The Luftwaffe Officer Degen was a new sword design first established in 1935, based on the cruciform style of medieval times. Due to its extreme good looks, few collectors are content to not have one. They are a satisfying compliment to a fine 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger, also of the same design.
The value of Luftwaffe Swords has seen much growth in recent years and they continue to be an excellent investment. The combinations of silvered nickel mounts with fine Moroccan-covered grips and scabbards are very difficult not to admire. We hope you enjoy this fine assortment of Luftwaffe Degen.
LUFTSWORD #45845 Early Luftwaffe Sword by F & A Helbig
This sword is of all nickel construction. The pommel has good hit free rims and the sunwheels are lacking all of the plating that we would see intact on a less used sword. The crossguard also reflects no plating on the sunwheels.
The hand enhanced crossguard wings are nicely done in their downward formed shape.
The carved wood bade grip is covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows some usage here and there but for the most part is in nice condition with no nips. It is tightly wrapped with dual brass springly style wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout. The Moroccan leather on the scabbard perfectly matches that of the grip. There is a couple of nips in the leather on the left edge and some carrying signs throughout the leather surfaces. Overall it does not look bad though as the metal areas are dark with time and pretty much match the color of the scabbard leather. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition throughout being retained by headless side screws.
The crescent hanger is still intact and in good condition with its closed box style clip at the top.
The blade is a 26 and a half inch long example. It has the finest of nickel plating still remaining in nice mint condition. It is lightly etched with the F. & A. Helbig logo and above the logo is a waffenamt. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
A good example here that does not appear to have been cleaned. It shows some usage signs but is still in very collectible condition.
LUFTSWORD #45681 Luftwaffe Aluminum Officer’s Sword by Paul Weyersberg
This aluminum sword is in very nice condition throughout showing only minor usage. The gild sunwheel swastikas on the pommel and crossguards are in 100% percent condition. The pommel shows a little bit of usage here and there but overall it is still in excellent condition having fine stamped oak leaves that run around the top edge of the pommel. The oak leaves have all been hand enhanced with pebbling.
The carved wood grip is covered with fine blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in near perfect condition with just one cut near the pommel but it hardly shows.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It too has excellent matching Moroccan leather. There are a couple of nips on the edges of the leather but overall it is still in very nice condition. The matching aluminum scabbard mounts remain perfect complete with their flat head side screws. Attached to the two upper rings is the original matching blue crescent hanger. The crescent hanger is still in good condition having an aluminum closed box clip.
The 26 and a half inch long blade has fine quality nickel plated finish with needlelike tip. The blade still remains in mint condition. It is interesting to note that the butt plate is stamped 18 and also has the stamping 5KP. I notice this as the original blade washer is font to time on this sword.
Overall a very nice example here with excellent presentation.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
LUFTSWORD #45683 Early Luftwaffe Sword by SMF
This Luftwaffe sword has not been cleaned in many years and the fittings are in excellent condition. The sunwheel swastikas are the inlaid brass type and it appears that the majority of the silvering is still intact between them.
The pommel cap has a tap at the top reverse edge but otherwise is in nice condition featuring the stamped oak leaves with pebbling running around its upper flat surface. The crossguard wings are in nice condition having lots of enhancing to the feathering.
The carved wood grip is covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in perfect condition throughout and is wrapped with double spring type brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has extremely good original leather with no problems whatsoever with it. It shows some wearing signs but no breaks or nips. The original crescent hanger is gone to time.The 26 inch long blade is still bright throughout showing some extremely minor age signs in the surfaces but nothing serious. The blade still grades in near mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the SMF seated king trademark and above the king there is a waffenamt stamping. This sword has a green felt washer instead of the blue leather type which I believe to be a replacement. Otherwise an extremely fine early Luftwaffe sword.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
LUFTSWORD #45235C Aluminum Luftwaffe Sword by SMF
This aluminum sword is about as nice as they come. The aluminum mounts are in beautiful condition seeming to show no age. There are no hits around the pommel ridges and the stamped in oak leaves are beautifully done with pebbling to add to the rendering. Both of the sunwheel swastikas on the pommel are in perfect condition still retaining 100 percent of their original gilt finish.
The swastikas on the crossguard center block are also in 100 percent condition. The crossguard arms have fine detail to their feathering.
The grip is a carved wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in perfect newlike condition. It also has all of its original grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with dual springy style aluminum wire.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. The Moroccan leather covering exactly matches that of the grip and it remains in totally perfect condition. Very rare to see a sword that has endured 7 decades with leather still in this fine condition. The aluminum scabbard mounts are also perfect exactly matching those of the hilt. They are retained by headless side screws.
The original crescent hanger is still in place and is also extremely sound and in perfect condition with its closed style upper box clip.
The blade is also an outstanding example. It features the high quality nickel finish that we just love to see. It remains in full mint condition and is 28 inches long. On the reverse ricasso it is marked with the SMF king and above the logo is a stamped waffenamt being a stickbird with a 5 in its belly. On this example the waffenamt is stamped sideways. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.
If you’re looking for a really pristine aluminum Luft sword example you should be very pleased with this piece.
LUFTSWORD #39696C Early Luftwaffe Sword with Smith-marked Damascus Blade
This Early Luftwaffe Sword is quite a treasure, with hilt components of fine, silver-plated nickel. The excellent sunwheel swastikas are in brass, and most of the silver appears to be between the legs.
The pommel has good, crisp edges and the top portion is stamped with fine oak leaves and acorns. The crossguard sunwheels are in the same crisp condition as those seen on the pommel. The guard is in the characteristic tripartite Ă¬wingĂ® style, nicely down swept and with detailed feathering throughout.
The grip is constructed of wood covered in perfect original Moroccan leather. This leather is in a beautiful dark blue color and is tightly wrapped with a pair of twisted silver wires.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and is also covered in beautiful blue Moroccan leather. This leather covering remains in choice, perfect condition throughout. The scabbard mounts are of silvered nickel, in fine condition and retained by headless side screws. The upper rings of the scabbard are fitted with a very nice blue leather crescent hanger. This hanger has a closed nickel clip at the top.
The mint blade is a hand-forged work of art that measures 28 Î© inches long. It features a very prominent Ă¬MaidenhairĂ® Damascus pattern and could not be more beautiful. It is interesting to not that the tang of the blade is faintly stamped Ă¬EtcherĂ® and, after that, with a bolder Ă¬DamastĂ®. On the opposite side are the initials Ă¬PHĂ® and Ă¬07Ă®. It is worth noting that the pommel, grip and guard are all marked Ă¬07Ă®.
The Ă¬PHĂ® would be the initials of one of the six Damascus smiths active during the Third Reich period, in this case Paul Hillman. We donĂt hear of Herr Hillman very often, so I assume his output was rather limited. I think it is very exciting to see his mark on a blade.
This is beautiful, high quality Luftwaffe Sword in the best of condition, one that is sure to be the highlight of any collection.
Near Mint. $12,995.00
LUFTSWORD #40011C 1938 Shooting Prize Luftwaffe Sword - E. & F. Hörster
The sword hilt is equipped with early to mid-period hilt mounts, being the style with sunwheel swastika inserts. The brass of the sunwheels extends to the areas in between the legs of the swastika on both mounts, indicating the old silvering has worn. The edges of the pommel cap show a little wear, probably from admiring hands. The cross guard wings are in excellent condition with fine deep feathering.
The grip is of carved wood with an outstanding original Moroccan leather covering, which remains in perfect condition. It is complete with tight springy-style aluminum wire, which tends to apply to the vintage of the sword. An earlier sword would have had brass wire wrap.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It too has superb Moroccan leather covering, being totally perfect and with no real signs of being carried. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-silver type, having good plating. The screws are all in place and are unturned. The original crescent hanger is also in a mint state, having a nickel closed box clip.
The blade is a most impressive example, appearing to have a polished finish as opposed to the usual nickel-plating. Most likely this blade finish was used due to the etching and gray background that has been applied. This blade is 26 1/2 inches in length. It shows a little mild age around the ricasso area, but otherwise is in fine condition. It is also interesting to note that the blade has a waffenamt just above the trademark on the reverse.
The obverse of the blade is etched with a laurel design, floral leaf motif. It is an unusual motif I do not remember seeing before. In the center is a replica of the early Pilot/Observer Badge. It is well-done, displaying an oval wreath with a eagle appearing in the midst of flight, clutching a swastika. The backgrounds of the etch are a deep gray color, accenting the high points. The reverse of the blade displays an additional large panel that is supplemented with oak leaf and acorn sprigs. In the center of the panel are two ribbon images that contain the raised dedication, "FÂ¸r gute Scheissleistungen 1938/ D.R.D.L u. Ob. L". Obviously, the first part of the dedication is translated, "For good shooting performance 1938. I am not sure what the initials afterward mean, but maybe there is a Luftwaffe expert out there that could let me know. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double oval trademark containing the firm's name and location, "E & F. HË†rster, Solingen". In the center is the large "H" monogram with the sword and smaller "H" and "S" in the middle. The blade is buffered by a matching blue leather washer.
A very rare and one-of-kind Luftwaffe Shooting Prize Sword.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
LUFTSWORD #40597C Uncleaned Early Luftwaffe Sword - SMF
The pommel is incredible. Both rims are completely crisp, with finely stamped oak leaves on the upper surface. The sun wheels appear to have all the original gilding and 100% of the silvering intact, indicating this sword was rarely worn. The silver is deeply patinated, adding to the dramatic look of the sun wheels.
The same look can be seen on the crossguard sun wheels. The guard "wings" have very fine feathering and a nice downward taper.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in perfect blue Moroccan leather. The leather grain is 100% intact. The grip is tightly wrapped with two sets of spring copper (or brass) wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather is in great condition, with only a couple of minor traces of wear. They are nothing, however, and the leather is perfect throughout, exactly matching the grip. The scabbard mounts are also prefect, with a deep patination that matches the hilt.
Attached to the two rings of the upper mount is the original crescent hanger. This hanger is in excellent condition and has a closed nickel box clip.
The blade of the sword is just as you would expect; it is has highest quality nickel plating and is in stone mint condition. It measures 29 Î© inches. Stamped into the reverse ricasso is the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. There is a waffenamt above the king in the form of a stickbird with a "5" in his belly. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for the best of the best in a Luftwaffe Sword, this is the piece that will satisfy you. It has highest quality construction and is perfectly preserved.