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    Yes Dale I know what you mean. I have a lovely...

    Yes Dale I know what you mean. I have a lovely 1876 Dutch cavalry sabre in great condition - heavy blade and all. I know of a couple for sale at the moment. But yes they lack 'cache' and so have...
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    Hello Victor, You may be better off asking on...

    Hello Victor,

    You may be better off asking on one of the German language forums such as blankwaffen-forum - Schweiz etc. they do have sections there devoted to Swiss sabres etc.

    But yes the...
  3. Aha - thanks a bunch Martin - that's it!

    Aha - thanks a bunch Martin - that's it!
  4. Wilkinsons for the middle eastern market?

    Can someone tell me if we covered this topic already - namely scimitars manufactured by Wilkinson's for the middle-eastern market?

    Kind regards,
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    Now that you mention it - I didn't see a scabbard...

    Now that you mention it - I didn't see a scabbard with it in the auction ....
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    Good one Dale! I did see it on Ebay and wondered...

    Good one Dale! I did see it on Ebay and wondered where it would go. Now what knot are you going to put on it?

    Do you want the relevant pages on this sword from my Hartmann and Hermann book?
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    I concur with Dale here. Shame I can't post the...

    I concur with Dale here. Shame I can't post the link - but type in "wkc theatrical weapons" in to google and you'll get the idea.

    I have old Hörster (now Frank Schmitz) catalogue that also shows...
  8. Hello Matt, Over many years I've come to the...

    Hello Matt,

    Over many years I've come to the conclusion this was more a manufacturers thing. ...

    Many of the (light) 1822 cavalry swords had stepped pommels until around the 1870/1880s and then...
  9. I have restored about 100 swords now Rich and...

    I have restored about 100 swords now Rich and have used Birchwood Casey's blue and rust remover and steel wool. The only parts of a sword I don't use the stuff on are organic components...
  10. Mark, as Lev notes the Army museum is one to see....

    Mark, as Lev notes the Army museum is one to see. They have every pattern of Swedish 'white weapon' there ... don't worry plenty of swords (hundreds).

    Cheers,
  11. I have certainly seen quite a few 1853's here in...

    I have certainly seen quite a few 1853's here in Australia that were black painted like your 1853 (I own one of them).

    I have a 1908 which has been browned (proper job though - not one just...
  12. Hello Jen, It's a Bavarian version of the...

    Hello Jen,

    It's a Bavarian version of the Prussian 1889 pattern Kavallerie Degen (cavalry straight bladed sword). I believe the Bavarians adopted this pattern in 1891. There were two swords -...
  13. Actually Dale, the bakelite type grips came in...

    Actually Dale, the bakelite type grips came in about 1905 and were considered very 'cutting edge' - technology wise, replacing the earlier cord/leather wrapped wooden grips.

    They went to the...
  14. I stand corrected Dale - artillery. Although you...

    I stand corrected Dale - artillery. Although you will see they sometimes used the Prussian backstrap (with ears). The get the impression the more indigenous Sachsen/Saxon was without the ears.
  15. one to check out for this sword is 'blankwaffen...

    one to check out for this sword is 'blankwaffen aus dreijahrhunderten' - I'll check my copy in the office tomorrow and paste the relevant page here Dale.
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    unterschall is for officers (and perhaps senior...

    unterschall is for officers (and perhaps senior NCOs) - uberschnall is for ORs and junior NCOs.

    Typically the easiest way to tell if chap is an officer (sword belt under tunic) or OR (sword belt...
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    That's 'thinredline ceremonial and embroidered...

    That's 'thinredline ceremonial and embroidered items' - belts and pouches - anyway you will be able to find the site
  18. These Saxon 1873's (uhlans) are a lot rarer than...

    These Saxon 1873's (uhlans) are a lot rarer than the standard Prussian 1848's (artilleries) ...
  19. Yes you're correct here Dale, but this particular...

    Yes you're correct here Dale, but this particular one shown here has a 'combat weight' blade on it. officers usually had 2-4 different swords for whatever occasion as you mentioned.

    These...
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    Yes they would have carried them on the saddle...

    Yes they would have carried them on the saddle Dale, but they still had uberschnallkoppel (see Dehn website) - just as British cavalry troopers carried on the saddle and still had sword belts around...
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    Sorry that's Wilfried Fauer at 'schneidereifauer'

    Sorry that's Wilfried Fauer at 'schneidereifauer'
  22. Yes massive variation (see Hartmann and Hermann...

    Yes massive variation (see Hartmann and Hermann book on the Infanterie Offizier Degen '89).

    Buffalo horn grips as well (like the french officers swords).

    Those weimar-era ones for simply...
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    1. Might not have been issued to a squadron John?...

    1. Might not have been issued to a squadron John? Perhaps central allocation for NCOs perhaps? Is it Prussian? One way around your dilemma would be to go for an NCOs sword knot. Have a chat with...
  24. Nice one Dale - I'm glad it went to a good home! ...

    Nice one Dale - I'm glad it went to a good home! Are you going to clean it up (blue and rust remover) and then blue the scabbard?
  25. Not a problem Greg. Yes your sword would be very...

    Not a problem Greg. Yes your sword would be very rare, even Hartmann and Hermann acknowledge this ...
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