1839 US Infantry Officer's Sword / Sabre,
Finely Etched, sold
In very good condition, the etching very clear, a Solingen / Prussian
made US army officer's sword / sabre, most likely infantry.
An unusual and therefore rare US army officer's sabre, made by
Peter Knecht of Solingen (Prussia). Although a Blucher 1811 cavalry
sabre pattern, the 29 3/4 inch blade tells us this was most likely
for a senior infantry or artillery officer. 1839 because Peter Knecht
secured a contract for 500 cavalry swords with the US army in that
year, and we suspect this was sold around the same time, not least
as US models became official in 1840.
Bearing the maker's initials "P D K" within a oval formed
of dots (a sure sign the sword was made for the US market, with
similar markings seen on Prussian made swords after 1840), this
is a very fine sabre in very good condition; the typically blue
gray US style etching is outstanding and in very good condition
for its age. The twin fullered almost Polish style blade is firm
in the brass hilt. Unusual brass grip in very good order. Sheathes
and draws well into its brass scabbard, again indicating use by
an infantry rather than cavalry officer.
Exceptionally well priced; snap it up quick! Further / full sized
images upon request. Please quote item reference number C88 (686)