Royal Prussian M-89 Infantry Shooting Award Degen w/Gilt/blued Double-Etched Damascus Blade (#27861)

Royal Prussian M-89 Infantry Shooting Award Degen w/Gilt/blued Double-Etched Damascus Blade (#27861)

Maker: Stamped Knight’s helmet and raised gilded WEYERSBERG, KIRSCHBAUM & Cie, SOLINGEN TM; Condition: EX-  

$8,750.00

Stamped Knight’s helmet and raised gilded WEYERSBERG, KIRSCHBAUM & Cie, SOLINGEN TM in a blued panel on blade spine. An example of this deluxe sword is illustrated in the Imperial WKC sales catalog as Nr. 6 “Preussische Infanterie Offizzier-Degen, fien ciselirt, mit Trophäenkappe”.  Gilded brass, deluxe hilt fittings show light surface wear to highlights with virtually 100% of the matte, honey-gold, factory gilding remaining in the recesses of the heavily chiseled pommel with raised motif of crossed swords and flags flanking a raised eagle and military equipment, pommel cap with raised Crown and WRII cipher, oak-leaf pattern ferrule, and knuckle-bow with raised, stippled border and non-folding handguard with Imperial eagle and “WRII” cipher.  The black/dark brown Bakelite grip shows virtually no surface wear with no cracks or chips and no damage to the double-twisted silver wire wrap or to the brass WRII cipher pinned to the obverse. Hilt is complete with white leather finger loop showing age/wear, but no rips or tears. Straight, double-fullered, “maiden hair” Damascus blade with double-etched blued and gilded panels grades EX showing light surface wear/runner marks with surface speckling to obverse and reverse bluing/gilding.  Obverse blade features a 15 ¾” blued panel with raised gold floral motif flanking and etched in gilt letters, Eisenhouer flanking a three panel raised gold motif on a blued background of an Prussian spiked helmet above crossed riffles / a crowned WRII cipher and / crossed swords and bugle. Reverse blade features a 15 ¾” long blued presentation panel with raised gold floral motif and etched in gilt letters, Damaststahl flanking a central, three-ribbon inscription in raised gothic letters, “Ehrenpreis für hervorrnnende / Schiessleistungen 1909. / Dem Hauptmann HOLTZ im Thüringischen Infanterie – Regiment No 72” (Prize for shooting 1909 Captain Holtz in 4th Thüringian Infantry Regiment No. 72).  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. Research in the Imperial German Army Ranklists (1888 – 1914/1918 Honor Ranklist) shows Herr Holtz was commissioned as an Infantry Officer on 17 September 1887 in the 6th Thuringian  Infantry Regiment Nr. 95 garrisoned in Coburg located in the Thuringian region of northern Bavaria. During his career which spanned the period 1889 thru  the end of WWI, Herr Holtz served with Thuringian Infantry Regiments 72, 95, and 96 as well as special duty assignments with the NCO School in Weissenfels SE of Leipzig and the Kriegsschule in Engers North Koblenz on the Rhein River.  Herr Holtz served through WWI on the staff of Infantry Regiment Nr. 96 and appears the 1914/1918 Honor Ranklist in the rank of Oberstleutnant  Retired and deceased on 27 June 1920. Nice presentation M-89 Infantry Shooting Award Degen with Damascus blade which could be further researched. EX-.