Imperial Mining Service (Bergbau) Sword w/Double-Etched Blade & Sword Knot (#25532)

Imperial Mining Service (Bergbau) Sword w/Double-Etched Blade & Sword Knot (#25532)

Maker: Side-by-side king's head & knigh's head above WK&C TM; Condition: EX+

$1,850.00

Side-by-side king’s head & knigh’s head above WK&C TM. An illustration of this pattern sword appears in the Imperial Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie. Sales catalog as pattern No. 139 (Bergmanns – Schlepps√§bel). Plain, gilded brass hilt fittings show light surface wear, with portions of the gilding remaining on pommel/backstrap, knuckle-bow and crossguard. A silver Miner’s hammer and mallet insignia of the Mining Service (Bergbau) is pinned to the obverse langet. Black sharkskin grip shows light surface wear with one small crack to sharkskin/wooden base on upper obverse, but no damage tight triple-silver wire wrap. Plated, double-etched blade measuring 33″ in length grades EX+ features 13 1/8″ long etched panels on both obverse and reverse with floral and military equipment motifs on light gray frosted background. Both panels, as well as the laurel leaf motif on the blade spine, show only minor wear to the background frosting. Lower blade shows minor gray speckling and several tiny nicks to cutting edge and is complete with original red felt blade buffer pad. Black leather scabbard shows surface wear/scuffs and one minor crease, but no rips or tears and no damage to the reverse stitching. Upper, center, and lower gilded brass fittings show traces of gilding with a minor depression to the reverse upper fitting and to obverse lower fitting. All three retaining staples are present. The original Miner’s gold bullion sword knot with black stripes grades EX+ showing light wear/age patina, but no rips or fraying. EX+ (25532)¬†