Reign of Mad Prince Ludwig, 1864-1886. Brass hilt with P form guard and twisted wire wrapped black composition grip. 31 ¾” slightly curved broad fullered blade with large In Treue Fest motto on the arms of Bavaria, flanked by foliage. Excellent plus throughout. Black iron scabbard with a couple superficial dents and lacking the throat ring mount. Serving Ludwig’s alliance with Austria in the 1866 War against Prussia which led to their defeat and compulsory alliance with Prussia against France in the Franco Prussian War.