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Nick Thorpe




Location: Largs, Scotland
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Mar, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: Help me identify this sword         Reply with quote

This sword was found in the ground by my grandparents, possibly in Neilston, Scotland, sometime around the 1960's, which I have since inherited.





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Dan D'Silva





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PostPosted: Wed 01 Mar, 2017 12:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a type of early 19th-century sword bayonet that (as far as I can discover) originated as the Prussian M1810 Hirschfanger. In Danish service some of them had the mechanism on the side of the grip was removed to turn it into a simple short sword. Possibly some obscure variants without the mechanisms also existed, as George Wheeler suggests here. See also here (under M/1848 Hirschfanger) and here for more pictures.
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Nick Thorpe




Location: Largs, Scotland
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PostPosted: Wed 01 Mar, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dan D'Silva wrote:
It's a type of early 19th-century sword bayonet that (as far as I can discover) originated as the Prussian M1810 Hirschfanger. In Danish service some of them had the mechanism on the side of the grip was removed to turn it into a simple short sword. Possibly some obscure variants without the mechanisms also existed, as George Wheeler suggests here. See also here (under M/1848 Hirschfanger) and here for more pictures.


Brilliant! I've seen this sword in my family since as long as I can remember, and this is the first time I've seen pics of another one of that model. I was always curious to see how this would look in a less worn form. Good to know a bit of the history behind it as well. Maybe with a bit of research I can get an idea of why it ended up where it was found (from what I've read so far, possibly WW1). Thanks so much! Big Grin
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Dan D'Silva





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PostPosted: Wed 01 Mar, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You're welcome, and best of luck with your research.
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