ARIZONA SWORDS

House of Swords Fake

Back in the 1960's "House of Swords" produced swords they retailed as fantasy sword.  They were copys/fake resembling high-grade presentation swords.  Often they used some real parts to include scabbards, scabbard mounts and blades.  However, they would embellish scabbards by adding bogus presentations, adding etching to an enlisted blade to make it appear to be of higher quality, or recast mounts and drags.  Often the hilt and grips were  recast copies made from molds based on original designs.  The key to identifying these fakes is in the details.  The fake do not have the sharp crisp details found in an origin Civil War period sword.

Look at the guard and grip and you will see the features on the fakes lack detail and have a worn down or rubbed down appearance. Look at the etching of the eagle on the blade, especially the eagle’s beak. The eagle’s beak should be small, but if it looks like a parrot’s beak, fat and wide, it is FAKE.

Do not be fooled by an amazing presentation on the blade. If it is too good to be true, it is! Again look at the fine details.  True etching is crisp and sharp, and the fake are not and use an etching style never used during the Civil War.

Always get a professional opinion before buying.  If the seller does not agree to a second opinion, run!  He knows it is a fake, and is hoping that you will be fooled.

Here are some photos of a fake that recently surfaced in Sydney Australia.

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This sword showed up on EBAY and is a "House of Swords" fake. As you look at the details, you can see  it is not sharp and crisp as an original sword, and the etching is crude.

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This sword showed up on EBAY and is a "House of Swords" fake. Recently, the seller was asking $59,000 for it, but pulled the listing after being confronted about it being fake. It was later posted with a low opening price to appeal to a novice buyer. I will give the seller credit for posting so many photos because it allows you the chance to see why it is a fake. The quality of the casting is very poor and lacks details seen on an original period sword. The grip is not German Silver and has a pot-metal finished. The mounts are poorly cast; the blade etching is from the 1960's and the eagle looks more like a chicken. The presentation on the scabbard is crude and sloppy, and not clean and crisp as period ettching.  FAKE!

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These photos are of  an original sword and are posted so you can see the high-quality details  found on a true period piece.