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WW1 German / Prussian M.1889 Infantry Officer's Degen – Issued Sword

WW1 German / Prussian M.1889 Infantry Officer's Degen – Issued Sword

$1,375.00
Product code: 8

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This rare Prussian Army issue First World War Model 1889 Infantry Officers Sword is in excellent original 'investment quality' condition. It has everything you look for in a Preußen Infanterie-Degen M1889 and is fitted with one of the finest blades I have ever come across on one of these swords.  All up, a ripper of a sword. 

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Preußen M.89 Infanterie-Degen – Stamped Prussian Army Fraktur Acceptance Marks – 1914.

This 'investment quality' WW1 German/Prussian Model 1889 Infantry Officers sword and scabbard known in German as the Infanterie-Degen M1889 or M.89 was manufactured by E&F HÖRSTER SOLINGEN in 1914.  This particular M89 is rare as it was an Prussian Army issue weapon as is clear from the ‘fraktur’ acceptance mark and date stamped into the back adge of the blade.  It is fitted with a fixed ‘clamshell’ guard and has a particularly good blade.  An excellent First World War photograph of a Prussian Infantry Officer carrying his Infanterie-Degen M1889 into action is attached to this listing for reference.

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.  A similar sword is held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial as exhibit REL/07290 and can be viewed online at: http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL/07290 .

These swords were made by a number of well-known German edged weapon manufacturers. This particular example was produced by E&F HÖRSTER SOLINGEN in 1914 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’.

This 'investment quality' Prussian issue 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 blued steel single ring 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 E&F HÖRSTER SOLINGEN manufacturers trademark. The back edge of the blade is stamped with a Prussian C Fraktur acceptance mark, a Crown W (Kaiser Wilhelm II) Prussian ownership mark and dated 1914 (14). All brass and steel parts, including the scabbard which is numbered 16, are similarly stamped with C Fraktur acceptance marks. 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 a gilt Keiser Wilhelm II Crown W Prussian Royal Monogram.

This rare Prussian Army issue First World War Model 1889 Infantry Officers Sword is in excellent original 'investment quality' condition. It has everything you look for in a Preußen Infanterie-Degen M1889 and is fitted with one of the finest blades I have ever come across on one of these swords.  All up, a ripper of a sword. 

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.0000
Country of Origin German
Sword Type Infantry, Officer
Maker E&F HÖRSTER SOLINGEN
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1914
Overall Length (mm) 965
Blade Length (mm) 815
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 24
Scabbard Blue steel
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 835