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Mid-19th C. German Steel Short Sword w/ Ivory Handle

Western Europe, Germany, ca. mid-19th century CE. A forged-steel short sword with an elegant presentation. The sheath is comprised of a thin wooden interior lining with red felt padding near the opening, an iron hand grip with a small suspension loop, and all wrapped in thick black-painted paper. The handle is rectangular in form with alternating panels of iron and carved African ivory capped with a small iron pommel, and below rests an openwork ovoid guard. The steel blade exhibits a thick spine, sharpened edges, an extremely sharp tip, and incised scrollwork including a dog chasing a boar near the top. A beautiful example! Size: 28.75" L x 4.25" W (73 cm x 10.8 cm); size of blade: 23" L (58.4 cm).

Please note that ivory from any species cannot be shipped to the US States of California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington State. As of 2019, they will not be able to be shipped to Illinois.

Condition: Tip of sheath missing, exposing very sharp sword tip. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, flaking and chipping to sheath pigmentation, slight tarnishing and small oxidation marks to iron and steel components, loss to one iron strip in handle, some separation to red felt components inside sheath, and light yellowing to ivory components. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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