Maker is WKC, Solingen. Both the hilt and the scabbard fittings maintain the majority of the original WKC factory fire gilding. This Naval saber is the WKC factory Model #40 offered with a plain blade. Matching numbers “N/48” are deeply stamped on the reverse scabbard fitting, indicating a depot saber. The “N” makes this example the property of the “Nordsee” naval area at Wilhelmshaven. Also, stamped on the plain blade beside the WKC well detailed trademark is the Weimar-style Gothic letter “M” (Marine) inspection stamp. Blade will grade MINT. Comes complete with a well patinated Navy sword knot. EX++.