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German Napoleonic Era, Lion Head Sword, Mit Gott, Fur Freiheit und Vaterland

This item is listed for historical interest only. It was listed on our site previously but has been sold and is no longer available for purchase.
Sold for: $650.00
Item #38155

Original era manufacture. A light cavalry, likely Hussar, pattern sword with a clipped point, partial blue blade and a brass scabbard body.

The polished steel blade measures 33 inches in length, with traces of gilding and blue finish remaining on the half panels on each side of the blade. On the obverse, can be seen the motto, "mit Gott fur freiheit und Vaterland", and on the reverse a floral design.

The blade displays as stated traces of gilding and blue finish, with scattered areas of spotting and staining from age and use. Some light corrosion pitting can also be seen mostly near the tip and one spot on the reverse side of the blade.

The single branch brass guard has long langets, each decorated with the face of a Lion, and on the pommel a lion head. Old brass patina finish throughout. The guard, pommel and grip rattle a bit, with the tang needing a bit of tightening up.

The grip appears to be of carved ebony with a checkered design and in very good condition for its age.  

The all brass bodied scabbard has two carrying rings and an iron drag, with nicely decorated bands holding the suspension rings. Matching brass patina finish as the guard and pommel, with some sizable dents along its length from service use. The scabbard throat displays damage from the guard langets, tearing the metal a bit, mostly on the obverse side.

A great old sword with lots of soul, no doubt seeing plenty of service on the battlefields of Europe.

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