Original Imperial German WWI Regiment Marked Etched Artillery Officer's Sword with Mismatched Scabbard
Original item: Only One Available. Just received out of long long 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 looks to have been "dressed up", most likely purpose made as a presentation sword, as the blade is fully blunt. It was originally fully nickel plated, and has a lovely triple etched blade. It has a sharkskin grip, wrapped with three pairs of twisted wire.
One side of the blade is etched the usual stands of arms, as well as the Prussian Imperial Eagle, and of course the "crossed cannon" for an artillery officer. The other side has the regimental designation, in Black Letter typeface:
Thüring Feld Artill. Regt. No. 19
This officer was apparently a member of the 19th (1st Thuringian) Field Artillery Regiment in the Imperial German Army. This regiment was first raised 24 October 1872 in Erfurt, the capital of Thüringen (Thuringia). This united was part of the XI. Armee-Korps.
The sword also has the the characteristic single knuckle bow "P-Shaped" hand guard of the standard artillery saber. The crossguard does not have any chappe or rainguard attachments, and there are the usual back strap side tabs. The included scabbard looks to be for some other type of saber, probably a U.S. Cavalry saber or something similar. The sword fits, but as the curve is not quite correct, it can get stuck. Overall condition is very good, with wear and oxidation commensurate with age and service.
A most desirable German WWI Artillery Officer's Dress "Blücher Sabel" with an unmatched steel scabbard. Regimentally marked and ready to display!
Overall length: 38 ¾”
Scabbard length: 33 ½”
Blade length: 32 ½”
Handguard: 5 ½”
Weight: 3 lbs. 4 ¾ oz.
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