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Help identify E&F Horster Solingen sword

Article about: I have this sword my great grandpa gave me a few years back. I never had the chance to ask him how he came by getting it. I've looked for similar swords with no luck. It's fairly simple in d

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    Default Help identify E&F Horster Solingen sword

    I have this sword my great grandpa gave me a few years back. I never had the chance to ask him how he came by getting it. I've looked for similar swords with no luck. It's fairly simple in design, like someting that was mass produced so I'm assuming it's not too old. The only markings on the blade is "E&F Hörster Solingen" and then the number "13" on the hilt and "19" on the scabbard. Being that these numbers do not match, I am assuming that the sword that was made for this scabbard got misplaced, or it's irrelevant. Here are some pictures.

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    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    Sadly, I cannot advise you much about the sword. My knowledge of non Third Reich swords, which I think this maybe, is sadly very lacking and I have no reference material on the subject.

    But here are a couple of my observations.

    While the sword is German made, it is not necessarily made for the German Army. This company made products for export.

    Going by the makers marking I think the sword has some age to it and could well be pre 1933 in date. All the images I have found with this style of marking are on older products of this company.

    The "13" on the crossguard is most likely an accountability marking, as the sword my well have been an issue item loaned out of the QM stores. With regard to the number "19": if this were a number to the actual scabbard, I would have thought it might have been placed in a more noticable position?

    Sorry I cannot be of more help. Hopefully someone with a greater knowledge of this sword will see you post?

    Cheers, Ade.

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    OCHawgy

    This is similar to a Weimar era Saxon Police sword for enlisted men.

    The illustration I have found (in George Wheeler's Seitengewehr) shows a very similar sword but in an all steel scabbard.

    Issue weapons normally carry a Police property marking for the town or district ie S.P.L - Sachsiches Landespolizei Leipzig.

    Not conclusive I'm afraid but not my specialised subject.

    You could try Sword Forum International - George Wheeler is a member there.

    Hope this helps a little.

    Regards

    Richie

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