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Title Honved officer's portepee
Nationality Hungarian
Period c 1917-18
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This rare knot was carried by Honved officers in the last years of the Austrian empire in the reign of Kaiser Karl, who succeeded Franz Joseph on his death in 1916 (hence the 'K' for Karl). The Honved was a Hungarian army of reserve elements which served alongside the Imperial and Royal army in wartime.

This sword knot could have been worn on infantry or cavalry officers' swords and even, perhaps, on dress bayonets. You rarely see examples of this knot and this particular one is in really nice shape for its age, with only a little tarnishing to the silver braid of the strap. The base of the barrel has a black velvet infill.

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


Having received the beautiful medal that has been the subject of many recent phone calls, I am absolutely delighted with it. More importantly, the research you provided into the military backgrounds of all those involved made it all the more poignant. Thank you for your highly professional and friendly help and advice throughout the transaction.

Edward Hudson, UK, 10.02.2011

Wanted to let you know the items arrived today. Great job on the packing. Too often I buy very expensive and irreplaceable items from the UK and they get sent barely packed to protect them from the various postal services - appreciate you going the extra mile to insure it arrived in the shape it left. Thanks again, look forward to doing business with you in the future. Items were very nice, exactly as offered.

M M, USA, 18.03.2010