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Title Cavalry officer's sabre, 1861 pattern
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1861-69
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This sabre would have been used in the wars against Denmark in 1864 and Prussia in 1866, when it was superseded by a new model in 1869. The distinctive hilt, with its pattern of circles, lozenges and triangles, is easily identified and was carried by both cavalry and artillery. The other ranks version had a plain leather grip and no engraving.

The blade (82.5cm) is fullered only on one side and flat on the other, the first KuK sword to show this type of blade.

The hilt is polished iron, with a sharkskin wrapped grip over a wooden core. It has its original grip wire (single strand wire, typical of KuK swords of the period), which appears to be brass. The scabbard has a grey patinated look, but the surface rust has mostly been cleaned off. There is a small split of about 3.5cm at the back of the scabbard at the throat. Other than this, the weapon is in quite good shape for its age. There are no maker's marks.

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

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