1715/1786M Waterloo 3rd Landwehr Infantry
Regiment Sword, Sold
In good condition, a 1715/1786M Waterloo 3rd Landwehr Infantry
Engraved "3 No. 150.28.L.R." to the knucklebow. Prussian
markings on their Napoleonic swords varied so much in method (see
this Fusliers example), but this one equates to 3rd Landwehr
(infantry), 28th of 150 weapons. There is no regional designation,
much like British swords often had no regimental marking. But there
were several in action in 1815: The 3rd (Ost Friesland-Lingen) Westfalen
Landwehr Regiment, the 3rd Kurmark Landwehr Regiment, 3rd Neumark
Landwehr Regiment, and 3rd Schlesien Landwehr Regiment were all
present at Waterloo. The guard markings "1 (reversed) Y. 1.6"
are the equipment order number.
The 25 1/4 inch blade is in very good condition, etched with the
royal cypher of Frederick William III (ruled 1797 to 1840), and
is firm in the hilt. The brass hilt with one smooth, one grooved
side is in well above average example. The leather with brass belt
loop is aged with cracks but well above average.
A great example; probably none better. A true investment at £?
(too late, now sold). Please quote item reference U16 (0819). Further
/ full sized images available upon request.