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Title KuK cavalry officer's sword, 1845 model
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1845-50
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With certain changes of blade style and minor alterations to the hilt, this type of sabre was carried by KuK cavalry and artillery units right up to 1918. From about 1860 all the elements (blade, scabbard and hilt) tended to have an EPNS finish.

It was a direct copy of the 1821 model British Heavy Cavalry officer's sword, right down to the position of the sword knot slot next to the pommel. The next model in 1850 moved this to the rear of the guard, between the quillon and the grip ferrule. The British called this the 'honeysuckle hilt' on account of the openwork floral design. The blade is 2.9 cm wide at the forte.

Many early KuK officer sabres have leather grips (as does this), gradually changing over to grey sharkskin as the 19th century wore on. The blade is engraved with conventional floral engraving and the odd military trophy, with brightwork over all and is a pipeback example - more British influence! This measures 86cm (33.75"). There is no maker/retailer mark.

Its condition is excellent throughout, though the guard has clearly had a good hand polish at some stage and the scabbard may have been buffed. There is a small opening in the leatherwork at the top of the grip on the outside. All the original wire is in place and the leather grip is most certainly the original.

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

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


My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

I recieved the medal today and I am very pleased with the quality. It is in excellent condition, both the medal and the ribbon, for an original.

M T, UK, 30.11.2006