Original Imperial German WWI Triple Etched Duchy of Brunswick Officers Dress Sword with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of an Imperial German Officers dress sword, with a lovely "Triple-Etched" nickel plated steel blade. Markings on the blade indicate that it was owned by an officer from the Herzogtum Braunschweig (Duchy of Brunswick), one of the component states of the German Empire until its dissolution in 1918. The different states still had some level of independence even then, so the swords they used often differed from the standard imperial issue.
The design of this sword is somewhat typical of 19th and early 20th century officers swords, with a basket hilt and slightly curved grip. It does not have the more pronounced curve seen on the Model 1889 Officer's sword, and has a gently curved single fullered blade. The basket is a very nice perforated three brand style, with the CROWN / W Cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm II on it.
The grip is a very nice example, with lovely sharkskin shagreen over a wood base. This is secured by brass wire wrapping, with a central pair of twisted wires flanked by another pair. There no looseness in the guard or hilt, which are still tight to the blade tang. The original red felt blade buffer is still present, however it is definitely worn from age and oxidation.
The 33 inch long triple etched blade of this example is in very good condition, and does not show any signs of use or abuse. It is unsharpened, as is correct for a dress sword, and doesn't have any major edge chips or nicks. These were not intended for combat use. The plating is still well retained, and the etching is fully visible. Both sides of the blade are etched the usual stands of arms, crossed swords, and other military designs. One side does have a coat of arms under a crown, which bear multiple Lions, surrounded by the motto of the Duchy of Brunswick: IMMOTA FIDES ("Imperturbable in Faith").
The steel scabbard of of this example has a very nice black enamel finish, with a brass hanger ring fitting near the top. The brass hanger ring is still intact, and the black finish is very well retained. There is some overall scuffing, but no major finish loss or damage. There are no dents that we can see in the scabbard body, which is straight and fits the blade perfectly.
Overall an very good condition triple etched Imperial German Officer's Sword from the Duchy of Brunswick, ready to hang on the wall!
Blade length: 33”
Overall length: 38 1/2”
Handguard: 4 1/2”L x 4 1/2”W
Scabbard length: 33 3/4”
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