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Old 7th November 2017, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Unknown Spanish? Sword

I'm new here. I'm trying to identify a sword that my dad owned. I have a newspaper article from 1932 where my dad then a college student was interviewed about his collection of historic objects. This was supposedly " a silver headed sword from the Battle of San Juan." I think the hilt is silver. I'm skeptical about the San Juan part. I think the blade marks put it in the right time period. I've looked at 1000's of photos but nothing seems to match this sword. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 7th November 2017, 06:57 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, bmj .
I am certain that you will soon hear from our members about your nice Luckhaus & Gunther 'Cutacha'.

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Old 8th November 2017, 05:22 PM   #3
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Although the connection with the battle of San Juan may be an illusive assumption, such is not implausible. That faint mark on the blade depicting the "Lamb of God" is a trade mark registered by Luckhaus & Gunther in 1895, while that famous battle took place in 1898. So only possible, but not granted, of course.
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the std. spanish 1895 issue infantry/artillery sword, yataghan shape, made in toledo.
(mine below)

they also used a lot of machete style swords, like my straight pioneer knife/ faschenmesser also below. the yat is supposed to be a bring-back from the spamam war april to august 1898 (san juan hill was in july). the pioneer may also be as it came from a dealer in florida, USA.

the one in post no.1 may be an officer's private one, looks like it would be for a fairly high ranking one. officers got to carry whatever they wanted to.
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Hold tight, Wayne ...
Which is the connection between the posted German made machete and your Toledo Yataghan; not the model, not the maker; perhaps the battle ? .
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Which is the connection between the posted German made machete and your Toledo Yataghan; not the model, not the maker; perhaps the battle ? .

the war. the machete/messer was sold from germany to spanish speaking american countries for their militaries. the person i bought it from in the states i gather he'd got it from someone with cuban connections and had assumed it may have been around for the period of the spanam war. it is shown here as an example of the military's tools/secondary weapons of the spanish in the period of the war.

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