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Help identifying Hessian (?) sword

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by ABTOMAT-47, May 18, 2018.

  1. ABTOMAT-47

    ABTOMAT-47

    483
    Jul 1, 2002
    Got this from a friend who used to have a knife-collecting family member. It's supposed to be some sort of Hessian sword but the quality of the blade doesn't seem right to me. Beyond that I know nothing about IDing swords. Any thoughts? It's definitely old with a nice handle area. The blade is long, straight, and narrow. Markings appear very low quality for the supposed provenance.

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  2. horseclover

    horseclover Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    Hessen. Friedrich II Landgraf of Hesse-Kassel, a state. A pie crusted slot hilt, likely a tribute to Friedrich II The 1780s-1790s a correct timeline and the blade type appropriate. Possibly a military officer's sword. Imo, just postdates the American Revolution and FIIs life but might have been contemporary to his waning years.

    Nice sword.

    Cheers

    GC
     
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  3. ABTOMAT-47

    ABTOMAT-47

    483
    Jul 1, 2002
    Thanks for the info! I talked it over with my friend and decided to sell it on her behalf. Got over $800 on eBay. Not sure how that stacks up against the market, but she's happy. I'm happy too, since she gave me a $200 cut and I turned around and found someone who'd take that for a 1918 Patton I really wanted.
     

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