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WW1 German / Bavarian Kavallerie-Degen M1889 (KD89) Officers Pattern Sword

WW1 German / Bavarian Kavallerie-Degen M1889 (KD89) Officers Pattern Sword

$1,475.00
Product code: 7

Availability: In stock

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This Bavarian Chevauleger sword is in excellent original condition and is a first rate example of its type. It has everything you look for in a Bavarian Kavallerie-Degen M1889; condition, originality and provenance. Chevauleger Pattern KD89 swords are not common, and of those the overwhelming majority are Prussian variants. Bayerisches Chevauleger Kavallerie-Degen M1889 like this one are encountered very rarely and not often in this sort of condition. This sword is a ripper.

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Königlich Bayerisches Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons Nr. 7

This WW1 German/Bavarian Model 1889 cavalry officers/NCO’s sword and scabbard known in German as the Bayerisches Kavallerie-Degen M1889 or KD 89 was supplied to an officer belonging to Königlich Bayerisches Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons Nr. 7 and is in superb original condition. A similar weapon numbered 112 is illustrated on page 143 of Eduard Wagner’s  excellent reference: ‘Swords and Daggers’ and is classified as ‘Cavalry Sword M.1889’. A similar example is held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as exhibit RELAWM12955 and can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/RELAWM12955 .

The Kavallerie-Degen M1889 was introduced into service as the standard issue sword for all cavalry troops in the armies of the German Empire (Prussian, Saxon, Bavarian and Württemberg).  The various states inset their own coat of arms into the basket hilt to differentiate their own mounted regiments, in this case the Bavarian Lion.  The double fluted sword profiles for all cavalry units were identical with the exception of the Chevauleger and Ulanen who retained the more traditional fullered blades. This Blade is single-edged with a single fuller on both sides and was designed for thrusting in line with the common wisdom of the time, which stated that ‘the point will always beat the edge’. Officers and NCO’s used the same pattern of sword as their troopers although their weapons sometimes had folding guards, and officer’s swords were often more elaborately finished than NCO’s swords and often had etched blades as this example has.  The decoration on this weapon indicates that it was most probably an officer’s weapon. Interestingly, a very similar Bavarian M.1889 variant is pictured in the 1905 catalogue of WEYWERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & Cie SOLINGEN and reproduced on Page 430 of John R Angolia’s excellent reference ‘Swords of Germany 1900/1945’.

This particular example is in superb original condition. It is fitted with steel half basket hilt, with a domed pommel and folding steel guard with steel ferrule.  All metal furniture is in excellent condition, including the pommel cap and locking nut.  The guard with its contoured composite grip is in similarly good condition with some missing celluloid which is consistent with age and use. The steel blade is single-edged with a single fuller, tapering to a point and is in excellent original condition with the regimental title of Königlich Bayerisches Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons Nr. 7 etched into the obverse blade face in Gothic letters. The reverse blade face is etched with a trademark cavalry scene with the words GES. GESH (Geseztlich Geschutz" or "legally protected") at its base.  The original matching blued steel scabbard, with its single fixed hanger-ring and attaching loop for a belt frog strap, is in very excellent condition, and is patinated along its length consistent with age and use (see pictures). An excellent First World War photograph showing German Cavalry NCO’s jokingly butchering a sheep with a Kavallerie-Degen M1889 is attached for interest.

This Bavarian Chevauleger sword is in excellent original condition and is a first rate example of its type. It has everything you look for in a Bavarian Kavallerie-Degen M1889; condition, originality and provenance. Chevauleger Pattern KD89 swords are not common, and of those the overwhelming majority are Prussian variants. Bayerisches Chevauleger Kavallerie-Degen M1889 like this one are encountered very rarely and not often in this sort of condition. This sword is a ripper.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 20.0000
Country of Origin German
Sword Type Calvary
Maker Bayerisches Kavallerie-Degen M1889
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1914
Overall Length (mm) 915.0
Blade Length (mm) 778.0
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 20.0
Scabbard Blued Steel
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 828.0