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Hi Again, Just in case of any confusion with sword hilt assembly I am including a few happy snaps to illustrate the principal differences encountered on German army sabres for reference.
1. As can be seen in the two swords below, the rivetted construction requires larger back strap "flaps" extending over the sides of the grip to accommodate the rivets. Some swords have mock rivets but actual rivets are easy to spot and test. I use a finger nail and if it is a rivet per see, you will get the nail under the edge of the rivet.
2. Subsequent to the removal of the rivets, tha back strap can be moved in a vertical direction to dislocate the retaining tongue at the base of the strap. As can be seen in the following shots, once the back strap has been removed this gives access to the actual grip. This makes the replacement of the grip wrap wire relatvely simple and should it be necessary to remove the complete hilt assembly from the blade, it also gives access to the tang head which is peened over the guard upper tongue.
With swords that have the blade tang attached directly to the back strap, there is little or no need for the "flaps" other than for aethetic reasons. There are two basic methods of attaching the back strap to the blade tang. the most bisic is to drill a hole in the pommel, insert the tang through the hole, cut it to the required length then peen the end until secure and then smooth it off. Usually found on better quality swords, the second method is a bit more involved. This requires a brass headless rivet to be attached to the end of the tang prior to assembly. The brass tip rather than the tang itself is then inserted through the pommel and peened over. On cat head swords, the usual practice is to then file the rivet in such a way as to disguise it as part of the cat's mane. Unfortunately, these types of assembly do not lend themselves to hilt repair as the whole hilt has to be removed.
The first picture is of a simulated rivet head added as part of the design of the back strap.
The third is of a lion head back strap held by a brass headless rivet. This is the style favoured on both TR and Imperial naval swords.
the second is of lion head with the tang peened directly over the pommel.
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