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WW1 German / Prussian Guards M.1889 Infantry Officer's Degen

WW1 German / Prussian Guards M.1889 Infantry Officer's Degen

$2,250.00
Product code: 6

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This rare Prussian Army First World War Model 1889 Guards Infantry Officers Sword is in excellent original 'investment quality' condition. These Garde-Infanterie-Degen M1889 are usually of the very highest quality and this weapon is no exception, it is quite simply superb.

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Preußen M.89 Garde-Infanterie-Degen – Gardekorps Star Badge.

This 'investment quality' WW1 German/Prussian Model 1889 Guards Infantry Officers sword and scabbard known in German as the Garde-Infanterie-Degen M1889 or M.89 was manufactured by WEYERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & Cie SOLINGEN.  This particular M89 is rare as it was manufactured for use by an officer of the Preußische Gardekorps as is clear from the enameled Garde Star badge set into the grip.  It is fitted with a fixed ‘clamshell’ guard and has is of the highest quality.

The Infanterie-Degen M1889 was introduced into service as the standard issue sword for all Infantry troops in the armies of the German Empire (Prussian, Saxon, Bavarian and Württemberg).  The various states inset their own coat of arms into the half basket guard to differentiate their own regiments, in this case the Prussian Eagle, but the sword profiles were identical.  The twin fullered blade was designed for thrusting in line with the common wisdom of the time, which stated that ‘the point will always beat the edge’. Officers tended to purchase their own sword and their weapons were often ornamented and differed in quality according to price. 

These swords were made by a number of well-known German edged weapon manufacturers. This particular example was produced by WEYERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & Cie SOLINGEN. and is in excellent original condition. It’s identical to the sword pictured in the 1905 catalogue of WEYERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & Cie SOLINGEN and reproduced on Page 361 of John R Angolia’s excellent reference ‘Swords of Germany 1900/1945’ and similar to one on Page 201 of Harvey J.S. Withers ‘World Swords 1400-1945’.  Attached to this listing are two superb photographs; one of which shows a young Gurads officer with an identical sword low slung in the picture.  The other photograph is very interesting as it shows our own King George V in the uniform of the Prussian Guard while the Kaiser, standing next to him, is dressed as a Colonel of the British Coldstream Guards.  Also in the picture is Admiral Jellicoe RN who in 1916 would fight the Imperial German Navy at the Battle of Jutland.

This 'investment quality' Prussian Guard Officers sword is a first class example of its type.  It is fitted with gilt brass half basket hilt, with a slanted cap pommel and fixed guard with gilt brass ferrule.  All metal furniture is in excellent condition.  The hilt is tight and has an excellent patina as has the sharkskin/shagrin covered wooden grip with its fitted brass twistwire decoration. The steel blade, is ‘twin-fullered’ or ‘double fluted’ and single-edged, tapering to a reinforced point, is still fitted with its original red leather sword stop and thumb loop, and is in superb condition (see pictures). The matching plated steel double ringed scabbard is also in excellent condition with a patina redolent of age and use. 

The markings on this sword are clearly visible, with on the obverse ricasso W.K.&C (WEYERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & Cie SOLINGEN) manufacturers trademark of a knights and kings head. Set into the guard is the Prussian Imperial Eagle overlaid with Keiser Wilhelm II Crown W Prussian royal monogram while the obverse grip is fitted with enameled Garde Star badge.  C.E.W.Bean, the Australian Correspondent,wrote on September 1916, after observing German Guard prisoners on the Somme. “….a very fine stamp of men, By far the finest Germans I have ever seen; the only troops I have ever seen taller even than our own men….”

This rare Prussian Army First World War Model 1889 Guards Infantry Officers Sword is in excellent original 'investment quality' condition. These Garde-Infanterie-Degen M1889 are usually of the very highest quality and this weapon is no exception, it is quite simply superb.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin German
Sword Type Infantry
Maker WEYERSBERG KIRSCHBAUM & Cie SOLINGEN
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1914
Overall Length (mm) 965.0
Blade Length (mm) 815.0
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 24.0
Scabbard Blued steel
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 832.0