German. Saxon Infantry Pioneers Short Sword M1845 Fascine Knife
» German. Saxon Infantry Pioneers Short Sword M1845 Fascine Knife
Faschinenmesser model 1845. This fascine knife was issued to Saxon infantry regiments for use in both close quarters battle and as a general-purpose knife. It was often used for cutting brush to make fascines and gabions – hence its name.
The heavy 478mm single edged blade has a thick, flat spine and a hatchet point. The ricasso is stamped with the maker’s name, Gebr. Weyersberg, Solingen. The forte bears a crowned inspection stamp. The blade is in good condition with age and use related patina, dings and small patches of pitting.
The ribbed brass hilt has a flat crosspiece with button finials. The crosspiece bears the unit marking of the 6th Saxon Infantry regiment.
The brass mounted leather scabbard is in good condition with the stitching intact and strong. There are scuffs and other age and use related marks on the black leather but the leather itself is strong.
The brass scabbard throat lacks its frog stud is marked for the 6th Saxon Infantry regiment. The Faschinenmesser fits perfectly into the scabbard and is held firmly.
This is a great example of an increasingly hard to find Kingdom of Saxony fascine knife dating from the mid-19th Century.