German swordsmiths have always been famous for their production of high-quality swords, making the swords themselves highly sought by collectors. Equally important to the knowledgeable collector are the histories of the men who designed, manufactured and sold these prized weapons.
German Swords and Sword Makers presents the most information ever published on German sword and edged weapon makers from the Middle Ages to the present. It includes photos and illustrations of swords from Prussia, Bavaria, Wurttemberg, Saxony and Austria; more than 300 illustrations of German sword maker blade marks spanning five centuries; rare sketches and photos of German sword makers and their factories; a listing of German sword makers who exported swords to Union and Confederate dealers during the American Civil War; identification of sword and edged-weapon suppliers to Nazi Germany; and much more.
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Richard H. Bezdek has been collecting English and Scottish swords for more than 25 years. He has become a leading authority on the history of edged weapons in the United States as well as a highly sought after sword appraiser. Visit Richard at his web site.
Chapter 1 - Rulers of Germany Chapter 2 - German Confederations Chapter 3 - German Blade Markings Chapter 4 - Translations of German Words Relating to Swords Chapter 5 - German Sword-Making Centers Chapter 6 - Early Teutonic Sword Makers Chapter 7 - German Arms Manufactories Chapter 8 - Listing of German Sword Makers Chapter 9 - Listing of German Armourers Chapter 10 - Rulers of Austria Chapter 11 - Listing of Austrian Sword Makers Chapter 12 - Listing of Austrian Armourers Appendix German Sword Makers Who Exported Swords to Northern and Southern Dealers during the American Civil War (1861-1865) A Map of the Solingen Area of Germany Photos and Sketches of the City of Solingen Photos of the Solingen Klingenmuseum Photos and Sketches of Solingen Sword Maker Factories Photos and Sketches of Famous Solingen Sword Makers Illustrations of German Sword Maker Marks Swords of Prussia Swords of Bavaria Swords of Wurttemberg Swords of Saxony Swords of Austria Swords of Germany Bibliography and References