Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: PR, USA
I agree it does look like a pioneer sword, specially the mid 19th C. ones from Austria.
Yep. it's fully IDed a a Naval Sword (not a cutlass, though) in p.267 of H. Wither's book "World Swords 1400-1945", on the chapter about "Naval Swords".
Indeed, I saw recently an EB auction of one, IDing. same a a swedish infantry sidearm, from the russian-swedish wars in Finland. And yet I believe the seller didn't know squat about this blade. He actually let it go for 15% of its appraised book value!
But then, isn't that the kind of a deal we ourselves dream about? The buyer was indeed a very lucky bloke!