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Title Austro-Hungarian model 1889 state official's sword
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1900
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This was the sword for all state officials of the Austro-Hungarian empire from 1889 until the end of the empire in 1918. There were some other models, notably of the smallsword variety with mother-of-pearl grips, but this was the only sabre version. The logo on the top locket is for Franz Josef I, emperor from 1848-1916.

This is a reasonably clean example, with the bulk of its gilt remaining to the hilt and a substantial amount on the scabbard mounts. There is a small crease to the bottom mount, front and back; otherwise, the whole sword is in excellent shape, with all its original grip wire. The body of the scabbard is steel, which has been carefully covered with a fine black calf leather, the bulk of which is in excellent shape.

The blade is made by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co, Solingen (the mark is totally visible/legible, but light in the photo obscures some of it), and has an excellent EPNS finish.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Austrian : 19th Century]


Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005