Pr. Eugen sword - gilt on nickel (?)
hi sword specialistas -
picked up a fine, no mm PE degen; it seems very unusual.
rather than the hilt being zinc or alu , it appears to be solid nickel - or maybe even silver (?!). maybe that's why so very much of the finish remains...
look at the langet - the sole area where the gilt lacquer is missing. looks identical to the nickel blade! I can find zero refs to PE base metal being other than zinc (common) or aluminum (scarce or rare). previously unknown variant??
please comment. thanks heaps!
02-17-2011 01:08 AM
It does look like it's a very nice example. And please correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to be seeing some areas that might be a zinc/gray colored base metal(?). Best Regards, Fred
Hi fred - long time and happy '14! It's like i said 3 years ago - the 'rubbed' langet appeared t/b nickel or nickel plate of the same hue as the blade - even tho gilt wash over nickel mt. Seem odd from the adherence p.o.v. Saw no tell-tale matte gray like on for ex. Late-war zinc badges where the finish is mostly eaten and zink pest results. Cheers dw