Original Imperial German WWI Artillery Officer's Sword by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen - Dated 1916
Original item: Only One Available. 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 fine condition showing nice blade condition, with only a few areas of light oxidation. 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 1916. 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 wood grip scales as expected on the earlier 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. There is lots of the original blued finish present, and in an intact carrying ring.
A most desirable German Very early WWI Artillery Officer's "Bleucher Sabel" 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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