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    Sword ID help

    Thanks for adding me to the forum. Was wondering if anyone can tell what kind of sword this is just by viewing it? A friend of mine found it in a wooded area back in 1968 (50 years ago) in Laurel, Maryland. It popped from under the earth when he stepped on it. Can't tell if there are any stampings or marks since he never tried cleaning the blade yet. Not sure if it is miltary issue or a vintage prop/ornamental. the blade is one-sided and 24" long. It appears to have a crown with a cross on top. Not sure what is under the crown. Could be an R?

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    Nice find. This is a German Saxon sword from the 18th century. It is an AR for Augustus Rex. There are copies of these around so it can be original or not, it is hard to say.
    Non soli cedit!

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    thanks so much! I'll let my friend know. Do you know where markings would be on this type if it is a real one?

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    I did learn that the German Saxons fought alongside the British in the Revolutionary war, and Laurel, MD is near where battles took place.

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    The most important differences are in the manufacture of the different parts....if you post more pictures (see my PM) I am happy to try an opinion.

    Cheers
    Non soli cedit!

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    I'm thinking this is legit. After alot of searching it appears to be from 1730. Here's a handle that matches it.Name:  saechsische_janitscharen_bildergalerie02.jpg
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    Hello to all,

    Original or not, which kind of soldiers was this pattern intended for? The blade looks very similar to those big Fascinenmesser issued to Artillery units by Austrians and Germans in the next century...

    Best,
    JJ
    Last edited by Juan J. Perez; 02-19-2018 at 04:16 AM. Reason: Typo...
    SI, SI
    NO, NON

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