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Title Saxon infantry officer's sword & knot
Nationality German
Period c 1904
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This is the standard infantry sword of the kingdom of Saxony at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The cypher 'FA' on the scabbard refers to Friedrich Augustus, king of Saxony from 1904-18, and the Saxon coat of arms is on the folding guard. The blade is by 'WKC' (Weyersberg of Solingen).

In 1907, the scabbards throughout the German army were ordered to be painted black, so in all probability this sword is a pre-1914 example. The blade is engraved 'Eisenhauer guarantiert' (guaranteed to cut iron) and, on the other side, 'C. (?) A. Westermann / Dresden', almost certainly the retailer. The bottom half of the scabbard has lost most of its EPNS finish and there are several bends in the scabbard from ill treatment over the years. The blade has most of its original factory polish. The grip is black sharksin on a wooden core and the hilt is made of gilding metal with only a few traces of the original gilt finish remaining.

Accompanying the sword is a rather tatty, but original knot in silver bullion and green silk, representing the Saxon colours. This is the first time I have come across a Saxon scabbard with the king's cypher.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : German : 20th Century]

testimonials

...the sword arrived safely today... My son, who shares my interest in antique edged weapons and for whom I bought the sword, is delighted.

G A, France, 24.01.2007

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005

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