Item #: 1002-142 -- A Mid-19th Century Prussian Artillery Short Sword "Seitengewehr Umgeandertes Muster" -- $395.00
A Prussian U/M (Umgeandertes Muster = "altered pattern") artillery sword in a brass mounted leather scabbard. The hilt of brass with grooved panel to the obverse and plain reverse and with recurved quillons. The reverse crossguard stamped 5.R.A.F.[??] indicating the 5th Reserve Foot Artillery Regt. The scabbard associated but apparently correct, the locket with numerous cancelled regimental stamps, the latest uncancelled stamp being 5.T.P.5.13. Also present is a Gothic crowned 'D' or 'W' cypher. The chape with a crowned 'A'. The spine of the blade stamped with Gothic crowned "FW" (Friedrich Wilhelm, r. 1795-1861), "71" and crowned 'T'. This sword was adopted in 1860 during reorganization of the Prussian Army. Since Friedrich Wilhelm died in 1861, this is a very early example of this pattern of weapon, which was also carried by infantry of the line until introduction of the Mauser M71 rifle. GC; scabbard leather dry, stitching separating slightly, blade lightly cleaned and with dings to the spine. Overall in sheath 57.8 cm.