Imperial German Infantry Officer’s Damascus Presentation Sword-This is a very nice Damascus presentation example, the hilt and handle retain most of the finish. A portion of the leather strap is still present. There is a large enameled pip on the handle. It appears a second one was once there, but it is missing. The handle is in fine condition with some minor wear and discoloration. The wire wrap is missing. The hilt is hinged and functions properly. The blade measures just under 32” long. The hilt is an extremely ornate highly detailed hilt, the folding guard has the Wilhelm II Crest. The pommel cap is also heavily engraved with what I believe to be is the coat of arms for this Officer’s family. The straight blade is made of hand forged true Damascus. We have made no attempt whatsoever to clean this, as there is a 9 ½” section on both sides that is not only gilted but has a blue recess. The obverse of the blade is engraved with the following: “von Gersdoff s/l. von Behr Engers 1898”. The gold gilting on both sides, combined with the blue panels are still in excellent condition. The blade is also marked Damaststael Eisenhauer. The felt buffer is still in place under the cross guard. The nickel-plated scabbard retains at least 90% of its plating and has two belt loops for attaching. Imperial swords are not my forte, but I can see this is truly a work of art!
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