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The swords, or degens in the German, carried by the German Police and the SS were based on a rigid design approved by SS channels in 1936. The degen was composed of a nickeled hilt design with "D" guard shape and black ebony grip. The insignia of the organization was positioned in the center grip - an eagle within a wreath clutching a swastika for Police Degen and a set of SS runes within a round disk on the grip of the SS Officer degen. On the SS NCO degen, the SS runes are contained within the top pommel cap.

The scabbards for the degens are the same. They are black with nickel mounts having a weave design. The NCO versions have a built-in drag. The blades are a plain matte-finished variety.



SSPOL #43276C SS Panther Head Sword with "Das Reich" Etch - F. W. Höller

This Panther Head Sword is the aluminum version, having a gilded finish. It is the F. W. Höller Model #22.

The gilding throughout the hilt shows wear on the high areas and is probably about 80% intact. The panther head is fitted with faceted red glass eyes and retains fine detailing throughout the muzzle, brow, and mane. The backstrap is decorated with raised oak leaves raised oak leaves and acorns, with the tabs extending into the grip.

The "P" guard has fairly good gilding and features additional oak leaves and acorns. The same is true of the ferrule.

The obverse langet features a Höller style open winged eagle, looking to the viewer's left. The bird retains good detailing throughout. The quillon ends in a teardrop swirl. The reverse langet is quite curious, made with a raised shield that is part of the casting. The shield has a set of raised SS runes, which were gilded against a factory darkened background. It shows some wear but is all there and is quite a sight to see. This is the first time I've seen this treatment on an early SS sword.

The carved wooden grip is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in decent condition, although it is slightly worn through. It tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires with a twisted center strand.

Wrapped about the hilt in the standard tie is the original SS portepee. This portepee is completely set in place and does not appear to have ever been removed from the sword. It shows no fraying, only normal age toning that we would expect to see. The stem has a set of bullion SS runes on both sides, and the bullion ball stuffing matches the strapping.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. It shows some age and has a few signs of wear; overall this paint is about 85% intact.

The blade is nickel plated and measures 32 inches long. It has a fine, factory etch that is extremely rare and is indeed the first of the type I've ever seen. It is etch with the SS regiment "Das Reich", which is flanked by oak leaf springs. On the left of the etch is a shield bearing a set of intertwined runes, while the right has a set of SS runes and a circle. The original backgrounds are starting to fade but overall it is not too bad. The blade shows some age in the surfaces but I have made no attempt to clean it up. The reverse ricasso is marked with the early Höller Thermometer trademark, with 16 digits on either side of the mercury as opposed to the 11 digits used later in the period. The original black washer is in place.

An extremely rare, original SS sword here.

Excellent. $7,500.00

SSPOL #43278C Early Silver SS "Blucher" Lion Head Sword with SS Motto - Carl Eickhorn

This early SS sword would have been one of the weapons that was worn by an SS officer prior to the adoption of the 1936 model SS degen.

The sword is quite spectacular in that it is a standard Blucher pattern, the only differences being on the reverse langet and a heavily silver plated hilt. The Blucher pattern features a long head pommel with a long snout. This example has much hand enhancing to the lower jaw, the whiskers, the brow, and the mane that runs partially down the backstrap. The cat has faceted green glass eyes instead of the usual red, and show up brilliantly against the patinated silver. The backstrap is also beautifully done, with floral designs which are heavily hand enhanced and extend on to the grip tabs. There is a plain oval that could have been used for a monogram.

The "P" guard is also extremely beautiful, with raised silver oak leaves with much hand enhancing to the veins. The crossguard has the traditional Blucher "Art Deco" style eagle that looks to the viewer's left; this bird remains finely detailed throughout. The quillon ends in a teardrop swirl, and the ferrule is decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves. The silvering is absolutely 100% intact throughout the hilt of this sword.

The reverse langet of this piece is also something we very seldom see. It is equipped with a cast-in oval which is decorated with a set of raised SS runes; the effect is terrific looking! The lower hilt is deeply stamped "D. R. P."

The carved wooden grip is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in fine condition, tightly wrapped with a skein of three silver wires with a thick center strand.

The scabbard is nice and straight, with excellent original black paint. This paint shows some minor traces of wear here and there but overall is at least 98% intact. The paint even remains intact on the drag, which is nice to see.

The blade measures 33 inches long. It has good nickel plating throughout, and a needle-like tip. There are a few minor age signs but they are fairly minor and not detrimental to the piece. They are mostly noticeable spread about the fuller. On the obverse of the blade is a finely etched SS motto, "Meine Ehre heißt Treue". The motto is crisp and has about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original blade washer remains in place.

This is one of the rarest of all sword and, in my opinion, is extremely desirable. I show a similar example in my SS Book on pages 118 and 329. This degen represents an outstanding opportunity for the devoted SS collector. I have not seen one of these Eickhorn SS Swords for over 20 years.

Excellent Plus. $13,500

SSPOL #43277C Silver SS Panther Head Sword with Original Black Portepee - Alcoso

This Panther Head Sword has extremely fine silver plate throughout. It has toned over the years and does not look to have been cleaned. This is an Alcoso Model #119 sword.

The panther head is a fine looking cat, with enhancements to the muzzle and brow, as well as the mane which runs partially down the backstrap. This cat is equipped with red faceted glass eyes. The backstrap has outstanding raised oak leaves and acorns, all with hand enhancement and extending out on to the grip tabs.

The "P" guard also features this detailed oak leaf and acorn treatment. The crossguard is has a standard Alcoso eagle looking to the viewer's right. There is some wear to to this bird but in the main the detailing is intact. There is oak leaf on either side of the bird, and the quillon ends in a teardrop. The reverse langet is equipped with a raised oval section that has been fitted with an SS runes button. This button looks to have been countersunk into the langet. The enamel throughout this button is in nice condition, with the usual silver runes and circular borders. The lower portion of the hilt has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping.

The carved wooden grip is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a skein of three wires.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original black leather portepee. The knot shows wear and fraying here and there but if treated properly it should stay sound. This knot has triple wire stitches running the length, and a silver bullion lower ball. It is interesting to note that the insert is made of textured silver bullion with a thick line running through the center. This is the first time I've seen this kind of insert and I must say it adds quite a bit of interest to this sword.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has good original paint. There are only a few signs of wear here and there; overall this paint is about 99% intact. It is also still quite bright.

The nickel plated blade measures 33 inches long. The tip remains needle-like and the plating is in good condition. This blade shows some normal wear here and there but overall is in excellent shape. It is unmarked but it is definitely an Alcoso example.

Am extremely rare SS sword here, one that would have been purchased prior to the introduction of the Model 1936 Degen.

Excellent Plus. $8,500.00

SSPOL #43242 SS NCO's Degen - Peter Dan Krebs

This SS NCO's Degen is in exceptionally nice state. The nickel hilt is quite beautiful, with a fine patina over the silvered parts. There is little to no age on these parts.

The "D" guard travels nicely through the center and ends in a teardrop quillon. The pommel has the flat design, with an excellent set of vaulted SS runes. The original darkening remains intact in the background of these runes.

The ebony grip is also a beauty. It has no chips or problems, as well as the majority of the original black with only traces of hand wear. The ferrule matches the patination of the hilt, and is decorated with six standing oak leaves and acorns. The oak leave are enhanced with tiny circles throughout the leaves.

The scabbard is outstanding; it is totally straight and has exceptional original black paint. The paint is easily 98% intact, with only some minor wear at the built-in chape. The upper "Wotan's Knot" scabbard mount has matching patination and good, original darkening in the recessed areas. The throat is marked with the SS-Kulturzeichen and is retained by a pair of dome head side screws.

Attached to the carrying ring is a very fine original black leather teardrop sword hanger. This hanger is about 8 inches long, with a folded over belt loop closed by an aluminum boss. The original retainer loop and snap clip is intact, the latter painted black to match the hanger.

The blade is choice and easily mint. It has the standard matte finish and a single fuller, measuring 33 inches long. The reverse ricasso is marked with the second Krebs trademark, a lobster in a shield. The original white blade washer is in place protecting this outstanding blade.

A really great SS NCO's Degen, and one that would go very nicely in any collection.

Near Mint. $2,695.00

SSPOL #42028C SS Officer's DegenPeter Dan Krebs

This Officer's Degen remains in extremely nice condition. It has beautiful nickel plated hilt mounts which show little to no age.

The pommel has a fine plated surface and crisp serrated edges. It shows no trace of improper takedown.

The "D" guard is perfectly formed, passing throughout the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillon with a drilled decorative divot on both sides. The ferrule is a beauty, with six standing oak leaves that all are nicely hand enhanced. They have the small, hand applied circles that are often seen on Krebs pieces.

The ebony grip is as nice as they come. It is in perfect condition, with 100% of the original finish remaining. The grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire and has a matching cover plate on the reverse. The SS runes button is in a tremendously nice state, with 100% of the original background darkening. The runes themselves are nicely raised and have a fine border.

The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has good original black paint. It does have wear along the lower areas but overall the paint on this example is about 95% intact and does not look to have ever been cleaned or polished. The lower scabbard mount is decorated with the standard line pattern. It is pressed into place and has no screws. The upper mount is in the Wotan's Knot pattern. This knot retains about 90% of the original background darkening. The upper mount is retained by a pair of dome head steel screws, one in each of the lower loops. The scabbard throat and the lower hilt are stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen markings.

The mint blade measures 29 inches in length. This blade shows little to no wear and remains in perfect condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the famous Lobster trademark of the Krebs firm, and the original white leather blade buffer is in place and in excellent condition.

If you are looking for a choice SS Officer's Degen this example would be difficult to upgrade.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #40598C Police Officer's Degen - Clemen & Jung

This Police Officer's Degen is in outstanding condition, looking to have been worn only a few times at best. The nickel plating throughout the "D" guard is still bright and in perfect condition.

The pommel has knurled edges with no signs they were ever subjected to a tool. The upper portion of the pommel retains a bright finish.

The "D" guard passes through the crossguard and ends in a teardrop, complete with a drilled divot on either sides. The ferrule is a beauty, with six standing oak leaves that all show evidence of fine hand enhancement.

The ebony grip is on the of the best you will see, in completely perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with matching nickel wire. In the obverse center is a recessed copper Police eagle insignia, which retains full detailing throughout.

Adding to the hilt is a new-like portepee. It is the larger, thicker type, with perfect leather strapping accented with three sets of aluminum bullion stitchings. The center has a red stripe . The slide is leather with red and silver highlights, the stem is flat and the lower ball is bullion with a red, black, and white stuffing.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has wonderful original black paint, showing only some wear from the original hanger slightly below the carrying ring. This paint is nearly 100% intact. The scabbard is fitted with a matching nickel-plated drag that is retained by a pair of headless side screws. The upper mount is the "Wotan's Knot" type, with good pebbling on the inner areas. The original black finish is there, showing only slight wear. This mount is retained by two dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The blade is a full mint example, being most beautiful throughout the 30 ½ inch length. This mint blade is stamped with the Shield and Crown trademark of the Clemen & Jung firm. The original brown leather washer is in place.

Police swords made by Clemen & Jung were not SS proofed. If you are looking for an outstanding example this piece would be very, very difficult to upgrade.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

SSPOL #42605 Early, "As-found" SS Officer's Degen with Monogrammed Pommel - Peter Dan Krebs

This SS Degen is in completely "as-found" condition. The mounts are solid nickel, deeply patinated with some evidence of nicotine; obviously this piece has not been touched or cleaned since the war. The pommel has not been removed, with a dark patina on the silver surfaces.

On the top of the pommel is a professionally engraved monogram which seems to read "GO". These letters are intertwined and very beautifully rendered.

The "D" guard remains in nice condition, sweeping downward through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillon decorated with cripple drilled divots. The ferrule has a fine pattern of six standing oak leaves, with pebbled areas added to conceal the mold lines and deeply cut accent lines on the veins. The lower portion of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen mark, as is the scabbard throat.

Attached to the "D" guard is the remains of an officer's portepee. It shows a great deal of age and is very worn, missing the lower ball and stem. Despite this I felt I should leave it in place as it speaks to the history of the piece.

The ebony grip is in excellent condition, with only a tiny chip on the right edge of the upper rib. In the center of the grip is a nickel SS runes button, patinated in to the same degree as the hilt mounts. This button looks to have 100% of the original background darkening in the recesses of the runes, greatly accenting the design.

The scabbard shows some evidence of wear and has a number of scratches, as well as a small ding on the obverse. The paint remains bright, however, and is about 90% intact. The lower mount is in fairly good condition, also patinated and with the original darkening still visible. The upper mount is deeply patinated and matches the hilt. It is in the standard "Wotan's Knot" design, with the areas in the loops of the knot retaining almost all of the original factory darkening. It is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The blade measures 32 inches long. It remains bright throughout, with only a couple of kinks that appear in the center of the blade, caused by a bend somewhere along the line. We did our best to remove these kinks, but they still show under careful examination. The blade, however, remains in reasonably good condition overall. The reverse ricasso is marked with the early Krebs Lobster trademark, and the original white leather blade buffer is in place.

A pretty neat SS Degen here, and one that could possible be researched given the monogram. If you like pieces with period wear this is the example for you; personally I love the look of this sort of untouched look. This sword is reasonably priced for what it is.

Excellent. $4,995.00

SSPOL #42732 Police NCO's Degen - Puma

This NCO's Degen has excellent nickel plating, still bright and pleasing to the eye. There are a few traces of age here and there but overall it remains in fine condition.

The pommel cap is the flatter type used on NCO models. It shows no signs of being turned. The "D" guard flows downward through the crossguard, ending in a teardrop quillon. The ferrule is a fine example which appears to have been silvered as it has a nice black patina. It is decorated with six standing oak leaves, each with obvious hand work on the mold lines, acorns, and veins.

The grip is ebony and remains in perfect condition, with no chips or problems. There is no wire on this grip as it is a NCO example. Partially recessed into the obverse center of the grip is an aluminum Police eagle insignia, with fine, crisp detailing throughout the bird and wreath.

The scabbard is nice and straight. It shows evidence of age and carrying time but overall it remains bright and could be cleaned up if someone was so inclined. The original paint is about 95% intact. The chape is the built-in type, in good condition although it is lacking paint, but this is something we see with these swords. The upper is in the standard "Wotan's Knot" design, with the areas in the loops of the knot retaining about 90% of the original factory darkening. The mount is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The matte blade is a fine example, measuring 32 ½ inches. It is in choice, near mint choice. The reverse is stamped with the familiar Puma Cat trademark, and the original black leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine conditioned Police Degen here, and very desirable.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SSPOL #41250C Early SS Officer's Degen

This SS Officer's Degen is of initial production with hilt being of solid nickel. The Degen does not appear to have been cleaned, having a smooth, even patina throughout.

The hilt is the style with the screw-out step nut below the pommel. The Degen has never been apart. The pommel nut is also solid nickel, showing no signs of removal and still having excellent umbrella-like serrations around the upper edges. The upper center pommel area is totally smooth with all surfaces intact and unmarred. The "D" guard is perfect throughout with an appealing curved design. It flows perfectly though the crossguard area, ending with a teardrop quillon having the partial decorative drilling on each side. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns.

Interestingly, the areas between each of the oak leaves, and above the acorns has been hand-punched with dots and darkened. The same treatment has been applied to the acorn caps; I have not seen this treatment on an SS Degen before. It is fun to study the hand work on these ferrules, as each individual example is slightly different, making each Degen unique from this aspect.

The ebony grip is completely perfect with no chips or flaws; some beautiful wood here, especially when it is seen in this condition. The nickel SS runes button is set on a slight turn, being positioned at about 7:00 o'clock, reminiscent of many of the buttons we see on the early SS daggers. The original factory darkening over the button's pebbled backgrounds is almost still completely intact, with one wear spot at the bottom point between the two runes. The under portion of the lower hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing.

The scabbard shell is outstanding, being straight and having great original luster to the original black paint. This paint is at least about 98%, being very impressive and also a true testament to this Degen's condition. The lower drag is nickel-plated and features the straight decorative line enhancing. There is just a tad of rust on the very chape area, where according to the consignor, the carpet was wet sometime while the vet was storing this Degen. The upper scabbard mount is in fine condition with its Wotan knot motif. All of the original factory darkening remains between the knot ties - also a great sign of little usage. The throat is also SS marked with the Kulturzeichen stamping.

The 32 inch blade is as good as they come, being completely in mint condition. It is the unmarked variety as we often see on initial production pieces, and has the usual short ricasso with single blade fuller. A perfect blade here. The original white leather washer is in excellent condition, showing only minor age, but little wear.

A great opportunity here to acquire a direct veteran original example that has never been cleaned, never been in a collection and remains in top condition.

Mint Minus. $7,495.00

SSPOL #40290C Early Personalized & Numbered SS Officer's Degen

This SS Officer's Degen is of early production. It is the style with a "turn-out" nut at the top, positioned below the pommel.

The pommel is an excellent example, with no signs of improper takedown. On the top of the pommel is the monogram of the original owner, "L. H.". The monogram is engraved in fine Gothic lettering and has a great look about it. This very pommel can be seen on page 404 of my SS Book.

The "D" guard is perfectly shaped, running down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillon with a decorative drilled divot on both sides. The ferrule is a fine example, decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The veining on the leaves has been enhanced with tiny circles, and the acorn caps show evidence of hand engraving.

The ebony grip is in fine condition, with no chips. The grip is tightly wrapped with matching nickel wire and has a matching cover plate on the reverse concealing the mounting of the wire. The obverse grip is fitted with a SS runes button with an exactly matching patina. This button has excellent runes and 100% of the original background darkening. The lower section of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen, as does the scabbard throat.

The scabbard is straight throughout. The paint is in outstanding condition; I think it was probably done a few years ago but it is professional in every way and nearly 100% intact. The lower mount has the usual decorative accent lines on both sides which retain most of the original darkening. The mount is retained by a pair of dome head side screws. The upper mount is the "Wotan's Knot" type. The areas inside the knot have about 40% of the original darkening left intact. This mount is retained by a pair of dome head screws located on each side of the lower loops.

The blade of this example has the standard matte finish. It is in fine, nearly mint condition. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the SS serial number "3474". The original white washer is in place, with a crack on one side. I'd rather see the original washer, however, than a new replacement.

This degen belonged to SS-Standartenführer Ludwig Hettesheimer. According to SS records Hettesheimer joined the organization in 1930, working his way up from an NCO to this high rank. As of 1938, Hettesheimer was the Inspector Storm Commander of the Rhine area. As of April 1941 he was in command of Abschnitt 11. He earned the Honor Degen as well as a SS Honor Ring. He was an older man, being born 27 May, 1887. He can be seen in my SS Book on page 404. He is second from left in the photo.

The sword comes with a mountain of research material regarding this man. It is all in German, but with a little Google translate and a lot of spare time I am sure you can start drilling down into this amazing cache of information. There are also some copies of photographs that include Hettesheimer, so you can put the name directly to the face. These documents trace his career from the early 30's all the way to the late 40's.

Quite a coup here for the SS collector; it is quite rare to find an SS sword that can be traced directly the original owner. A wonderful SS sword here, with a treasure trove of research material, personalization, and fine, initial production quality.

Excellent Plus. $9,995.00

SSPOL #41954 Police Degen - F. W. Höller

This degen has an excellent nickel plated hilt, with little or no wear to the plating.

The pommel is in excellent condition, with no signs of improper takedown and crisp serrations on the edges. The pommel top retains 100% of the original finish.

The “D” guard ends in a teardrop quillon. The upper ferrule is built into the “D” guard, and the lower ferrule has the standard pattern of six standing oak leaves. These leaves are finely detailed throughout.

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, with no chips or problems on the ribs. The nickel grip wire is tight and concealed by the reverse cover plate.

The original portepee accompanies this degen. It is the type with black leather strapping and aluminum stitching. The knot shows age and is slightly torn but it is still holding together. The lower ball is the Rural style, with green and aluminum bullion and a green “cat’s anus” insert.

The scabbard is nice and straight throughout, with excellent original paint. It shows wear but is at least 98% intact. The lower drag is in good condition, having the standard accent lines and retained by a pair of flush mounted side screws. The upper mount is a Wotan’s Knot type and is retained by a pair of dome headed steel screws. The scabbard throat is not SS stamped as this is a Höller piece.

The blade is a fine example measuring 31 ½ inches long, with a standard matte finish. It remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Höller Thermometer trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A good, basic Police Degen here.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SSPOL #41377 SS NCO's Degen - Peter Dan Krebs

This NCO'S SS Degen is in good condition overall. The pommel is the flat type used on the NCO version. It is in good condition, with a set of raised SS runes in the center. All of the darkening remains in the backgrounds of these runes, giving a good effect when viewed.

The "P" guard retains the original plating, with only some minor age spots. The guard ends in a teardrop quillon. The upper ferrule is built into the "D" guard, while the lower, separate ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves shot with acorns. The oak leaves have fine hand punched circles and the caps of the acorns have been hand rendered.

The plain ebony grip has perfect ribs throughout and retains a fine finish.

The scabbard is in good condition, being straight and having no dents. The original black paint is also in excellent condition, showing only minor age and at least 98% intact. Even the paint on the built-in lower chape is still present.

The upper scabbard mount is the Wotan's Knot style. There is some age in the plated surfaces, but nothing too bad. The blackening in the loops of the knot remains about 95% intact. The upper fitting is retained by a dome head screw in each of the lower loops. The throat is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen mark.

The 33 inch blade is a very fine example, still being in mint condition. It has the standard matte finish and a fuller running about two-thirds of the blade. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 2nd Style Krebs Lobster trademark, and the original white washer is in place and in good condition.

A nice NCO's Degen that can be added to your collection without breaking the bank.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SSPOL #40937C Early SS Officer's Degen

This SS Officer's Degen looks to be of initial production and does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The hilt mounts are solid nickel. The upper hilt has the "screw out" nut which we see on early examples.

The pommel is a fine example, with no evidence of removal. It has toned completely black, indicating it is most likely silver plated. The "D" guard has a fine, even patination and ends in the usual teardrop quillon with decorative drilled divots on both sides. The lower ferrule is a fine example, decorated with six standing oak leaves and acorns. The oak leaves are nicely blackened and show hand enhancement.

The ebony grip retains the original lacquer. There are a few tiny chips to the lacquer but the grip remains in fine condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and the nickel cover plated remains on the reverse. The nickel runes button is a very fine example, nicely inset with no chips anywhere around it. The runes are in high relief and nearly all of the original factory darkening is in the backgrounds.

The underside of the hilt is proofed with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamp, which also appears on the scabbard throat.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. This paint shows some age and quite a bit of carrying time; I'd say it is about 85% intact. There is no question this degen was often worn over the years. The lower mount is nickel plated and retains most of the original darkening in the decorative lines. It is the type that is retained without screws. The upper mount is the standard "Wotan's Knot" type. There is little of the original darkening left in the areas between the loops but the pebbling is still all there. The mount is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The 34 inch blade is in the standard matte finish with a deep fuller on each side. It is buffered by a white leather washer which shows age and wear but still quite sound.

A good opportunity to acquire an untouched SS Officer's Degen here. With a little cleaning this sword would be most impressive.

Excellent. $7,295.00

SSPOL #40939C Police Officer's Degen - Paul Weyersberg

This Police Officer's Degen shows traces of age on the "D" guard but the plating remains sound. The pommel cap has some lifting on the edge of the upper portion but the serrations remain crisp. The ferrule has the usual six standing oak leaves, with evidence of hand enhancement throughout the design.

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, with good, tight nickel grip wire. The Police eagle grip insignia is a copper type and retains full detailing throughout.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original Police portepee. It is the style with leather strapping and aluminum stitching that runs the length, with a red center stitch. The knot is in the original tie. The leather is slightly compromised in the knotted portion but if it is left alone it should remain intact.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. The paint shows quite a bit of wear and is about 85% intact. One of the strange things about this degen is that while it is an Officer's example the scabbard has an NCO's chape. I'm not sure why this would be so, but the blade fits perfectly and is the proper length. The upper mount is in the Wotan's Knot pattern, with most the the original blacking intact. It is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops. The throat is marked with an SS-Kulturzeichen stamping.

The blade is 31 ½ inches long with a standard matte finish. It remains in nearly mint condition and is marked with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark. The original white blade buffer is intact.

A good Police example here. You might want to replace the scabbard but I think it is fine just the way it is.

Excellent. $850.00(#071818)

SSPOL #32751 Police Officer Degen – Hermann Rath

This Police Officer Degen is overall in extremely nice, collectible condition. The hilt fittings are all nickel-plated and the plating is still bright throughout showing only the most nominal of age signs. The pommel cap is in good condition having perfect plating and good serrations running around the circumference. The “D” guard goes into a smooth crossguard area and ends with a teardrop quillon. The ferrule consists of standing oak leaves separated by acorns which show fine handwork to the veins. There does not appear to be any blackening in the recesses. The grip is a very fine ebony wood being in choice condition throughout. There is a very small sliver of wood that is missing at the top rib just next to the cover plate. It is difficult to see and is not noticeable in my opinion. The grip wire is nice and tight throughout and the insignia is the copper style. This copper police insignia portrays an open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. The detail is still outstanding to the grip insignia showing little wear.

Setting off this hilt is the original-to-the-piece portepee. This portepee is produced in leather strapping and it is the larger form which has triple aluminum wire stitching running the length. The center area is missing most of the original red highlight thread but a few small portions of it can be seen here and there. The leather itself though seems to still be in fine condition as does the aluminum stitching. The stem is the flat metal type which is covered by aluminum crochet-like bullion material. The slide is missing from this portepee. The lower acorn ball is made up of yarn-like bullion thread and it is all nice and tight. The insert is composed of black, red and white thread. An extremely nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has outstanding original black paint. This paint shows very little usage and is in nearly full mint condition. A very fine shell here.

The shell is equipped with upper and lower officer mounts. The lower mount has no screws holding it on as apparently it was installed hot. After cooling these fittings became set in place. Like the ferrule this lower mount does not have any darkening in the decorative lines. The upper mount features a fine Wotan’s knot design and like the other parts does not appear to have had blackening in the open portions. It is interesting to note that the obverse loop has a single flatter head style screw whereas the reverse lower loop has the pattern for the hole to be drilled but this hole drilling was never done. Most likely this was a later produced sword.

The blade of this example is done in the matte finish and it is 31-inches in length. This very fine blade is in near full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the maker’s name and location formed in an ellipse shape with capital letters, “Herm. Rath / Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in position. This is a very fine Hermann Rath sword. Some of the earlier examples will have on the blade the SS runes stamped in along with the name. This example does not and I believe it is because it is because it is a later produced piece. The quality though is exceptional throughout this degen and if you are looking for a nice one to add to your collection this one should fill the bill.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

SSPOL #32837 Police Officer Degen - Paul Weyersberg

This Police Officer Degen has fairly good plating throughout the hilt. There is a minor amount of freckling that is noticeable here and there but the hilt does not look to have been cleaned in awhile and probably a lot of this could be lessened with a nice rub of semi chrome. The pommel cap is in perfect condition and shows no signs of being taken out improperly throughout the fluted edges. The crossguard comes nicely down from the “D” guard ending in a quillon with a partial decorative drilled hole on each side. The ferrule is the style which never had blackening in the backgrounds. It features the six standing oak leaves all having excellent detail with no hand enhancing necessary. The acorns in between have nice crisp caps and between the leaves there is a pebbled surface. The ebony grip is in totally perfect condition having tightly wrapped nickel wire. The center police insignia is a copper type and it is in great condition still showing excellent detail throughout the eagle superimposed over the oak leaves. This eagle looks to the left and clutches a wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard is a fine example having excellent original black paint. The paint shows only modest wear here and there but overall it is at least 95% and with a good cleaning will come up to near mint. The lower chape fitting is a typical nickel-plated type in good condition being retained by two dome head steel side screws. The upper scabbard mount is the style without black in the Wotan knot. This mount is in fine condition throughout though retained by two steel dome head screws, one in each lower loop. The Weyersberg swords are not SS proofed on the throat or the lower hilt. The blade of this example is 32½ inches in length. It is in excellent condition having a good matte finish. This blade shows little usage and other than a couple of tiny age marks near the ricasso area the blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword positioned between a wreath of wheat. The original washer is gone to time. A pretty nice example here though that will clean up if the next owner would choose to do so.

Excellent. $995.00

SSPOL #41205C SS Officer's Degen - Hermann Rath

Well collectors, I have offered a pretty good number of SS Officer's Degens over the years, but this is the first example that I have encountered produced by the famous and desirable Hermann Rath firm. Rath sold a large number of Police Officer and NCO Degen, and in fact, ran their printed ads in all of the period police-oriented magazines and newspapers. I do not believe they were a maker, but rather, were a distributor. Their Degen have always been in demand because of their trademark featuring a diamond containing a set of SS runes. This logo meant that they had the approval of the SS to produce the SS/Police Degen, so I guess it should not be too big of a surprise to see that they apparently made some SS Officer models also. Another case of never being able to say NEVER in this great hobby of ours.

The hilt of this example is all quality nickel-plated. The upper area has the built-in step area that accommodates the tang/pommel cap. The pommel is a fine example having crisp serrations and does not appear to have been apart in modern times. The plating is still in perfect condition through the pommel, "D" guard and cross guard area of this hilt. The qullion ends in a teardrop, not having the usual partial drilling seen on other makes. The lower ferrule is a fine example with its six standing oak leaves and alternating acorns.

The ebony grip is an outstanding example having all perfect ribs with no chipping. It is tightly wrapped with nickel wire, which is covered on the reverse with a matching cover plate. In the center obverse is a fine SS runes button. The button is of nickel having raised runes with pebbled backgrounds. The pebble pattern still has about 98% of its factory darkening.

Wrapped about the hilt is a choice SS portepee. The portepee appears original-to-the-sword, showing no fray or little age. It features textured aluminum strapping decorated with twin rows of black lines running the length of the edges. The slide is composed of woven bullion cord. The half-rounded bullion stem portrays a set of circled black SS runes on each side. The portepee appears set in place in the original tie.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has outstanding original paint which is nearly full mint, showing only the most nominal signs of being around all of these years. In fact, there is not even any crazing; some nice paint here! The lower scabbard mount is a fine nickel-plated example having the decorative lines that run up to the lower chape. The mount is retained by two headless side screws. The upper mount features the Wotan knot designs. The areas in between have nearly 100% of the black painted finish. It is possible this was touched up somewhere along the line, or given the condition of this scabbard, the blackening could be original. This mount is retained by two flat head screws, one in each of the lower obverse and reverse lower loops.

The blade of this example is stone mint. A beauty having the matte finish usually seen on Police and SS Degen. This mint blade measures 31 1/2 inches in length. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the diamond having the SS Kulturzeichen runes in the center. Beneath is stamped, "Herm Rath/ Solingen". The blade is protected by the in-place brown leather washer.

An unusual maker here for an SS Degen, but the sword is completely original and in choice condition throughout.

Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #40599C Police Degen with Original SS Portepee Presented by Munich Police Chief SS Obergruppenführer Frieherr V. Eberstien to Oberstleutnant Der Schutzpolizei and SS-Obersturmbahnführer Fritz Rauch - Pet. Dan Krebs

This Police Degen is historically one of the greatest weapons I have turned up over the years. I originally found the Degen at a show in Kansas City back in 2005. It has been owned by an advanced collector since that year and he has decided that it is time to let this incredible weapon go to the next collector/historian. I might add this this same collector was the past owner of the well known Chained-SS dagger belonging to Hitler's pilot Hans Bauer, as well as the SS Full Röhm dagger belonging to Hitler's chauffeur Erich Kemka, so you know where his collecting taste is. Before I tell you who Fritz Rauch was and recount his ultra-exciting career, I will describe this Degen.

First off, the Degen is a standard Krebs-produced Police type having nickel-plated hilt mounts. The pommel cap has good serrations around the top area with no damage from improper tool usage. Engraved onto the center area of the upper segment is the monogram of the original owner, "F.R". The initials are professionally engraved, having a pleasing, jaunty look. The top of the "R" letter swirls over the top of the "F" letter. The nickel finish throughout the "D" guard, upper ferrule, crossguard and quillon end remains excellent, with no rust or pitting. The quillon end concludes with a teardrop, having the traditional officer touch of partially drilled holes on each side. The lower ferrule is partially concealed by the in-place portepee, but it is easy to see that the ferrule has the usual six standing oak leaves with acorns and has developed a dark patination.

The ebony grip remains in perfect condition with no chips or flaws. The original lacquer finish is beginning to wear modestly, being mostly on the obverse area, revealing the slightly lighter color of the ebony wood beneath. Fitted flush in the center obverse is a copper Police eagle. The eagle shows some minor wear throughout the center surfaces, but for the most part the details remain.The nickel grip wire is tight throughout.

Wrapped in the proper proscribed tie about the lower portion of the hilt, is the original-to-the-piece SS portepee. Other than some minor edge fray on the ends of the strapping where it comes out of the tie, the knot is in excellent condition. It features aluminum bullion strapping having a textured center area and is decorated with two sets of twin black lines that run the length. The slide is of looped bullion, and the stem is slightly rounded on each side, complete with a set of SS runes within a circle. The lower ball is of yarn-like bullion, having a lower stuffing insert that matches the strapping.

The totally straight scabbard has excellent original black paint which is still bright throughout. This original paint virtually remains in perfect condition and is 100% intact. The lower mount is in excellent condition, with the traditional accent lines. As we see on most Krebs examples the mount has no screw retainage. The upper scabbard mount features the Wotan's Knot design. It appears that most of the original black is intact, although I see a couple of touch-up spots that were done somewhere along the line. The mount is retained by a dome head screw at the lower loop on each side. The throat is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing and I assume the lower hilt is also, but I don't want to disturb the portepee to look. Attached to the scabbard hanging ring is an 8 inch long black leather sword hanger. It is the style with adjustable upper belt loop, equipped with an aluminum boss. The retaining strap is in place. The lower portion is fitted with a nickel snap clip, showing minor wear to its painted finish.

The Police blade is the standard matte finish variety, with standard single fuller construction and needle-like tip. The blade shows some minor age in the surfaces here and there, but no pitting or serious problems. This blade measures 32 inches in length.

On the obverse blade is a two-line dedication. The dedication is engraved, not etched; not an easy job on metal this hard. The dedication reads, "s/l Fritz Rauch in dankbarer Erinnerung an 1936/40 / Frhr. v. Eberstein". This translates to: "In admiration of Fritz Rauch and thankful memories from 1936 thru 1940". The professional engraving is quite simple using single cuts of the letters except for double-line cuts on the capital letters.

The reverse ricasso has the Krebs trademark of the lobster within a shield. Around the outside of the shield is the name, "Pet. Dan. Krebs Solingen", The original white washer is in place and is in good condition.

Fritz Rauch led a very colorful career, being the son of a police officer and born in 1906. After joining the Freikorps while still in school, he joined the NSDAP in 1922. He was involved in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch and was one of the first recipients of the Blood Order. After joining the SA, he was employed with the Bavarian Police. With the assumption of power in 1933, his career was accelerated. Rauch was six foot tall and was an outdoor type being an accomplished horseman, skier and mountain climber. He was the kind of man welcomed by the New Order with his political and nationalistic views. He was promoted to inspector, then to captain of security police, and in 1940, he served in the Reich Chancellery under Dr. Hans Lammers. At the same time, he was also admitted to the SS with rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer. He left shortly after to serve with the LAH and saw action in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia. In 1941 he returned to the Chancellery under Lammers again. By spring of 1944, Rauch was promoted to SS-Sturmbahnführer, a promotion that was endorsed and signed by both Hitler and Himmler. He was obviously well thought of in the right circles.

In April of 1945, Lammers persuaded Hitler to relocate the Reichsbank gold bullion, currency and other wealth to southern Bavaria, where it would be safer. Rauch was put it in charge of security while the treasure was transported by train to the Kaserne barracks of the Wehrmacht in Mittenwald. After the gold arrived, Rauch left the gold with a Wehrmacht colonel name of Franz Pfeiffer with instructions to protect it from foreign armies.

Rauch surrendered to US troops in June of 1945 and was mysteriously released after he helped military personnel locate "most" of the treasure. He was later arrested due to his SS rank, but fortunately for him, again he was released in 1946. In February of 1948, Rauch and his wife managed to emigrate to Argentina with the help of the Croatian Catholic church. Once in Buenos Aires, Rauch became a partner in a metallurgical firm where he curiously was later joined by his former Wehrmacht acquaintance, Franz Pfeiffer, who became a member of the board of directors. The exact details of Rauch's demise are unknown, but it is thought that he returned to Europe later, and settled in Austria shortly before his death in the 1970's. Hmmm - a pretty good story here, eh? Makes you wonder whether all of the Nazi gold made it to the Allies!

Well, there you are. The Degen comes with a dossier just chock-full of documents concerning Rauch, many of them signed by Himmler and many other SS higher-ups. There is also a great picture of Rauch. Just looking at this picture makes you really wonder what kind of a exciting life this guy really led. He is a rugged, intelligent-looking man and one can only imagine how he looked decked out in an SS uniform. With it all, it sounds like he was extremely reliable and valuable to the powers that be, and I am sure what ever feat he may have pulled with some of that gold, (right or wrong) he died keeping it a secret. Sure wish his Degen could talk to us all!

Excellent Plus. $9,495.00

SSPOL #40294C SS NCO's Degen - Peter Dan Krebs

This SS NCO's Degen is in untouched condition. The nickel plated parts are in excellent condition and show little age.

The pommel cap is the flatter NCO type. On the top is a fine set of raised SS runes which retain complete background darkening. There is no sign that this cap has ever been removed.

The "D" flows nicely through the crossguard area and ends in a teardrop quillon. The lower ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. Both the leaves and the acorns have feine details and are nicely hand-enhanced.

The ebony grip is a very fine, high quality example, remaining in perfect condition. Some of the original lacquer remains in the recesses.

Wrapped about the hilt of the sword is a SS NCO's troddel. This troddel has the same strapping as an officer's model, with a textured center and two sets of dual black stripes that run the length. The stem and slide are of aluminum bullion with a "V" weave that is accented by black thread. The black is a black and bullion with an insert that matches the strapping. This knot shows little wear. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint shows some wear but remains at least 90% intact. The finish retains a bit of shine as well. The lowe chape is the style that is built into the shell, somethig we see on NCO swords. The upper scabbard mount is in the "Wotan's Knot" configuration. It looks as though much of the darkening has worn from this knot, although it may not have been there in the first place. There is also some age on this mount but it could be cleaned up with a little effort. It is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops. Unusually this scabbard is not stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking, although this is not unheard of.

The blade is a very fine example in mint condition. It has a standard matte finish and measures 33 inches long. There is a white leather blade washer in place, a hallmark of Krebs pieces.

A good example here, in untouched condition.

Excellent. $3,195.00

SSPOL #39763C Untouched Police Officer’s Degen – Emil Voos

This Voos Degen has mounts that are deeply patinated and do not look to have been cleaned since the war. The plating beneath looks to be in excellent condition; it could be cleaned but I prefer to leave it as-is.

The pommel is in good concentration, with fine serrated edges. There are no tool marks nor does the pommel look to have been removed at any time. The “D” guard sweeps smoothly through the crossguard area and ends in a teardrop quillon. The lower ferrule has the traditional design of six standing oak leaves separated with acorns.

The ebony grip of the sword is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with nickel wire. In the center of the is a fine copper Police Eagle insignia.

The scabbard is nice and straight, with very good original paint that is easily 95% intact. The matching scabbard mounts have also been left uncleaned. The lower mount has the usual decorative lines and is retained by a pair of side screws. The upper mount is in the “Wotan’s Knot” configuration. I don’t see any traces of darkening on this knot, and it is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops.

Emil Voos did not proof their swords, so we see no SS markings on this sword.

The plate is the usual matte finish type. It has a little bit of age on the ricasso of each side, but the remainder of the blade is crisp. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Snake & Stump trademark of the Voos firm, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very good, solid sword here, from a maker we don’t see very often.

Excellent. $1,095.00

SSPOL #39849 SS NCO’s Degen – Alcoso

It is fairly unusual to see an SS NCO’s Degen by Alcoso; apparently this piece was a custom order. The degen has the usual silvered Alcoso mounts, namely the ferrule and the upper scabbard fitting. This degen comes from a collector I’ve know for some thirty years. He purchased it from a veteran many, many years ago and is now ready to pass it on.

The pommel is most unusual. Most NCO pommels with be the type with raised SS runes in the top. This degen has a standard flat pommel on which the SS runes have been professionally engraved. The engraving is superb, with double scribing and fine shading lines. A very striking, original enhancement here.

The “D” guard has good nickel plating and a fine curvature which runs through the center area and ends in a teardrop quillon. The ferrule is the silver type, with outstanding detail to the standing oak leaves and acorns. The mold lines on the ferrule have been concealed by means of hand engraved oak leaves and acorns.

Since this is an Alcoso piece there are no SS proof marks on the hilt or scabbard throat.

The grip of the degen is of fine ebony and is in perfect condition. A little of the lacquer is worn here and there and some of the raw wood is visible, but this is normal wear for an SS Degen.

The scabbard is a fine, long example, being straight throughout. It has good, original paint that shows minor traces of age and attic crazing. In the main, however, the paint is still quite good and is somewhere between 90 and 95% intact. The lower drag is the built-in style, as we see on NCO models. The upper mount is in the standard “Wotan’s Knot” configuration, with no darkening in the loops of the knot. It doesn’t look like it every had any. The two screws which retain the mount are in place on the lower loops and are the large size we associate with Alcoso.

The blade of this degen is an extremely long and a real monster. It measures 35 ½ inches long, a full half inch longer than the largest production model. It has a very fine, matte finish and shows virtually no age. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the last trademark used by Alcoso; a set of scale with the initials “ACS” intertwined, along with the name and location of the firm. There is a fine black leather blade washer in place.

An outstanding and interesting SS NCO’s Degen here, one that would make for a fine addition to any sword collection and of particular interest to the avid “type” collector.

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

SSPOL #39743 Police Officer’s Degen – Carl Eickhorn

This late Police Officer’s Degen was made after 1941 but does not lack for quality.

The hilt is fine, nickel-plated example which shows a little bit of mild age on the outside of the “D guard, but nothing bad. The pommel cap is in good shape, with no signs of improper turning. The “D” guard ends in quillon decorated with drilled divots on both sides. The lower ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves that have obviously received hand enhancements to the veins, and the mold lines are concealed by hand-engraved acorns. Some very nice work here!

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with nickel wire. In the center is flush mounted aluminum Police insignia; this bird retains fine detailing.

The perfect scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It has been professionally repainted with a fine matte finish and looks great. The lower mount is the nickel plated type, being in excellent condition with full plating ad retained by screws on each side. The upper mount is in the Wotan’s Knot configuration. I don’t see a lot of darkening on this mount but it looks to have been made this way.

The blade is a very fine, matte finish example that measures 31 inches long. It is in mint condition, stamped on the reverse with the “Over the Shoulder” style Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice Eickhorn piece here, with some minor restoration in the form of the scabbard repaint. It’s a good value.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SSPOL #39483C SS Officer’s Degen with Portepee – Alcoso

We do not see many Alcoso SS pieces, so this piece is somewhat of a rarity.

The hilt is most interesting. It looks to be the stainless steel style that we would associate with the Dachau forge. Chances are Alcoso purchased this hilt from Müller to fill a special order for an SS Officer’s sword.

The pommel is the nickel-plated steel type and shows no evidence of improper turning. The ferrule is the separate style style and is coupled with a stainless steel “D” guard. The ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves and is in the Dachau style, having some handwork.

The grip is a very fine ebony and remains in perfect condition. It is very tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and the SS runes button is the standard Dachau type. It is in very choice condition and has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds.

Attached to the hilt is an outstanding original SS portepee. This portepee shows some minor age but is free of fray and is in the original tie, which looks to have been in place for a long, long time. The strapping has textured aluminum bullion, with two set of dual black strips. The stem is rounded and decorated with SS runes in a circle on both sides, while the lower ball is of bullion thread with an insert that matches the strapping.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint with only a couple of modest nicks here and there. The paint overall, however, is about 98% intact. The lower mount is nickel plated and engraved with lines; it is retained by a pair of nickel side screws. The upper mount is the Wotan’s Knot style, in good condition with most of the original darkening. This mount is retained by a pair of nickel screws, one in each of the lower loops. The upper mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen.

The blade of the degen as a fine matte finish and remains in choice, perfect condition, measuring 31 inches long. It bears the Alcoso Scales logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine sword here. It does not look to have been apart or cleaned in modern times.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #39483C SS Officer’s Degen with Portepee – Alcoso

We do not see many Alcoso SS pieces, so this piece is somewhat of a rarity.

The hilt of this degen is most interesting. It looks to be the stainless steel style that we would associate with the Dachau forge. Chances are Alcoso purchased this hilt from Müller to fill a special order for an SS Officer’s sword.

The pommel is the nickel-plated steel type and shows no evidence of improper turning. The ferrule is the separate style style and is coupled with a stainless steel “D” guard. The ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves and is in the Dachau style, having some fine handwork.

The grip is crafted of a very fine ebony and remains in perfect condition. It is very tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and the SS runes button is the standard Dachau type. It is in very choice condition and has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds.

Attached to the hilt is an outstanding original SS portepee. This portepee shows some minor age but is free of fray and is in the original tie, which looks to have been in place for a long, long time. The strapping has textured aluminum bullion, with two set of dual black strips. The stem is rounded and decorated with SS runes in a circle on both sides, while the lower ball is of bullion thread with an insert that matches the strapping.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint with only a couple of modest nicks here and there. The paint overall, however, is about 98% intact. The lower mount is nickel plated and engraved with lines; it is retained by a pair of nickel side screws. The upper mount is the Wotan’s Knot style, in good condition with most of the original darkening. This mount is retained by a pair of nickel screws, one in each of the lower loops. The upper mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen.

The blade of the degen as a fine matte finish and remains in choice, perfect condition, measuring 31 inches long. It bears the Alcoso Scales logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine sword here. It does not look to have been apart or cleaned in modern times.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #37676C SS Officer's Dachau Type Degen

This SS Degen was recently brought in by a consignor who acquired the sword back in the '70's at a San Antonio show. There are a lot of armed forces bases in that area; those of us collectors who used to do shows in the vicinity can vouch for the amount of militaria that would crop in these venues.

This Dachau Degen is in nice condition throughout. It has a stainless steel “D” guard with separate upper and lower ferrules. The “D” guard is completely textbook, with a teardrop quillon end. The lower ferrule has fine standing oak leaves separated by acorns. As is the case with the Dachau versions there is no background darkening to this design.

The tang nut is a standard, nickel-plated steel type, showing mild traces of age but nothing bad. The reverse cover plate is also nickel-plated steel.

The grip is a fine ebony beauty, being in perfect condition. This ebony has outstanding tight nickel wire. The runes button is also stainless as we see on these degens. This button has fine, raised SS runes with a good background darkening.

The scabbard of this degen is not the slimmer type we usually see with these swords, but rather is the standard size. What makes it a definite Dachau piece is the fact that the upper scabbard mount with the Wotan's Knot is also made of stainless steel. It is retained by two headless side screws. The lower mount is a conventional style which still has the darkening in its decorative lines and is retained by two dome head screws. The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has fairly good original paint. This paint shows some crazing here and there and a little bit of wear on the reverse center. Overall, though, it is at least 95% intact.

The unmarked blade is in choice condition, measuring 32 inches long. It has the conventional fuller and good, crisp edges. This blade remains in Mint condition. It has the standard Dachau type brown leather washer.

A nice Dachau Degen here, one that would fit well into any SS collection.

Excellent Plus. $5,995.00

SSPOL #37437C Untouched Police NCO's Degen – WKC

This untouched example has never been cleaned and still has the original dull patina which is evenly spread throughout the nickel-plated hilt mounts as well as the scabbard mounts. The patina is very old, but if the next owner chose to clean this piece I am sure it would come up quite nicely.

The pommel cap is the flat variety indicative of NCO status. The “D” guard is in excellent condition, running throughout the crossguard area and ending in a teardrop quillon. The upper ferrule in integral to the hilt while the lower ferrule is a separate fitting, being the style with six standing oak leaves. These oak leaves have been extensively hand enhanced, and they are separated with acorns with checkered caps. It is hard to tell if the darkening is in the recesses as the entire fitting is darkly patinated.

The ebony grip is the style without wire and is in perfect condition, with a fine, even black color. The Police NCO insignia is installed flush with the grip. It is made of aluminum and features an open-winged Police eagle and swastika superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. This insignia still has good detailing, indicative of careful carry time.

The original-to-the-piece portepee is still intact in the proper tie. This portepee is the style with black leather strapping decorated with triple wire stitching, the center being red as a highlight. The portepee shows age and usage with a small amount of wear on the inner strap where the portepee emerges from the tie. Not bad though, and not threatening; I'm sure it will stay intact for a long time. The slide is a woven leather type highlighted with bullion and red thread, and the stem is the flatter type covered with crochet-like bullion being the style you can see through. The lower ball is of bullion thread and has the characteristic “cat's anus” stuffing of white, black and red thread.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint which is about 95% intact. There are a couple of chips here and there but nothing unusual and completely commensurate with the degree of overall wear on this degen. It is interesting to note that this is an officer type scabbard as it has the separate lower mount. The two mounts, however, exactly match the deep patina of the hilt, so there is no question both of these mounts have always been with this degen. The lower mount still has the darker backgrounds in the enhancement lines. There is a tiny ding on the reverse of this mount but it is nothing. The obverse mount features the Wotan's Knot design. Like the upper ferrule, the patination makes it difficult to tell if the factory darkening is still in the recesses of the knot. The mount is retained by two dome head screws, one on each side of the lower loop.

The fine blade has the usual matte finish and it remains in Mint condition. This blade measures 31½ inches. On the opposite ricasso it is stamped with the SS proofing as was the habit of the WKC firm. On the obverse ricasso is stamped the knight head logo along with the firm's initials beneath, “WKC”. The original washer is a white leather example showing some age but still totally intact and looking good.

A very fine Police Degen here which is desirable with the WKC SS blade stamping.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SSPOL #30860 Police NCO's Degen - Paul Weyersberg

This Police NCO's Degen is really in nice overall condition. The nickel plated hilt mounts all have their original finish and really look great, being 100%. The “D” guard, crossguard and quillon, ends in a small teardrop. The pommel cap above is the flat variety, as this is an NCO version. This pommel cap also has outstanding plating and no signs of tool marks. The ferrule of this example is an outstanding one, having good detail to the 6 standing oak leaves and the acorns in between. There does not appear to be any factory darkening in the backgrounds, but because of the nice detail here, it doesn’t need it. The grip of this example is a very fine ebony. The reverse of the grip is absolutely perfect, showing no use at all. The obverse is also choice, showing only a couple of taps in the two ribs above the insignia, but they would be easy to cover with a little darkening polish, or even Magic Marker. This is a really nice ebony grip here. This grip, of course, has no wire as it is the NCO version. In the center, countersunk flat, is a fine Police aluminum NCO Eagle. This bird still has most of the original detail, which is commensurate with the rest of the Degen. The bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath, and swastika are still extremely clear.

Wrapped about the lower portion of this hilt is what appears to be the original Police troddel. This troddel is the larger type, having black leather strapping. The strapping is decorated with triple rows of aluminum stitch wire. A little bit of the red contrasting wire still remains in the center, but most of this red wire has gone to time. The leather shows some usage on all of the edges but is still intact, and if left alone, will stay there for many years to come. The slide is a black leather weave that has red and bullion highlights. The stem is flat having a crochet-like surface, and you can see the metal below. The oval ball is of yarn-like bullion, and the cat’s anus-style stuffing is done with black, white, and red thread. The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. The paint is still bright, showing some age in the surfaces and a few scuffs, but overall this paint is really in good shape compared to most of them that you see. This paint cleaned up would easily rate in a near mint state.

The 33½ inch long blade has the usual matte finish and, frankly, it is as nice as you will see. This blade is in a mint state. The reverse ricasso is marked with a dark etched double oval trademark. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co., Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing Roman-like sword positioned between two wheat sheafs. A nice blade here! This blade is protected by a off-white color leather washer. There are no SS markings on this sword, as Paul Weyersberg did not do this. A very nice example here, that with minimal work will really clean up to be a sensational piece.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

SSPOL #31549 Police Officer's Degen – Peter Dan Krebs

This Krebs Degen shows some overall usage and some age but it is still in good collectible condition and will clean up some if the next owner would like to do so. The nickel-plated hilt still has good plated surfaces. There is some age here and there but mostly it is superficial and should clean up. There is a minor rust spot on the inner edge of the “D” guard up near the pommel top but it doesn’t show from straight on. The quillon ends in a teardrop and has the partial drilled hole on both obverse and reverse surfaces. The pommel top is in good condition throughout having the umbrella like edges with smooth center. There is no improper usage of tool marks on the edges of this pommel. The ferrule is a darker colored example having six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The oak leaves have some hand-enhancing being a little circles drawn along the veins. The acorns also have some handwork noticeable to the checkering of the caps. The patina covers a large part of the ferrule so it is hard to see what was done to enhance the areas where the casting flaws occurred but I’m sure something was. The lower hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen markings being within a four-sided figure. This matches the stamping on the throat area.

The grip is a fine ebony wood. It is in perfect condition with no chips or splits in the ribs. The ribs are tightly wrapped with nickel wire. As is the case with most Krebs swords the ebony wood was lacquered when they were new. The wearing of the lacquer exposes the slightly lighter color wood beneath and in the instance of this grip I would say that about 80-85% of the ebony is exposed with about 15% lacquer remaining. The cover plate on the reverse of the grip is in place and nice and tight. The obverse grip features the copper police eagle insert. This insignia is an open-winged bird looking to the viewer’s left clutching a wreathed swastika superimposed on a wreath of oak leaves. The details to the bird’s head and breast feathering are just slightly worn and the wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still mostly crisp.

The scabbard of this example is nice and straight. It has good original black paint on the obverse surface whereas the reverse surface does show a little more age and some rust but not too bad. With a little work this scabbard could easily come up a lot. The way it is though the paint is about 95% and it rates at about excellent to excellent plus. The lower mount is a nickel-plated type showing some age in the plating on both sides. The mount is retained by two dome head screws, one of which is missing on the left side. If the next owner would like the screw properly replaced just say the word and we will be happy to do it. The upper scabbard fitting also shows some age to the plating but not bad. The darkening between the Wotan weave is mostly rubbed off but I would say that there’s about 15-20% of it remaining.

The blade of this example is the usual matte finish that we see on Krebs Police degens. The blade is just under 30 inches in length. It is in good condition throughout having just a little bit of staining on the ricasso area of both sides extending down to about 2 or 3 inches. It is not bad though and not really noticeable. The reverse ricasso is etched with the shield style logo. The shield contains a lobster. Around the shield are the company’s name and location, “Pet. Dan. Krebs. Solingen”. The original white leather washer is in place. This washer shows a few cracks in the surfaces of the white but still looks very, very good and its age certainly matches that of the degen.

This is a good opportunity to acquire a desirable Krebs piece. This police officer piece has virtually the same exact qualities of its SS officer counterpart, the only difference being an eagle in the grip instead of an SS runes button. A good, solid, untouched example. This sword is not in Mint condition, but it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $1,095.00

SSPOL #22164 Police NCO's Degen – Carl Julius Krebs

The Carl Julius Krebs name is not seen frequently on police swords. This is the first one that I remember carrying. This sword has a pretty good nickel plated hilt. There is very little age to this plating. The plating runs throughout the flat pommel cap, the “D” guard and sweeps down through the quillon area, ending in a small teardrop. The ferrule at the top is built into the design and the ferrule at the bottom is a separate piece, having six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The designs appear to have hand-enhancing in the veins as well as somewhat in the checkering of the acorn caps. The grip is an excellent piece of ebony wood. It has 13 ribs and other than some normal wear signs, is in perfect condition throughout. There are no chips or problems in this grip. The center obverse has a recessed NCO police eagle inserted. This eagle is the aluminum type and it portrays an open-winged bird looking to the viewer’s left clutching a wreathed swastika. The bird is superimposed over an oval wreath of oak leaves. Not a bad hilt here.

The scabbard of this example is in straight condition and has outstanding original black factory paint. This paint only shows nominal wear and age. In fact, it could grade at near mint if cleaned up a little bit. The NCO version has the drag built into the lower scabbard. The upper scabbard is fitted with the woton’s knot style throat mount. The areas between the knot do not show any darkening, but studying the area I don’t think they ever had it. The fitting is retained by two dome head screws which are in the lower swirl area. There are no SS proofings on this sword.

The 29 inch long straight blade is the matte finish type. It does have some age stains pretty much throughout both sides of the blade but perhaps with a little work some of this could be reduced. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a small oval design. Inside of the perimeter is the firm’s name and location “Carl Julius Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the letter “k”. There is a small amount of the original washer still remaining, but it is only maybe 25%. This degen could use a new leather washer. Not a bad piece here - if the blade were better it would grade higher, as the outside is in very nice condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00


SSPOL #35205C SS Dachau Produced Officer Candidate Degen

This Dachau produced Officer Candidate Sword has the usual stainless steel mounts that we see in weapons coming from this forge run by Paul Müller. The hilt mounts show only minor age throughout, and still have good brightness in their finish. The pommel cap is the traditional nickel-plated type as we usually see on Dachau produced swords. The two ferrules are separate fittings on these pieces which is not the case on the earlier swords which have the upper ferrule built-in to the design. The lower ferrule has the standard standing oak leaves. These oak leaves have some hand enhancing to their veins and pebbling in between above the acorns which separate the leaves. As is the case with Dachau swords the ferrule is not darkened in the backgrounds. The ebony grip is a perfect conditioned example. This grip does not have grip wire as we normally would see on an officer piece. Since these Dachau produced swords were not “official” this is something that is seen. I have had three or four other officer candidate swords in the past also sans grip wire.

The scabbard is the thinner type only seen on Dachau swords. This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has outstanding original black paint. This black paint has only a couple of the slightest signs of carry with the paint being at least 99%. The lower mount is the standard stainless steel variety having the decorative lines on both sides. The upper mount features the Wotan web and as was the case with these swords there is no darkening in the backgrounds. The mount is retained by two headless side screws the usual for these type swords. The Dachau swords are not SS marked on the throat or the lower hilt area. The blade measures 31 ½-inches in length. The blade is the usual matte finish type. It is in very fine condition having no rust or problems only showing a couple of minor age marks. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The black leather blade buffer is in place. A rarely seen sword today and a real “must” for the SS collector out there assembling an SS sword “type” collection.

Excellent Plus. $3,295.00

SSPOL #33901 Police Officer Degen – Puma

This Police Officer Degen was recently purchased by me directly from a veteran family. The Degen is in nice condition throughout, having good, bright nickel plating throughout its hilt. The “D” guard is type with the upper ferrule built in, and it flows nicely around through the crossguard to a teardrop quillon, which has a partial drilling on both sides. The pommel is the style with the umbrella-like fluting which goes around the outside edges of the cap. The inside has a good, nickel-plated center. There are no signs that this pommel cap has ever been removed. The lower ferrule is also an outstanding example, having lots of hand work to the veins of the six standing oak leaves. Each oak leaf is separated by an acorn, and the backgrounds have a nice factory darkening still intact. The ebony grip is a beauty, being in totally perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and has a fine cover plate on the reverse. The center grip has a flush-mounted Police Eagle. This eagle is of copper, and has fine detail throughout the backing wreath of oak leaves as well as to the birds head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. And outstanding hilt here.

The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout both sides, and has outstanding original black paint. This paint is still nearly 100% throughout, showing only the most modest of age and carrying time, rating easily in near mint condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. The lower mount has the usual accent lines and they appear to have all of the darkening in their backgrounds. It is interesting to note that the bottom of the lower fitting has been completely worn flush, an indication that the wearer of this degen ordered a sword a bit too large for him, or it is also possible that he preferred to wear the sword low. Either way, the flat bottom is an interesting testament to the swords actual usage. This mount is retained by two dome head, nickel-plated screws, each located on one side. The upper mount has the “Wotan's Knot” design, and I would say about 95% of the original darkening is still within the web. The mount is retained by steel dome head screws, one on each side of the lower loop. There is no SS proofing on this sword, as Puma did not do this.

The 32 inch blade is a real beauty, being in the matte finish and having a good, needle-like tip. The fine blade is in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a diamond containing the mountain lions head logo, with the name “Puma” and the location “Solingen” below it. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. A very nice Police Degen here!

Near Mint. $1,695.00