Original Imperial German WWI Bavarian Model 1855 Officer Sword by Alexander Coppel with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine vintage World War I German Model 1855 Officer's Sword, from what was then the Kingdom of Bavaria. It is still in very good condition, with a lovely aged patina, and comes complete with its original black painted steel scabbard. It features a brass hilt with a "P guard", and a "Dove Head" pommel. The grip is sharkskin, wrapped by two bare wires, with a wrapped twisted pair of wires in the center. There is only light wear to the grip, and it is solid on the tang.

The 27 inch blade is in very good shape, and looks to be bright steel, not plated. This has allowed some areas to oxidize, especially near the point, and there are also some areas of staining scattered throughout the surface. There are etched panels on both sides of the blade, showing foliate designs wrapped by a banner with the Bavarian motto IN TREUE FEST. (steadfast in loyalty). The original leather blade buffer is still present, and in good condition.

The blade ricasso bears the A (Scales) C trademark logo of Alexander Coppel & Co., located in the legendary "City of Blades", Solingen. This version of the trademark was registered in 1903, putting it right in the WWI period. This company manufactured bayonets for many years and up through WWII under the name Alcoso. Sadly, as the Coppel family was Jewish, they saw their company stolen from them and "Aryanized" during WWII by the NSDAP. For more information on this maker please see J Anthony Carter's excellent work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS.

The scabbard is in very good condition, and is the standard straight steel type with a black enamel finish. It has a few light scratches and dents, with a few small bends in the body. There also is a brazed repair above the drag where the scabbard was broken and repaired.

A very nice example of German Empire period Officer's sword from Bavaria, ready to display!


Blade Length: 27"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 32“
Guard dimensions: 5" width x 5” length
Scabbard length: 33”

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