Rare M1685 Komissvärja Swedish Infantry Officers Sword
The M1685 was used by the Swedish army from 1685 to 1788, even seeing action in the Pomeranian War. Last manufactured in 1737 over 350 000 swords were made. In spite of this they are fairly rare. As a result of the rapidly changing nature of warfare in the 16th century, in 1735 the infantry started to shorten the blades to 73 cm from the original 90 cm, becoming the model M1735. The navy also adopted the blade, shortening them as well and removing the thumb ring. Making the "Huggvärja M1832".
These sword were carried by Swedish Karoliners. They were soldiers of the Swedish kings Charles XI and Charles XII, in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In order to compensate for a lack of manpower and resources, Sweden strove for innovative ways to make a more effective army. Tactically they differed from European armies of the time with a greater reliance upon pikes, rapiers, bayonets, and offensive strategy, often succeeding even whilst greatly outnumbered.
This sword has been shortened from its original length down to just under 70cm dating it to around 1735, although it would have most likely seen service before then. Interestingly the blade has officers engravings raising it above the standard infantry weapon. As officers Komissvärja’s had gilded handles, its is possible that this is for an NCO....Read full description