Rare WW1 Austrian 1850/1871 Model Naval Officer's
In good condition, a super rare WW1 Austrian (Austro-Hungarian
1850/1871 Model) Naval Officer's Sword (AKA Neptune / Mermaids Naval
Probably the most attractive naval officer's sword ever made, and
one of the rarest. Neither Austria nor Hungary have a navy any more.
Why? Because their coastal lands including the ports of Trieste,
Pola, Fiume, and Ragusa) were taken from them by the victorious
Allied and given to Italy and the the then Yugoslavia (now those
coastal regions are within Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro),
and their navy confiscated; this sword was part of that Allied confiscation.
The 28 inch blade is in good condition, the two tablet etching
areas still clear, some rust patches though mostly to the spine,
firm in the hilt. The brass hilt very good (the few others we have
seen over the years were bent / damaged), depicting twin Austro-Hungarian
Eagle, Mermaids and Anchor. The brass back piece with Neptune. The
grip very good, no losses (again, others over the years have has
grip loss). The twisted grip wire good. The scabbard os good but
the leather has dry shrunk a little so that some of the stitching
has failed and the sword only sheathes easily until the last 1/4
inch. The original belts are faded but a huge bonus (first time
we have seen these).
A great kaiserliche und königliche Kriegsmarine (k.u.k.) sword
in well above average condition. An absolute must for any WW1 /
naval sword collector. Our price is £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference R30 (0493). Further / full sized images
available upon request.