Surprised dad ‘sabres the moment’ he finds 100-year-old sword under pile of leaves

The 100-year-old sword was a typical Prussian artillery sabre from the 19th-century that most officers would have carried at the time. Tomasz Wierzbicki

A man clearing some undergrowth away so his family could sit by a stream was in for a shock when he unearthed a 19th-century Prussian sabre that had remained buried for over a 100 years.

Tomasz Wierzbicki, from the town of Świebodzice in Lower Silesia, said he initially thought the old sword was a tree root as he tidied the ground so his family could rest for a while out for a walk.

The weapon was found after Tomasz Wierzbicki cleared away some undergrowth so his family could sit down. Tomasz Wierzbicki

“We decided to sit by the water,” Wierzbicki said. “So we found a convenient spot, about 20 metres from the road by the stream. I started to clear away branches and other debris that had been left by the water, and at some point I came across something I first thought was a tree root.

“But it turned out to be a sword, stabbed vertically into the ground,” he added. “I was frozen still for a moment. By wife thought I had seen a ghost.”

Surprised Tomasz initially thought the rusted sabre was probably a ceremonial sword dating back to the Nazi era, and a time when Świbodzice was part of the Third Reich.UM Świebodzice

The surprised man first thought the rusted sabre was probably a ceremonial sword dating back to the Nazi era, and a time when Świebodzice was part of the Third Reich.

But after having handed it in to the local authorities he learnt the sword was much older.

Tomasz Wierzbicki said he initially thought the old sword was a tree root as he tidied the ground so his family could rest for a while out for a walk.UM Świebodzice

“It’s a typical Prussian artillery sabre from the 19th-century that most officers would have carried at the time,” said Bogdan Mucha, from Żarowska Izba Historyczna, a local history association.

He added, however, how the sword ended up in Świebodzice is something of a mystery.

“I could not find any connection with the military garrison in Świebodzice because from the mid-19th-century no artillery units were stationed here,” he said, also pointing out that no battles were fought in the area.

How the sword ended up in Świebodzice is something of a mystery. UM Świebodzice

One theory for how the sword came to be buried by the stream it that it was lost by an officer during maneuvers because the 42nd Field Artillery Regiment was stationed in the nearby town of Świdnica.

Wierzbicki said that following his discovery he plans to set up a local historical association to search for more hidden treasure around the town.