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WW1 era Prussian House of Hannover Cavalry Officer's Sword, Sold

In good overall condition, a super rare if not unique WW1 era Prussian House of Hanover / Duchy of Brunswick Cavalry Officer's Sword.

WW1 era Prussian House of Hanover / Duchy of Brunswick Cavalry Officer's Swordimage v50 1

Sold Item Notice

This Prussian cavalry officer's lions head sword bears the House of Hannover's emblem on the outward facing langet, which is about as unique as it comes. It also has a very unusual crowned hilt backpiece. The House of Hanover emblem could only have been worn by someone very close to that noble house, most recently the Duchy of Brunswick. No Prussian regiments had the House of Hannover emblem assigned to them, and there were no cavalry regiments based in Hanover. So, again, this sword belonged to either a family member (most likely of the Duchy of Brunswick) or an officer with direct links, responsibilities and duty to them.

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The 32 3/4 inch faintly etched blade is in good condition save for a "wobble" (blade undulates a bit) corresponding with a wobble in the scabbard which indicates someone or something once fell on the sword while sheathed. Blade firm in the hilt. The uniquely embellished hilt in good shape, the black fishskin grip also good. The steel scabbard is generally good. The sword sheathes and draws well.

We even sent photos to one of if not the leading authority of German bladed weapons in the US, and he had never seen the Hanoverian emblem on a Prussian / German sword before, or had any knowledge of any; that is how rare this sword is. You will not get another at any price; yours for £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference number V50 (0995). Further / full sized pictures available upon request.

When knowledeable collectors voice opinion, I add it to a listing. Here is one such opinion;

This is a Kavallerie Interimssäbel for an officer in Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr. 17 (Brunswick after 1866)

In 1914, 21 Husar Regiments were on the establishment:
Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regt. (Potsdam)

Husaren-Regimenter 1-16 (Prussian)

Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regt.17
Husaren-Regimenter 18, 19, 20 (Saxony)

Probably a fairly individual piece,

This example would be after 1908, as it only has one suspension (previously 2) ring and the scabbard is blackened as per regulations, previously nickel-plated

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