Austrian Model 1869/90 Military Intendant Official’s Sword

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A very rare and scarce Austrian Model 1869/90 Military Intendant Official's Sword.  This sword was introduced for officials in management positions and replaced the Model 1849 sword.  The sword comprises a brass hilt wrapped with brass twistwire and has a prominent globular pommel with raised tang button.  The hilt also has two shell guards that can be worn either folded up or outwards.  The blade is plain and nickel-plated and is faintly marked to a German Solingen maker.  The sword comes complete with a leather and brass scabbard that is on a metal shell.

Model 1890 Military Intendant's Sword

This probably designates it as being the later Model 1890 as this new type of scabbard was introduced then.  Condition of the sword is good overall - there is a bend to one of the shell guards and the leather to the scabbard has perished in places.  The length of the blade is 30 inches (35 inches overall). More information on this sword can be found in the excellent book - With Drawn Sword - Austro-Hungarian Edged Weapons 1848-1918, by Ortner and Artlieb.

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