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    Sword 11 (124). This is one of my "work in progress" (WIP) swords and is to be renovated. The backstrap appears to be steel affixed directly to the blade tang with a pommel in the form of a lion head with red glass eyes. The grip is of wood with a plastic cover and brass wire wrap. There is no Trade Mark. However, the style of the reverse langet is common to a number of WKC made sword patterns and my assumption is that this is indeed a WKC manufactured sword?? If you know different or disagree, please let me know.

    a. Obverse Langet. Crossed cannon superimposed over foliage.
    b. Reverse langet. Small plain shield of non standard style surmounted by a Knight's Helm (WKC?) superimosed over foliage with a patterned outer boarder. The shield and helm appear to be a fairly common device on WKC swords.
    c. Rarety. Quite common.

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    Sword 12 (177). This sword has a natural finish steel scabbard with double ring suspension fittings and a plain blade. The backstrap is attached directly to the blade tang with a pommel in the form of a jawless lion head in gilded steel but devoid of glass eyes. The grip is of wood with a plastic cover and brass wire wrap. There is no Trade Mark. However, the style of the reverse langet is common to a number of WKC made sword patterns and my assumption is that this is indeed a WKC manufactured sword?? If you know different or disagree, please let me know. The blade spine bears the etched inscription "DOV" in a small pannel. These initials stand for Deutche Offizier Verein.

    a. Obverse Langet. Crossed cannon superimposed over foliage and very similar to #11 above.
    b. Reverse langet. Small plain shield of non standard style surmounted by a Knight's Helm (WKC?) superimosed over foliage with a patterned outer boarder. The shield and helm appear to be a fairly common device on WKC swords. Again, very similar to #11 above.
    c. Rarity. Quite common.
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    Hi All, Some more swords to view. We are still looking at WKC manufactured swords and the following sword are all army patterns. Hope that they are of interest and help to identify some of the vast variety of swords by this high quality producer of edged weaponry.

    Regards Michael Ryan

    Sword 13 (142) The Trade Mark is a King's Head along side a Knight's Helm over the initials "WKC". The inclusion of the trade mark with the knight's helm shown on the reverse langet of this sword does, in my opinion, lend credability to the theory that unmarked blades in conjunction with this particular langer pattern are by WKC??

    a. Hilt. Cast in brass. The backstrap is attached directly to the blade tang. The grip is of wood devoid of cover with a brass wire wrap. The lack of a grip cover is, in my experience, very unusual. There is no evidence of the removal of any cover material. Therefore, my assumption is that this sword was purchased as it is shown.
    b. Obverse Langet. A floral wreath superimposed over crossed swords and crossed lances. Whilst accepting that the usual generic insignia on German swords carried by cavalry is a pair of crossed sabres, when lances are also incorporated with the sabres, there is a belief that the sword belonged to a member of a lancer or ulan regiment??
    c. Reverse langet. WKC style knight's helm with mantle surmounting a styled shield.
    d. Pommel. Lion head with red glass eyes.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with pipe or quill spine.
    f. Scabbard. Standard blued steel scabbard with double ring suspension fittings. The lower suspension fitting has been professionaly removed leaving only the scabbard band. This modification was possibly done to conform with the single suspension TR pattern scabbards? However, there is no suspension loop on the reverse side of the scabbard. Drag stamped with number "10".
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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    Sword 14 (156) The Trade Mark is a King's Head along side a Knight's Helm over the initials "WKC".

    a. Hilt. Cast in brass. The backstrap is riveted. The grip is of wood with a shagreen cover and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Plain.
    c. Reverse langet. Plain.
    d. Pommel. Plain dove head.
    e. Blade. Unattributed etching with single fuller in polished steel.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with single ring suspension fitting.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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    Sword 15 (145) The Trade Mark is a King's Head along side a Knight's Helm over the initials "WKC".

    a. Hilt. Cast in brass with nickel plating. The backstrap is attached directly to the blade tang. The grip is of wood with a shagreen cover and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Plain.
    c. Reverse langet. Plain
    d. Pommel. Plain dove head.
    e. Blade. Plain, polished steel with single fuller.
    f. Scabbard. Missing. Anyone got a spare???
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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    Hi All, Some more Imperial Army swords to view by WKC.

    Regards Michael Ryan

    Sword 16 (115) There is no trade mark on the blade of this sword, however there is typical WKC style a Knight's Helm on the reverse langet of this sword??

    a. Hilt. Cast in steel and gilded and the backstrap is attached directly to the blade tang. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. A floral wreath superimposed over crossed swords and crossed lances. Whilst accepting that the usual generic insignia on German swords carried by cavalry is a pair of crossed sabres, when lances are also incorporated with the sabres, there is a belief that the sword belonged to a member of a lancer or ulan regiment??
    c. Reverse langet. WKC style knight's helm with mantle surmounting a styled shield.
    d. Pommel. Lion head with red glass eyes.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers. The blade is unusual in that it has a pair of very narrow fullers on either side of the standard fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and no loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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    Sword 17 (183) The Trade Mark on the blade of this sword is a Knight's Helm over WKC

    a. Hilt. Cast brass and the backstrap is attached directly to the blade tang. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Floral emblems over a vertical oval disc encompassing crossed cannon and cannon balls.
    c. Reverse langet. Floral emblems over a vertical oval disc encompassing a styalised shield.
    d. Pommel. Lion head.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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    Sword 18 (185) The Trade Mark on the blade of this sword is a King's Head coupled with a Knight's Helm over WKC

    a. Hilt. Cast brass with riveted backstrap. The grip is of wood with a shagreen covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Floral emblems over a vertical oval disc encompassing crossed cannon.
    c. Reverse langet. Floral emblems over a vertical oval disc encompassing a shield.
    d. Pommel. Jawless lion head.
    e. Blade. Polished steel with unatributed etching and single fullers. Blade spine etched with "Gust. Gunther Metz", this is probably the retailer's name
    f. Scabbard. Standard nickel plated steel with double brass ring suspension fittings and no loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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    Hi Fellow Enthusiasts, Some more swords to view. Sticking with the firm of WKC, this batch of swords is TR Army and items 19. and 20. show quite clearly the intergration of generic components in the assembly of variation pattern swords. They share identical style crossguards and langets both obverse and reverse and also nuckle guards and ferrules. And there the similarity ends, the backstraps and pommels are totally diferent as is the hilt construction and build. Item 19. has a lion head pommel and the tang is attached through the head directly to the backstrap. Item 20. is a patterned dove head with the backstrap attached using a pair of brass rivets. Both swords have identical blades, scabbards and trade marks.

    Sword 19 (129) The Trade Mark on the blade of this sword is a Knight's Helm over WKC.

    a. Hilt. Cast brass with backstrap attached directly to the sword tang. The grip is of wood with a plastic covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Political style eagle superimosed over foliage emblems and facing to its right.
    c. Reverse langet. Plain shield surmounted by foliage.
    d. Pommel. Lion head with red glass eyes.
    e. Blade. Plain plated steel with single fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel with single ring suspension fitting and a suspension loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.
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