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#343936 12/23/2016 03:24 PM
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This is a nice, though rather worn, example of the von Bismarck Birthday miniature sword. It came without a scabbard but I presume it originally would have had one.
The amount of info contained in such a small piece is wonderful!
The blade dedications translate as:
'To Prince von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg on completion of your 80th year on 1st April 1895.' and, from one of his speeches:
'We Germans fear God but nothing else in the world.'
On the hand-guard is the coat of arms of the family with the motton 'In Trintate Robur,' In Trinity is the Power.
Does anyone have an example with the scabbard?
Johnson has a few example in his Imperial book (pp.191-193) but not this particular piece.

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Tristan- nice pickup, I have been collecting these off and on over the years. there are many types, gold blades, silver blades even Damascus. Here are a couple pics of mine will give you an idea on scabbard.

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Thanks, James. A wonderful collection.
It's such a pity mine parted company wih its scabbard at some stage!


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