This is a consignment item. Keeping in mind that men from Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry who initially wore Küraße in combat, it is not hard to understand why they would use such a heavy sword. The pallasch is distinguished by its large basket-hilt that afforded greater protection for a man’s hand while engaged in hand-to-hand combat.
It is a massive sword in every respect and very much reminds me (in terms of size) of Otto von Bismarck’s Küraßier sword on display in the eponymous museum dedicated to the Iron Chancellor. [The museum is located on part of the von Bismarck family estate in Aumühle, district of Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in Hamburg’s outskirts]. The museum display is von Bismarck’s uniform complete with high Küraßier boots, and a monumental sword. I was quite taken by von Bismarck’s size. I stand six feet tall and his sword comes up to my lower chest. After holding and measuring this sword, I think its original owner was of equal size to von Bismarck. After all, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps recruited the most physically imposing specimens that could be found in Prussia. These men who were often 6′ 5″ or taller, and stood nearly seven feet tall when wearing their boots and Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets.
When sheathed, this sword measures 46 ¼” from its top to the scabbard’s bottom drag, and when unsheathed, it measures 44 ½” from blade tip to pommel top. Its 39 ½” nickel scabbard displays two rings for attachment to its wearer’s sword belt. Its wooden grip is coated with a hard plasticized covering and triple-brass-wire-wrapped. It sports a high-quality brass basket hilt. A series of hallmarks appears on one portion of the basket hilt’s edge, as well as the number “602.” The sword blade is plain and sports two blood gutters. The blade’s condition and that of the entire sword is quite pleasing.
This is an impressive sword. I seriously doubt you will easily locate one as large.