Historical sword information and identification research:
Unfortunately, we are not in position to provide identification research.
Even if your sword has the WKC mark on the blade, we are unable to assist with identification and historical research. WKC has been in business since 1883, but, due to the intensive Allied bombing of Solingen during WWII and the looting that occurred in the late stages of the war and soon thereafter, there are no WKC records prior to WWII.
However, you will find below some advice to begin your research.
Most research into the history of a sword begins with trying to identify the sword maker. You may first consider that not all swords handcrafted in
, or in
, were created by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co. (WKC). This is sometimes not as easy as it should be. Sword producers place an identifying mark on the sword, commonly on the sword's ricasso (the ricasso is the unsharpened portion of the blade immediately above the guard).
All WKC swords are produce with the following mark on the blade.
If you want to learn more about your antique sword, this is what we recommend:
- We have collected information from antique models that WKC has produced in the past. You may find one models similar to yours. Please note that we are not able to provide you more information than the description presented here. (Click here to have access to this page).
- Run searches on several search engines to learn more about the sword company's history. For example, if you were researching a WKC sword, you might try the following searches :
- weyersberg kirschbaum wkc sword
- antique wkc sword
- history of wkc swords
- etc. etc.
You'll likely find other swords that are similar to yours listed on a variety of web sites and might be able to discern some of your sword's history and value by such searching.
- Contact a Sword Collector's Organization that can help identify your piece, or search for an Antique Dealer that specializes in military pieces. On the other hand, be aware that we do not have any experience with Sword Clubs or Antique Dealers and have no idea of the honesty or forthrightness of any specific person. Antiques are a "buyer-beware" business and you need to be careful who you work with.
- You may also contact the following organisation: www.klingenmuseum.de. As a museum they have a lot of records on antique swords and they may find the correct information of your research.