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#1 40th Alabama

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:01 AM

I have a pretty nice German sword that on one side has the writing centered on a man's profile, "Bur Crinnerung an meine Dienftzeit" and on the other a skull and cross bones with "Braunfihm Hufaren ~ Regt. Nr. 17". This is written in an Old English style font and I am not sure of the translation above. Can anyone read this?
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#2 Kyt

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:20 AM

It probably says "für Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit" which means "for memory of my service"

For the old style German alphabet have a look at Old German Alphabet
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:33 AM

Husaren-Regiment Nr. 17 - German Hussars

I think the first word could then be shorthand for Braunschweigisches, because the full title of the regiment was:

Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr. 17
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 03:56 AM

the 17th Brunswick Hussar Regiment (Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr.17), both garrisoned in the city of Brunswick, and the 5th battery of the Hannover-based 10th Field Artillery Regiment (Feld-Artillerie-Regiment von Scharnhorst (1. Hannoversches) Nr.10). These units were all part of the German Army's X Corps. At the outbreak of World War One, the 92nd Brunswick Infantry Regiment was part of the 40th Infantry Brigade of the 20th Infantry Division, while the 6 squadrons of the 17th "Death's Head" Hussars were the X Corps' reconnaissance element, three squadrons to each of the corps' two divisions.

So this is WW1 Vintage?
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 04:03 AM

Some other details:

Decorations of the Duchy of Brunswick

I couldn't say whether it's WW1 or just after - according to this site, some traditions continued after the war but I'm no expert on WW1 (nor, come to think of it, WW2 :o).

If you've got a photo, it may be worth posting it on the GWF
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#6 Kyt

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 05:33 AM

Sorry, just realised that I made a slight mistake:

Zur Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit (not für)

Virtually the same meaning
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#7 von Poop

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 01:17 PM

Could well be pre-ww1 as well, the deaths head is far from unique to the 20th century & some Hussar regiments must go back to Germany's formation in the c18th. (couldn't comment on when the 17th was formed, sure I remember them cropping up in the Napoleonic era though)
You might get some idea for dating from here:
http://www.johnsonreferencebooks.com/catalogue/weapons/imperial/army/
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