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Greg Putnam




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Help identifying this sword         Reply with quote

My friend's father found this sword during WW2 in Germany. Can anyone help letting me know about this sword and the unit that is stamped on it. THANKS


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Sam Barris




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks like this is yours: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/german-artillery-short-sword-1880-401142068
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Sam Barris

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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's not a unit designation, it's a makers mark.
Made by the Weyersberg sword company in Solingen, which still exists today as the WKC Stahl- und Metallwarenfabrik.

Solingen in still known as 'The City of Blades'.

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Terry Thompson




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Jul, 2017 10:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just a guess, but the A.H. on the scabbard is probably Allgemeines Heeresgerat (<-with an umlaut over the A in heeresgerat. I'm too tired to cut and paste an A with one). I only have a suspicion for the scratched-out RA6. Scabbards and swords for the most part were repurposed again and again (hence multiple scratch outs). The best person to ask about the origins of it is the owner (they probably have a fantastic tale about how it was still on the belt of the dead soldier when they "found it"). They also probably know the battalion/regiment/company they were fighting. Too bad we don't tend to ask intriguing questions as these while the "finder" is alive, but after they've have passed and when we're trying to find some meaningful connection to a major battle or individual that will increase its value. Happy
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Sam Barris




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2017 6:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a neat looking weapon. We're all familiar with the American Civil War era artillery short swords that look like some sort of neoclassical, art deco gladius, but this is the first one I've seen that resembles a kopis. I thought at first that it must have been worked on by a previous owner to give it that shape, but the example I linked to has the same sort of blade.
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Sam Barris

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Danny Grigg





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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jul, 2017 10:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm no expert, but this looks like a Saxon M1879 Artillerie Faschinenmesser.

If you do a search via google you'll come across a few pics.

Danny
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Greg Putnam




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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul, 2017 7:25 am    Post subject: Sword         Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. This is great information!
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