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Thread: "F.W." Marking on an 1811 Blucher?

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    "F.W." Marking on an 1811 Blucher?

    Hi, a friend of mine has a model 1811 Blucher with an F.W. mark on it, and I believe there is a crown over it.

    We assumed that the sword was from WWI and that the F.W. meant Frederich Willhelm, but we're not sure.

    I don't have pictures of the sword, but it looks exactly like an 1811 blucher with the protruding scabbard drag.

    Any ideas?

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    Photo would help. These sabers were in use all the way through WWI. FW may stand for Friedrich Wilhelm, the Kaiser, as you say. There may be a 2-digit number under the monogram, denoting the year of production/inspection.

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    Friedrich Wilhelm III von Preußen, 1797-1840
    Friedrich Wilhelm IV von Preußen, 1840-1861

    not later
    Last edited by Ivan B.; 05-28-2008 at 11:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan B. View Post
    Friedrich Wilhelm III von Preußen, 1797-1840
    Friedrich Wilhelm IV von Preußen, 1840-1861

    not later
    Really? Not later? The "F.W" was not the Frederick Willhelm that ruled from 1888 to 1918?

    I will try to get some photos and post them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Massaro View Post
    Really? Not later? The "F.W" was not the Frederick Willhelm that ruled from 1888 to 1918?

    I will try to get some photos and post them.
    It was kaiser Wilhelm II who ruled from 1888 to 1918. His mark was block W with crown over.

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    Oh, ok. And the other Willhelms you mentioned used the "F.W."?

    I did read somewhere that Kaiser Willhelm II's father used the "F.W" under the crown as well, which was seen on the Iron Cross medal. This is why I am confused.

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