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Dave, very interesting marking. Is the blade etched and if so is the motif of a martial theme or is it hunting related? Therein may lay the answer to your question.
 

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Dave,

this is a beautiful "Hirschfänger", a short sword to give an elk the final hit. These daggers were used by foresters and hunters; in the late 19th /early 20th century more as a decoration to wear together with the uniform, not to use as a weapon. I believe, the K. St. will be the initials of the owner, lets call him Klaus Störtebecker ... ;)

More info regarding Hirschfänger you can find here on the forum of Houston Coates

http://daggers.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x/a/frm/f/8470972702

Registration is necessary but worth it.

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Martin
 

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Ron........"Thunder Road" lives........ Might be for sale after I figure it out..........

Geo.... I guess the etch is kind of military......

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Martin...... Thanks for your thoughts. I have visited Houston's site and it is outstanding and very helpful.
 

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Dave,

yes, the blade looks like a military blade. I'd contact "Baz69" (Gary) on Houston Coates'forum. Gary is a very knowledgeable person and he is a top expert regarding Hirschfänger.

Martin
 

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Posted it on German Daggers.com and got some very interesting comments. Houston suggests that it could be a military Jager piece and another member thinks that the inscription stands for Kaiserliche Schutztruppen (Colonial Troops).

Don't know it this link will work but give it a try if you have any interest.

http://daggers.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x/a/tpc/f/8470972702/m/4540052743
 

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Dave,
I'm not sure what the marking is, but I do know that Hirschfangers were carried by Jägers during WWI. In lieu of a bayonet. Referred to as "walking out" daggers. I have one nearly identical to yours in configuration. They were produced specifically for military private purchase.

One possibility is K = Kriegsschulen (War School)
St.= Stettin
And this would go along with 1914. The first year of the war. It could have been procured and used as a training weapon. By the War School at Stettin.

Or more likely, presented as an Honors award. For the Highest in the graduating class, etc. Indicated by the engraved, rather than a stamped marking, as would be applied by an armorer.

Ron
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