In good condition, an exceptionally rare 1876M Prussian dengen
(Cuirassier sword) by F. D . Luneschloss.
Rare on two counts; first, it is an 1876M Prussian Cuirassier sword
(a variation / improvement on the 1854M); second it is marked "F
D" with the Luneschloss helmet and sword Trademark (a scarce
variation mark of P D Luneschloss). Not many of this model were
actually made, because the Prussians had a glut of captured French
swords from their victory in the Franco-Prussian war of 1871. This
model is shown on page 181 (Swords of Prussia section) in "German
Swords and Swords Makers" by Richard H. Bezdek.
The 35 1/2 inch blade is in good condition and firm in the hilt.
The hilt is overall good, the inner lip of the hilt is bent down
(this is the norm, they were made with this bend, though this one
may have been bent a little further than normal), a small crack
to one bar, some denting but not too much. The walnut grip has lost
its leather covering and twisted grip wire, and has some shrinkage
cracks. The single suspension ring (popular with France and Germany
/ Prussia) steel scabbard is in good condition. The sword sheathes
and draws well, if a little loosely as the tightening screw is missing.
A rare, rare, rare sword and only £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference number AA63 (0047). Further / full sized
images upon request.