Object Title

Sword and scabbard - Modell 1889 Sword (Kavalerie Degen)

Sword and scabbard - Modell 1889 Sword (Kavalerie Degen)



Object Number



Unknown. First accessioned in Brick Tower Store, Rack 11C, 1987.

Physical Description

Imperial German (Prussian) pattern 1889 (M89); blade by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie; marked for 9th Dragoon Regiment. Steel half-basket hilt, rear quillon curved towards the blade with scroll terminal. Flat truncated oval cone-shaped pommel with low, flattened domed tang button with two holes near the perimeter. The guard is cut out to leave a pattern of wide bands, with a cartouche of the arms of Prussia; black composition grip with a projection to catch the index finger. The knuckle-guard has sword-knot slot near the pommel. Straight, pipe-backed blade with spear point, the 'pipe' moving gradually towards the centre of the blade for the last third. The leather buff piece survives. The scabbard is of steel with a single band supporting a fixed suspension ring and a suspension staple on the inside, a separate mouthpiece secured by two screws and an asymmetrical shoe.


ScabbardWeight0.5 kg
ScabbardWeight1.1 lb
Scabbardlength33 in.
Scabbardlength839 mm
SwordWeight0.9 kg
SwordWeight2.02 lb
BladeWidth1.05 in.
BladeWidth26 mm
Bladelength32.2 in.
Bladelength818 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

9.D.3.9 (for 9th Dragoon Regiment, 3rd Squadron, weapon no. 9)hilt, above rear quillon
inside of blade, near hilt
inside of scabbard, near mouth



For general information this pattern and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.1320, under Notes.
The firm of Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Companie of Solingen was formed in 1883 on the amalgamation of Gebr³der Weyersberg and W.R. Kirschbaum & Cie and traded under that name until 1930 (see (J. Walter, 'The sword and bayonet makers of Imperial Germany 1871-1918', Lyon Press, Brighton, 1973, no. 176).