Imperial German Diplomatic Corps Sword : Major F.W. von Ploennies

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland
Accession Number REL/20372.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Metal; Mother of pearl (shell); Cuprous metal; Leather; Textile
Place made Germany
Conflict Period 1910-1919

Imperial German Diplomatic Corps Sword. The gilt brass hilt has an ornate P shape stirrup guard with a shell langet that has the Imperial German eagle coat of arms. The grips are mother of pearl and the pommel is an eagles head. The straight blade is etched both sides for half the length with a floral design and has a single fuller on both sides to within 90 mm of the double edged spear point. The ricasso is stamped with the trade mark of a knights head and a kings head over W.K&C. The scabbard is black leather with a gilt brass chape and frog stud locket but it is broken into three pieces.

History / Summary

This sword was the property of Major F. W. von Ploennies who was the German Consul in Queensland.