Original Imperial German WWI Artillery Officer's Sword by E. & F. Hörster & Co dated 1916 - Blücher Saber

Item Description

Original item: Only One Available. Just received out of long "attic storage"! Despite the machine guns and artillery, swords were still issued to officers in WWI. This is a fine example of the German Artillery Officer's Sword, commonly referred to as the "Blücher Sabel," named for the Prussian Commander Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, who was ally to the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

This example is in very nice "attic find" condition showing ver nice blade condition, with only a few areas of light oxidation on the otherwise bright blade. The machining marks can even still be seen on most of the blade body. The blade has 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 is a small Crown over W over 16 for Kaiser Wilhelm II 1916, the year it was accepted into service. The maker of the sword is E. & F. HÖRSTER of SOLINGEN. and is stamped under the rain guard (chappe), which makes it quite hard to see, and even harder to photograph. The sword also has the standard bakelite ribbed grip, as expected on the later model swords, with the characteristic single knuckle bow hand guard.

There are various proof marks on hilt and blade, and this sword comes with the original all steel scabbard, which is in very good condition. The metalwork all has an aged oxidized patina, which we have left in place to preserve the authenticity. It could be polished and cleaned, but we think it looks great as is.

A most desirable German Very early WWI Artillery Officer's "Blücher Sabel" with scabbard, ready to display!

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