7th Baden infantry regiment officer’s damascus sword. 142th German (7th Baden) infantry regiment. Signed in German “Einem scheidenden Kameraden Major Roessler” (To our leaving comrade Major Roessler) and “Das Officiercorps des 7. Badischen Infanterie Regiments n. 142” (The Officer Corps of 7th Baden Infantry Regiment n. 142). The Grand Duchy of Baden coat of arms on the hilt. Uncommon to German swords eagle head pommel, exceptional damascus blade. Blade maker’s mark of O. Mertens, Solingen, circa 1900.
Total length: 103 cm.
Blade length: 87.5 cm.
The 142th Infantry Regiment was raised in 1890 and was stationed first in Müllheim/Baden and then in Mülhausen/Elsaß. It was incorporated in 29th Division of XIV Army Corps which became the 7th Army at the start of the First World War. In World War I, the division served on the Western Front, seeing action at the Battle of the Frontiers and then moving north during the Race to the Sea. It participated in some of the more well-known battles and campaigns of the Western Front, including the 1916 Battle of the Somme, the later phases of the Battle of Verdun, the Second Battle of the Aisne, and against the Allied Hundred Days Offensive