Jump to content


Active Contributor
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by aussiesoldier

  1. My cavalry comment is linked to the shape of the handle and what looks like a straight blade for the most right hand officer. The 'negro' look - is it not possible? There were many 'gemischte Rasse' (mulato?) Germans in nth Germany, particularly the port cities. Happy to go along with your description.
  2. At least on photo 4, a cavalry photograph, shows German negro soldiers. Most unusual in Bavaria, although I believe many served.
  3. This is a Pattern 1822/46 Light Cavalry sword. It is 103.5cm long. The 1845 blade design, outlined by Henry Wilkinson, was intended to be a more practical fighting blade than the pipe-backed blade which was used as regulation for officers' swords between 1821 and 1845/6. The slightly curved, polished steel blade is 82.6 cm long. The hilt and the grip is wire wrapped black leather. It is clearly made to withstand wear and use, however, unlike the standard pattern which had a knurled thumb rest, this example only has the outline of the border of where the knurling should be. Instead of a brass p
  4. Hi, I collect and research military swords and then use them as teaching aids with secondary school history students. Recently I have taken to giving talks to antique and military sword collectors. It was my intention to keep the sword as part of my display and for the purposes stated. I have no intentions of selling and when I die I was going to give it to the local RSL as a representation of Korean War service. I can assure you it is well looked after and as you can see, I spent a great deal of time researching the background of its owner. I have been unable to discover his WW2 ser
  5. Gentlemen, The following is the result of a great deal of research into a sword I purchased that did NOT fit into what I thought was correct, however, I believe I have scored a gem - something quite special and seemingly rare. Following the end of WWI and the creation of the post-war German Weimar Republic, Reichswehr Infantry Officers initially used an IOD-89 pattern Degen. The Degen was without the WRII grip cipher and with the Weimar pattern eagle without the Prussian crown, WRII cipher, sword or sceptre replacing the Imperial eagle on the guard. It is my belief that this sword is
  6. John Edgar Dent was born in Dec. 1863 at Hendon, Middlesex. He attended Sandhurst Military College in 1882 graduating as a Lieutenant. He was commissioned and posted 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Borderers, in Gibraltar in Mar, 1883. He would have purchased his first sword upon commissioning, a 1845 Infantry sword. The 2nd Battalion return to England in June, 1886 and was renamed King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1887. In July, 1888, his battalion embarked for Egypt, joining the Suakin Field Force in Dec. 1888. Lt. Dent saw combat service in Soudan & Frontier. He fought at Gemaiz
  7. Gentlemen, I had the pleasure of bringing this sword back to Australia from California(?????). Can't help but think it has some importance to the Royal Australian Navy. It is a Wilkinson sword and engraved with his initials and name; J R N Salthouse = LCDR (P) John Roy Norman Salthouse (RAAF) RAN Service – 3rd FEB 1948 TO MAY 1968 * John Roy Norman Salthouse was born on October 10, 1925, the son of Ms. Rosenwax and John. West Melbourne Victoria J R N Salthouse (438534) enlisted in the RAAF on 23 October, 1943, probably in Melbourne and obviously trained as a fighter
  8. Chris, Don't know if this is true of all Infantry swords of the Bavarian Army but I own two very different I.O.S 1855 swords. (1) A fairly plain sword measuring 95.6 cm fitted with black metal fittings and a black scabbard made by Josef Vierheiligs of Munich, 1855 – 1887. I have assumed that this might well be purchased by a Unteroffizier mit Portpee or a cheap skate officer! (2) A more elaborate Löwekopf Infanterie Offizier Säbel, 94 cm long with brass fittings and a black scabbard showing no makers' mark. Would one expect officer's swords to usually be shorter or is this just
  9. Thanks, that's what I thought. Both things could be true - a large number of a new style IOD89 made under King Karl and not enough sold to replace the monogram AND simply leaving the it that way. If you place a monogram on your weapons, why would it not reflect the current monarch?
  10. Makes sense = Einjährig-Freiwilliger (One-Year Volunteer Enlistee) I looked up traditional German Gothic and that is what a gothic 'G' was but an E !!!!!! Thanks. No ideas on the other problem?
  11. Knowledgeable Colleagues. I have been pondering these two problems for a long while. 1. Are all Kingdom of Württemberg I OD89 engraved with the royal cipher of King Karl I? Did it eventually change in the C20th? 2. Is a old German Gothic inscription challenge. I can not find a German word that starts with these four letters in either archaic German dictionaries or a more modern dictionary. Part of the translation is reasonably easy (yes that's a bold statement). 'Ginj. Freiw.D.Nebelung' = Ginj. Free Volunteers of Nebelung (Forest?) If you are able to help, whta does the abbr
  12. Update on the Spanish 1895. Recent research reveals the existence of official OFFICER variations. This is a ‘Thomas Modelo’ 1895 Mounted Troops Sabre. These private purchase sabres were purchased by officers serving in mounted troop corps such as transport, engineers, etc. This sabre was ordered by an Artillery Corps officer, probably upon graduation in 1897. (See artillery corps emblem on guard, initials of the officer and the official cypher of Spain.) There were also versions designed for cavalry and infantry officers, very similar but smaller and with two screws in the g
  13. The 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers’ Sword To go to another British sword I own, the 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers’ Sword is a straight-bladed, three-quarter basket-hilted sword that has been the regulation sword for officers of the line infantry of the British Army from 1897 to the present day. The curved, Gothic-hilted 1821 and 1845 Pattern infantry swords, although elegant, had been widely criticized as fighting swords. In common with British cavalry swords of the era, they were compromised cut-and-thrust swords and as a consequence were not ideal for either task. In 1
  14. I thought I might offer a continuation of this quest by describing the 1885 British Cavalry Sword. I own one of these weapons and they a considerable beast of a thing. British Pattern 1885 sword The British Pattern 1885 sword was designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades, therefore (as is the case with most Victorian cavalry blades) it was a compromise and not good for either. The hilt design was first introduced for the 1864 pattern, this was pri
  15. Well done, Mike. Fascinating series of variation in design of the pugaree/hat band. Photographs of the Light Horse clearly show many of these variations, sometimes in the same photo, and one with the 6th ALH with their koala pugaree.
  16. Thanx. I am using this year's major occasions to cover the year of the Light Horse. Anzac Day Service is an overview of my personal hero of WW1, Lt Gen Harry Chauvel and the Light Horse. We will commemorate the charge in October and I have the grandson of Trooper Ernst Pauls (12th ALH Regt and in the charge!) as a video guest - he will be in Israel - he will use extracts from the diary to fill out the history. Dec 9 is Hannukah and the date lines up with the liberation of Jerusalem and the celebration of the Maccabees' victory. I am also covering Bullecourt, Gaza, Hazelbrook from WW1 an
  17. Looks a lot like the crown from Hesse Darmstadt as seen on belt buckles etc.
  18. Second sentence should read "The SWORD looks like . . ." To counter this, the blade looks flat and that is much more typical of the 1895 issue cavalry sword. Maybe the owner didn't like the new hand grip? See attachment. Evolution of 1860 (A), 1880 (B), 1895 (C) & 1907 (D) patterns
  19. G'day, Finally got around to reading all the different sites. The guard looks like an 1880 Spanish Cavalry Sword and government issue by the maker's mark. 1895 indicates a very late production or a preference over the newer 1895 Spanish Cavalry Sword that had a very innovative hand-grip that was much more hand form-fitting. The guard, however, looks far more like a guard from an 1895! Officer with 1895 pictured above. I posted on my private purchase 1895 Cavalry Sword previously. Hope this helps.
  20. Just to balance my collection, I added a private purchase 1896 Cavalry Officer's sword - probably from c.1910. The French government decided to make another attempt to design an acceptable sword with the design of the M1896 cavalry sword. This straight bladed sword was designed for both heavy and light cavalry, the only difference being the length of the blade: 950mm for the heavy cavalry troopers and 900mm for the light cavalry. The full basket five bars brass hilt had two sidebars symmetrically arranged each side of the knuckle bow. The design of the hilt ornamentation was entru
  21. Gentlemen, I could not help myself. Having watched a Matt Easton special on the French, 1882 Infantry sword, I decided to buy one. In 1882 the new pattern was the M1882 with a thin straight blade. The regulation pattern should have a Chatellerault blade, but actually many officers 1882 swords were issued by private cutlers and bear only their mark. Mine is marked as E.BIDAL 3 RUE DE RICHELIEU PARIS on one side and Klingenthal on the other. Apparently they were well-known retailers operating at that address in the 1890s. In parallel with the M1882, the old M1845/55 was still used b
  22. David and Brian, Thought I might add to this. I am lucky enough to know the wartime story of my Shun Gunto as dad brought it home from Buna/Gona in 1942 having taken off a Japanese 'Officer' who no longer had a need for. I had to replace the leather cover as all that was left after years of neglect was the lace section at the top. It never had a locking mechanism and was held in its wooden scabbard by pressure. There are no makers marks beyond a red painted symbol for Tokyo Arsenal. I had some assistance in tracing it and according to someone who knew it was probably machine ma
  23. Dear GMIC members, Maybe an answer to my challenge from across the Channel. I registered on the Feldgrau site and one possibility arose. Corporal Wilhelm Bonig was from the small rural town of Dohnsen, in the district of Holzminden, to the south of Hannover He was listed as wounded in the 7 December, 1917 casualty list. Rural towns would have provided the horsemen necessary for a cavalry regiment and it is at least a logical solution. Considering the destruction of Prussian military records in April, 1945 air raids, I suspect this is almost as good as it is
  24. I have recently had some success chasing down a soldier's details from a very meagre beginning and I have a a faint hope that the site might be able to help me again. I have a; Kavallerie-Degen M.1889, 2 Hannover Dragoon Regt Nr16, Lüneburg; a "Eigentuems Stuecken" or "Owned Pieces" with the o wner’s name engraved on bottom of guard = GEFR BONIG. The regiment's story is The 16th (2nd Hannover) Dragoons : On mobilization, the 16th Dragoons, was raised to a strength of 6 squadrons before being split into two half-regiments of 3 squadrons each. The half-regiments were assigned as division
  25. I have, with the help of an number of websites, discovered the story of my sword's original owner. F L JOHNSTON, SCOTTISH HORSE. He was born 31/1/95. In the ranks of the Territorials to 11/3/15 when on the 12th March 1915, he is commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Low Johnston, Scottish Horse and transferred to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment). and served with the regiment in Egypt in 1916 to 11 November, 1918. He was promoted Lt. in September, 1917 and as Acting Captain on 1 November, 1918. Transferred to the Russian Front (Russian Civil War) in December, 1918
  • Create New...