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 #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 #39063 Mecklenberg-Strelitz Eagle Head Sword
This sword has fine brass construction, featuring an open-beaked eagle on the pommel which looks to the viewer's left. The eagle head is nicely detailed throughout the beak, brow and feathering. The eyes are particularly nice, being cut into the brass itself.
The reverse backstrap is plain, as are the grip tabs and “D” guard.
The crossguard is also plain with the exception of an outstanding applied Royal Cypher on the obverse. This cypher depicts a Prussian crown set atop a wreath of laurel leaves. In the center is the monogram “FF”; this would stand for Grand Duke Frederick Francis IV, who was regent at the turn of the last century. This cypher is extremely well done and adds real class to the sword.
On the reverse langet is engraved the name of the original owner of the sword. It reads “Dürr” and is set on an attractive 45 degree slant. The engraving has a nice flared swirl, evidence of the skill of the engraver.
The grip of this sword is covered in outstanding shark skin, still retaining an attractive purplish-gray color. The texture is all intact and there are no signs of any rot or other problems. The grip is wrapped with a skein of twisted silver wire, the center strand being a thicker gauge. The bottom of the grip has an applied cypher of the Kaiser, “WRII” with a Prussian crown set atop it.
Adding to the great look of this sword is a blued scabbard. The bluing remains excellent, completely intact and showing little age. There are a couple of small dings about six inches up from the chape but they are not bad. The single carrying band and ring are of brass, nicely matching the brass hilt.
The high quality curved blade is a real beauty, with a fantastic nickel-plated surface. It is a quill-back style and easily in full mint condition. There is no maker's mark on this blade but there is a finely executed ribbon with the word “Eisenhauer”, indicating the use of highest quality steel. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.
If you are collector of Imperial swords the rarity of this piece should interest you greatly. This sword represents an amazing opportunity to add a real treasure to your collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
SWDSIMP #36118C Named Imperial Naval Sword with Dedicated Blade to U-Boat Instructor - W.K.& C.
This Imperial Naval Saber is a beauty, with several extra cost features added to the sword. The pommel is the standard lion head variety with long style jaw. This cat has had his whiskers hand enhanced as well as the mane area which runs partially down the backstrap. This fine cat is fitted with red and green faceted eyes following the nautical navigational theme.
The backstrap features raised floral designs with fleur de lis designs which surround an open area which was reserved for a monogram. The grip tabs also have matching floral designs. The ferrule below features standard raised oak leaves and acorns. The “D” guard is a fairly narrow type and it also features raised floral designs having good enhancing and pebbled backgrounds.
The obverse clamshell is the hinged type which folds upward. This clamshell features an imperial crown positioned over a fouled anchor on a forty-five degree angle. The clamshell border is surrounded with floral designs. The reverse clamshell also folds to provide a blade lock. This clamshell is engraved with the original owner’s surname, “Fenselau”.
The grip is an exciting example. It has very pleasing golden hues throughout its surfaces and it is in perfect condition. The grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Decorating the hilt is the original naval officer’s portepee. This portepee is a large cord variety with the bullion having toned to a dark color these past one hundred years. The cord has the red and black flecks intertwined with the silver bullion. There is no fray to this knot. I made an attempt at tying it in a manner that looks fairly decent but is not regulation. The lower portion of the portepee has the slide and stem which are bullion covered and decorated with “V” red threads. The lower ball is of all bullion and has “cat’s anus” style stuffing with thread of white, red and black. A fine hilt here which has some of the original gilt still in the recesses but for the most part it has a desirable patina.
The scabbard shell is a typical black leather type having the dual line decoration on the edges of both sides. This scabbard shows a couple of minor kinks in the leather but overall it is still in fairly good supple condition and would come up nicely with a little leather polish. The scabbard is sewn up the rear in the normal pattern.
The scabbard mounts are really sensational, and were a extra cost option. These hand chased mounts features panels of oak leaves and acorns with a center panel simulating ocean waves. It is a great look that has been rendered throughout the scabbard. These mounts are retained by large staples which are all in place.
The blade of this example is a real beauty having choice high quality nickel-plated finish. The blade is equipped with the quillback at the top and is double etched. This blade is in near full mint condition being nice and bright and very appealing. The blade is quite long for a naval sword being 33 inches in length. The obverse blade has an outstanding panel in the center which is flanked by floral designs at the end area with a pitchfork and at the beginning area it features a warship which is flying the imperial ensigns. The designs of the imperial flag can be nicely seen in this etch. The details throughout this ship are phenomenal showing many portholes, crow’s nest, lines running from the top mast and even smoke coming out of the stacks. Atop the ship are flying four seagulls. A very outstanding etch here!
The center panel has a long two-line dedication. The dedication reads, “Henry Krumm s/l. Kriegskameradn Richard / Erinnerung an freuden u. Leiden Während des Dienstjahres 25.11.1912”. This (roughly) translates to, "Henry Krumm s/l. Wartime comrade Richard / Memory of joys and sorrows during the year of service, 25/11/1912".
The reverse of the blade has a very fine etch which features an Imperial crown over a fouled anchor. Beneath the anchor are crossed canon. At the beginning areas of the blade there are floral decorations and a panel showing a fine sailing ship with seagulls above. The ending design of this fine etch features a globe superimposed over a cannon with crossed oars. The obverse ricasso has the turn of the century maker mark featuring the king and knight over the firm’s initials, “W.K.& C.”. The original off-red felt blade buffer is in place showing mild age. There is no etching to the spine on this beautiful blade.
We could not find any record of Henry Krumm but we do know that the owner of the sword was Richard Fenselau. Fenselau was born in 1890 and joined the navy in October of 1911. He was a Leutnant zurSee in the reserves but saw a lot of service during the war. Initially Fenselau was on the torpedo boat T107. From January to May 1915 he served aboard the torpedo boats V29, S33 and V30. In August of 1916 Fenselau became an instructor aboard U58. From October 1917 until the end of the war Fenselau was commander of UB25, which was a training U-boat. An interesting career record here and a beautiful sword to be able to research and install in a proud position of an advanced Imperial Naval collection.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
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 #34936C Saxon Infantry Officer's Sword
The hilt features all gilded brass parts. The pommel slopes slightly to the left, and flares outward at the top, where the tang is retained by being peened over. There is a "D" guard, which is dual lined for accent. The area below the pommel has a series of overlapping laurel leaves. The cross guard is a folding type clamshell on the obverse, and on the reverse is stationary. The clamshell features the crest of Saxony, and has floral designs around the crest, and the entire affair is pierced. There are some laurel leaves on the right side of the folding clamshell, which tie in with those on the pommel edges. The gilding throughout this hilt is still about 80-90%.
The grip of this sword is a carved wood base which is covered with a fine blue sharkskin, being in perfect condition. This very fine grip is triple wrapped with twisted wire, the center example being slightly larger to provide some embellishment.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow throughout. It has the one hanging ring configuration. The scabbard appears to have been professionally repainted in the not-too-distant past. The paint job was extremely well-done, and other than a couple of extremely minor nicks, this paint remains in perfect condition.
The blade is a thirty inch long example, having needle-like tip, and perfect, nickel plated surfaces. This mint blade is constructed being completely straight, and having twin fullers, running the length. On the obverse fuller there is an etched declaration of quality, being "EISENHAUER GARANTIRT". On the obverse ricasso, there is the etching of the King of Saxony's monogram, featuring a crown over the letters "AR". This monogram would have represented Albrecht Rex, who reigned from 1873-1902. The blade buffer is in place, and is an off-white felt type.
A very nice Saxon officer's sword here, and a fairly rare piece.
Near Mint. $795.00
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 #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. $1,895.00
SWDSIMP #37580C Imperial Model 1889 Infantry Degen
The pommel is plain throughout. The “P” guard is also plain, extending downward and flaring out into a basket hilt with a folding guard. There are three notches cut into the top of the guard, which I think represent time in grade and were done by the original owner.
The folding basket features the crowned Prussian eagle grasping a scepter and a sword. On the breast of the bird is the cypher of the Kaiser, “WR2”.
The grip looks to be a solid ebony. It is in perfect condition, being wrapped with twisted triple wires, the center with an opposing twist for contrast. The cypher of the Kaiser, WR2”, is applied to the center of the grip, with a Prussian crown set above it. There is also a finger loop in place but the end of it has gone to time.
The scabbard is a straight example, looking to have the original paint and perhaps a minor touch up here and there. Overall it is about 98% intact.
The blade is nickel-plated, with some signs of minor aging but having no pitting or dark spots. It is a straight blade, measuring 30 ½ inches, with a dual fuller which runs almost the full length. The original leather buffer is in place.
A decent Model '89 Degen, all there and priced to sell.
SWDSIMP #37864C Bavarian Train Battalion Sword
The pommel is plain, and extends to plain grip tabs. The “D” guard has three openings at the bottom which mate up with the obverse clamshell, with two cut-outs. The reverse clamshell has one cut-out. The plating throughout the hilt is in excellent condition.
The grip is of carved wood skinned in celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with triple strands of brass wire, the center strand being a larger gauge. There is a finger loop installed at the base of the ferrule and it is is stll in good condition. It is retained by a period screw.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has old, touched-up paint about 95% intact and showing some signs of age. The scabbard carrying ring is the stationery type associated with an NCO.
The fine curved blade of this sword features a quill-back at the end. It has outstanding nickel-plating throughout and remains in mint condition. A short distance down the obverse facing there is a slogan in a ribbon which attests to the quality of the steel; it reads “Eisenhauer”. The original blade buffer is in place.
A nice, clean example here.
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 #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 curass 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 #35055 Imperial Naval Sword with 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 reverseof the upper scabbard mount.
The grip is a classic toned bone, having a single "springy" style gilded brass wire. The bone has fine age spots here andthere 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 betheoriginal 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 witha traditional quillback 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 zurSee1912". 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 Batallion during the times when the Kaiser was aggressively pursuing colonies around the world, with great successes in Afrika 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 Batallion 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 forand claimed for 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 theardent Kaiserliche Marine enthusiast. A lot of history here as thesetwo 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. $9,995.00
SWDSIMP #37184 Imperial Jawless Lion Head Sword with Large Roses Damascus Blade
This Imperial Jawless Lion Head Swords has a grosser pattern hilt. The hilt is cast in outstanding brass, and has an extremely high quality look about it. The brass has a very rich tone, and many have most of the fire gilded finish.
The lion head is the type without a jaw, the “P” guard being slipped beneath the snout of the cat. The cat is a friendly looking type, with engraved eyes rather than the faceted glass type. The whiskers, brow and mane of the cat have nice hand-enhanced details throughout. The mane flows towards the reverse and down the backstrap.
The backstrap has an interesting series of designs, centered around a raised diamond. The grip tabs each have a single leaf which is raised out. The “P” guard has a great set of raised oak leaves and acorns with much detail to the veins. The backgrounds of these embellishments have been further enhanced with random pebbling.
The crossguard area is hand done with a series of “X” or diamond engravings. The quillon runs downward into a floral enclosed ball. The reverse langet has a fine plaque meant to accommodate the engraving of a monogram. The plaque is smooth on top and the areas around the seal have floral designs. The obverse langet is quite interesting, having a pair of crossed swords as well as a pair of crossed lances which are flying pennants. This type of a langet was usually meant to signify an “Uhlan”. Originally a Polish type of light cavalry equipped with lances, Uhlan units went on to appear (in one form or another) in the armies of most of the European powers. It is interesting to note that German Uhlan even went so far as to adopt a Polish style uniform. They also affixed pennants to their lances, the colors of which denoted the state or province from which they were recruited.
The grip of this sword is of a most beautiful sharkskin, still in great shape and having a fine blue coloration. The sharkskin is tightly wrapped with a skein of triple twisted wire, the center wire strand being larger proportioned. A stunning hilt here!
The scabbard is a fine, straight example, which has a blued surface. It also has a lacquer coating to protect the blueing; some of the lacquer has come off but it remains a good looking scabbard. It was originally equipped with two carrying bands and rings, but apparently the lower ring was removed per the order of 1906 when the proscribed style of sword suspension was changed to a single ring.
The best part of this sword, though, has to be the rarely seen 32 long Damascus blade. This blade remains in full mint condition, having a quillback at the end. The hand forged blade is in the style known as the Large Roses pattern. This intricate pattern was quite expensive, and therefore is not seen too often. It is evident that the original craftsman was a real expert; each and every one of the “roses” is still prominent throughout the blade, and each set is separated by a pair of lines which gives a sense of depth to the overall pattern. Just past the ricasso area on the obverse of the blade is a gilded ribbon which bears the raised words “Ech-damast”.
Fortunately this blade was never sharpened and, apparently, this sword has been stored very well for the last 100 years. It is extremely rare to see a Damascus blade of this caliber that remains in mint condition. If you are looking for a real crowdpleaser to highlights your collection, this ex maple would look wonderful proudly displayed on a cradle. It is one of the nicest Damascus swords I have ever carried.
Near Mint. $3,995.00
SWDSIMP #37194 Imperial Model 89 Cavalry Sword with Dedicated Blue Panel
This Imperial Model 89 Cavalry Sword is of the larger, or grosser, size. Unfortunately, the veteran family that we acquired it from stated that their father displayed the sword on the wall without the scabbard, which was subsequently lost.
The sword has a fine nickel-plated hilt and a pierced stationary basket. The pommel is the conventional flat type with a spanner nut to secure it.
The “D” guard extends downward and becomes a large basket at the bottom. The basket depicts a pierced Prussian eagle with a crown on is head and a scepter and orb in his talons. In the center of the bird is the family crest of the Hohenzollern family. The hilt sows only normal age and has no lifting or problems in the nickel finish.
The blade is a very large proportioned type, being 32 inches long. It is still bright and has triple etching which is highlighted in blue on both sides. The obverse blade has floral etchings around a large blue panel. The panel states the group to which the original owner was assigned, “Kus. Rgt. Kaiser Nicolaus II. von Russland (1. Weltf.) No 8”. This would indicate this infantry officer was a member of the Cuirassier Regiment Kaiser Nicolaus of Russia being out of the 1st Westphalian Number 8 group. The bluing to the panel is still in first-rate condition.
On the reverse blade there are oak leaf sprigs which run the length, as well as a long ribbon with the standard remembrance, set against a matching blue background. The spine has laurel leaves running the length.
The blade is a real looker, and I'm sure that this particular heavy cavalry regiment must have been an elite unit under the Kaiser. I'm sure if you could find a scabbard for this sword it would be worth quite a bit more than my asking price. A real killer here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
SWDSIMP #37193 Model 89 Infantry Degen with Etched Blade – W.K. & C.
This sword was acquired from the family of a veteran who displayed it hung on the wall without the scabbard. Over the years the scabbard managed to disappear. If the next owner could manage to locate a scabbard for it I'm sure it would be worth a good deal more than we are asking.
This grosser pattern Model 89 Infantry Degen has a fine, pierced stationary basket hilt. The basket features the crowned Prussian eagle who clutches an orb and scepter in his talons. The breast of the eagle beard the crest of the Hohenzollern family.
The pommel of the sword is the standard flat type, with a spanner nut to retain it. The Bakelite grip is perfect condition.
The blade of this sword is most interesting, being triple etched. The obverse blade depicts a mounted officer with a lance, complete with a pennant fluttering from the tip. In the center is a panel with the raised out name of the original owner's regiment, “1. G. B. Rgt. Konigin Victoria von Grossbritannien & Ireland”. Obviously this officer was with the 1st Guarde Regiment named for Queen Victoria of England. This should be a pretty rare designation and very desirable.
The reverse panel of the blade features floral designs at the beginning, leading to a Guarde star and the Latin logo “Suum cuique” which means “To each their own” or “May all get their due”. Further along we see a charging group of mounted horsemen with spiked helmets, the lead officer with a drawn sword. The detail to this mounted charge is spectacular. This fine blade measures 32 inches and has the stamping of the W. K. & C. firm on the obverse ricasso with the king and knight head logo above.
A very desirable Imperial sword here.
SWDSIMP #37159 Grosser Imperial Cavalry Saber with Dedicated Damascus Blade - Jansen, Cassel
The hilt has 100% of the original gild finish; very striking indeed. The immense lion's head pommel is the best you will see. The cat's whiskers, upper nose, brow and mane have very clever hand-enhancing. The enhancing is plated in a brighter gold, providing a most pleasurable eye experience against the muted gold finish of the rest of the hilt. The mane of this splendid feline rises highly upward and partially descends the back strap area. The simulated fur area is in high relief simulating a most realistic lion's mane. The smoothed head areas of the cat have been lined and the muted gild provides an effective jewel-like look. The feline is fitted with blood-red, faceted jeweled eyes. The remainder of the back strap portrays raised floral designs with an open monogram area in the center. The center border edges have small swirled grip tabs. The very wide central portion of the "P" guard narrows at the upper and lower areas. The wide center area features a large open oval design, which has random pebbling entirely filling the center void. Above the oval design is a full tobacco-like plant and below are raised laurel leaves with berries. The bottom portion of the "P" guard has raised floral treatments that run to the turning point. The cross guard edges portray a raised line of continuous leaves running the length. On the reverse, the center langet is complete with a raised crowned knight head with an open shield below. The original owner's coat of arms has been professionally engraved in this area. The family arms show a man with spear over his shoulder resting on a shield which contains an identical image. Beautiful work here, and obviously this family Wappen belongs to the original owner of this classic saber. The large obverse langet is shield-shaped and has its surfaces minutely pebbled. Applied to the langet is a contrasting silvered set of cavalry swords crossed over a full wreath of oak leaves. The ferrule has pebbled matching backgrounds. In the center is strung a line of tobacco-like leaves. The grip appears to be a carved ebony wood. It is in perfect condition, and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire, the center being of slightly larger proportion. One terrific hilt here!
The scabbard is the nickel-plated type, still having 100% of the intact plating and still retaining a imposing shine to the finish. Other than a couple of very small dings toward the bottom of the shell area, the scabbard is in choice condition. The two carrying bands and matching rings are composed of contrasting brass. An impressive scabbard here.
Now to the fine blade. It is a large proportion quill-back type matching the hilt. The blade has a stirring curve design and measures about 32 inches in length. It is produced of hand-forged damascus of the highest quality. It shows little age, still remaining in near full mint condition. The "maiden-hair" pattern is bold and prominent, being most impressive to the admirer. The ricasso blade areas are totally gold-plated, leading to etched panels on both sides. The obverse panel bears a raised and gild dedication, "O Nestle s/l. H. Passavant 1892/93". Translated, this would be, "O. Nestle, in admiration of H. Passavant". The coat of arms on the reverse langet will be that of Herr Passavant. There should be excellent possibilities to research these two officers, as the first initials, surnames and dates are all there. During the Imperial time, German men were required to serve two years in reserve with either the Army or Navy. Often, upon graduation from officer candidate school, two wealthy friends would exchange swords with each other. (Guess it wasn't classy to buy a sword yourself!) No doubt after their service time, these swords found excellent worthwhile space on the wall of a professional office or a home library. The reverse blade panel portrays typical military themes with gild swords, spears, trumpets, etc. The quality words, "Damasstahl" (Damast steel) and "Eisenhauer" (best of steel) are within raised ribbons off the ricasso area. The blade spine has etched and gilded raised leaves, and includes the name of the retailer and his location city, "R. Jansen, Cassel". The original while leather blade washer is in place. As a matter of interest the lower portion of the hilt is marked, "Ges. Gesschütitz/ Muster", indicating that there was a patent filed for the design of this sword.
If you are looking to highlight your collection with a grand damascus piece resting in a cradle, this is the one. Extremely impressive sword. Not many of these glorious examples of bygone days come up for sale anymore.
Mint Minus. $6,995.00
SWDSIMP #36720C Bavarian Model 1889 Cavalry Degen
The hilt is in the traditional Model '89 Cavalry design. It is of all nickel, and has a stationary basket featuring a Bavarian lion standing on is hind legs, holding a sword in one paw and the checkered seal of Bavaria in the other. The basket is all pierced.
The grip of the sword is the traditional black Bakelite, with ribs, and having no wire wrap. The nickel is in fine condition throughout this hilt.
The scabbard is a thin example, as straight as an arrow. It has excellent original paint, showing only the most modest of age, and some minor crazing. The paint is at least 98% intact. The carrying ring is stationary, and does not swivel.
The blade is a triple-etched example, being fairly narrow and 31 inches in length. The engraving on the obverse is composed of three of four different panels which depict floral designs and well as war implements. In the center the dedicated panel cites the name of the regiment, “5th Chevauleger Regiment Grand Duke Friedrich of Austria”. The blade is still bright throughout, with good frosted panels.
On the reverse the blade has more traditional military-themed panels, and, in the center area, has a fine Bavarian lion with a ribbon that bears the slogan, “In Treue Fest”. The spine is etched with a design of laurel leaves.
A nice piece here, and in outstanding condition.
Excellent 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 #35459C Lion Head Artillery Short Sword - Weyersberg & Stamm
This large Imperial Artillery Sword stems from the 1860-1870's time. It is a very large substantial weapon measuring approximately 24 1/2 inches in length. I believe it is German, but it is also possible it was made in Germany for export - I believe England often featured weapons with lion head designs, so this is a possibility. The hilt is constructed of fine solid cast brass. The impressive pommel is in the form of a large lion's head, looking to the viewer's left. The cat has outstanding features throughout his mouth, nasal ares, whiskers, eyes and mane. The grip is part of the pommel casting and is formed with 10 ribs acting as a hand-hold with a built-in back strap. The cross guard appears to also be part of the casting. It is plain and is formed straight across. The guards end in quillons having a teardrop shape. The left end points upward and the right quillion is pointed downward. There is a rivet positioned through the lower section of the hilt which holds the part in place on the blade tang.
The scabbard shell is formed of black leather. The shell is shaped to the contours of the blade. This shell shows some minor age, but it is still sound. The leather is decorated with accent lines that run the length of both edges. The scabbard shell is sewn-up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass. The obverse upper mount is equipped with a "U" shaped bracket. There is an arsenal stamping above the bracket which appears to be a crown-over-"R". The reverse of the upper mount is stamped with unit designation which has been crossed out with a line through the symbols. The stamping is, "23.R. H . 120". This mount is retained with two sides staples, one in each edge. The lower scabbard mount is plain brass, being retained with a brass staple in each side.
The blade measures 18 1/2 inches. It is shaped with an unusual built-in down-and-up curve in the length. The blade has no ricasso with wide fuller. It shows only minor age, but still grades at excellent with no rust. The spine of the blade is also arsenal stamped with a crown-over-"R", nicely tying in the scabbard to the blade. The obverse ricasso is stamped, "Solingen, W & St.". This logo would be indicative of the Weyersberg & Stamm firm operating during the Francio-Prussian War era out of Solingen. A fine weapon for those out there that enjoy weapons from the 1870-1880s period.
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 stahelm 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. $1495.00
SWDSIMP #35197C Model 1889 Cavalry Degen
This Model 1889 NCO Degen has a very large hilt, which features a stationary, basket style, presentation. The "D" guard and lower area have attractive, open sections throughout the areas, and at the lower guard portion, there is an open Prussian eagle. The eagle has a crown and holds a sword and orb in each claw, respectively. The bird has the crest of the Hohenzollern family on his breast. Nice detail here, and all of the nickeling is in place, showing only the most modest of age. The pommel cap is the style that is flat on top, with a spanner like nut, which retains the tang. The grip is in perfect condition, having ribs, and made of bakelite. The scabbard is a very fine, nickel plated example, still having perfect nickeling throughout the finish. There is one small ding at the bottom obverse, but other than that, the scabbard is perfect. The carrying ring is the stationary style.
The massive blade is a huge 34 inches in length. It reflects highest quality, nickel plated finish, with large fuller running about two-thirds of the length. The blade is triple etched with military scenes, having a crown over the eagle in the center obverse area. The other etched themes are the typical varieties we see, containing crossed swords, axes, helmets, etc. The spine is etched with some type of a leaf motif. The original, brown, leather buffer is in place, protecting this beautiful, mint conditioned blade. A very fine piece here, and of highest quality.
B<>Near Mint. $895.00
SWDSIMP #34717C Imperial Naval Sword From Gunship SNS Mars – W.K.& C.
This interesting early Imperial Naval Sword goes back to about the 1890s. It is made from finest quality brass base having good hand enhancing throughout. The pommel is in the shape of the traditional lion head. This lion head looks a little different than the standard types probably because it is fairly early. The cat is not fitted with glass eyes having just eyes made of brass with punches in the center making for the pupils. The cat has outstanding details to his teeth, whiskers, brows and mane. The mane flows all the way down throughout the back strap having much enhancing. The “D” guard is the type with stationary basket. The “D” shaping area has the traditional naval designs with a pebble pattern in the center. At the center of the basket is an upright oval design which contains an Imperial crown positioned over a fouled anchor. The detail is outstanding throughout the crown and anchor and in these areas the backgrounds have also been thoroughly pebbled. The ferrule is a fine matching brass having raised laurel leaves which go about its circumference. The reverse langet is the folding type. It has an outstanding three line dedication professionally engraved into the surfaces. It states, “z.25 jähr. Dienst= Jubil./Deckoffz Mefse/S.N.S.Mars”. This dedication would roughly translate meaning that the sword was presented for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the deck officer Melse serving aboard SMF Mars. The Mars was an artillery training ship in the Imperial navy that was first commissioned in November of 1877. It served in the Imperial shipyard at Wilhelmshaven. Apparently this sword was given to a well though of deck officer. It would be very possible to do some research on this man as well as the gunship Mars. I’m not sure if a deck officer has the status of an actual “officer” or whether he is an NCO but either way there should be some ways to research this man.
The grip of the sword is really outstanding. It is a beautiful example, having turned to a pleasing golden color throughout and having nice grains. The grip still remains in perfect condition with no cracks or chips. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being the springy type. The scabbard is a fine black leather example showing little age. In fact this leather is still nice and supple and in great shape. It is decorated with the traditional twin lines that run down the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear in the usual manner. The scabbard mounts are matching patinated brass having the traditional naval engravings. These mounts are retained by staples being the style which are standard as opposed to the larger type. All staples are present and in place.
The blade is a 31 inch long example which is quite long for a naval sword; apparently this deck officer was a large man. The sword has a slight quillback at the end. This sword is a triple etched type and the blade has turned fairly gray from age but the etches are still extremely nice having very fine detail and darker backgrounds to highlight them. The obverse etch features an Imperial crown over a fouled anchor in the center. Below this is a sailing ship which also has a smokestack in the center. The sails are all out along with an ensign flying. This dreadnaught sails over a pattern of waves. Below this are sea plant flowers which are also in place above the etch. The reverse etch has the same floral treatment and in the center there is a large fully rigged sailing ship flying an ensign. The spine has a series of floral motifs running around halfway down. The obverse blade is stamped with the early W.K.& C. trademark being the king next to the knighthead. The firm’s initials are below. The off red felt blade washer is in place having a small nip near the folding langet but otherwise is in great condition.
A very interesting Imperial sword which would probably clean up quite a bit if someone wanted to take this job on.
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 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. $1,495.00
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
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 #30073 Imperial Chevauxlager Cavalry Sword
This Chevauxlager Cavalary sword is a basket hilt type having a stationary guard. The hilt is of nickel-plated finish and although it shows some mild age it appears that the plating is still quite good beneath the patination. The upper pommel area is a flat style cap with a round spanner like device which retains the tang. The D-guard and basket are a one piece unit. The basket comes into three sections and at the center area it features a circular form having a standard Bavarian lion with a sword in his right paw and he is retaining a checkered shield of Bavaria in his left paw. The lion retains the Bavarian crown on his head. The basket design has accent lines carved into its borders. The grip of this example is black Bakelite and the ribs are shaped to form a fine hand hold with a flared area at the lower portion. The Bakelite is in perfect condition.
The triple etched blade of this example is about 32 inches in length. It is a straight blade making this piece officially a degen. The obverse panel is quite nicely portrayed having raised out floral designs at the beginning and the end and then there is a flanking design having a Bavarian artillery spiked helmet positioned over crossed swords at the bottom and at the top there is the head of a horse. In the center are raised out is “K.D.6.Chev.Regt.Prinz Albrecht v.Peussen.”. This designates that the sword’s owner was a member of the Bavarian king’s six Chevaulager Regiment which was honorary named after Prinz Albrecht of Prussia. There were only eight Bavarian Chevaulager regiments and this particular regiment was formed in 1803 and was garrisoned in Bayreuth. The reverse of the blade also has a fine panel which features floral designs at the beginning and the ends and there are also flanking designs with a Bavarian Ulan helmet over crossed swords at the top area and a Bavarian dress plume helmet positioned over war implements at the bottom. In the center there are some nice designs with an additional Bavarian lion with checkered shield and the motto of Bavaria in a ribbon, “In. Treue Fest.”. The spine of the blade is also etched with laurel leaves. This blade is nice and bright having all of the frostings in the backgrounds of the nickel-plated raised features. This blade easily rates in near mint condition. Although it is unmarked it is buffered by a black leather washer. The scabbard of this example is a blued finish type and it is perfectly straight throughout. It has a single ring permanently positioned for carry, an indication that the sword was produced after 1906. The scabbard shows only mild age but still has all of its blue finish. A very nice piece here and not a common imperial sword.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
SWDSIMP #29057C Prussian Imperial Kindersabel
This kindersabel is in the style of a Model 89 Infantry Officer’s degen. The hilt is of all gilded brass. It features the curved pommel style with flat cap and then the stationary basket has three tiers which end with a Prussian crowned eagle which grasps a sword and a scepter in each talon respectively. Raised out of the bird’s breast is the cipher, “WRII”, which of couse means Wilhelm Welks II. The grip of this example is a sharkskin and it is a fine blue color being in perfect condition. This sharkskin grip is wrapped in triple twisted silver wire, the center being larger and twisted opposite. This fine hilt is also equipped with its original portepee. This portepee is down to scale and it features a silver textured bullion strapping with a black line in the center. The lower ball is ovaled and has cat’s anus style black stuffing. This hilt is identical to the large counterpart just being of smaller proportion for probably an eight to twelve year old child. The same hilt design appears on page 257 of the Johnson Wittman Imperial Book. This entire sword length within the scabbard is 28 inches overall.
The blade of this example is 24 inches long. It has a blunted tip because it was used by children and it is entirely nickel-plated. It is double etched and has the original owner’s name within a panel on the center obverse. It is raised out, “Rudi Delins.”. The blade is still in mint condition and has fantastic frosted backgrounds. Flanking the personalization panel on the left are beautiful floral designs. On the right there is a fairytale like scene depicting a knight on horseback riding through a village. On top is a neat looking crest having knight’s armor with a cross over the breast area. The ricasso is deeply stamped with the knight’s head logo indicating this sword was produced by the WKC firm. On the reverse there are more floral designs flanking a large center panel. Here there are two knights shown jousting at each other. They are depicted on horseback with lances and medieval clothing. An outstanding blade here. It is accompanied by a original painted scabbard in excellent condition. A wonderful sword here for the son of a militaristic officer father.
Excellent Plus. $995.00