An Austrian Model 1850 Infantry Officer’s Sword – Saxony? This sword has a finely etched blade and is complete with its original scabbard. This model of Austrian infantry officer’s sword was the first standardised officer’s edged weapon for infantry in service with the Imperial Austrian Army and was carried by both Austrian and Hungarian infantry regiments. The introduction of this sword was required because of the wide diversity in sword styles evident at that period of time and was eventually approved by the Emperor Francis Joseph I, in 1850. This sword comprises a steel stirrup-type knuckleguard, fishskin grip (minus wire), double sword knot slips to the rear of the hilt and a very well etched blade that includes stands of trophies, royal coat of arms and scrolling foliage. The blade is maker marked to German sword makers, Weyersberg, Kirschbaum and Company. The coat of arms evident on the blade is similar to the state coat of arms seen in the German state of Saxony and also the fact that the sword was made by a German sword maker (Austria tended to produce their own swords) makes me wonder if this model was adopted for a time by Saxon infantry officers? Both blade and hilt have always been together so this is not a put together piece. In good condition – some staining to hilt – blade very clean. Blade length is 33.5 inches (39 inches overall).
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