My father brought this sword home from Germany when he returned from service in WWII. I believe he bought it. I'm trying to find out about it. It is embossed on both sides. Inscription says: "1.Oberelsass Feld Art. Reg. N. 15" and under that "Reit. Abteilung". I've become the family historian - I'm 69 - and have not been able to find anything about it in many Google searches. I would so very much appreciate any help or references.
I received a quick and informative reply from Mr. Pinchot. It is a WWII sword of the "dove pommel". Oberelsass is a region near Freiberg in Germany and from a Calvary section. I don't believe it would be considered "mint" but it's blade is in beautiful condition. I'm going to see what more I can find out about this military unit. I have some information about my father's whereabouts during his tour of duty in Germany and I'll see if I can match any locations with the the region referred to.
I found some interesting history on Wikipedia about horses in WWII and specific references to horse drawn artillery. I was amazed by one note that so few of the German artillery units were motorized. Since the embossing on the sword clearly shows riders and a horse drawn weapon that this represents one of those units.