Original Imperial German WWI Model 1889 Prussian Infantry Officer Sword with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful condition Imperial German Model 1889 Infantry Officer sword and scabbard, with a very nice nickel plated blade. The hilt is a gilded brass D shape fold away guard with the Imperial German eagle of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The grip is triple twisted brass wire bound over black celluloid, with a brass cypher of the Kaiser in the center. The grip is in very good condition, and still tight to the tang. This example also still retains the leather "finger loop" directly under the cross guard, though it has partially torn away on one end.
The nickel plated straight blade is in very good condition and has a double fuller on each side and is 32 inches from the spear point to the hilt. The nickel plate is retained very well, however unfortunately some person, not understanding that this is a dress blade, decided to sharpen the edge, which is a shame. These were never intended for actual use. Overall length of the sword is 38 inches. A white buff felt washer is fitted to the blade where it meets the guard, now somewhat stained. There is no maker marking on the blade ricasso, but this was not uncommon, as often unmarked raw blades were purchased by retailers, and then custom fit for the purchaser.
The steel scabbard has a single hanging ring, as was standard. It has a very nice black enamel finish, which has flaked off in some areas, and the underlying steel has oxidized. The scabbard body is fully straight, with no dents we can see or feel.
Overall condition is very good. Ready to display!
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