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Title Prussian cavalry officer's sword, 1889 model
Nationality German
Period c 1907
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This fine sword has a virtually flawless nickel silver plated blade engraved on both sides with the following details: the 2nd Gard Uhlan Regiment, the Guard star, the owner's name (Plischke), 5 ESK (Squadron) and the inscription 'In Errinerungen an meine Dienstzeit' (in memory of my service).

The hilt has most of its EPNS finish on a solid nickel base, which is somewhat dulled with age. The scabbard shows tiny traces of the original black paint, indicating a post-1907 manufacture date. Scabbards prior to this date had a nickel silver finish. The present scabbard has had a careful machine polish at some stage to render it bright.

Plischke was a one-year volunteer. These men were given officer-like privileges within a regiment in terms of wearing a better quality uniform than the ordinary men and, as volunteers, they only had to serve one year. They would be what we would now describe as middle-class professional background, but in those days this meant from a 'Junker' family. Plischke was commissioned in 1911 into Number 10 Grenadier Regiment of the Prussian line and undoubtedly served his time in the Great War in this unit. He is the only man with this name in my 1914 Prussian Army List.

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


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

testimonials

I received the item today, you had packed it well and there were no problems with customs. Overall I was happy with it although the blade was a little bit worse than I had imagined, however thank you for your efforts.

P P, Australia, 09.03.2011

The bayonet is a splendid addition to my collection...

C T, UK, 03.12.2008

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