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"Nine-Rivet" TWM

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Whilst browsing around an antiques centre today, I came across this little modestly priced beauty amongst a load of overpriced Nazi era junk. So far, I've only come across up to eight rivets on the reverse of a TWM. Anyone any ideas on the maker of this one ? Only mark is the 925 silver content mark.

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Yet another for the throng of unknowns! That tughra (looks like somebody stuck 4 fingers and their thumb into wet cement and swirled it around-- a memorable design feature) and the absolutely plain arm edges are unlike any other I've seen.

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This example is made by AWS, which I believe is Alfred Werner & Sohne. Their mark, when it appears, is the letters AWS in a wappen (coat of arms) cartouche. They are best known for making the "pillowback" 1914 EK1s. I would think this is a fairly early example because of the complex 9-rivet construction. A marked AWS that I've seen had simpler construction, but the obverse details were identical.

Tim

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The reverse is different, 8 rivets and variant needle.

It is stamped 925

Regards

Uwe

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Thanks Tim and Uwe! One more mystery solved! :cheers:

Only FOUR fingers stuck in the tughra "mud" on Uwe's, but the "finger" or "bullet" holes in the middle of it remain very distinctive.

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