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Thania Sayne leans on her husband’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery while “Taps” is played during a nearby burial service on Oct. 16, a day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary. Sayne was four months pregnant with their second son when her husband, Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, was killed on Sept. 18, 2011 in the Kandahar province.

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The Sword  of His Serene Highness Ludwig Adolf Peter, Prince Of Sayn-Wittgenstein

  • The sword is mounted in three colours of gold, features Vienna Gold Marks for 1803, and the maker’s mark of Josef Wolfgang Schmidt
  • Measurements: 74cm; 29 1/8in blade
  • Sidenote: His Serene Highness Ludwig Adolf Peter, Prince Of Sayn-Wittgenstein (1769-1843) was the Imperial Russian Field Marshal And ‘The Saviour Of St. Petersburg’ in 1812

The sword comes with a curved double-edged blade towards the point, cut with a long shallow fuller on each side, etched and gilt with scrolls of foliage. It features a grenadier and a trophy on a blued panel, etched and gilt with a hatched pattern at the forte.

Finely chased hilt in three colours of gold, the principal areas against a punched recessed ground, comprising a pair shield-shaped langets each decorated with a large acanthus leaf. It has vertically recurved quillons decorated with laurel foliage, the rear stamped with marks and formed with a hemispherical finial.

The forward joined to a robust knuckle chain joined at the top to the pommel by a scrolling bracket decorated en suite, tapering grip with a central panel of scale pattern bordered by beadwork panels and a running pattern of scrolls and diamond-shaped panels.

The top portion is surmounted by a pair of oak fruit and foliage festoons, finely fluted pommel, oval pommel cap chased with matching scrolls enclosing an expanded flowerhead. The original wooden scabbard is entirely covered with polished fishskin, fitted with gold chape, locket and a pair of bands all finely chased en suite with the hilt. 

Source & Coryright: Thomas del Mar

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