This rare sword is the Austro-Hungarian 1889 pattern for state officials.
The 710mm single-edged blade has a slightly rounded spine above a long single fuller. The blade is slightly curved and terminates in a spear point. The edge is unsharpened, and the blade is in great condition. The ricasso is stamped “Solingen,” indicating that the sword is of German manufacture.
The highly ornate guard is pierced with a design of oak leaves and scrolls and incorporates the Imperial coat of arms, a double-headed eagle with marshalled arms of Habsburg, Babenberg and Lorraine displayed on the Escutcheon, Order of the Golden Fleece and Imperial Crown. This coat of arms was in use from 1867 until 1915. The guard is in good condition. The shagreen wrapped grip is in good condition and the blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its black leather covered wooden scabbard. The scabbard has ornate brass mounts with a fixed suspension bar on the back of the locket and a fixed suspension ring on the middle band. The locket bears the Royal cypher of Emperor Franz Joseph I who reigned from 1848 until his death in 1916. The scabbard is in good condition with wear and scuffs consistent with its age. A small section of leather above the chape has been replaced. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a very nice example of a rare Austro-Hungarian M1889 sabre for state officials.
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