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Pre-WW1 Imperial German Baden Damascus Officer Sword -Ewald Cleff -Damast—ID’d

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1 German Imperial Baden infantry officer sword. The maker is marked on the blade: "Ewald Cleff Solingen".

Dimensions: The total length is 37 inches (94.0 cm), the length of the blade is 31.5 inches (80.0 cm), the width of the blade at the heel is .9 inches (2.4 cm).  

The blade is fine damascus.  The blade on both sides is decorated with etching, carving and engraving with gilding. The base of the blade's decor is a stylized leaf-and-vegetable ornament with the addition of military armature (crossed sabers, mines, pipes, drums, torches). On the right side of the blade in a stylized ribbon, a gilded inscription is cut with a gothic font "Dem scheidenden kameraden" Major Shulz "and an image of the Baden coat of arms.

On the left side of the blade the craftsman and the place of manufacture are stamped "EWALD CLEFF. SOLINGEN".  The blade on the blade as well as on the right side of the blade in a stylized ribbon is cut out with a gilded inscription in gothic type" Das offizier = korps Des 6. Badishen infanterie = regiments Kiser Frifrich III No. 114 1880-1890". 

As mentioned, blade was made by Ewald Cleff in Solingen.  This Ewald Cleff company was founded in 1862.  In some periods it produced cold steel for the Prussian and Bavarian armies.  The blade has a rich decorative finish and is forged from Damascus steel.  This fact is confirmed by the inscription on the blade "Aecht Damast // Eisenhauer", which translates as "The real damast of fine quality".  The word "Eisenhauer" literally means "chopping iron" and it was written when they wanted to confirm the quality of the blade steel.

The full inscription on this fine sword reads "The retiring Major Shulzu is from the Officer Corps of the 6 Baden Infantry Regiment" Kaiser Frederick III No. 114, 1880-1890 ".
The handle is Silver-gilted with an R-shaped guard "bluesherovskogo" type.  The top is made in the form of a sculpted head of a lion whose eyes are made of red faceted glass.  The back of the hilt is decorated with a relief floral ornament.  The grip is covered with a polished shark skin and is equipped with a twisted wire of light metal in three rows.  The bottom of the handle is a brass Silvered frame with a relief floral ornament.

The scabbard has a handsome darkened, almost blued finish.

This scabbard has an occasional minor dent.  There is no oxidation whatsoever on the sword blade.  This fine sword is in unquestionably exceptional condition.

Specific Name Specific Value
Period 1880-1910 A.D.
Country Germany, Baden region
Maker Ewald Cleff
Type Infantry Officer, damascus blade

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