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    Sword markings help

    Hi All,

    Could somebody help deciphering markings on two swords that appears to be P1811 Prussian light cavalry swords?

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    David
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    Also, in your opinion, are these P1811 Prussian or P1796 British light cavalry swords?

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    Better Pix..Seem to be Prussian.

    Dale

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    That would be my guess as well but from experience these two patterns are very similar and best way to distinguish is to decipher regimental marking. Hence my question.
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    "No 16" is Prussian, marked for the 6th Ulans...the other is undecypherable..

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    Out of my depth, but clearly an 1811 type, much thicker gauge stirrup hilt with longer quillon and the tell-tale triangular ‘fin’ on the leading edge of the chape/drag, so different from a 1796p. Could the script be Turkish, the old German ally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Martin View Post
    "No 16" is Prussian, marked for the 6th Ulans...the other is undecypherable..

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    Thank you Dale. Is it No. 16 or 55?

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    Sorry; No 55 is the Ulanen Saber..

    The other could be Siege Artillery(Belagerungs Artillery or Support) or "Etappe Bezirks", hard to say without personal examination. (Etappe Bezirks is Base Command)

    Dale

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    Dale\Ben,

    Thank you for your help.

    David

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    Dale, whilst the markings themselves might as well be in Martian to me, is it not unusual to find them on top of the hilt as opposed to the usual position of across the top of the langet with corresponding marks across the top of the scabbard ? Keen to learn more about these. Thx Ben.

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    Ben: These sabers were marked long before the Prussians standardized the format. All of these marks predate Jeff Noll's Book by a long time.so it is hard to say where they "Should" be marked. I have Bavarian examples of this saber with marks in many places....

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    Thanks Dale, more books on my wish list I reckon...

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