse blade has a similar two-ribbon dedication with floral surrounding, "Carl Hans Heÿe/Fahnrich zur See 1912". The ricasso cited the word, "Damast-Stahl". The spine is also gilded and features raised laurel leaves and the producers name,"Ewald Cleff. Solingen".
This sword is a father and son commission citing the careers of both as young aspiring officers after receiving their commissions. No doubt the proud father purchased the sword for his son after his was commissioned. The father, Alexander Heÿe was with the elite Sea Battalion during the times when the Kaiser was aggressively pursuing colonies around the world, with great successes in Africa and China, along with a notable amount of islands spaced around to be used as coal stations for Germany's growing naval power. The Sea Battalion was similar to our Marines. They were the forces that did the dirty work, once the Kaiser's naval ship brought them to the land to be fought for and claimed by Germany. Although there is much that could be learned of the career of Alexander Heÿe, suffice to say in 1913, he is listed as commander of Troop Training and held the rank of Generalmajor. The son, Karl Hans Heÿe, served in the Great War aboard the SMS Westfalon and later on Torpedo Boat T197. He remained with the German Navy and during WWII was commander of Fortress Brusnbuttel. He would have worn this sword at the time.
Obviously, there is much that could be learned about the careers of these two father and son officers, as I have only scratched the surface.This is a very exciting sword here, and a real prize for the ardent Kaiserliche Marine enthusiast. A lot of history here as these two officer's careers follow the heyday of a war-like Germany pursuing the Kaiser's imperialistic ambitions to establish Deutchsland's true right to lead Europe and its colonies. This grand sword is a collection all in itself!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,995.00
SWDSIMP #31440 Early Naval Saber - Julius Voos
This saber, at first glance, has the look of an early German example coming from the 1840s or 1850s. It may well be, or it also could have been made in Germany for export to the French navy. I am not sure, but it is a very rare early pattern and should be desirable for collectors of this vintage.
The sword is a lionhead variety being of brass construction throughout. The lionhead has an upward pointing open jaw and there has been hand-enhancement to display teeth on this cat. His eyes have been chiseled outward and the eyelids have hand detail to give relief to the depiction. The cat's mane is nicely done flowing down the entire length of the backstrap. There is a round style pommel crown-like device at the top of the lion's head. The tang apparently pierces this device and is peened over. The D guard is in the traditional naval design and the clamshell at the bottom is the stationary type depicting a fouled-anchor within an oval. This sword looks nearly identical to the styles we see worn by German officers in the 1850s and 1860s. The back langet is a folding variety which is holed to lock over a male stem on the reverse upper scabbard fitting. There is a teardrop quillon that flows outward from the stationary clamshell.
The grip of the example is a deeply toned example. It is in perfect condition throughout and is nicely ribbed having a triple brass wire wrap. This brass wire wrap is all there and is twisted in the center.
The scabbard shell appears to have a metal base and it is covered with black leather. This leather is sewn up the rear. It has a look of the French about it, as the Germans did not normally use steel bases on their naval sabers. The fittings are the traditional three brass mount variety. These fittings are engraved throughout and the engraving looks to have been done by hand. It features a series of square like figures with an anchor depiction at the upper portion of the top mount. These mounts have points where they meet the leather. The upper two mounts are equipped with eyelets and carrying rings. The engraved details are done on both sides.
The blade is a 29½ inch saber style. It is nickel-plated and actually is still quite bright. There are signs of a little old sharpening on it, but overall, this blade is still in pretty good shape. It is triple etched having war type themes on both sides. The themes consist of swords, daggers, cannons, spiked helmets and cuirass breast plates which appear very dramatic looking. Both sides have similar motif. The spine is etched with laurel leaves, but also has the producer, "Julius Voos Fabrique d'armes Solingen".
You'll note that the producer is listed in the French language indicating it is possible this sword was produced in Germany for use of the French military. Either way, it is a very rare naval sword as there are not many naval patterns existing from this period. This sword shows some age and overall usage, but it is what it is, and could be a real key to a proper Imperial Naval collection.
SWDSIMP #39842C Imperial Naval Sword with Ivory Grip, Damascus Blade – H. Weiner, Berlin
The fine, lion head pommel has a jaw that is more extended than we normally see. The mouth of the cat is also open wider than usual and accepts the “D” guard. This cat is the style without glass eyes, although it is beautifully rendered with a full mouth of separate teeth hand-enhanced above and beyond the “D” guard, and an enhanced brow and mane, the latter running the full length of the backstrap.
The basket hilt is the stationary type. It has the usual Naval curvatures, pebbled surfaces, and an oval at the bottom of the basket marked with an Imperial crown over a fouled anchor.
The ferrule is interesting as it is decorated with a Greek Key pattern that runs around the circumference.
The grip of the sword is a beautiful thing, being the deluxe type. The golden tones throughout the surfaces are very appealing and it is in perfect condition, with no cracks or splits. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. The leather shows minor age but it remains in good condition, with no bulging or problems. The leather is the style that is decorated with twin edge lines and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts have the Naval engravings. The lower mount has a slightly different motif, featuring three sets of floral desigs that stand atop each other. It also looks as though the drag is made of steel as opposed to brass; this was a little extra quality consideration that was done to eliminate the dents and dings that are usually associated with brass drags. The mounts are retained by staples, although the center mount looks to be held in place by glue as I do not see an apparent retainage. It is extremely stable.
The blade is an outstanding, hand-forged Damascus example. It measures 28 inches long and has a quill-back end. The center of both sides is etched with an Imperial crown set atop fouled anchors, as well as with a sailing ship under full sail. The etch is surrounded by floral designs. It looks as if the etches were gilded at one time. The quill is etched with laurel leaves and, in the center, is a small panel which bear the name, “A. Weiner, Berlin”. This is probably the retailer and I can’t recall seeing this name in the past.
The Damascus pattern is beautifully done and still very prominent. The steel is in very nice condition, with no rust or pits. The original reddish felt blade washer is in place, showing minor age.
Overall a very nice Imperial Naval sword here, looking to be from the late 1880’s or 90’s.
SWDSIMP #45606C Bavarian Court Sword by JLS. Reils
This Bavarian court sword is quite a splendid sight having all of the attributes they public is likely to think of when viewing a dress sword. It is all in silver mounts having a impressive lion head looking to the viewer’s left and acting as a pommel.The lion head has nice hand enhancing with pennling throughout.
The pommel extends down to a flat four sided surface and on the upper and lower sides has fine engraved flowers with pebbling around them. The fuller is also a four sided example having smooth borders with raised floral designs and pebbling in the center.
The D guard is very fancy with curls at the top and being smooth except for lined borders and in the center it has raised floral designs. The images are the same on the reverse side.
The sword has a very fine clamshell style langet in which the two ending areas both swirl upward in fancy flowers. In the center is a resting lion who appears to be perhaps licking his front paw. The lion is extremely well detailed to the mane and his facial features and also has a few ribs sticking out giving the impression that he might be in need of a meal.
The grip plates are just outstanding being genuine mother of pearl. Both of them are in perfect condition and reflect colors of pink and purple and so forth in their surfaces. Affixed to the obverse grip plate is a silver shield device trimmed in flowers along the edges and in the center it presents a Bavarian crown over the raised letter “M”. I’m not sure that the M stands for as I’m not familiar with any Bavarians rulers with this monogram. Maybe someone out there will be kind enough to tell me what the meaning of the M would be.
The scabbard is a marvel to look at because these narrow leather scabbard used for court swords usually got bent in half and ruined in no time.This scabbard iss till just about in mint condition with its fine original black finish and decorated with trim lined that run down the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are matching silver having scalloped ends and floral designs on the obverse of each. The reverse area of both mounts are plain.
It is interesting to not also that both scabbard mounts are stamping into the reverse HANDGRAVIERI which I assume indicates handcrafted.
The thin straight blade is also quite beautiful being the double edge type with center fuller. Unfortunately there is some age which has left spotting on the obverse and reverse but the spotting is only on the lower area. At the upper area the blade is completely coated with a beautiful blue background and features designs in gilt spaced evenly throughout. The obverse example features raised standartes in gilt. It also has the negraved city Munchen on the obverse ricasso and only the reverse ricasso is probably the name of a distributor Jos Reils. The original blade washer remains in place.
A most elegant and very delicate piece here being of finest craftsmanship.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
SWDSIMP #45046 Imperial Jawless Lion Head Sword with Garde Star and Dedicated Blade
This imperial sword is in very fine condition having outstanding brass mounts with much of the original gilt still remaining throughout. The lion head is an impressive jawless type having lots of detail throughout the cat's appearance. The cat is the type without glass eyes but nice work has been done to add the eyes to the depths of the casting. There is much hand enhancing to the cat's whiskers brows and mane which flows a short distance down the back strap. At the center area of the back strap is a floral type device with a flower in the center. The grip tabs extend downward and are riveted to the grip.
The P guard is also quite nice having a floral raised decoration at the top then an Iron Cross within a circle and at the center area there is a shield device with ovaled plain area in the center with the area being pierced by three swords two of which actually have portepees on them. Very interesting to see this kind of detail on a sword. Further down the P guard is a circled flower and it ends in a floral device.
The reverse crossguard has nice decoration of acorns within geometrical designs and it ends with a teardrop having a ball in the center of a floral device. The langet features a shield for a monogram and is surrounded by oak leaves. On the obverse the same detail of the acorns within decorative lines applies and extends down to the langet. On the langet there is applied a Garde star. Some of the enamel is chipped out of the lower portion of the Garde star by the suum cuique is still there.
The grip is a carved wood which is covered with a fine blue/purple sharkskin. The sharkskin is totally intact with no rot. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire the outsides wires being brass and the center wire being larger and composed of silver. A very interesting and ornate hilt here.
The scabbard is a real beauty. It is straight throughout having fine original black paint. The paint is in remarkable condition still having a nice shine to it and is even intact at the bottom chape area. It is also interesting to note that the carrying ring is fixed to the carrying band. This paint is in just about full mint condition.
The 31 inch blade is a very fine example with full nickel plated finish having long fuller and good tip. The blade remains in mint condition and is double etched with a dedication.
The panel on the obverse has frosted backgrounds with floral designs at the ends. In the center is raised out Fritz Schorf s/L Walter Eüttich. This dedication means that Schorf gave the sword to Eüttich in admiration. On the reverse is an identical panel with frosted backgrounds having the town of "Anklam" and the date of 1912. Anklam is a town where there was a military academy prior to World War One. This information was supplied to me by my collector friend John Lawson. Assumedly these two men went to the academy together and one gave the other a sword and most likely vice versa. This was common practice during the imperial period as we see a lot of these seinen lieben gifts.
This is a very very fine sword and there are good possibilities here for doing research on these two men especially with the Anklam connection. A great piece here that will display extremely well with an imperial sword collection.
Near Mint. $2,295.00
SWDSIMP #44874C Imperial Grosser Lion Head Cavalry Sword
The hilt of this sword is immense being the grosser style pattern. The lion head is about as well detailed as I've ever seen one. The mane of the cat extends right in to the facial areas and the amount of hand enhancing throughout the mane brows and snout is extraordinary. The cat is equipped with two faceted red eyes.
Extending down the back strap there are raised floral areas and a shield like device in the center. The P guard is very wide and large and features highly raised oak leaves and acorns. It ends in floral devices. The reverse crossguard has a series of raised dots which end in a quillon of another lion head. The reverse langet also has a shield for possible initials. The obverse has the same dot designs with a langet featuring crossed swords over floral leaves which is indicative of the cavalry branch.
The grip is of carved wood covered with fine blue/purple sharkskin. The sharkskin is still in nice condition with no rot. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire. The wires are all twisted.
This hilt as I say has tremendous eye appeal and it has a lot of age and dirt on it and if the next owner wanted to work with this hilt with a little bit of sudsy ammonia and a Q-tip I'm sure that wonders could be done to really bring the beauty of this work of art out.
The blade of this example is 32 inches in length. It is a real beauty having the best nickel plating that you will see. It also has a quill back end. The magnificent blade is unmarked and is still in mint condition. Like the hilt, the blade is of immense proportion.
The scabbard that is with this sword does not appear to be original to this piece. I suspect that somewhere along the line the piece was acquired without a scabbard and this scabbard was obtained as a replacement. The scabbard is a a bit too short for the 31 inch blade and is made of some kind of a fiber material. As a result the tip of the blade has made a break in the bottom of the scabbard just above the chape and the tip sticks out just a little bit. Obviously not the best thing in the world but at least there is a scabbard to go with this great sword.
This could be a project that the next owner could delve in to in looking for the proper scabbard. At any rate the sword is priced accordingly to merit this search. A real looker here!
SWDSIMP #30635 Model 1889 Infantry Degen from Mecklenberg
This Model 1889 Infantry Degen looks like the conventional nickel type having a black Bakelite grip, until the viewer studies the depiction on the hand guard. This sword comes from the small state of Mecklenberg–Schwern. Before we get to the crest, we will describe the rest of the sword. The nickel mounts are the NCO type, having a “D” guard with slot in the center area left for a troddel. The clamshell device is spring loaded and folds. The upper pommel is the flat style, having a steel spanner-style screw on the top. The grip is the black bakelite, having 9 ribs. There is a crack in the bakelite grip that does extend around the grip, and also a couple of small chips in the fourth rib in the reverse. But none of this really shows from the front and does not affect the sword really, as this grip is not going anywhere. It is tightly held by the spanner on top of the pommel. The nickel parts throughout the sword are lined decorated. Now for the crest area. It shows a crown over a slightly ovaled circle which is broken into six parts. Four of the parts have a crown over an Iron Cross, a griffon, an arm, but the two most prominent figures that are easy for the collector to recognize are the heads of a cow at the upper and lower segments of this crossguard. The reason that the cow image is shown in the crest is because of this animal’s importance to this area of Germany. This is the area where the Holstein cow comes from, and of course, it is also a big milk producer in America. Mecklinberg items are very seldom seen as this is a relatively small state, and therefore, did not have a large population compared to the state of Prussia. The overall hilt is in good shape, despite the crack at the grip.
The blade of this example is 32½ inches long. It is a state degen type and it is ended as triple etched. The obverse has a beginning etch scene of military implements featuring a standarte, sword, trumpet, and also a fur-style Hussar’s cap. On the end of the etch there is a fully reined horse head, and then there are some flowers that look like roses. But in the center of the blade is a large panel with blue background. It is raised-out, “1.Grossh.Mecklbg.Drag.Regt.No 17.” This blade was owned by an NCO member of the 1st Grand Ducal Mecklinberg Dragoon Regiment No. 17. This regiment was garrisoned in the town of Ludwigslust, and was raised way back in 1819. This blade still has pretty good brightness showing a little mild age, but certainly rating in excellent condition. The blue backgrounds on the etch are still fairly good, rating at maybe 75% to 80%. Just passed this etch is a faded ghost etch. "F. Gerneke". This etch is most likely the owners last name and accompanied with another horsehead. The reverse blade is also etched and has a blue panel. The beginning of the etch features a couple of roses, and towards the end pattern are more roses and war implements that appear to be an uhlan pickelhaube positioned over crossed swords, standartes, and a trumpet. The blue panel on this side, though, has a charging cavalry with the officer in front having his sword straight out as the horses gallop trailing the dress plumes of the men behind the officer. There are about nine soldiers in this horse charge. They are running past a small village which is very detailed with chimneys, trees, and steps. Just below the charging cavalry is a beautiful crown, which no doubt represents the Duke of Mecklenberg, and below the crown is a cipher which appears to be an “F” and “W”, over the Roman numeral “III”. I think that this would stand for Friedrich Wilhelm, who was the Duke of Mecklenberg from 1860 through 1904. This sword appears to me as though it is a vintage of about the turn of the last century, so this would fit pretty good. The spine of this blade is etched with oak or laurel style leaves. The scabbard is straight throughout and does have the original paint. The paint shows a lot of age and a lot of rust here and there, but even still, if it were compounded and waxed, I think it would come up pretty nice. The scabbard is straight throughout and has the fixed in-place-style ring which is attached to a “U” bracket. There is a small piece of leather still affixed to the ring. A very rare sword here, and if you are collecting Model 89s, this would be a very very difficult piece to find. I was lucky enough to acquire this example from the family that brought it home.
SWDSIMP #34349 Imperial Shooting Guild Sword with Blue Panel
This fine Lion Head Sword is probably an Imperial piece but since there is no maker mark on the blade it is difficult to exactly date it. The overall look of it however would indicate something from the imperial day. The pommel has an outstanding lion head having interesting features which give this cat a very kindly look. He has red eyes that are set so that they pop eye outward. These eyes have a lighter red look and the way they are cut are more interesting than we normally see on swords. The lion has nice detail throughout with hand scribing evident especially around the glass eyes and also on the top of his mane. The mane ends abruptly and the back strap becomes plain. In the center area there is a diamond like shape with floral decoration around it which extends into the grip tabs. The “P” guard also has some matching plain surfaces but also has a large raised out floral device at its beginning and at the center has a fine plain shield having floral design running around it. The area surrounding this shield is all hand checkered. A great look here. The crossguard area is plain with an additional lion head fashioned to form the quillon end. The langet on the reverse is completely plain and on the obverse there is the raised crest for the city of Recklinghausen. It consists of a castle with three turrets positioned over a shield which has a further castle having a key serving as its entrance. The area around the shield is all hand pebbled. A very fine crest here. Above the crossguard is a ferrule which has raised out floral devices. The grip appears to be a hard style wood which is black in color. The ribbed sections are tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire, the center being of larger proportion. The wire is all there and is nice and tight.
The scabbard is straight throughout except for one very small ding on the obverse a little past the halfway point. This scabbard has a blue finish. The blue shows age but basically is still all there. There is one carrying ring on this scabbard along with a single band. The fine 32 inch long blade is nickel-plated and is of highest quality. Both sides of the blade contain a panel. The panel on the obverse has a blued background. The blue is starting to thin from age but it still remains at about 80-90%. Both panels are framed on the ends with the fleur de lis designs which indicate that this is an Eickhorn made sword since this company was the sole producer of this design. On the front panel the dedication reads, “Bürgerschützengilde Recklinhausen”. This indicates that the sword comes from the shooting gild of Recklinhausen. The reverse panel has a frosted background and repeats the fleur de lis designs on the edges. This panel is raised etched, “Bürgersinn, Einigkeit, Vaterlandliebe”. This pretty much means, “Citzenship, Loyalty and Love of Country”. This sword was no doubt carried by one of the members of the Recklinhausen Shooting Club. Perhaps the head officer of the group would have worn this fine edged weapon. A very nice item here and extremely well done.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
SWDSIMP #33799 '1913' Imperial Shooting Award Lion Head Sword
This outstanding Imperial Shooting Award Sword is listed in the Eickhorn catalog as model number “828”. Despite the fact that the blade is unmarked we do know for sure that this is an Eickhorn product. The hilt is composed of all brass mounts. There is not any gilt remaining to the hilt but the detail throughout is quite extraordinary. The hilt features a pommel with a noble lion head. The lion head does not have the glass eye feature but the hand enhancing to details such as the jaw, whiskers, brow and mane are extremely well done. The backstrap is plain except in the middle there is a diamond shape left plain for a monogram which flares out to the grip tabs. The “P” guard also has a diamond design with floraling. The grip ferrule features floral designs that run around its circumference. The reverse langet is plain. The obverse langet features a pair of crossed swords with floral borders. The quillon ends in a lion head which is also nicely hand detailed.
The grip of this example is celluloid over carved wood. This grip remains in perfect condition still having a nice shine to its finish. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. The center wire is just slightly larger for contrast. The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard is a real beauty being nickel-plated and still having a perfect original finish. It is rare to see nickeling that could have held up this well on a sword that is a century old. The sword is also equipped with dual ring suspension. This was a “must” for shooting gilt swords which this example represents. Even shooting swords made in the 1930s will have dual ring suspension and often nickel-plated scabbards. At any rate, this scabbard is a real beauty and still in mint condition.
The beautiful blade is 30½ inches in length. This blade is of highest quality nickel-plated surfaces having a needlike tip. The blade is in full mint condition. The obverse center area has a frosted panel with raised two line dedication. The panel has the fleur de lis borders which identify this sword as a Carl Eickhorn product as the blade is not marked. I looked the sword up in the 1906 Eickhorn catalog and found it to be there as model number 828. the panel has 100% of the original frosted backgrounds and the dedication reads, “Bürger Schützengilde / Recklinghausen-Süd 1913”. Obviously this sword was awarded by the head of the shoothing gild for the town of Recklinghausen South in 1913. This would be a fine item to display with some other shooting forestry hunting things. A nice sword here still in fine original condition.
Near Mint. $1,295.00
SWDSIMP #35463C Dove Head Nickel Artillery Sword with Blue Panel Blade – Clemen & Jung
This Dove Head Artillery Sword has an all nickel-plated hilt having a plain finish throughout the pommel, backstrap, “P” guard, crossguard and langets. The nickel plating is still in fine condition being 100% and showing only modest age. The grip is a wood carved base being covered with a fine sharkskin. The sharkskin remains in perfect condition and is triple wrapped with twisted silver wire, the center being of larger proportion. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard is straight throughout both sides. It has good original black paint which does show lots of wearing time and usage but will clean up substantially with a little effort. The paint still appears to be about 90%.
The beautiful blade is a 34 inch long example having high quality nickel-plated surfaces with needlelike tip. This blade remains in mint condition. The blade is a triple etched example with remarkably conditioned blue panels on each side. On the obverse the panels are flanked by a horseman with drawn sword wearing a stahelm which indicates the sword was possibly made after 1916 because of the helmet style. Above the panel is a beautiful etching of a horse’s head. The panel in between has 100% of the rich blue surfaces and it reads “12.reit.Batterie Artl. Regt.6”. This would indicate that the owner comes from the 12th rider Battery of Artillery Regiment number 6.
On the reverse there is another 100% blue panel which is flanked by etchings of war implements. At the bottom area are crossed swords and above the panel are crossed swords again with a stahelm placed in between crossed swords. The blue panel features a total of twelve horses, ten being mounted. The first nine horses are pulling a caisson with cannon. The detail throughout is outstanding right down to the horse’s bridles, the rider’s swords and the stalhelm being worn by each of the riders. Beautiful work here and extremely impressive. The spine has etched laurel leaves running about half way down. This mint conditioned blade is marked with the crown over shield with the letter “Z” inside.
This is really a great conditioned piece and probably attributable to a rarely seen artillery regiment. The fact that the soldiers in the etches are wearing stahelm instead of leather helmets tends to date the sword’s production at sometime after 1916 but probably before the end of World War I.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
SWDSIMP #37866C Named Model 1889 Prussian Infantry Degen – Weyersberg & Kirschbaum
The hilt of this sword is a very fine brass example, still having what appears to be 100% of the original gilded finish. The pommel area, which extends slightly down the backstrap, is plain with the exceptional of the pommel cap, which has the coat of arms of the original owner.
This coat of arms is fairly impressive, featuring a feathered knight's head above a shield. The shield is emblazoned with a bull head in the center.
The “D” guard is also plain, extending downward into a three tiered basket hilt. This basket features a beautifully rendered Prussian eagle with the cypher of the Kaiser on his breast, “WR2”. This bird clutches a scepter and an orb in his talons. The feathering throughout the bird is nicely done and show much hand-enhancement. The reverse of the basket hilt has a downward pressed section which has the name of the original owner professionally engraved upon it; it reads “von Aweÿden”.
I looked up von Aweÿden and found his name in the 1904 Prussian rank list. He was a member of the Garde-Dragoner-Regiment „Königin Viktoria von Großbritannien und Irland“. This was a fairly elite group, as all of the officers are Freiherrs or have “von” honorific. He is listed as a Oberleutnant in the '04 rank list. There simply must be lots of research that could be done on this officer, and a really great chance to make a unified display detailing his career.
The grip is of carved wood with a perfect sharkskin covering. This sharkskin retains all of the original blue color and is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wires. The wire has opposing twists for contrast. In the center of the grip is a Prussian crown set above the Kaiser's cypher “WR2”.
The original portepee remains wrapped about the hilt of this sword. It is of silver bullion with dual black lines on the straps. The inside of the strapping is of white felt which remains in excellent condition. The troddel shows minor traces of fraying at the area that emerges from the knot. The lower stem is the flat type, and the acorn shaped ball is of silver bullion with black stuffing.
The scabbard is also a real killer, being a nickel-plated example. The nickel is still just about new, being extremely bright, and the surfaces are dent-free. The scabbard has two carrying rings which fits well with the 1904 rank list, as the change from two to one ring began in 1906.
The blade of this sword is a large, straight example, with dual fullers that run all the way to the tip. The blade is in beautiful, mint condition, having outstanding nickel-plated surfaces. The obverse ricasso is marked with the full name of the producer, “Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie, Solingen”. The reverse ricasso has the Knight and King logo, along with the initials “W.K. & C.” beneath it. The original white blade buffer is intact and in place.
An extremely nice example here with lots of interesting research potential.
Mint Minus. $1,695.00
SWDSIMP #43082C Prussian Damascus Artillery Saber
This Prussian Artillery Saber is dates from the turn of the last century. It has a plain brass hilt, smooth with no superfluous engravings. The various hilt components have a fine, sloped look to them.
The grip is carved wood covered in a quality blue ray skin. This ray skin remains in very good condition, with no rot, and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three silver wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is completely straight on the reverse, while the obverse has a minor hit on the lower area. It has a beautiful blue finish which looks great and is completely intact. It is equipped with a single carrying band and hanging ring.
The blade is long, measuring 33 ½ inches. It remains in beautiful condition, the Damascus pattern being somewhere between the Roses and Maiden Hair types. It is not a typical pattern and has a very interesting look about it. There is not rust or pitting anywhere on the blade and the patterns remain quite bold. he ricasso is entirely gilded. On one side are a pair of ribbons that read "Eisenhauer / Damaststahl". The opposite side has another gold panel featuring a beautiful Prussian eagle topped with a crown. Below the bird is the slogan, "Mitt Gott e. Koenig u. Vaterland" (For God, King, and Country) laid out in ribbons. The blade has a wide fuller and a needle-like tip.
If you are looking for a nice Damascus steel sword to display this one will definitely get attention.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
SWDSIMP #41993C Triple Etched Model 1920/21 Infantry Officer's Degen - Alcoso
This sword is also known as a Schlepsaebel, or one carried by by a former Portepee NCO who belong to an organization who allowed him to buy this sword. Many thanks to Dale M. For setting me straight on this!
The “D” guard is the style that swoops downward in three tiers and ends in a basket hilt. The basket has a Republican style eagle, from the Weimar era. This bird is extremely detailed throughout. It is interesting to note that there are four notches applied to the upper portion of the “D” guard. I believe these represent years in service. There is a leather finger loop attached to the lower portion of the basket hilt. This loop is intact and remains in excellent condition, which is actually quite rare to see these days.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in celluloid. The celluloid is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with skeins of three finely twisted wires.
Attached to the hilt is what appears to be the original portepee. It is in choice condition, matching the condition of the sword. It has leather strapping with dual rows of aluminum stitching. The lower ball is in nice condition, with a green top and an aluminum ball.
The scabbard of this example is quite beautiful, with bright, original nickel plating that remains in mint condition. It is fitted with a single carrying ring.
The blade of this sword is an incredible work of art. It measures 31 inches long and has pristine, mirror bright nickel plating and is triple etched. The obverse etching depicts floral designs mixed with a military motif of standartes and the like. The center area has a head of a very kind looking looking who stares directly at the viewer; this cat is very finely detailed throughout. 100% of the frosting remains in this etched pattern. The reverse of the blade has a similar floral/military motif. The spine is etched with random leaves. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Alcoso Scales trademark that was used circa 1935, and the new-like brown leather washer is in place.
A real showpiece here.
SWDSIMP #41206C Weimar Shooting Prize Sword - Alcoso
The hilt of this sword is constructed from brass. I don’t see much gilding left on it, but it has a nice patina. Should the next owner want to clean it the brass is of high quality and I’m sure it would clean up nicely.
The pommel is in the shape of a lion head, being the type with eyes that are a part of the casting. There is nice detailing throughout the cat’s head and the mane runs a short way back down the backstrap. The rest of the backstrap is plain with the exception of the center area which has a starburst style floral pattern.
The “P” guard has a simple floral motif. The crossguard is smooth and the quillon ends in a roaring lion head. The reverse lancet is plain while the obverse features a pair of crossed swords over some laurel leaves.
The grip is carved wood covered in excellent black celluloid. It is tightly wrapped with a skein of three wires, the center strand being a thicker gauge.
As we see on shooting swords the scabbard is nickel plated. This plating remains in excellent condition and will clean up nicely. Another shooting trait is the pair of carrying bands as opposed to the usual single rigging.
The blade is outstanding, with highest quality nickel plating and remaining in mint condition. It is triple etched to about halfway down the 31 ½ inch blade. The reverse of the blade is etched with floral patterns and a military motif featuring swords, trumpets, and the like. The frosted areas remain 100% intact. The obverse repeats the floral designs and add a three line panel in the center. It reads, “Gewidmet der Junggesellen-Schützen- / Gesellschaft Ahrweiler “1926” / Michel Gross, unteres Stadt Tiel.” From what I can make out this was a prize given by the “Bachelor Shooting Society of Ahrweiler” to one Michel Gross, from the "Lower District". The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso Scales trademark and the original leather blade washer is in place.
A very beautiful Shooting Sword here, and one that would clean up very nicely.
SWDSIMP #33245 Imperial Grosser Heavy Cavalry Pallasch
The enormous hilt is produced of all high quality cast brass and the scabbard appears as though it once had a nickel finish. The blade though is extremely impressive and has been preserved “as new” all of these years. The hilt portion of this sword is equipped with a rounded style plain brass pommel. Below the pommel area the hilt section is extended to accept the grip. This area is also plain.
The basket hilt is the three-tiered type immediately identifying this sword as being used by heavy cavalry. These horsemen were generally very large men and wore heavy armor during wartime. The entire hilt of this example has a deep patination from a century of time. It is interesting to note that on the upper portion of the guard there are three notches that have been cut into this surface. They appear to have been done on purpose and the reason for this is not known to me.
The grip is a heavy carved ebony or some other dark hardwood. It has sections which run downward from right to left. The grip is wrapped with triple twisted brass wire which seems to be totally intact. The inner areas of the ribs are filled with years of dirt and residue.
The scabbard is a straight type and it is equipped with dual carrying rings as was the style prior to 1906. Some of the original nickel finish still appears in the surfaces. The lower portion of this dent free scabbard has a chape acting as the drag. The throat is nickel-plated and is probably the finish the entire scabbard had at one time.
Taking the blade out of this scabbard is a real effort as I am not a big enough man to actually withdraw the blade with my arms extended; that is how large this sword is! The massive blade extends almost 37 inches. It must have taken a six foot six tall man to wear a sword of this length. The blade has double fullers which extend nearly to the tip. The blade has a beautiful nickel finish which is still bright and easily in near full mint condition. A spectacular blade here!
The first half of the blade is etched with frosted backgrounds on all three sides. The obverse of the blade features a starting etch of floral devices with a panel in the center. Past the panel are more floral devices and a set of crossed standartes. The etch finish with more floraling. However, the panel in the center is outstanding and a real treat to the eye. It has blue backgrounds which appear to still be 100%. Raised out in two lines is the inscription, “Kürassier Anderbrügge / I. Esk.Kür. Regt. von Briesen (Westf.) No4.”. I believe that Anderbrügge is probably the name of the original carrier of this sword and obviously he was from the Westfalia area. His regiment is also there so it should not be too difficult to research this officer. On the reverse of the blade there are more beautiful floral etches with military themes of standartes and spears. In the center area are four blue ribbons which have 100% of the blue background. Etched out of these blue ribbons is the standard remembrance, “Zur / Erinnerung / an Meine / Dienstzeit”. The spine is etched with oak leaves.
A remarkable sword here and a weapon that will really stand out in your collection. You will not find a larger sword carried by cavalry officers and men who must have been super he-men of their day. Just imagine the sight these mounted cuirassiers on parade mounted on magnificent stallions attired in bright brass armor with lobster tail eagle topped helmets and these very long heavy swords.
Quite a spectacle indeed and now is your chance to actually own a piece of this kind of military history reminiscent of the times when men were really men! A similar Pallasch can be seen in the Johnson Wittman Imperial book on page 165.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,995.00
SWDSIMP #38691 Model 1889 Infantry Officer's Sword – Alcoso
This fine, brass hilted Infantry Sword remains in remarkable condition. I would say that almost 100% of the original gilded surfaces are intact. There are a couple of mild wear signs to the high spots but it is otherwise very nice looking.
The sword has a plain, flat pommel cap and short backstrap. The backstrap is adorned with etched laurel leaves. The “D” basket guard is also plain but for two notches at the top, which most likely indicate the original owner's service time. The basket hilt also has a folding clamshell; it depicts a crowned Prussian eagle with the “WRII” cypher. In the eagles talons are a scepter and a sword. The reverse langet is the stationary type.
The grip is of finely carved wood covered in celluloid. This black celluloid remains in perfect condition, wrapped with a triple skein of brass wire, the center strand being a thicker gauge. There is a matching gilded cypher on the grip.
The scabbard is a real beauty, with very good nickel-plating. This scabbard has dual carrying bands and rings, indicating that it was purchased before 1906.
The straight blade is a triple etched example with highest quality nickel-plated surfaces. It has double fullers which run nearly to the tip. Both sides of the blade have beautiful, intricate floral designs. This blade measures 30 ½ inches and remains in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped “1471”, while on the reverse ricasso we see the Alcoso Scales trademark. The original blade washer has been lost to time.
A very fine Model 89 Sword here that would enhance a collection of blades from any era.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
SWDSIMP #31475 Imperial Artillery NCO Sword
The grip is a wood base being covered with sharkskin. The sharkskin is a blue purple color and is in perfect condition with no rot. This sharkskin is wrapped with triple twisted brass wire, the center being slightly larger.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It does show quite a bit of wear and age though to the original black paint and the paint probably rates at about 40-50%. The areas where the paint are missing though has toned nicely from age and still look good. The sword is equipped with a stationary carrying ring typical of NCO types.
The blade of this example, though, is extremely impressive. It is a large proportioned type which still is in near full mint condition. It is triple etched and has blue panels on both sides. The obverse blade has typical military scenes at the bottom with a horses head at the upper portion and finished off with rose and floral devices. In the center is a choice blue panel which features the name of this artillery regiment, “Triersches Feld Artill. Regt. No44”. Obviously this sword comes from Trier and was worn by a field artillery man. On the reverse there are more etched military scenes and in the center is a highly detailed blue background panel which features a canon on a casson. The casson is being pulled by three pairs of horses with mounted riders on three of the horses. Leading the casson parade are two other mounted officers. Sitting on the casson are five artillery men and the detail is so clear it is easy to see the ball on the top of their Pickelhaub. The detail to the canmon, spoked wheels, horse reins, saddles and men’s uniforms is spectacular and hard to imagine how this could have been accomplished with the use of acid. The spine of the blade has a laurel leaf motif.
A most impressive example of a Plain Jane sword on the outside and something really great to look at on the inside.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00
SWDSIMP #31477 Imperial Prussian Miner's Saber
The hilt has a completely smooth pommel, backstrap, "P" guard and teardrop quillon. The only detail on the entire hilt is the application of an applied highly detailed Prussian crown resting over a pair of crossed hammers. The pins which retain these insignia are pushed through the langet and can be seen from the opposite side. The gilding throughout this hilt is still fairly good and has an almost coppery look about it. The gilding is about 85% intact.
The grip itself is a beautiful finely grained ray skin. This ray skin is in perfect condition having a purple blue color. The grip is wrapped with triple silver twisted wire, the center being slightly thicker.
The scabbard shell is an all-leather example, which has decorative lines on the edges of the obverse and reverse and it is sewn-up the rear. This leather shows quite a bit of age, however, it is still sound and is all together. The shell has three mountings which are also plain gilded brass being the same as the hilt. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather. The lower mount has a built-in in chape fitting. The upper mounts and center are equipped each with one carrying ring. These mounts are staple held and the staple is missing from the top example. It enables the viewer to see that the number beneath the staples is, "14".
The blade of this saber is a 32 inch long example having triple etched motif. The etchings are floral designs which have standard military themes. There are drums, backpacks, horns, shields, etc., all visible in these etch designs, which are further mixed with floraling. The spine has laurel leaves raised- out. This blade shows only nominal age, but still is bright. I'm sure this blade would clean up further with a little effort.
Coal Miner's dress swords are not seen too frequently. This example is identical to the one shown on page 234 of the Johnson/Wittman Imperial Book. A difficult pattern to find.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
SWDSIMP #31439 Imperial Artillery Saber with Blue Panel - Karl Kaiser
The hilt of this Imperial Artillery saber is a fairly large size and is in plain nickel finish. It features a traditional hilt design with pommel back strap, "P" guard, and cross guard with langet. The upper part of the "P" guard has a slot cut into it which may have been for placement of a portepee. The nickel throughout shows some minor age in the surfaces, but there is no lifting and the nickeling is still really at 100%.
The grip is a fine blue-purple sharkskin. The sharkskin still mostly retains its original coloring. It is still in good shape with no breaks or problems. The grip is tightly wrapped with dual twisted silver wire.
The scabbard is in fairly good shape, but does need a paint job. The paint is about 80% on it and it shows substantial scratching and carrying time. There are no bad dents or anything, so it could be repainted most satisfactorily. The carrying ring is the type that is fixed in place.
The blade is a most impressive example. It is one of the larger proportioned blades and it measures 33 inches in length. This saber blade has fine nickel plated surfaces throughout and remains in near full mint condition. The first half of the blade is triple etched. The obverse has a most beautiful blue panel. It starts out with a small panel with frosted background having a floral device and ends with a slightly longer frosted panel depicting war implements such as cross cannons, swords, et cetera. In the center the name and location of the regiment is raised out and nickel plated with a choice blue background. It reads "Feldartillerie..Regt.v.Peucker (Schles.) No6.". This regiment is the Field Artillery Van Peucker Regiment No. 6 from Silesia, which is now a part of Poland. This regiment was originally raised in 1808 and was garrisoned in the City of Breslau.
The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Kaiser trademark having a crown over crossed swords with the letters "CKCO" interspersed. The reverse blade has a long frosted panel, but does not have a blue background. The frosting is 100%. It depicts military themes familiar to most collectors. The spine has a laurel leaf design etched into its surface areas. There is a intact red felt buffer protecting this impressive blade.
A nice looking example here, one which will really display well.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
SWDSIMP #36329 Model 1889 Infantry Degen
This Infantry Degen must have been made during the Great War, as it is an iron base that was gilded at the time. Using an iron base was a cost-cutting and logistic effort, and brass was needed for the war effort. Most of the original gilding has worn from the surface, but there still are traces here and there.
The sword is plain throughout the pommel, backstrap, and “D” guard. The clamshell is a hinged, folding type, which bears a crowned Prussian eagle and the “WR2” cypher. It clutches a sword in one talon and a scepter in the other.
The grip is of celluloid over carved wood, which still appears to be in good condition. It is tightly wrapped with triple-twisted brass wire. The cypher of the Kaiser is in the center of the grip, being an Imperial crown over the initials “WR2”. There is also a leather finger loop positioned between the ferrule and the clamshell, however the leather is broken at one end.
The scabbard has couple of minor digs here and there, and also the original paint shows age and has gone dull from time. I'm sure it could be cleaned up some with a bare minimum of effort, though.
The straight blade makes up for a lot on this sword. It is a real beauty, being 23 inches long and a good, wide type with twin fuller construction. The nickel finish is of highest quality, and still remains in full Mint condition. The original leather washer is in place.
This sword would be a good project for a young collector just getting started, as it is priced very reasonably and does have a great blade.
SWDSIMP #36819C Named Imperial Naval Officer's Saber & Paymaster's Bayonet - Carl Eickhorn
This outstanding grouping of two Imperial Naval edged weapons both belonged to the same officer and are engraved with his surname. The two edged weapons were acquired directly from a Florida family where they were passed down from the grandfather. The grandfather was a US Army Lt. Colonel who, in 1945, was appointed President of two Berlin civil courts as part of the Occupation Forces. The weapons were acquired from a German woman who acted as the court interpreter in Berlin. She stated the weapons once belonged to a family member and she was surrendering them as required of all Berliners by laws of the Occupation Forces.
The grouping consists of a Naval Officer's Saber and a Paymaster's Bayonet, both produced by the Carl Eickhorn firm during the Imperial period.
The sword is produced in finest cast brass, reflecting generous hand-enhancing throughout the designs. The original gild finish remains throughout the recessed areas. The sword features a lion's head motif. The cat's head is highly detailed with sculpted whiskers, brow and fine mane which runs into the back strap. The lion is equipped with red and green faceted glass eyes symbolic of the international naval navigation system. Below the mane, the back strap and grip tabs portray oak leaves in high relief, having pebbled back grounding. The "D" guard is done in a similar presentation. The obverse clam shell is the hinged folding type. It features an Imperial crown over a foul anchor in relief. The design is highly detailed and is surrounded by raised oak leaves. The reverse clam shell is also folding and acts as as blade lock when secured over the mail counterpart affixed to the upper scabbard mount. The reverse surface of the folding lock is professionally engraved with the original owner's surname, "Nagorsni".
The grip of the weapon is really a joy to behold. The surfaces have toned to a golden color throughout. The grip is tightly wrapped with spring-like, gilded wire. The grip remains in perfect condition with no cracks, chips or flaws.
Wrapped about the hilt and remaining in the original tie, is a silver bullion portepee. It is the style with flat texturedstrapping. The strapping has two rows of twin black lines which run the length. There is a matching slide of woven bullion, and the stem below is the flat style, having crochet-like covering revealing the metal base underneath. The lower ball is of bullion yarn-like material with a matching thread-style stuffing. The portepee appears completely original to this piece.
The scabbard shell is produced of black leather, having dual decorative lines that run the length of both edges. The leather shows some normal usage, but overall is still supple and in good condition. It is sewn-up the rear in the usual manner. The shell is equipped with three gilded brass mounts. The gild remains at about 50%-60%, matching that of the hilt mounts. The mounts reflect hand-chasing and feature oak leaf designs which surround pointed pedestal-like figures. Like the hilt, these mounts reflect hand-enhancement. The mounts are retained by larger-type staples in the rear. The center and upper mount are equipped with eyelets having serrated surfaces.
Attached to the two eyelets is a set of Imperial Naval hangers. They are the type that are usually associated with a dirk, but have been successfully adopted to suspend the sword. The straps are the early style having lined moire fabric. The fabric shows only minor usage. The reverse straps are covered in high pile black velvet. The straps are fitted with lion mask buckles and each strap has a snap clip at each end. The two outer snaps are connected to a belt loop with "D" ring.
The blade is produced of hand-forged damascus. It is approximately 31 inches in length, with a quill-back style tip. The pattern is a "Maiden Hair" style, and retains it prominence throughout the blade. The excellently conditioned blade has a few age spots in the surfaces, but they are only stains and not pitting. The blade was originally sharpened by the original owner as per the orders during the Great War to show symbolism and support of war. We were able to remove most of the sharpening, so the blade now shows at its best. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the back-to-back squirrel logo used by the Carl Eickhorn firm during the Imperial period. The original red felt blade washer shows little age and is still in place.
A very fine sword here which reflects many extra-cost features. The scabbard mount designs are very rare and are the first of their type that I have seen.
The other weapon coming from the same officer is a Paymaster's Bayonet. The Paymaster/Engineer design was derived from the 1872 Model Applicanten. It is believed to have first made its appearance around 1902. As a general rule, the Paymaster Bayonet seems to normally be shorter than that of the Engineer design. This example is a highest quality featuring extra cost features. The pommel is in the design of an Imperial crown, having high finials; standard examples did not have the raised finials. The pommel, grip, and cross guard are a one-piece brass unit. The pommel curves to the left and is decorated with raised oak leaves and acorns which extend down the length of the back strap.
The built-in grip is cut with hand-hold ribs; in this case there are 23 of them. The cross guard center block features a fouled anchor on each side, highlighted with random pebbling in the back grounds. The four-sided arms extend outward to quillons of capstans. The arms are decorated with fish scale designs. Below the cross guard is a clam shell device which is hinged. It portrays a raised fouled anchor with pebbling around the design. On the reverse is a clam shell that is also hinged and folds to act as a blade lock over the matching male counterpart. The reverse of the clam shell is professionally engraved, "Nagorsni".
The scabbard shell is of black leather. It shows little age and is sewn up the rear. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are beautifully chased with oak leaves and acorns in panels. The areas around the designs reflect a fish scale design. These mounts are retained with staples in the reverse. The upper mount is equipped with a matching fish-scaled lug, which would act to retain a carrying frog. Outstanding work here.
The bright triple-etched blade is a beauty. It retains its rich nickel-plated finish with 100% frosting remaining in the backgrounds of the etch designs. Other than a few minor age spots, the blade remains in mint condition. Each side portrays etches rendered in three different designs. They are fully rigged sailing ships at the start, a crowned anchor in the center, and war implement images at the end. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Carl Eickhorn, back-to-back squirrel logo used during the Imperial period. The original red felt blade buffer is in place showing little age.
The Paymaster's Bayonet is one of the rarest of all standard designs, given their purpose. Obviously, there were a lot less Paymasters than there were any other form of Naval Officer, so we seldom see these weapons. This bayonet is similar to the design I show in my Navy Book on Page 35 and 36. The book example is also named to a Zahlmeister named "Nakötter". It would not be unreasonable to assume that both of these men knew each other, as they both served as Paymasters during the Great War.
As to the owner of the two above described weapons, his name was Richard Nagorsni. Records show that Nagorsni was born October 20, 1890, and entered the Kaiserlichsmarine as a (Zahlmeister) Paymaster on November 30, 1915. Prior to this rank, he was assigned to the Imperial ships, "Scharnhorst" and the "Prinzregent Luitpold. In May of 1916 Nagorsni was assigned to the Torpedo Boat Division. This research represents only a cursory look in the Imperial Naval records. I am sure that much could be discovered about this officer's war record. Nagorsni apparently survived the war and stayed with the Reichsmarine for a time, leaving in December of 1921. Unfortunately, he is listed as deceased on July 24, 1924, at the age of only 34 years old. The acquisition of this pair of edged weapons could be the start of a sensational and satisfying research project. Once the medals earned are learned, these could be procured and what a great display could be made of the grouping, together with the easily had, career research of this officer of the past. If you like history, I can not think of a better and more potentially successful project than this one.
Excelleny Plus, Plus. $7,995.00 (To be sold only as a pair)
SWDSIMP #35936A Imperial Prussian Miner’s Sword with Distributor Maker Name
This imperial miner’s sword is a real beauty and in amazing condition considering it is probably a hundred years old. The sword is of all gilded brass construction. The hilt is a dove head pattern and is made with a plain smooth finish throughout. The obverse langet has the applied insignia being a Prussian crown positioned over a pair of crossed hammers. The prongs which hold these devices are visible on the reverse of the langet where they are bent over. The sharkskin grip is in outstanding condition still having its original blue purple color and showing very fine grain to the skin. The sharkskin remains in completely perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted silver wire, the center being of larger proportion.
The scabbard shell is a fine black leather. This leather still remains in near new-like condition being decorated with twin accent lines which run the length of both edges. The scabbard mounts consist of an upper, lower and center example each held in place by a small staple. There is no decoration on the mounts other than an accent line which runs around the lower edge where the mounts meet the leather.
The blade for this choice Coal Miner’s Sword is a great example being of fairly wide proportion and being triple etched. This blade has highest quality nickel finish with 100% frosted backgrounds in the edges. The blade is in mint condition. The obverse of the blade at the lower portion portrays a large rose. Next there is a panel showing a cuirasse with swords and lobster tail helmet over it. In the center is an open-winged Hohenzollern Prussian eagle. Next comes an open-winged eagle which features a hussar style head gear above it. Next comes crossed flags with a pickelhaube. The etch is finished with more floral designs. The reverse etch features the same motif except that it ends with the head of a horse. The spine features laurel leaf designs. Great depictions here being of the highest skill level coming out of Solingen. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the name of the retail store where this quality example was purchased, “Moer & Spethe, Berlin”.
A great opportunity here to acquire a Miner’s Sword which almost has made time stand still around its condition. A real beauty here!
Mint Minus. $1,695.00
SWDSIMP #31469 Triple-Etched Artillery Officer's Lion Head Sword - Paul Weyersberg
This is a magnificent Lionhead Saber featuring the best of materials. I am not sure of the vintage, but most likely it is Weimar period, although it could be 3rd Reich, as the Weyersberg trademark is the same as used during the 1930s. The sword hilt is a standard sized example, being fire-gilded brass. The gilding is nearly all there, having that beautiful contrast between the bright points and the muted background areas. The gild is worn only on the edges, rating at about 98%. The lionhead is the traditional German style with the long snout. His whiskers, brow, and nose all reflect hand done engraving. The cat has sparkling fire red faceted glass eyes. The mane flows down the backstrap, becoming floral patterns afterward. The center area has an oval point meant for a monogram addition. The "P" guard has fantastic raised-out oak leaves, with a random pebble pattern in the backgrounding. This area has that awesome muted gild work; beautiful. Even the ferrule is a work of art, having raised leaves and perfect gild work. The crossguard and langet areas have added floral designs deeply carved into the edges and the quillon ends with another detailed lionhead. The langet itself is shield-like, portraying a detailed set of crossed cannon, indicating the original owner was an artilleryman. The grip of this saber is a fine purple-blue sharkskin, being in perfect condition. The sharkskin grip is in excellent condition, being tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted. One of the best hilts you will see.
The impressive blade is a triple etched variety. The obverse features a frosted panel of floral decoration with a center area portraying crossed swords. The reverse has the same motif floral designs with a center area of crossed cannon, drums, standards, etc. The frosted backgrounds are 100%, highlighting the bright work of the etches. The spine is etched with a panel of laurel leafing. This blade is in full mint condition, measuring 33 inches in length. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double oval trademark. The ovals trap the name and location of the company, "Paul Weyersberg, Solingen". Inside, is the sword flanked with wheat shafts. The scabbard is straight but for a tiny kink dent toward the lower rear - it is nothing. The black scabbard paint has quite a bit of age in the surfaces on both sides - guess we should be thankful the scabbard was here, as whatever caused the scabbard to develop rust, could have done the same to the blade were it not for this protective shell. The scabbard still does not look too bad, but compared to the condition of this fine saber, it really should be re-painted. Anyhow, a beautiful thing here and a great display piece to lay on a set of cradles. Good value here.
Near Mint. $1,495.00