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Title Baden bridging column NCO's sword, model 1889
Nationality German
Period 1893
Price £340.00
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The hilt is marked 'B.K.71.D.29.' for Brucken Kolonne (bridging column), weapon number 71, 29th Division. This unit was part of the 14th Baden Pioneer battalion. Ordnance stamps proliferate throughout the hilt. The blade is marked with a crown over W (for Wilhelm, Emperor of Germany) over 93 (for 1893), with an ordnance stamp below all.

The fact that the sword is both unit and ordnance marked indicates that it was carried by an NCO; officers did not carry such marked weapons, as their blades would have been private purchase items.

The sword was issued from the Erfurt arsenal and marked as such and the blade (length nearly 81 cm) was made by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen. The hilt has a fishskin grip with the remains of the silver wire service. The fishskin has suffered somewhat, with remains of metal polish, etc. The paintwork on the scabbard is old and somewhat battered, but just plausibly original, with a minor bruise at the front by the drag.

NB: The leather finger loop is present, if a little distressed.

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

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


Hi Chris, just to let you know it arrived safely and I am very happy with it, also the condition. I have been looking for a while for that particular style and maker.. Thanks again for everything and I shall now be keeping an eye on your web page.

C A, UK, 28.09.2010

Hi Chris, medals arrived safely and I am very pleased, will leave a mention for you on a military collectors forum and hopefully you may pick up some business.

Once again thank you.

Wayne Sinnot, UK, 04.08.2005