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    Question German/Swiss Cavalry sword?

    Thank you in advance.

    Does anyone know what this is? It has Solingen makers marks and a couple of "Swiss" cross proof marks as shown in photos. My best guess is a late 19th century cavalry saber, but I really don't know.

    The grip is wrapped in some kind of twine(?) with a coating applied and it is very nicely done. see photos & thank you.

    I'm not doing too well on getting more than one image up, so additional images are here:

    http://www.SmallWebs.com/SFI.htm

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    Last edited by WBranner; 03-04-2002 at 09:57 PM.

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    I had a sword like this some time ago. I think its a WWI period German heavy cavalry sabre.

    Andre

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    Your sword is actually Swiss. The cross is the Swiss government property mark. The maker of the blade is F. Horster in Solingen.
    This pattern was copied on the Austrian cavalry sabre M1850 and M1869.
    A similar sword was also used by the Hessian (German state) cavalry.

    The grip was probably destroyed and is a repair on your sword.

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