I love this Philippine Army sword and have never seen one of these, though I have many period photographs of Philippine Army officers sporting them and I assumed --- wrongly -- that they are simply US Army 1902 Officers swords. It certainly makes a lot of sense. My guess is that they were provided an option of an engraved blade, just as US Army Officers were for a minor up-charge.
What would be equally interesting and the rarest of the rare would be if a Philippine Island National Guard (PING) Model 1902 Officers sword ever turned-up since they only existed from 1917 to 1921.
As to my other sword, there are no engravings on the blade and no maker marks. Lt. de Rubio used the sword in the field, as it's pictured mounted on his saddle. I also have a photo of Lt. Gramm with his sword mounted the same way on the saddle, so they were not just dress use, though I am not too sure how much good they would do in a bolo rush. As a side note, Fencing instruction was a required class in the early years of the PC academy, pre-1910. When I get a minute, I will scan a photo of the swords mounted on the saddle and post them for reference.
I don't believe the sword was made by the Germans or French. As I have collected German swords for many years, and don't recall ever running across a military German, French, Austrian or Russian sword without a "fuller", which is the case with this sword. The blade reminds me of the blades found on Faternal Swords that are more rounded, though this is a wider and heavier blade that could easily be for combat and not just show. I have however seen Spanish blades that don't have fullers, though they are not my specialty so I don't have too much basis to go on one way or another. Interesting sword none the less and I always like named pieces as the fun is in researching who the owner was and what he did.
All the best. Joe
Thanks for showing your occupation Constabulary belt buckle. I have never seen the cap device before and both buckles seem to be slightly different stampings as one could expect with Philippine made insignia. My belt is cloth and leather in the Japanese style but I bet there is a sword belt with this buckle out there somewhere too.
This is the only Philippine Commonwealth Army sword I have ever seen and I have not heard of a PING sword but now there is something else to be on the lookout for. My PA sword is named to "C.S.Antenor" but I have not found any records on him and his name is common like Smith or Jones in the US it seems. There is no US or eagle in the etch but here is a view of the Philippines Commonwealth seal in the etching of the PA sword.
I would love to see your period photos of your sword in wear.