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Imperial German & WWI Edged Weapons, Daggers, Swords

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - PORTÉPÉE - OFFICER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PORTÉPÉE – OFFICER

    SKU: 07-130

    $795.00

    This is an UNISSUED officer’s portépée for a sword from the Duchy of Braunschweig. It was correct for officers in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, and Braunschweig’s single artillery Bataillon. The portépée is in spectacular condition, primarily because it remains how its workshop originally prepared it. It is neatly folded over one time, with yellow thread wrapped around it. The leather is supple and fresh. It sports three rows of golden stitching. The portépée’s acorn is made of brilliant golden bullion, with a blue woven interior. This almost impossible-to-find accouterment is in very fine condition. It would make a great display. If you have a Braunschweig officer’s sword, it would look fantastic mounted on it.

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  • CHINA - BAYONET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CHINA – BAYONET

    SKU: 07-124

    $475.00

    This is a bayonet that was used in China. The scabbard measures 11 3/4″ in length. The bayonet measures 16 1/4″ in length from handle top to blade tip. The bayonet and scabbard have differing numbers. The bayonet is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - DEGEN - OFFICER - INFANTERIE - IOD 1889/1915 - WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE

    COLONIAL – DEGEN – OFFICER – INFANTERIE – IOD 1889/1915 – WITH PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-177 XAS

    $1,495.00

    It is a very high-quality IOD 1892/1913 officer’s Degen for the Colonial Schutztruppen. The overall sword’s length (in the scabbard) is 39.” The black scabbard is in extraordinarily beautiful condition. On its own, the sword measures 37.5,” and features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cyphers and the Reichsadler……

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  • COLONIAL - SWORD - OFFICER - WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE - FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLONIAL – SWORD – OFFICER – WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE – FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN

    SKU: 07-173 XAS

    $2,495.00

    COLONIAL – SWORD – OFFICER – WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE – FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN. Today we are offering an Imperial German Colonial Officer’s sword. It is of the “First Pattern,” which was used from 1889 through 1913. It is distinguished by a Hohenzollern Crown on the pommel. The overall sword’s length (in the scabbard) is 40.” The sword’s length (without the scabbard) measures 37.” The sword’s grip is double-wire-wrapped in sharkskin. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cypher also appears on the grip. A sword hanger and a correct portépée (the latter being quite scarce) are attached to the sword. The sword’s scabbard is made of nickel. The sword blade is marked “Eisenhauer” and features either a manufacturer’s hallmark with which I am not familiar, or it could be someone’s initials. Colonial swords are never easy to come by. This is a particularly fine example. It is a consignment item.

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  • GERMANY - BAYONET - MINIATURE - PATRIOTIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BAYONET – MINIATURE – PATRIOTIC

    SKU: 07-110

    $295.00

    I rarely find miniature bayonets in such fabulous condition and of such superior quality. The bayonet measures 9 1/4″ from the top of its dove-shaped handle to the tip of its scabbard. Abundant bright work is present, as well as a black Bakelite grip. The black-painted scabbard measures 6.” The scabbard boasts a handsome, silver, Hohenzollern Crown. Below that appears a green oak leaf-decorated 1914 Iron Cross. When removed from the scabbard, the bayonet measures 8 3/4″ in length. The blade has a brilliant finish.

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  • Sale! GERMANY - BAYONET - PRIVATE-PURCHASE - SAWTOOTH -LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON OFFICER

    GERMANY – BAYONET – PRIVATE-PURCHASE – SAWTOOTH -LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON OFFICER

    SKU: 07-184 XCO

    $1,695.00 $1,395.00

    GERMANY – BAYONET – PRIVATE-PURCHASE – SAWTOOTH -LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON OFFICER. It is a privately-purchased, Luftschiffer Battalion Officer’s, saw-tooth bayonet. The saw-tooth bayonets were one of the Imperial German Army’s most fearsome weapons. They caused grievous wounds both when they were plunged in and then when they were removed from a body. It was a horrible way to die. Allied soldiers were so incensed by the discovery of saw-tooth bayonets that German soldiers captured with them were themselves carved up with them. Often, German soldiers who sensed they were about to be captured simply disposed of their bayonets, then denied owning them. This particular example was meant purely for display purposes, or for use on parade. To begin with, the bayonet lacks a scabbard. One might consider this a huge flaw, but in reality its new owner would want to display it to reveal the blade in all its glory. This is particularly important because the bayonet is identified to a “Leutnant Herbert Schreiterer,” which allows one to research its original owner. The opposite side of the blade is inscribed “D. Offz.-Korps d. Feld Luftschiffer-Abt. L2 z. Erg. a.d. Feldzug 1914-15.” The inscription informs us that it was a gift from his fellow Luftschiffer Abteilung officers sometime during 1914 to 1915. Gifts like these were common in the Imperial German Army when an officer had completed his stint with one unit and was making his move to a new one. Clearly, this man had served in a Luftschiffer command for approximately…

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  • GERMANY - BOOK - REFERENCE - IMPERIAL GERMAN EDGED WEAPON AND PRICE GUIDE BY GERHARD WINDBIEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – REFERENCE – IMPERIAL GERMAN EDGED WEAPON AND PRICE GUIDE BY GERHARD WINDBIEL

    SKU: 12-831

    $50.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – IMPERIAL GERMAN EDGED WEAPON AND PRICE GUIDE BY GERHARD WINDBIEL. This is a useful soft-cover book that deals with Imperial German edged weapons. It has one hundred and fifty pages filled with countless drawings of Imperial German edged weapons. A price guide is included at the back of the book. That said, it is an older book that should be used more for information that for current prices. I often caution collectors about price guides, even those that appear up-to-date. They are, in fact, merely guides or that author’s opinion of an item’s value. Too often market conditions and the state of the particular decoration are not taken into consideration. Some guides are well written and researched. Even so, the market conditions may dictate a different price, either higher or lower.

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - OFFICER REICHSMARINE - WITH INITIAL STAMP

    GERMANY – DAGGER – NAVY – OFFICER REICHSMARINE – WITH INITIAL STAMP

    SKU: 07-183

    $495.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – OFFICER REICHSMARINE – WITH INITIAL STAMP. During and following the Imperial German Period, military officers commonly maintained stamps on their desks that allowed them to imprint their initials and/or cypher on wax seals. Such stamps were generally ornamental in nature. Our offering today is both unique and elegant in that it is modeled on a naval dagger’s pommel, grip, and cross guard. [PLEASE NOTE: it is smaller than an actual dagger in order to take up less desk space]. Its owner clearly was a naval officer(I cannot begin to estimate his rank) who had served in the Kaiserliche Marine either before and/or during WW I, then served in the ReichsMarine after 1919. A ReichsMarine dagger was noted for its black grip rather than the Kaiserliche Marine’s ivory one (signifying mourning for the latter’s passing). Officers could choose to mount either a Kaiserliche Marine’s Kaiser Crown or the ReichsMarine’s “Flaming Ball” as the pommel. Our offering today features a black, single-wire-wrapped grip. A Kaiser Crown is mounted atop the pommel. [It unscrews just like a full-sized dagger]. NO cross appears at the top, which had been the practice during the Kaiserliche Marine era. Instead, an “X” takes its place. The stamp’s total height is 4 ½.” It features a brass cross guard that measures ¾” from tip to tip. A circular brass piece that measures 2 ½” in diameter appears at the base. Its initials are “H.F.” [If your initials match this, contact me and I will…

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - REICHSMARINE - PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP.

    GERMANY – DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP

    SKU: 07-171

    $995.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP. Following WW I’s end, in 1919 the Kaiserliche Marine became the ReichsMarine, which it remained until it was replaced by the Kriegsmarine on 1 Juni 1935. Officers continued to carry a dagger (dolch) for certain occasions. The daggers were similar in many instances. The biggest difference was that their grips were black, (perhaps in mourning for the Kaiserliche Marine’s end). Officers could choose to retain the Kaiser Crown at their daggers’ tops, or they could choose another pommel-style that indicated the ReichsMarine. In some cases, the officer filed off the cross that appeared atop his Kaiserliche Marine dagger’s crowned pommel as an act of protest. Today we are offering a unique ReichsMarine dagger. The man who sold it to me was of the opinion that this dagger was Bordfertigung (fabricated onboard a German ship). Obviously, to produce a dagger such as this one, its creator must have been highly-skilled in a machine shop! I am of the opinion that the Kaiser Crown was NOT machined in the shop, but was original to a dagger. It appears identical to examples I have seen in the past. I cannot believe that this part of the dagger could have been created onboard the ship. It actually screws off just like it would on a naval dagger. The grip, however, most certainly was fashioned in a machine shop. It lacks the typical ivory or walrus tusk handle. It is wrapped loosely by two different kinds…

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  • GERMANY - DAGGER - PIN - NAVY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – DAGGER – PIN – NAVY

    SKU: 13-696

    $695.00

    In the past we have offered miniatures of the German naval dagger. We have never offered one quite like this! This miniature was intended either as a tie tack or as a lady’s pin. It has a safety on the reverse. The attaching pin is mounted to the scabbard’s reverse. The dagger actually can be withdrawn from its scabbard, to which it is attached by a very fine gold-toned chain. When withdrawn, we see that the blade is plain, with a high-silver finish. The overall dagger length (in the scabbard) is 2 1/4.” When withdrawn from the scabbard, the dagger measures 1 1/2″ in length. The scabbard by itself measures 1 1/2.” It is a very handsome decorative piece which can be worn by that special person (or you) on dress-up occasions!

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  • GERMANY - SWORD - KINDER OR CADET NAVY OFFICER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD – KINDER OR CADET NAVY OFFICER

    SKU: 07-52

    $895.00

    Kinder (child’s or children’s) Swords or Kinder Sabels are a unique sub-collecting area within Imperial German edged weapons. Members of the nobility who had sons often dressed the youngsters in a variety of uniforms which often were duplicates of their own. Of course, with the young boys being much smaller than Papa everything was scaled down, including the swords, and thus we have Kinder Swords. This “downsizing” continued on to items such as pickelhauben and even decorations. The latter evolved into the Prinzengroße (prince-sized) decorations which during WW I were favored by certain members of nobility in items such as Iron Crosses and even flight badges. Having given a bit of background on Kinder Swords, it is time to describe the item being offered here. What we have is a very unique Kinder or young Cadet Navy Officers Sword. It is faithful in most details to its larger counterpart. It has glass eyes in the lionshead and has double folding guards, one of which shows the crowned fouled anchor. The grip appears to be a yellowed enamel as opposed to ivory or walrus tusk and is gilt wire wrapped. There is a chip high on the grip near the lionshead, but it is not detractive to the overall sword. The scabbard is the proper leather and metal. There is a small chain that serves as the hanger from the two loops on the scabbard. The blade is not engraved but that is not uncommon in the smaller swords. It does…

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  • GERMANY - SWORD - MINIATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD – MINIATURE

    SKU: 07-165

    $150.00

    This is a lovely miniature sword. It has a basket hilt and a plain blade with a blood fuller down its center. The sword measures 8 ¾” in overall length.

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  • GERMANY - SWORD - MINIATURE - LETTER OPENER - LIONS HEAD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD – MINIATURE – LETTER OPENER – LIONS HEAD

    SKU: 07-179

    $175.00

    This letter opener is in the form of an officer’s lionshead sword. It is complete with a metal portépée. The blade is un-engraved and quite shiny. It is in very attractive condition.

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  • GERMANY - SWORD - OFFICER - IDENTIFIED - NAVY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED – NAVY

    SKU: 07-181

    $2,295.00

    Our offering today is for an identified Navy Officer’s Sword from a very specialized Kaiserliche Marine branch. His name was Theodor Schneider, and he was born 22 February 1887. He became an officer in April 1905. He served in the Navy during WW I and retired from active service on 31 May 1920. Schneider was a Navy official who held the position of Marine=Zahlmeister. A Zahlmeister was a paymaster. [In the Imperial German Army, the regimental officer assigned to duty as a Zahlmeister wore a pickelhaube/kugelhelm with different fittings that differentiated his rank, (a point to remember)]. Schneider’s career was centered around ships that laid mines. He served as the paymaster for a single ship as well as a Flotilla. This sword that once belonged to Schneider is in remarkable condition. One of the first things that you will notice in the photos attached to our description is that the sword’s back-strap is SILVER, unlike the brass used on the rest of the sword. [Indeed, most naval swords display all-brass fittings]. The silver trim extends from the Lionshead down the back-strap’s length. The grip that protrudes from the Lionshead’s mouth is all-brass, as is the rest of the sword’s furniture. The handle appears to be either bone or (possibly) ivory. [Its toning leads us to guess that it is ivory]. The handle’s wrap is made of gold-toned wire. The Lionshead’s eyes are the traditional naval green and red glass, replicating a ship’s port and starboard red and green running lights.…

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  • GERMANY - SWORD - OFFICER - IDENTIFIED - NAVY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED – NAVY

    SKU: 07-180

    $2,095.00

    This is a typical naval officer’s sword in good condition. It measures 36″ in length from its lionshead’s top to the bottom of the drag. The triple-wire wrapped grip looks like it might be made of walrus tusk rather than ivory. It sports some dark striations that make me suspect this, but I am no ivory/walrus tusk expert! The lionshead does not have glass chips for eyes, just a plain brass finish. The sword hilt’s folding lock mechanism is engraved with the owner’s last name, Röder. A quick look in one of my German naval research works revealed his full name was Alfred Röder. He entered the Kaiserliche Marine in 1912. He later saw service as a Kriegsoffizier with Lehrkommando 350, in July 1944. His rank was as an Oberleutnant zur See. I did not find information on his WW I service in my brief search. The blade, which measures 30 ½” is engraved with naval designs. The engraving is somewhat faded from age. The blade has several small black spots on it where it is slightly corroded. They do not detract from the blade’s overall appearance. The manufacturer’s name is listed on the blade’s non cutting edge, but has been somewhat obscured by one of the black marks. It reads “obrecht Hoflieferant Berlin.” Hoflieferant means “purveyor to the king’s court.” The leather scabbard is in pleasing condition. It has the traditional two leather sections with three brass trim and adornment areas. Two scabbard rings are present. Overall, it is…

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  • GERMANY - SWORD BELT AND HANGERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD BELT AND HANGERS

    SKU: 07-137

    $350.00

    Collectors accumulate swords in a number of ways. Some collect the sword to display it alone. Others like to have all of the sword’s associated accessories, including portépées and sword belts. Some go all the way, using complete mannequins upon which they mount the proper uniform and headdress, and add belts, sashes, sword belts, and swords to show what the soldier looked like when he was “geared-up.” Today we are offering a sword belt that is primarily red in color. The fabric shows significant wear, with patches where the red is missing and reveals the base fabric. The belt measures 45 ½” when fully extended and 35″ when it is totally cinched in. What hangs down from this belt is most interesting. A simple hook appears upon which one could hang a sword. In addition, another leather belt extends down from the first, with twin gilt lions mounted on it. They look similar to the lions we see on Navy belts however, in all fairness, I cannot claim this is a naval belt. I will leave that to the collector to decide. Behind the twin lions is a heavy-duty attachment that could hold a sword, keys, etc. The metal piece here is black and marked D.R.G.M.

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  • GERMANY - SWORD BELT WITH SWORD HANGER ATTACHMENT AND SWORD HANGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD BELT WITH SWORD HANGER ATTACHMENT AND SWORD HANGER

    SKU: 07-152

    $425.00

    This is a brocade belt used for a sword. The belt’s red felt backing shows extensive mothing. The belt sports high-quality leather fittings. It is complete and ready, including the sword hanger. This is a full rig ready to be hung with a sword.

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  • GERMANY -SWORD BELT WITH HANGER -  BROWN LEATHER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY -SWORD BELT WITH HANGER – BROWN LEATHER

    SKU: 07-136

    $295.00

    This is a simple brown leather belt with the hanger necessary for attaching a sword. When buckled to its widest notch, the belt measures 48″ in diameter. At its shortest, it measures 38.” It measures 3/4″ in width. The sword’s gilt-toned hanger hangs down from its left side. Both the leather and all the hardware are in excellent condition.

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  • COLONIAL - SWORD - OFFICER - WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE - FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN

    PRUSSIA – COURT DEGEN – WITH PORTÉPÉE – REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS

    SKU: 07-176 XAS

    $1,895.00

    PRUSSIA – COURT DEGEN – WITH PORTÉPÉE – REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS. This is a classic Court Degen (specifically a rapier) with a “twist.” The Degen’s overall length (when in its scabbard) is 35.” The rapier’s length (without the scabbard) is 34.” The leather scabbard (by itself) measures 29.75.” The Degen’s wire-wrapped grip features a Garde Star, indicating that it belonged to a Regiment der Garde du Corps officer rather than a court official. The Degen would have been paired with his Gala Dress or his walking-out uniform. In addition to its interesting grip, our Degen also has its frog (a leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword, bayonet, or scabbard to a waist or shoulder belt) and a high-quality Prussian portépée. These additions help to elevate this Court Degen above more common, run-of-the-mill swords. It is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - ORIGINAL CATALOG - AUGUST LÜNEBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ORIGINAL CATALOG – AUGUST LÜNEBURG

    SKU: 13-811

    $195.00

    This is a catalog from the August Lüneberg firm, which had offices in Kiel and Flensburg during the Imperial German Period. They sold naval officers’ daggers, portépées, etc. The catalog measures 9 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ and has a total of ten pages. The firm’s specialty was officers’ daggers. Several pages showcase their various models. The blades exhibit various levels of engraving. Even Damascus blades are listed. I see full daggers ranging from 30 to 70 Marks for a dagger with a Damascus blade. Farther along are such things as officers’ belts, belts with hangers, and portépées. [My mouth really watered when I saw a Konteradmiral’s epaulettes for 70.50 marks! His daily-use uniform’s shoulder boards cost 13.75 marks]. Lüneberg’s also sold miniatures of decorations that could be attached to tie chains. The back page’s reverse features pistols from such firms as Browning, Mauser, etc. Although complete, the catalog is NOT in perfect condition. Some foxing affects its pages. It also has a cut where a portion of the paper is missing on several pages.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PALLASCH - ENLISTED MAN - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PALLASCH – ENLISTED MAN – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 50-48

    $1,195.00 $950.00

    This is a consignment item. Keeping in mind that men from Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry who initially wore Küraße in combat, it is not hard to understand why they would use such a heavy sword. The pallasch is distinguished by its large basket-hilt that afforded greater protection for a man’s hand while engaged in hand-to-hand combat. It is a massive sword in every respect and very much reminds me (in terms of size) of Otto von Bismarck’s Küraßier sword on display in the eponymous museum dedicated to the Iron Chancellor. [The museum is located on part of the von Bismarck family estate in Aumühle, district of Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in Hamburg’s outskirts]. The museum display is von Bismarck’s uniform complete with high Küraßier boots, and a monumental sword. I was quite taken by von Bismarck’s size. I stand six feet tall and his sword comes up to my lower chest. After holding and measuring this sword, I think its original owner was of equal size to von Bismarck. After all, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps recruited the most physically imposing specimens that could be found in Prussia. These men who were often 6′ 5″ or taller, and stood nearly seven feet tall when wearing their boots and Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets. When sheathed, this sword measures 46 ¼” from its top to the scabbard’s bottom drag, and when unsheathed, it measures 44 ½” from blade tip to pommel top. Its 39 ½” nickel scabbard displays two rings for attachment to…

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  • PRUSSIA - PORTÉPÉE - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 - UNTEROFFIZIER SCHOOL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PORTÉPÉE – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 – UNTEROFFIZIER SCHOOL

    SKU: 07-143

    $150.00

    This sword portépée is correct for an enlisted man/NCO from the Unteroffizier School. Two yellow portions with a light red stripe in the middle appear below the attachment where the portépée is tied to the sword. Its overall condition is reasonable, although the red and yellow reveal some obvious fading.

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  • PRUSSIA - PORTÉPÉE - NCO - UNISSUED - KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 - INFANTERIE OR FUß-ARTILLERIE OR EISENBAHN REGIMENTS OR PIONIER-BATAILLONS OR LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNGS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PORTÉPÉE – NCO – UNISSUED – KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 – INFANTERIE OR FUß-ARTILLERIE OR EISENBAHN REGIMENTS OR PIONIER-BATAILLONS OR LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNGS

    SKU: 07-162

    $250.00

    This is an NCO’s unissued portépée from Bataillon Nr 1, Kompagnie Nr 3 within an Infanterie, Fuß-Artillerie, or Eisenbahn Regiment, a Pionier-Bataillon, or a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. These portépées were worn on NCO’s bayonets as a sign of their rank. The white strap is doubled over and held in place by white thread. White tassels hang down from the portépée’s yellow-capped acorn, which has a white and yellow handle extending all the way to the strap. It certainly would complete a bayonet display for any of the previously-mentioned units.

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD - MINIATURE - LION'S HEAD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD – MINIATURE – LION’S HEAD

    SKU: 07-62

    $175.00

    Miniature swords were very popular with the officers of Imperial Germany. They were used as desk pieces and even as letter openers. This example is a miniature of a lion’s head officer’s sword. I t comes complete with a metal scabbard. It is 8 3/8″ long. The blade is fullered and not engraved.

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD - MINIATURE - OTTO von BISMARCK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD – MINIATURE – OTTO von BISMARCK

    SKU: 07-100

    $150.00

    This is a miniature of the sword carried by the “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck. If you look closely, you will see his family’s coat-of-arms. The blade is plain. Overall, this sword, which measures 7 1/2″ in length, is in fine condition. This would make a super desk piece. Or as the original owner may have done, you can open letters with it.

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD - OFFICER - MINIATURE - LIONSHEAD - ARTILLERIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD – OFFICER – MINIATURE – LIONSHEAD – ARTILLERIE

    SKU: 07-169 XRH

    $125.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s Artillerie Regiment Lionshead miniature sword. It measures 9″ in length. It features a detailed grip with a Lionshead. The blade shows a heavy patina of age. It has NO scabbard.

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD - OFFICER - MINIATURE - M-1889 IOD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD – OFFICER – MINIATURE – M-1889 IOD

    SKU: 07-163

    $150.00

    This is a miniature Prussian M-1889 IOD sword in fine condition. These were very popular during the period as letter openers. It again can be used for that purpose more than one-hundred-years after this particular miniature sword was produced. The sword is 8 ½” in overall length from the tip of the blade to the hilt. On the guard, we see a highly-detailed Hohenzollern Eagle. Its overall condition is very pleasing.

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD - OFFICER - SCHLOß-GARDE-KOMPAGNIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD – OFFICER – SCHLOß-GARDE-KOMPAGNIE

    SKU: 07-121

    $9,495.00

    The story of the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie is one of the more interesting to come from the Kingdom of Prussia. I only started learning about the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie a few years ago. Like many Imperial German Period collectors, I had not heard of the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. I misunderstood their role as compared to the Regiment der Garde du Corps. I had also thought of the Garde du Corps as the Kaiser’s personal guard. I thought this function was true for all situations. We have all seen photographs of the Kaiser in the field or on parade with men from the Garde du Corps surrounding him, holding his personal standard. This was all true, however, the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie served as the Kaiser’s personal guard at his palaces. They were a highly-decorative unit in performing this function. To that end, highly-experienced soldiers who had proven themselves in previous duties were selected for the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. It was, in fact, Kompagnie sized. Generally one officer commanded the Kompagnie while all the other soldiers were feldwebels. Today we are offering one of the rarest edged weapons from the Imperial German Period. It is a very handsome ceremonial officer’s sword from the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. The sword is technically known as a Court Degen. It has brass fittings. Its hilt is silver-wire-wrapped. The degen’s pommel is a magnificent crown. The blade is unadorned and shows no manufacturer’s hallmarking. The scabbard is black leather with brass fittings. Sheathed, the degen measures 39 1/4″ from the crown’s top to the scabbard’s bottom. Unsheathed from the…

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD - PRESENTATION - ARTILLERY - LIONSHEAD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD – PRESENTATION – ARTILLERY – LIONSHEAD

    SKU: 07-94

    $2,595.00

    This is a very high quality presentation sword. It was a gift from one officer who served in 1. Posensches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 20 to another. {This was a Prussian regiment that was raised in 1872 right after the end of the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War. The regiment was established at a time when the German Army was building up. Approximately twelve artillery regiments were formed in 1872}. This is a beautiful lionshead sword that has excellent gilding on the pommel and the lionshead. The sword has a superbly conditioned grip covered in sharkskin and is triple wire-wrapped. I’ll return to the lionshead at the end of the description, as it has an interesting feature I would like to share with you. As we pull the blade from the scabbard we can see it is slightly curved. The overall length of the sword is 40.” The length of the blade is 34.” The blade is beautifully engraved. It has a black paneled design with gilt trim. The one side shows the presentation of the sword to a “Günther,” who served in this regiment during the late 19th Century. He returned to service in the same regiment then served until the end of the war. The other side of the blade carries forward the same black/blue design in a military and floral manner. The scabbard is a black design with two rings. The scabbard’s ring area is decorative and gilt-colored for contrast. The final detail (and what I find most striking) is that…

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  • PRUSSIA - SWORD WITH PORTÉPÉE  - OFFICER - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 "BLUE PANEL" - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWORD WITH PORTÉPÉE – OFFICER – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 “BLUE PANEL”

    SKU: 07-148 XMRG

    $495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s “P” Guard sword with its scabbard, in fine condition. It represents Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz-Regent Luitpold (Magdeburgisches) Nr 4. The regiment was founded in 1816, shortly after the Napoleonic Wars ended. It was garrisoned at Sprottau and assigned to the V. Armeekorps. The sword’s grip is manufactured of Bakelite® and is triple-wire-wrapped. Its blade is quite handsome and is engraved on both sides. Each side has a decorated blue panel that contrasts dramatically against the blade’s silvery surface. (An etched floral design also appears on each side, interspersed with military symbols). On one side we see an artillery caisson with an attached cannon. A spirited team of six horses pulls the caisson and cannon. Seated on the cannon are two soldiers facing rearward. Another two soldiers are seated forward on the caisson. A further three soldiers are astride the horse team (one rider for each yoked pair of horses). The other blue panel features “Feld.-Artill. Regt. Prinz Luitpold v. Bayern (Magdeb.) Nr 4.” The blade has no evidence of its manufacturer. A partial red felt buffer is in place. The scabbard is of the single-ring design. It is painted black, with the paint about 95% complete. The final detail is a Prussian officer’s portépée, which has been tied to the handle.

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  • PRUSSIA - SWROD WITH PORTÉPÉE - OFFICER - ARTILLERY - LIONSHEAD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SWROD WITH PORTÉPÉE – OFFICER – ARTILLERY – LIONSHEAD

    SKU: 07-125

    $995.00

    This is a high-quality, lionshead officer’s sword from a Prussian artillery regiment. A lionshead sword is the classic German officer’s sword. Its grip displays the dramatic lion’s head, which features twin red glass eyes. The grip is wrapped in sharkskin. Crossed artillery cannon tubes are depicted on the extension running down from the cross guard. A handsome Prussian officer’s portépée is attached. It is in appealing condition. The scabbard is painted black, and has an unusual feature. The two hangers and their attachment to the scabbard are gold-toned, instead of the usual black. The scabbard measures 34 3/4″ in length. The sword measures 38 1/4″ from the lionshead’s top to the sword’s tip. Both sides of the blade are engraved. The engraving shows some wear, but the sword remains quite attractive.

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  • SAXONY - PORTÉPÉE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-131

    $125.00

    This is a pre 1889 Saxon officer portépée. I am always open to a better identification as edged weapons and their accouterments are NOT my forte. It is in very good condition, overall. [Many thanks to Zack H. for his help properly identifying this item].

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  • SAXONY - SWORD - NCO - GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SWORD – NCO – GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 07-116

    $2,695.00

    This is a sword for an NCO from Königliches Sächsen Garde-Reiter-Regiment (1. Schweres Regiment) (GRR). The regiment was founded in 1680. It was garrisoned in the capital of Saxony, Dresden and assigned to the XII. Armeekorps. The sword was used by a Senior NCO or an officer in the GRR. The sword measures 34 1/4″ from the tip of the pommel to the tip of the blade. It also measures 35 1/4″ from end to end of the scabbard. The scabbard displays excellent paint. It has a single ring. The grip is Bakelite®. The guard, which features Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms, folds down. The exterior has all silver fittings. As we remove the sword from the scabbard, we see that it is hallmarked for WK & C. The blade, which is slightly curved, is double engraved. One side displays Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. The other side boasts the regiment’s royal cypher, which was seen on their regular service shoulder boards. Their dress shoulder boards carried the Saxon Crown. The blade is thin. It measures 1/2″ wide. The edge of the sword is also engraved for a sword firm in Leipzig. It is my guess that while WK & C produced the blade, the firm in Leipzig did the engraving. The blade is in very fine condition, overall. It has a portion of the buffer that protects the blade from the scabbard’s mouth. It is a superb sword from a very elite regiment.

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  • SPAIN - MINIATURE SWORD - LETTER OPENER  - DESK PIECE (NON IMPERIAL GERMAN) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPAIN – MINIATURE SWORD – LETTER OPENER – DESK PIECE (NON IMPERIAL GERMAN)

    SKU: 07-159

    $75.00

    This is a very high-quality miniature sword that can be used as a desk piece or letter opener. The sword measures 9 1/4″ in length. An intricate basket surrounds the grip, and the word “Toledo” appears just below its guard. It is NOT Imperial German, nor do we know its age, although it is probably 20th Century. It still makes a handsome desk piece or a letter opener.

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  • U.S. - PORTÉPÉE - ARMY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U.S. – PORTÉPÉE – ARMY

    SKU: 07-153

    $95.00

    I have had this portépée in a desk drawer for years. I cannot identify it. I will let the photos speak for themselves. Perhaps one of our sword experts can help us better describe it! (Any assistance is DEEPLY appreciated). [As often is the case in life, ask and ye shall receive. I have learned from a sharp-eyed reader that this is a 1902 U.S. Army Model 1902 portépée that was used prior to WW I from 1902 to 1912. Thank you to ZH from Massachusetts. Great area except for their baseball team. Sorry, ZH, I just could not resist! I DO thank you again for the helping hand].

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