Deluxe Hilt M-89 Infantry Presentation Degen w/Gilt/blued Double-Etched Damascus Blade (#28215)

Deluxe Hilt M-89 Infantry Presentation Degen w/Gilt/blued Double-Etched Damascus Blade (#28215)

No maker; Condition: EX++

$6,750.00

 

No maker.  Lower portion of ricasso is marked EISENHAUER DAMAST – STAHL.   Distributor mark to spine CARL STAHL CASTEL Gilded brass, deluxe hilt fittings show light surface wear to the heavily chiseled pommel, oak-leaf pattern ferrule, and knuckle-bow with raised, stippled border and non-folding handguard with Imperial eagle and “WRII” cipher. The black bakelite grip shows light surface wear with no damage to the double-twisted silver wire wrap or to the brass WRII cipher pinned to the obverse. Pommel cap features entwined, engraved initials of recipient.  Straight, double-fullered, “maiden hair” Damascus blade with double-etched blued and gilded panels grades EX++ showing light surface wear/runner marks and no chips or cuts.  Obverse blade features a dark blued panel with raised gold floral motif flanking a gilded dedication CREMER S./L (in heartfelt (respect)  BIEMANN with second line CASSEL 1890. Cremer and Riemann appear in a number of different rank lists starting in 1890 through 1914. As they do not appear in the same unit, this is most likely a commissioning gift as they both appear as Lieutenants in 1890. Most likely, based on location of garrisons, the Cremer named to this sword was assigned as a Lieutenant to Infantry Regiment Frieherr von Sparr (3. Westfalishes) Nr. 16. Reverse blade features dark blued panel with “spoils of war” consisting of canon, helmets, spikes, and floral motif.   Blade is complete with double, brown leather buffer pads. The steel scabbard with single suspension band/ring shows faint depressions with uniform wear/loss of black enamel over the original factory bluing and is complete with both throat retaining screws. EX++.