In very good condition, a Rare WW1 issued 1889M Prussian NCO’s Sword with wooden grip, dated 1916
The grip of this sword has never had a surface (there is no trace of one anywhere and the grip bindings are complete and tight). This is therefore a very rare mid-WW1 Prussian NCO’s sword with war time limitation forced polished wooden grip. The sword was made by / is marked to Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen. It has an issued 16 (for 1916) under W (for Wilhelm) with fraktur acceptance mark to the spine.
The 31 1/6 inch plain double fullered blade is in very good condition and firm in the hilt. The blackened for war time use hilt is equally good, bearing the Wilhelm II Prussian crown to the cartouche. Inside the hilt, the riveted leather thumb loop is in very good order. The polished wood grip and twisted grip wire bindings are in very good condition. The blackened steel scabbard is also very good. The sword sheathes and draws well, if a little tightly.
Just find another at any price, then our price of £700 should make you very happy, unless you are too late! Please quote item reference number AC11. Further / large images available upon request. Box 0185-1m (2.065).
When knowledeable collectors voice opinion, I add it to a listing. Here is one such opinion;
This example may be for an officer or senior NCO (Vize-Feldwebel or Feldwebel) weapon, it is an official issue as seen by the issue stamp, which is relatively rare, as most officers supplied their own weapon, however, it can also be an officer example!
The weapon is as per the 1915 regulations, with a non-gilded subdued, dull grey or blackened finish – matching the fieldgrey uniform, the parts being normally of iron, also being more durable (brass was also in shortage as from 1915). These weapons were finally withdrawn from field service as from January 1916 and only worn behind the front for formal occasions, inspections, parades, etc. The white felt buffer would be synonomous with most infantry units, previously being red, as typically found as from 1915.