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    Request For Help with a Sword MakerIdentification

    Can anyone perhaps tell me what the markings on this ricasso mean? I believe that the sword may be French, circa late 18th or early 19th century.

    Thank you VERY much!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    North West US
    I do not recognize the maker but it is surely Solingen made first quarter 19th.
    The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." --- Tench Coxe

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    Jan 2009
    The vast wasteland
    Excerpted from the internet: P. Knecht a Solingen (Peter Wilhelm Knecht) who signed his work P. Knecht, between 1810 and 1815. After 1815 blades were marked as Va. A.K. & F, for Veuve A. Knecht et fils.

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    Jul 2014
    Annandale, VA
    It would be interesting to see the whole sword. Was it one made for the American market?

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    Thanks VERY much for the assistance!
    Using the posts here as a reference I found another sword on line, described as being "signed "V AK & F" for "veuve A. Knecht et fils" (widow of A.Knecht and Son)".
    Apparently, the "A. Knecht" was Johann Abraham Knecht of Solingen, 1764-1812.
    Last edited by William D.; 02-21-2018 at 08:14 AM.


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