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Now here's one for the advanced collector. This is a rare early Anton Wingen crossguard, that is not even mentioned in Whitman's book I believe that only a handful have ever been spotted. The blade on this one looks ok. The fit is nice and tight, the tip comes to a nice point. Good crossgrain but there is age to the blade. The acid etched knight "Anton Wingen Jr. Solingen" maker mark is beautifully executed! It has the early tapered tang you would expect as well! The blade rates a solid Exc+. It may have been cleaned. The original large brown leather buffer pad remains intact. The early silver plated scabbard provides wonderful detail with the random pebbling throughout and hand enhanced oak leaf and acorn bands! It also remains completely dent free! The original throat retaining screws remain intact. The brass based, silver plated early extremely rare Anton Wingen Jr. eagle crossguard provides beautiful hand enhanced details throughout the eagle's head, wings, wreath, beak and chest. The brass based pommel and the ferrule are also beautifully detailed with hand enhancing and proud oak leaves and acorns. All of the components match in color, plating and patina. The silver plating throughout remains in good condition! The warm orange, early chip and crack-free slant grip on this one is near perfect being one tone darker to the obverse. If you are a connoisseur of early crossguards this is a rare example that I wouldn't let go!
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