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 #40984 Early Luftwaffe Sword with Unit Engravings - Carl Eickhorn
Every so often we see anomalies across all types of edged weapons; generally speaking Germans may have been sticklers for regulation but they also has a certain (large) amount of ego and and not just a little esprit de corps. In this case these traits make for a unique and most interesting Luftwaffe sword.
This sword is of earliest vintage and does not look to have ever been cleaned. The hilt mounts are nickel, with the early inserted sunwheel swastika medallions. The reverse pommel swastika medallion, however, has been replaced with an plain example, which has been engraved.. It features a clever little skull and crossbones! Above the skull it reads, "Köln" and beneath, "Fl. H. KP. 14", which was most likely the flight group of the original owner. The script is quite elaborate and most attractive. A very interesting personalization here, and one you could probably research of you are so inclined.
The crossguard is the standard down swept, tripartite "wing" type, with finely detailed feathering and most of the original silvering.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows traces of wear but remains in nearly perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with springy copper wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout with a covering of excellent blue Moroccan leather. The scabbard is equipped with matching solid nickel mounts throughout. These remain in good condition and are retained by headless side screws. They are uncleaned and have a nice patination.
Attached to the two hanging rings is the original blue leather crescent hanger. The leather remains sound and it is complete with a closed nickel box clip at the top.
The blade remains bright and measures 26 ½ inches long. It has excellent nickel plating, with only minor "in-and-out"marks. It is interesting to not that the obverse ricasso is engraved to match the pommel. At the top it reads, "FL. H. KP.", "14", and "Köln". The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark and a stickbird waffenamt. The original blade washer is in place.
A most interesting Luftwaffe example here, and one that could become a very fulfilling research project for the next owner.
LUFTSWORD #40927C Aluminum Luftwaffe Sword - F. & A. Helbig
This aluminum Luftwaffe Sword has fine hilt mounts. As is usually the case with aluminum they betray no hint of their true age. The pommel and crossguard sun wheel swastikas retain 100% of the original gilding.
The pommel has a few signs of surface wear but they are very minor. The crossguard is the standard down swept, tripartite "wing" type, with finely detailed feathering.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows only minor traces of wear but remains in fine condition. It is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wires.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout with a covering of excellent blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows very minor wear but remains in nice overall condition. The scabbard is equipped with matching aluminum mounts throughout. These remain in good condition and are retained by headless side screws.
The 28 ½ inches long blade of this sword remains nice and bright, with good nickel plating. There are a few extremely modest signs of age in the surfaces, but they are almost imperceptible. The reverse ricasso is lightly marked with the mysterious Helbig "Saeffler" trademark. Above the trademark is a waffenamt. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
A good, basic aluminum example here.
Excellent Plus. $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 Ω 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.
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 ìwingî 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 Ω inches long. It features a very prominent ìMaidenhairî Damascus pattern and could not be more beautiful. It is interesting to not that the tang of the blade is faintly stamped ìEtcherî and, after that, with a bolder ìDamastî. On the opposite side are the initials ìPHî and ì07î. It is worth noting that the pommel, grip and guard are all marked ì07î.
The ìPHî would be the initials of one of the six Damascus smiths active during the Third Reich period, in this case Paul Hillman. We donít 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. $14,995.00
LUFTSWORD #40011C 1938 Shooting Prize Luftwaffe Sword - E. & F. Hˆrster
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, "F¸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. Hˆrster, 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. $7,995.00
LUFTSWORD #39028 Early, Uncleaned Luftwaffe Officerís Sword ñ E. & F. Hˆrster
The obverse of the pommel is in excellent shape, looking to still have the silvering between the sunwheels; there could even be some gilding beneath all of the dirt! The reverse pommel sunwheel has a slight ding on the 6 o'clock leg. This pommel is free of dings or damage to the edges.
The crossguard is in the usual tripartite down-swept ìwingî design. These quillons have been nicely hand enhanced. The obverse sunwheel retains traces of silvering (and perhaps a touch of gilding) beneath the grime, while the gilding on the reverse sunwheel has been totally rubbed away.
The grip leather is in excellent condition. This original Moroccan leather covering retains fine grain is tightly wrapped with dual strands of springy copper wire.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. The original Moroccan leather retains all of the original grain and perfectly matches the grip. This leather shows some mild signs of wear but is free of cuts or nips. The scabbard mounts are heavily patinated and exactly match the hilt mounts.
The original crescent leather hanger is in good condition, equipped with a closed nickel box clip.
The blade of this sword is a beauty, with highest quality nickel plating. This blade measures 38 Ω inches long and is in nearly mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Hˆrster ìHî logo.
The original leather blade washer is intact and in place.
If you are the type of collector that loves untouched relics this sword should really appeal to you. It is unusual to find one that has survived this long without being cleaned.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
This Luftwaffe Officers Sword has not been cleaned since the war and has a complete black patination throughout its surfaces. The pommel still has good, crisp edges. The sun wheel swastikas do not appear to have any gilt remaining on their surfaces. On these early Eickhorn swords, many times this firm did not use the brass inlay type sun wheels and this is one of those examples where the sun wheel is a nickel silver base. The obverse portion of the pommel has just the slightest of a depression in the center of the sun wheel whereas the reverse is okay. The cross guard sun wheels have just a slight amount of gilt still in place, looking to be maybe about 10%. The cross guard arms are the downward sloping type being in three tiers and carved with lines to simulate feathering. These quillon arms still have good, crisp edges.
The grip is a fine Moroccan leather covered carved wood base. This leather is in choice condition throughout and still has its original graining in the surfaces. The grip is tightly wrapped with a copper springy-like wire.
The scabbard of this example is also straight throughout. It has some signs of being carried here and there and there is a very small scuff on the left edge where there is a slight amount of leather missing. The amount of leather missing is about the size of a piece of corn. Since it is on the edge though, it is not noticeable from the forward or backward view. Other than this, the leather is all there. The scabbard is equipped with upper and lower matching darkly patinated mounts. These mounts are in fine condition and are retained by headless, flush mount screws which are all in place. The original matching leather crescent hanger is also in place with no signs of rot. This crescent hanger is equipped with a closed matching nickel box clip.
The blade of this example measures about 28î in length. It has high quality mirror finish nickel plating. The blade, at first glance, looks to be mint but, unfortunately, there are some sword fighting nicks to both edge sides. If it were not for these nicks the blade would be in mint condition, but the sword is priced accordingly. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the 1935-41 squirrel logo. The animal holds a downward pointing sword and above him is the word ìoriginalî. Below is the firmís name and location ìEickhorn Solingenî. Just below the logo is a waffenamt stamping. The stamping is that of a stick bird having a number "5" in his stomach. The original matching blue leather blade buffer is in place.
A pretty nice sword here, having minor deducts for the small leather flaw and for the blade edge nicks. If you can live with these flaws, you have a great looking sword here.
LUFTSWORD #33823C Early Luftwaffe Sword with Damascus Blade
The pommel is a fine example still having good crisp edges around the rim. There are very fine oak leaves and acorns which are stamped on the flat rim surface. The stamping is outstanding and there has been pebbling put over the leaves surfaces to give a look of relief. The brass insert medallions are in choice condition with the sunwheels still having all of the silvering between their legs. The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels and in fact there is still some gilded surface remaining on these crossguard swastikas. I would say that there is about 70% on one side and maybe 50% on the other. The crossguard arms gently flow downward and have outstanding feathering which appears to have some hand enhancing.
The grip is a carved base with ribs which flow from left to right running downward. The grip is covered with fine Moroccan blue leather still having a majority of its graining. This leather remains in fine condition with no hits or bruises. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching blue Moroccan. There are a couple of wearing signs here and there on this leather but there are no cuts or problems. On the rear of the surface about two-thirds down there is a bruise which appears to have been polished over sometime in the past but it does not appear as though the leather was broken. The scabbard shell is fitted with matching silvered nickel mounts. These mounts have fine patination and they are in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by flathead flush mount screws which are all present and are unbuggered.
The original crescent hanger is in place showing some age to the leather but still appears to be sound and is complete with the nickel box clip at the top.
The 28 inch long blade is most impressive being a most beautiful hand forged Damascus. The patterns seems to be the Maiden Hair style with a mixture of the Small Roses style here and there. The blade fuller is perfectly done running around a third of the way down. The patterns of the Damascus are extremely bold and are in perfect condition being still bright throughout. The blade retains its needlelike tip and is in full mint condition. The blade is protected by an in place blue leather buffer.
I took a look at the tang since there is no maker mark on the blade. The tang has the numbers which appear to be ì388î stamped into one of the edges. The lower crossguard is fit tightly against the blade shoulders and it would be a shame to loosen this so I couldnít look any further. It is possible there may be other details hidden by the crossguard but we can leave that up to the next owner if he so wishes to examine the area. I personally do not feel that it is worth knocking this crossguard out of place in order to achieve this view as the way the blade is made and fitted this is surely a period piece.
A very beautiful edged weapon here and it would certainly make a great addition to an advanced collection.
Near Mint $8,500.00
This early Luftwaffe Sword has highest quality nickel silver mounts. They do not look to have been cleaned in many years and are developing a desirable patination. The pommel has excellent crisp rims and very nice stamping to the oak leaves and acorns which run around the circumference. The medallion insert sun wheels are really beauties, having great brass finish which really sticks out against the darkness of the patinated silver behind them. The silvering is still 100% between the legs of the sun wheels. The lower cross guard sun wheels also look really good, having intact silvering also between their legs. The crossguards are nice and crisp and they both have good detail to the feathering of the downward pointing quillons. One side of the lower cross guard is engraved ìI/G Hdba.î This same light engraving appears on the upper scabbard fitting just below the throat. There is no crescent hanger here so I assume that the engraving is on the real throat area.
The grip is a wood based type having outstanding original Moroccan blue leather covering. This leather is in choice condition throughout and still shows all of its fine graining. The grip is wrapped with twin copper springy wire. A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. The original Moroccan blue leather here is also in good shape. There are no cuts or nips; the only signs of age are a few bruises in the surfaces of the leather but this is to be expected on any Luftwaffe sword. This leather is all there! The scabbard mounts are a fine matching solid nickel silver. They are in perfect condition and they are retained by headless side screws. The blade of this example is quite long for a Luftwaffe sword. It measures just over 30î. Most Luftwaffe swords are 27î or 28î in length. This must have been a tall man that wore this sword. The blade has an outstanding nickel plated surface and it is easily in full mint condition. This fine blade has a waffenamt stamping in the fuller area just above the trademark. The trademark features the etched king holding an upward pointing sword. The king is sitting on the firmís initials ìSMFî and is positioned above an arch shaped town location ìSolingenî. The leather washer is in place and is a lot fatter than we normally see but it seems to be the original washer.
An extremely nice early sword here. I do not know what the markings mean, so this could be a good research project for the next owner of this sword.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
LUFTSWORD #36352 Early Luftwaffe Sword ñ F&A Helbig
This Luftwaffe Sword has never been cleaned, and as a result the solid nickel mounts do show quite a bit of patination. The pommel is an excellent example, having no hits to the rim edges. The rim is stamped with a fine decoration of connected oak leaves and acorns, and it has the medallion insert style sun-wheel swastika. It appears as though there is no silvering left between the legs of the swastika.
The crossguard has the same medallion inserts, although in this case it appears as though the silvering is intact. The guard is the three section variety, which slopes downward and bears good, enhanced feathering.
The grip is a carved wood base, and is covered with a fine blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows quite a bit of usage with some scuff here and there, but be covered in with Meltonian leather cream and it cleaned up quite nicely. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy copper wire.
The scabbard shell of this piece is straight throughout, and is also covered in Moroccan leather. The obverse of this scabbard is in fairly good condition, showing no scuffs to the leather, while the reverse, despite some age and signs of wear, is in a decent state. The scabbard mounts are the matching nickel-silver types, in good condition. They are retained by headless side screws. The original crescent hanger is in place, in good condition and equipped with a matching nickel-silver box clip.
The blade of this piece is a 26Ω example. It is a real beauty, being in stone Mint condition, with highest quality nickel-plated surfaces. It is marked on the reverse ricasso, ìF&A Helbig / Steinbachî. Above the trademark is a waffenamt, consisting of a stickbird with a number ì5î visible in his belly. The original blue leather blade washer is in place, in good condition and showing only minor wear.
A nice Luftwaffe example here, being in good condition and direct from a family in California.