Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Centerville, Kansas
Detlef, Even with the missing parts and minor damage this is still a very nice late 19th early 20th century gunong. The damaged areas of the ivory hilt I think will be hidden from sight and quite unnoticable when the missing ferrule has been added. The blade is well formed and does not look to have any serious rust or pitting. The only damage to the silver sheath looks to have been caused by its being dropped resulting in some slight distortion to the metal. When all missing pieces are replaced and after a good polishing it will be an absolutely stunning addition to your collection. One question, is the braided band made from gold wire as it appears to be in the photos? Please be sure to post more photos showing all the details of this when the restoration is completed for us to drool over.