No idea what I “Yarded” today- sword

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  1. kBob

    kBob Member

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    00216623-FF5B-47D3-B713-41659851D2E5.jpeg Just picked up a neat School or fraternal blade ( I think)

    30 inch blade
    35.5 overall

    flat oval “rapier” blade
    No edges sharpe
    Double sided point

    marked on blade between three and two inches from hilt “F.DeCaro”
    And
    “GERMANY” right at hilt

    seems to fit steel scabbard with three rings
    Two rings on top”belt” and one on bottom that came with it and the ring belts seem the same style decorations as hilt.

    hilt seems leather wrapped

    anyone no what I have and no doubt payed too much for?

    -kBob
     
  2. entropy

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    Probably a school sword. I don't see any fraternal marks or objects. It's not issue, but it looks very similar to an 1840 Officers Presentation Grade Sword. Were it authentic, (that is, had provenance as an Officer's sword) it might well be worth whatever you paid for it.
    The blade is most likely from Solingen.
     
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  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like a federal eagle on the shell guard.

    Get some pictures (outside, in shade of house, no flash) of the blade and we'll know much more.
     
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    Look for a mark of a squirrel & an acorn.
     
  5. Slamfire

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    There is not enough information to really state what it is, because I can't see the blade and the markings. However the hilt appears to be following the Model 1806 Staff and Field Sword.


    https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/142953-model-1860-staff-and-line-officers-swor

    better pictures in this ebay auction

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/154612465099?hash=item23ff9efdcb:g:XN8AAOSw-hFhQ1Zf

    Now the statement "made in Germany" probably puts it closer to 1900 or 1920. Post WW1, there are a lot of 1902 swords floating around with made in Germany on them.

    s-l1600.jpg

    so I suspect yours is a sword from a military school, or some sort of organization that wanted to carry swords in parades.

    Based on what I see on the 1860 Staff and Field, you could toast marshmallows with the thing, but it would be inadvisable to hit anyone with one.
     
  6. hso

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    f687534f855f6492a98cc03abd44c9bb.jpg
    This is a Civil War Staff Officers sword.

    Yours appears to be slightly different in the guard decoration.
     
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