Prussian M1852 Infantry Sidearm / Faschinenmesser / Short Sword
Straight, unfullered single-edged 18 ½ inch blade, double-edged towards the tip, S-shaped brass cross hilt, brass grip which is smooth on the inner side (which sits against the uniform) and ribbed on the outer side. Black leather scabbard with brass throat, frog stud and chape. Matching regimental markings to both the hilt of the blade and the throat piece of the scabbard, which indicates that they are an original set (exact regiment indicated by the ‘M.II.13.66.’ mark currently unknown) and inspection stamps to the scabbard. Maker’s mark to the blade is Weyersberg of Solingen.
The very tip of the blade is slightly bent (there is a dent on the scabbard in the same place) and has suffered some limited pitting (see picture). The rest of the blade is in excellent shape. The staple for the scabbard chape piece is missing, but it remains solidly in place. There is a small hole to one side of the scabbard leather and the stitching of the scabbard has opened slightly towards the throat staple.