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 IMPERIAL UHLAN OFFICER'S SWORD (Item KWEP 1-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is a magnificent sword in every detail. See this actual sword in Thomas Wittmann’s fine book, Collecting the Edged Weapons of Imperial Germany, Vol. I, page 204. This is the massive-style sword as presented among the German aristocracy. This one translated is "A father’s gift to his loving son." The grip is of blue sharkskin wrap and Wittman says that the fine chiseling depth gives this sword almost a work-of-art look! The languet has an applied set of Uhlan lances in silver. The blade is maidenhair Damascus with gold-inlay presentation. On the edge or top of the blade is the raised golden words that give the name of the distributor, who was M. Neuman, and had the rare distinction of being able to add the words "Hof Lieferant." This meant he had the royal permission to say he was a supplier to the Royal Hohenzollern Palace in Berlin; in other words, to Kaiser Wilhelm, himself. This is definitely one of the finest swords shown in the book; or that has ever reposed in any of the fine collections in the land. These massive swords are the most sought after of all Imperial edged weapons. Length in scabbard is 41". 

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Genuine ruby eyes (note hair on
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Wire wrapped shark skin
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Cross guard
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“Grosse Degen” Imperial Sword (KWEP 1-2-A; ANTWEP 2-36)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the beautiful large frame swords. It is a Prussian artillery officers sabre with great Damascus blade, lion's head pommel with ruby eyes, shark skin grip with wire wrapping.  The blade has the manufacturer's signature of H. Kargutte-Berlin and the words “Eisenhauer”.  This is pronounced in the same way as you would pronounce the name of the WWII General and murdering war criminal, but spelled differently.  Under this in the raised scroll; it says Damast-Stahl (Damascus steel). This sword in its scabbard is one of the biggest and heaviest ‘Grosse Degen” that we have ever encountered and the man it was presented to must have been a Prussian giant. In its scabbard it measures about 42 inches long and weighs almost five ponds. This sword was very expensive in its day. The epitome of the sword makers (Eisenhauers) skill.  It was presented by one wealthy officer to another in fond memory of a journey they had made together back when they were officer candidates in the Prussian war academy, the blade has chiseled and raised words. The inscription in German reads ‘Huhe S/L (Seinen Leben) Sehluttig Kreigschule Reisse 1895.” Realize that this was 116 years ago, along that side of the blade are depictions of a dragoon helmet, chest armor, swords, and a drum. On the reverse side, we find flags, cannons, and knightly trappings such as swords, shield, battle axe, large drum, more swords, lance and standards...all of these weapons and instruments are surrounded with oak and laurel leaves.  The sword has a mean blade with a bone breaker tip portion.   The Damascus blade is exemplary!  The whole sword is in excellent plus condition.  A great sword! (Literally!)  A great gift between two wealthy soldaten of the Kaiser.  The most massive example we have ever seen.

The scabbard was repainted and has the usual bumps and dents to be expected on a weapon such as this, that in all probability was carried by the young man who was now an officer of the Army in WWI. You couldn’t do better than this one anywhere today.  These Grosse Degen just do not show up anymore even at German military shows. Probably the only place you might see one other that here would be at the Deutsches Klingenmuseum in Solingen and even they would have few better than this one

PRICE: $9,890.00

 

Lion-head Sword
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IMPERIAL SAXON LION-HEAD SWORD (Item KWEP 1-3)

DESCRIPTION: See page 253 of Johnson and Wittman's book, Collecting the Edged Weapons of Imperial Germany, for a miniature, child's version of this very rare sword. This is the equally rare full-sized version rather like the one pictured on page 121. This is called the "low-profile lion head" and is much more scarce than the full head. This particular sword is Saxon, adding immensely to its rarity since 98 percent of these lion-head models always seem to be Prussian. This is an artillery officer's sword with the absolutely original sword knot in Saxon green and silver. Both sword scabbard and knot are in spectacular condition. The back of the blade is marked "Matth. Müller KGL Hofl Leipzig." This means that he was a supplier to the royal palace of Saxony. The blade under the languet is signed "W.K.C. Solingen. The blade is decorated in wonderful gold overlay with the coat of arms of Saxony on one side and the royal family cipher on the other. The blade is near mint--one of the finest condition swords offered on the web and very historically important.

PRICE:  Sold

 

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 Pair of Dueling Schlagers (Item KWEP 1-4)

DESCRIPTION: This pair of college fighting sabers were bought from an elderly German gentleman who actually used them. This sport goes back into very early times in Prussia, and it is a blood sport, but also a very proud tradition among the militant and noble students of the finest universities in the world. This is not fencing by any means. The word Schlager contrary to usual opinion does not even refer to a sword. No, it comes from the word Schlag beat, blow, stroke, shock, in other words this was more a club than a sword, and the action was nothing less than brutal. The winner was the man who drew first blood, but oddly enough if he struck a blow that scarred the opponent deeply upon a cheek or chin, this vanquished adversary was most grateful since now he could carry the cherished scar of the duel throughout his life. This was to them a mark of honor, courage, and manliness that ennobled the future Prussian officer no less than the famed monocles. This sport has been banned from time to time in German history; however, it always manages to stay alive and well even if in these secret meeting places. The swords are from different times, but belonged to the same team who used the green and white. One has the old sharkskin grip and does not have the counterbalance loop (preferred). The blade is engraved, but has no company name. The other is with the counterbalance loop. It is by a famous Solingen maker. Its logo appears on the blade. The length of the swords from pommel to the boot of the scabbard is 45 inches. The width of the cups is 9 inches across. The shark-skin grip is coming a bit loose from the wooden handle. Along with the swords are two waist ribbons from a dueling team, and a cap of the type worn (original). This makes for an absolutely fabulous display for the wall of the Teutonic Germanophile. The pictures go with them as well.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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 Desk Paperweight from the Student Dueling Society (Item KWEP 1-4a)

DESCRIPTION: This is really a great little paperweight from the student dueling societies popular at Heidelberg University and others. The central motif is the helmeted shield with crossed swords. For further explanation see the narration and pictures at KWEP 1-4 on this page. The paperweight is mounted on what appears to be a slab of east Prussian quartz that is beveled in such a way to give it a better viewing angle. This is a really nice early desk piece probably having belonging to a fairly wealthy young swordsman.

PRICE: $195.00.

 

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 Forestry Dagger (Hirschfänger) (Item KWEP 1-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is the lion-head hunting sidearm as used by forest masters in the service of the Kaisers and kings. The lion-head version was the type used by the Bavarian service. The length is 21 inches overall and the blade is 15 inches. The condition is excellent overall with slight surface rust from fingerprints on the blade (will clean up well). The black horn grips are perfect. The gilt plating is still in bright clean condition.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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 Special Riding Crop of the Imperial Hussars (Item KWEP 1-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is a great riding crop of the famous 16th Hussars of Prussia. The cap is a jewel in every sense of the word. It exactly depicts in silver sculpture the busby of a Hussar officer with all the trappings of such a regal piece of headgear. The full length of the crop is 32 inches with the silver cap being about 2 inches high and 1 1/4 inches thick. The piece is marked at the base of the top 'C. Christian' with a hallmark of this company and the moon and crown with the 800 silver designation marks. The detail is so great that the Mit Gott für Konig und Vaterland is clear for the part of it that shows. The rabat is concise in detail as is the national cocade. The hairs of the bearskin are fantastically detailed as well. The body of the crop is constructed from extremely tight-wrapped and braided leather, possibly over a wooden base. The stick is broken within towards the bottom of the crop; however, the tightly wrapped leather thongs still hold it securely together. This is truly the riding crop of a Germanic hero and a reminder of the glory days of the Prussian cavalry elite. This is a real museum piece extraordinaire.

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 Bavarian Hirschfänger, Hunting Dagger (Item KWEP 1-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is always considered one of the most beautiful of the various Hirschfängers of the Kaiser Reich. We have all seen the normal one (that still is rare), but this is the deluxe one with finer horn grips, much finer gilding, very much more detailing in the lion head, the hoof cross guards, and the side panels of the grip. Where the normal ones are almost painted, somehow, this one is gilded! The scabbard is much the same, but that is where the similarity ends. This piece has the original knot or portepee and that is the outside. Now, the negative. First the blade that once was etched is now practically unetched and the blade is about 2/10 short of completely going into the scabbard. This often is due to100 years or so of leather shrinkage. The blade was used in the German hunts and the Forstmeisters, who were issued these weapons used them on a daily basis for every thing such a tool could be used for to include stripping bark from trees to chopping weeds, etc. Only if the man were an (honorary) forester and only wore his Hirschfänger for dress would it stay in great shape. This one, however, is still (great) on the outside appearance, but the blade would be considered an anticlimax to the purist among us. This piece would command a very large price if perfect; however, we are offering it quite reasonably after due consideration.

PRICE: $1,200.00

 

 

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