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Title Lion head cavalry officer sabre
Nationality German
Period c 1914
Price £350.00
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This was the walking out sabre for all German cavalry officers in the early 20th century. This sword was retailed by Ernst Pack of Solingen and is stamped with his logo at the forte, under the reverse langet. It has a Prussian officer's portepee and a rare original brown felt sword bag.

On account of the style of the maker's logo and the fact that the blade has been professionally sharpened, I would date this c 1914 (after WW1 they didn't sharpen for field service, to the best of my knowledge).

The hilt retains perhaps 30% of its gilt finish and the scabbard has been repainted. The grip has all the original wire service, but one strand has broken loose at the base of the grip. The blade measures 77.5cm long. The sword bag has approximately eight small moth holes scattered throughout.

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

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


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

The bayonet arrived safe and sound this morning. It is absolutely magnificent. I am thrilled to bits with it. Thanks for all the interest you have shown.

My very best wishes, and thank you, very sincerely, once again.

L L, UK, 08.06.2005