This is a lovely Belgian Cavalry saber. German blade makers were very popular with many different countries at the time and this was most certainly a private purchase. The size is very comparable to the U.S. model 1860 cavalry saber so I would date this right around the mid 19th century. The blade is engraved POUR LE ROI - ET LA PATRIE, French for "For King and Homeland". The lion rampant shown on both the blade engraving and the handle indicate this is Belgian. Other then the engraving the blade has one dark spot towards the tip. Near the handle is the knight's head WKC trademark. The original leather washer is in place and very stiff from age. The brass handle is very ornate with lovely floral design, a stand of arms towards the pommel and the lion on the crossguard supporting a shield with an "A" monogram. The grip is a very attractive wood with light and dark streaks. If there was a wire wrap it is now gone but the wood is pretty enough it might have been meant to stand alone. The pleasantly patinated iron scabbard fits perfectly and is certainly original to the blade. There is one dent in the usual place a few inches above the drag. I was not able to find any comparable examples. All in all a lovely and unique private purchase sword that some officer long ago was once very proud of.