For your consideration is this unique pairing of a German NCO sword with an American NCO scabbard. This Imperial German sword was used through the first and second world wars and issued to non-commissioned officers. The blade of the sword is 30” long, and measures 35” long overall. The blade is in very nice shape with no pitting or nicks. The hilt shows wear and loss on the nickel-coated steel. The grip is in very nice condition, wrapped with copper wire. There is no maker’s mark on this sword.
The accompanying scabbard is again made of steel with nickel plating. It is engraved in two places. It says “Distinguished Graduate PFC Charles R. Bowling 263-39-5011” and “2nd Inf Div NCO Academy”. The 2nd Infantry Division was begun in 1917, and played a large role on Omaha Beach in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. It is likely (and pure speculation) that at some point, an American NCO took a German NCO’s saber as a wartime trophy or souvenir. Regardless, these pieces are unique, especially when paired together.
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