Jump to content

Christmas Present 1914 Damascus Sword


Recommended Posts

Here are ALL the names, and closeup of WK&C mark, hilt disassembled:

[attachmentid=11063][attachmentid=11064][attachmentid=11065]

From:

Vizefeldwebel dR M?ller

Vizefeldwebel Hoffmeister

Vizefeldwebel dR Lutz

Unteroffiziere dR:

M?hlberger

Klaussner

Acht

Gefreiten dR:

Schmidt

Hochard

Klein

Hillesheim

Weydt

Schieber

Hesse

Sch?tzen dR:

Benscheidt

Burk

Geiger

Gemein

Gross

Harke

Henss

Lorentz

Connenmacher

Schlapp

Schmidt I

Stein

Wahlbrecht

Westhauser

Wissler

Fahrer dR:

Fanderl

Hausmann

Loch

Mandler

Mayer

Trottmann

This was a PRINCELY gift, on the legendary first Christmas of WW1.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is more of the "maiden hair" pattern. Notice that this blade was sharpened for use in the field. The "story" will follow

[attachmentid=11066]

With the inverted color function, pattern shows a little better maybe:

[attachmentid=11361]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

IMAGINE what this cost middle aged enlisted personnel to come up with. speechless1.gif

We see a lot of handicrafts, often generic items like military goods souvenir shop plaques or statues...

but this is THE most extravagent Christmas present to a junior officer from his men that I have ever seen in 40 years collecting. jumping.gifjumping.gif

Damascus swords were top line presents from one officer (or many officers, he hinted wink.gif ) to another.

For a present like this, Leutnent der Reserve Reisse must have REALLY been something special...

and wouldn't it be nice to know how any of these thoughtful (if broke! ohmy.gif ) soldiers survived the war?

Could they ever have imagined that their names would be remembered 91 years later and across the globe?

THAT was some Christmas present! cheers.gif

(PS still no commission checks from Epson cheeky.gif for my tireless recommendations of their 2400 series scanners-- used for all these blade shots.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
  • 2 weeks later...
  • 1 year later...

Ted reminded me of this thread.

Vizefeldwebel der Reserve Reisse of Landwehrbezirk Hanau was commissioned into 1. Kurhessisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 81 as a Leutnant der Reserve with a Patent of 16.10.06. He transfered the following year on 19.12.07 into the Hanau based Infanterie-Regiment Hessen-Homburg Nr. 166. by 1909 he was on the rolls of Landwehrbezirk Aachen and is shown in 1911 as a salesman living at Crefelderstra?e 31 in Aachen. He remained on reserve status with this regiment at least until mobilization in 1914. Herr Reisse's promotion to Oberleutnant der Reserve came on the 24.12.14 where he was shown serving in Brigade Ersatz-Bataillon Nr. 32.

The only other Reisse serving in commissioned status at this time was Hauptmann der Landwehr a.D. (Frankfurt) Reisse in Festungs-Kompanie 4 who had been promoted to that rank on 21.11.14.

Both survived the war.

Regards

Glenn

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 5 years later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...