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David R 30th November 2021 02:00 PM

M1861 Austrian officers sabre.
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I saw the odd one or two of these turning up at the fairs from a few years ago. Considering how solid and nice most Austrian swords are, these are really quite a contrast. Very cheap looking and often with flaking plating. This one turned up on Sunday, over-cleaned no visible markings and minus scabbard, but inexpensive enough that I was happy to buy it as an example of type. The guard is flat flimsy and plain, but the blade though narrow is serviceable. I suspect the bulk of them date to the WW1 expansion of the army to over seven million men. The pattern is still current for the Austrian army.

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