Original Imperial German WWI Kingdom of Saxony Artillery Officer's Lion Head Sword and Scabbard by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen
Original item: Only One Available. This is a beautiful classic Lionhead German WWI Artillery Officer's sword. The all brass alloy hilt consists of a finely detailed lion head cat with floral backstrap and "P" guard. Nicely detailed throughout his whiskers, chin, muzzle, and especially the Lion's Mane. The handwork is beautifully rendered throughout this brass.
This example is in fine condition showing nice blade condition, with only a few areas of light oxidation. The blade has not been sharpened, and there are a few small nicks, but it is still quite nice. It is stamped on the upper spine near the hilt but is unfortunately unable to be read due to the gold plating. The maker of the sword is stamped under the rain guard (chappe), which unfortunately difficult to photograph:
KIRSCHBAUM & CIE
This company is a famous manufacturer of military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany - a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. Per J. Anthony Carter's fine work GERMAN SWORD AND KNIFE MAKERS, the traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company WKC was formed as it exists today.
The sword also has lovely ray skin grip scales as expected on the earlier model swords, with the characteristic single knuckle bow hand guard.
There are lots of the original blued/gold finish present, and in an intact carrying ring.
A most desirable German early WWI Artillery Officer's saber with scabbard, ready to display!
Blade Length: 29 ¾”
Overall Length: 35 ⅜”
Handguard: 4 ¾” x 3”
Scabbard Length: 31”
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