Lot 3773: BAYERN - A sword for officers

Hermann Historica GmbH

October 19, 2012
Munich, Germany

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Description: BAYERN
A sword for officers
of Infantry of the Würzburg Rhine Confederation, style of wear from 1806 on. Straight blade of flattened hexagonal cross section, both sides halfway fullered, brass-inlaid wolf marks within each fuller. Gilt brass knuckle-bow hilt of multiple cast parts, symmetrical guard. Cipher "F" on obverse grip (for Ferdinand III of Tuscany) beneath a prince´s crown, the reverse with "W" (Würzburg). The blade slightly stained, the gilding somewhat rubbed. Length 100 cm. Ferdinand III of Tuscany signed a treaty with revolutionary France in 1792. In 1802 he was elevated to the newly-instituted Electorate of Salzburg which was duly exchanged in 1805 for the Grand Duchy of Würzburg, this in turn became part of the Confederation of the Rhine in 1806. An extremely rare officer´s weapon. Provenance: Alfred Wunderlich Collection.
Condition Report: II
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