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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 #41934C Dachau Produced SS Officer's Degen

This Dachau example is in beautiful condition, being completely standard and 100% authentic.

The hilt of the Degen is constructed of stainless steel. The pommel cap is in choice condition having no signs of removal, having crisp serrations around the circumference. The top of the cap also retains its original bright finish. The "D" guard is in perfect condition flowing nicely through the cross guard area and ending with a teardrop quillon. On the Dachau pieces, the upper ferrule is a separate piece. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves, all with deep veining and separated by acorns.

The ebony grip is absolutely in perfect condition with each and every rib being crisp and flawless. The grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire with the cover plate on the reverse concealing the tie-in parts of the wire. The matching stainless runes button is perfectly set, featuring matching raised SS runes with 100% of the backgrounds intact. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is the Dachau variety being slightly thinner than the traditional factory-produced examples. This scabbard is completely straight, having outstanding original black paint. This paint still retains its original sheen and other than a couple of minor scuffs, easily remains in mint condition. The lower scabbard fitting is matching stainless having the usual decorative accent lines. It shows little to no wear. The mount is the style that is "pressed" into place and has no screw retainage. The matching upper mount is in the Wotan knot form, also being very crisp. In the areas between the knot, there is a fine pebble pattern. The mount is retained with two headless side screws. Dachau mounts are not marked with the SS Kulturzeichen.

The 32 inch blade could not be any better. It is stone mint, with a fuller that runs about 2/3rds of the length. It is unmarked, typical of a Dachau sword, and is buffered by an in place black leather washer.

If you are looking for a textbook Dachau piece in the finest condition, this would be a perfect example for your collection.

Mint. $4,995.00

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 #41249C Early SS Jawless Lion Head Sword Attributed to "Das Reich"- Unmarked WKC

This SS Sword is one of the most desirable examples I have had to offer in years. Most likely produced about 1935, the hilt is all in silver plate over brass base. The plating still remains totally intact.

Although the blade is unmarked, it appears to have been produced by the WKC firm. The hilt of this sword is identical to WKC's Model #1014, which appears in my SS Book on Page 306. Additionally there are two pictures of an identical WKC sword appearing on Page 307, owned by the advanced British collector, Barry Brown. Since the hilt details in the pictured example are identical to those of this sword, we can safely attribute its manufacture to WKC.

The sword features a pommel composed of a jawless lion head, with the cat "biting" the "P" guard where it connects to the hilt. The lion has fine hand enhanced detail throughout his whiskers, brow and mane, which flows partially down the back strap. The eyes of the feline are a faceted green glass, which really looks sensational against the silver finish. The center of the back strap features a raised floral design with a centered flower. The grip tabs connect to the back strap and contain the rivets that retain the hilt. The "P" guard is a little more interesting than the usual due to its early period of production. It features a set of crossed standartes set over cannon and a stack of cannonballs. Above is an Iron Cross design, and below a military bag set atop crossed rifles. The ferrule is a standard type featuring the usual oak leaf sprigs and having a finely pebbled background.

The crossguard is relatively plain featuring a curled quillon end grasping a ball. The reverse langet features a plain raised shield surrounded by oak leaves. The obverse shield shaped langet is embellished with a raised set of SS runes, set on a background of raised pebbling. The runes are large and occupy almost the entire length surface of the langet. At the lower hilt beneath, the surface is deeply stamped, "SS 2", which I believe would would represent "Das Reich", as the collar tabs of this unit are marked the same.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in black celluloid. The celluloid remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with silver wire, the center being twisted. A remarkable hilt here being one the rarest sights for 3rd Reich collectors. But there is much more to come!

The scabbard is a very fine example, perfectly straight, with a luxurious blued finish. It is coated in lacquer which remains completely intact. The throat is finished in nickel plate and retained by two side screws. Interestingly, the runners appear to be metal in this scabbard, not the usual wood. Matching the hilt stamping, the lower chape drag is also marked, "SS 2". There is some minor rust on the lower drag where apparently the sword was resting on a carpet that got wet. Otherwise, the scabbard is in mint condition.

The blade is a beauty having mint, highest-quality nickel finish. The curved blade is the standard type with wide single fuller. The obverse center is etched with the SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue". The motto is flanked by oak leaf sprigs with a single acorn. The etch retains its original black factory backgrounds in the letters as well as the sprigs. The blade measures 29 1/2 inches.

The consignor states that the veteran past owner believed that he received this sword, from Sepp Dietrich's wife during the Nuremberg trials in return for aid given her. He was no longer certain, however, as to which things she gave him. There was another sword and also some Dietrich documents. Certainly the shorter length of the blade at 29 1/2 inches would be right for Dietrich, as I believe his height was only about 5'5". However, the markings on the sword of "SS 2" would not seem to be that of the LAH, but then again, I am not all that familiar with SS unit markings and the like.

This is an incredible, original, early SS sword that has never been in a collection. Early swords like this, particularity etched with the SS motto, are almost never seen. I believe that this sword could be the highlight of an advanced SS sword collection.

Near Mint. $24,995.00

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. $7,995.00

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 #41178 Police Officer's Degen - WKC

This WKC Police Officer's Degen is in very fine condition. The nickel plating on the hilt is perfect, with no lifting or any flaws.

The pommel cap has excellent serrations and no sign of improper removal. The "D" guard is in wonderful condition, ending in the the usual teardrop quillon with a decorative drilled divot on each side. The ferrule is outstanding, decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. There is much hand enhancement to this design, and the checkering and pebbling used to conceal the mold lines is especially interesting. I love to study this kind of thing; don't you?

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with nickel wire and with a fine cover plate on the reverse. The inset Police eagle insignia is also in fine condition, retaining the original silver finish which only shows wear to the high spots. The WKC eagles have black painted backgrounds and 100% of this paint remains intact.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It has outstanding original paint which shows little age or wear. This paint is easily 98% intact. The lower scabbard mount has a decorative pattern of lines that retain most of the original background darkening. It is retained by a pair of dome head side screws. The upper mount is in the "Wotan's Knot" configuration. It is interesting to note that about 98% of the original background paint is still present. This mount is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops.

The 31 ½ inch blade is a real gem, with the standard matte finish. It is completely mint and has a nice double fuller. As is the case with WKC Police examples the reverse is marked with a set of SS runes, while the obverse has the Knight's Head trademark of the firm. There is a white washer buffering the blade which shows little to no wear.

A quality Police example here.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

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 #40875C Early Named SS Officer's Degen with Portepee

This early SS Degen has nickel fittings. It is the style with a screw-out base nut.

The pommel cap is very choice, with a smooth top surface and good serrations on the edges. This pommel shows no sign that it was ever improperly removed.

The "D guard is a beauty, being in pristine condition. It flows nicely through the guard and ends in a teardrop quillon decorated with drilled divots. The ferrule is a fine example, featuring six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. There is evidence of hand enhancing throughout this ferrule.

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, with a fine, even black color. This grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire. The SS runes button remains in perfect, crisp condition, with 100% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds.

The reverse cover plate is interesting as it professionally engraved with the name and SS number of the original owner. It reads, "SS 181 302 Erich Becker". The Gothic engraving shows only the most modest of wear and remains nice and clear.

Wrapped about the hilt, in the original tie, is fine SS portepee. This knot shows no fraying and remains in near mint condition. The strapping has the usual textured bullion and twin black lines. The slide is a woven bullion type and the rounded stem is marked with black SS runes in a circle on both sides. The lower bullion ball has stuffing which matches the straps.

The scabbard is an exceptional example and remains straight throughout. It retains the original paint, which shows some age here and there but is free of visible hits or damage. It could be cleaned up if the next owner wishes to do so. The lower mount is a fine example with the standard decorative lines. The upper mount is in the Wotan's Knot style. The areas inside the loops of the knot retain about 95% of the original darkening. This mount is retain by a pair of unturned dome head screws. The scabbard throat (as well as the lower hilt) is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof mark.

The blade is in mint condition, with the standard matte finish and a fuller that runs about two thirds of the length of the 33 inch blade. It is unmarked, something we see on about 50% of early degens. The original white leather washer is in place, showing some mild age cracking but still intact.

I looked up Becker in the SS Deinstalterliste for 1937. By this point he has already received the degen, and went on to receive an SS Honor Ring. He spent time in the SS-VT Pioneer division. Accompanying this degen is a massive file detailing his career, including stints in the SA, the RAD, Friekorps Gorlitz, the Reichswehr and the police! He led a pioneer company and was decorated with SS Zivilabzeichen, the SA Sport Badge, a Jullechter, an Honor Sword and Ring, and 1st Class Iron Cross; quite an impressive list here! Becker was transferred to 'Totenkopf' division in 1939,as a Hauptsturmfuhrer, being promoted in 1938. Then in 1941, he was transferred to 'Das Reich' division where he was promoted to Sturmbannfuhrer in April 1942. He was then killed in combat in Rshew later in November of the same year.

The file is 121 pages long and must be accessed via the internet; I simply don't have the means to print out this massive pile of information, but will gladly provide the link to the image archive to the next owner.

An exciting SS Sword here, along a treasure trove of SS history. Named and numbered SS swords are quite rare to see.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $9,500.00

SSPOL #39749C Early SS Officer’s Degen with Monster Blade

This early SS Officer’s Degen is the style with nickel hilt mounts. The upper portion of the hilt has the screw-out nut that accepts the pommel.

The pommel is a beauty, with a good, flat top and fine serrated edges. The “D” guard flows downward nicely, with a couple of signs of usage but nothing severe. It passes through the guard and has teardrop quillons The quillons have a decorative drilled divot. The ferrule is decorated with six very fine standing oak leaves, each hand enhanced with tine drilled circles that accentuate the veins. The lower area of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen, as is the scabbard throat.

The ebony grip is a perfect example, retaining nearly all of the original finish and remaining tightly wrapped with nickel wire. The SS runes button is a fine nickel example, with vaulted runes and fine black factory applied darkening in the backgrounds.

Wrapped about the hilt is an outstanding SS portepee. This portepee shows no fray and is in near mint condition. The straps are of textured bullion with twin black lines that run the length. The woven bullion slide is in good shape. The stem has curved sides and features a set of black SS runes on each side. The lower ball is constructed from bullion thread, with an insert that matches the strapping. A very fine knot here!

The scabbard is an outstanding example, being straight as an arrow. It has very fine black paint, with a good sheen and only a couple of minor nicks here and there. This paint is about 99% intact. The lower scabbard mount is the usual type with accent lines. It is pressed into place, with no screws. The upper mount is the usual Wotan’s Knot which retains some of the original background darkening. This mount is retain by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The blade has the usual matte finish. It is an absolute monster, measuring 37 inches long! This is easily the longest SS degen I’ve ever seen; the original owner must have been extremely tall. This sword must have been as special order as 35 inches was the longest blade made, at least as far as I know. The blade surface shows some age around the ricasso, but it is not bad and the rest of the blade is in nearly mint condition. There is a good white washer buffering this immense blade.

If you have been looking for a really impressive SS Degen, this one will be hard to beat!

Excellent Plus. $7,995.00

SSPOL #41204C SS Officer Candidate's Degen with Enamel SS Runic Pommel Cap

This Degen is a real eye-catcher, the first of which I have seen. It is in the form of what we call an "SS Candidate Sword", a term coined by Angolia in his sword book of yesteryear. These swords were not candidate examples, but rather were Degens purchased by SS men and officers that did not qualify for the "official SS Honor Degen" and wanted to wear a sword that looked similar - the regulations for qualifying for the official Degen were quite stringent, leaving many SS personnel no other option, if they wanted to wear a sword that matched their uniform. As we know many silver hilted Army type swords were also sold to SS personnel both before the introduction of the official Degen as well as after the fact.

The hilt of the Degen is superb throughout, having perfect nickel-plated finish. The "D" guard is faultless, curving beautifully through the cross guard area and ending with a teardrop quillon. It is interesting to note that the teardrop does not have the decorative partial drilling we see on the standard officer examples.

The pommel cap is where the real pleasure comes to the viewer for this Degen. The cap is in pristine perfect condition with no sign of removal, the serrations still remaining factory crisp. Atop the pommel is factory-installed enamel SS runes button. At first glance it looks like a grip button, but it is not, as it is much larger than a button or stick pin, having perfect, flawless black enamel. The runes are silver and have the dual matching silver circles around them. An impressive sight indeed!

The ebony grip is also a stunner, being totally perfect throughout all of the ribs. The matching nickel wire is tight as a drum, and on the rear portion, has a matching cover plate. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns, also perfectly rendered and having fine factory darkening in the recesses.

Further setting off the hilt is a matching condition SS portepee, tied in the regulation manner. The portepee features aluminum textured bullion strapping with twin rows of black stripes that run the length. The slide has all intact woven bullion cord and the half-rounded aluminum bullion stem portrays a black set of SS runes within a circle on both sides. The lower ball is of yarn-like aluminum bullion with lower stuffing matching the strapping. A remarkable hilt here!

The scabbard is also a gem. It is straight as an arrow and features full mint original paint. The paint still retains its factory luster. The lower mount is nickel-plated with new-like decorative line designs that approach the lower chape. It is retained by two un-turned nickel screws. The upper scabbard mount is also in sensational condition featuring the Wotan knot configuration. The black paint between the looping knots remains at nearly 100%. The fitting is retained by an unturned nickel screw on the obverse and reverse of the lower loop area. The throat area is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen marks, something we do see occasionally on these "candidate" style Degen.

The blade is factory new, being easily in full mint condition. It is an unmarked type, having fine fuller and perfect matte finish surfaces. The fine blade is buffered with a white leather washer.

If you have been looking for a rare sword to add to your SS collection, this one should give you much pleasure. Its craftsmanship throughout is simply the best and its overall condition represents the best of preservation. A wonderful piece here!

Mint. $5,995.00

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 #41192 Silver Blucher Pattern SS Sword - Carl Eickhorn

Occasionally we see Army type swords that were ordered for wear by SS Officers that did not qualify for the Honor Degen, or were ordered before the introduction of the Degen. In this case, this sword would date to about 1938, as its base metal is aluminum. The hilt has been heavily silver-plated having darkening in the recessed areas giving it plenty of depth. The sword model is the popular Eickhorn "Blucher" Pattern.

The pommel is fashioned into a long-jawed style lion head. The cat's head is heavily hand enhanced to the areas of the lower jaw, muzzle and snout area, as well as to the animal's brows. The lion's mane runs partially down the back strap and it too, has attractive hand-enhancement. What is particularity stimulating are the eyes on this feline. We usually expect to see red or green glass staring back at us, but this one is a real surprise. These faceted eyes are baby blue! They are amazing and most beautiful! This is the first time I have seen this in all of these years. They have the look of a Siamese cat I once owned; I never liked him much as he was nasty, but he sure was pretty though, just as this feline sword hilt is.

The back strap features a raised floral design with a center oval reserved for a possible monogram. There is enhancing to the designs. The "P" guard is covered in oak leaves and acorns in relief, also with hand-enhancement. The cross guard reverse guard is decorated with pebbles and floral designs with a center plain oval with two acorns above it. The obverse features the art deco open-winged eagle with swastika within a clutched wreath. This eagle is similar to the famous huge example created and built by Speer for the Parteitag Rallies in 1934. The detail throughout the eagle remains excellent. The quillon ends with a curled teardrop. The underside of the hilt is stamped, "DRP". The grip is a carved wooden base, covered with black celluloid. The celluloid remains perfect and is tightly-wrapped with matching triple-aluminum wire, the center being twisted for contrast.

Wrapped about the hilt is an SS portepee. The portepee shows modest usage, but no fray and looks great, complimenting the silver designs of the handsome hilt. The strapping is textured aluminum bullion decorated with twin stripes which run the length of both edges. The slide is of woven bullion cord. The half-round bullion stem is emblazoned on both sides with a circled set of SS runes. The lower ball is of yarn-like bullion and the lower stuffing matches the strapping.

The mint scabbard is quite beautiful, being completely straight and having perfect paint. It is possible it is a repaint, as it is hard to imagine original paint showing no age at all. It is totally professional, however, and could not have been done any better. The blade is pristine perfect, having highest quality nickel-plated surfaces. The blade is 31 inches in length and mirror from stem to stern. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark. The original brown leather washer is in place.

A fine opportunity here to acquire an outstanding original silvered SS sword. This sword comes from the collection of the well-known Pennsylvania collector and friend, Harry Gold, from whom I personally purchased this sword. I had the pleasure of featuring some of Harry's pieces in my SS reference book.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,695.00

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 #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. $1,695.00

SSPOL #40455C Army Dove Head Sword with SS Hermann Rath Maker Markings

This dove head sword is a real anomaly to me. The sword is made of all brass and is actually produced by the Carl Julius Krebs firm and is identical to the hilt shown in the Angolia sword book on page 106.

The sword has a basic acorn and oak leaf motif that runs on the top of the pommel the backstrap and grip tabs and also on the "P" guard. The grip tabs has a distinctive small flower type shape which is unique to Krebs. The ferrule also has an oak leaf and acorn motif. The crossguard has an open winged eagle which faces to the viewer's right. The eagle has excellent hand enhancing across its breast area and there is also some enhancing visible to the wreath around the swastika.

The grip is a carved with base with fine black celluloid covering. It is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with single twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a very fine example being straight throughout. The original black paint shows a bit of usage but overall it is till in pretty good condition rating at about 90%.

The blade is a most interesting example. It measures 30 ½ inches in length and has the typical nickel-plated surfaces. The reverse ricasso though is where the real interests lays here with this sword. It is stamped "Herm. Rath Solingen" and beneath has the distinctive diamond with SS proofs within that was used by this firm. Rath was not a producer but rather was a supplier of police swords. When we see police swords with Rath's marking they always have the SS runes within the diamond. I have never seen Hermann Rath's name on anything other than a police sword so this Army example certainly does bring questions as to who ordered it, why it was ordered, et cetera. It may have been possible that someone drifted in to the Rath shop and wanted an Army sword made and Rath called Krebs and had it done. These kinds of things happened all the time during the period as let's face it these sword producers were in business to make money just like any other business. The next owner will have to sort this one out but it certainly does make for an interesting sword collectible.

About half of the original blade buffer remains.

A good piece here for the police or SS collector.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

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 #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. $11,995.00

SSPOL #39813C Dove Head SS NCO’s Sword with SS Runes – Alcoso

At first glance this sword appears to be a standard Army NCO variety. Further inspection reveals, however, that there are a set of SS factory engraved on the langet. The nickel plating throughout the hilt is in excellent condition, showing little age. The hilt is plain, as we normally see.

The SS runes we see on the langet are extremely well done, with crisp edges and finely lined center areas. This engraving is really striking.

The grip is the usual carved wood affair covered in black celluloid. There is a small split in the celluloid towards the back beneath the pommel, but no material is missing and it looks sound. The grip is tightly wrapped with a triple skein of brass wires, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is an excellent example having nearly mint original black paint; even the drag area is totally covered and free of rust.

The blade is a long, 34 inch example with outstanding, highest quality nickel plate. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark, and the original leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine SS NCO’s Degen here, one that was apparently purchased prior to the release of the official model in 1938.

Near Mint. $2,395.00

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 #39167C SS NCO's Degen with Etched SS Motto and Rare Portepee

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This SS NCO's Degen is an extremely rare weapon, being one of only two or three I have seen in the past.

It is in choice condition throughout, having fine nickel-plated hilt and "D" guard. The pommel cap is the flatter NCO style, having an impressive set of SS runes raised out of the center surface. The factory blackening in the backgrounds is all there to bolster the sinister appearance. The six standing oak leaves running around the ferrule all have hand-enhanced veins and are further decorated with small punched rings giving further life to the look from eye's view. The two casting flaws which appear on both sides of the ferrule's edges have been cleverly concealed with pebbling; some very nice work here!

The ebony grip is flawless with each of its fourteen ribs remaining crisp and perfect; it is great to see a grip in this fine state with the way these swords are always falling over... Of course that has never happened to you guys, though, has it! This one must have always hit a soft carpet during these almost unavoidable happenings.

Enhancing this choice hilt is an original SS portepee being the one with the ultra rare black textured strapping, decorated with two rows of white lines that run the length of the strapping edges. The slide is of woven black yarn and the slightly rounded off-white stem below is emblazoned with a set of black SS runes within a matching circle. The cap of the lower ball is made of black yarn and the lower portion is off-white matching yarn. The insert at the bottom matches the portepee strapping. This knot remains in perfect condition with no fraying or flaws anywhere and is very tightly set-in-place.

I assume the hilt is proofed with the SS Kulturzeichen, but I can't move the knot enough to see. The SS proofing on the scabbard throat is plain and visible.

The scabbard shell is straight all the way down to the just above the drag. There are a couple of minor dings, one on each side of this area, and unfortunately, they are located too low for our restoration guy to get a tool in there to do the repair. They do not detract, though, and are hardly noticeable as no paint is missing in the areas. The built-in drag tells a lot about the Degen too, as nearly all of the paint still remains throughout the drag, a sure sign of careful use during the period. The original paint on the shell is also great, rating at least 98%, showing only the most minimal of any wear signs. This fine paint also still retains its original semi-bright luster. The upper scabbard mount is also a beauty, having the traditional Wotan's knot and good patination between the knotted areas. The mount is retained by two unturned, flat head screws.

And now to the best part of this Degen - the blade. The unmarked blade is a matte-finished 33 inch long example. It is in mint condition except for a few minor smudges near the ricasso area. At the blade obverse area, beginning about 8 inches down is the perfectly etched SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue". The motto is flanked by matching three-leaf oak sprigs. Great work here and absolutely original. It was possible to order the motto etch from the blade producer, but very few SS men did this, as apparently there was some expense involved. I do show a nearly identical etch on Page 493, the only difference being there are no flanking oak leaves on the book piece. The letter fonts and size of this blade motto match the example in the book perfectly.

There is a fine-conditioned white leather blade buffer protecting this impressive blade.

If you have an advanced SS collection, what an addition this desirable piece would make. It has everything we like for the combined ingredients of investment and the pleasure of ownership. A very rare SS Degen here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $13,495.00

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 #39174C Police Officer’s Degen – Peter Dan Krebs

The Police Officer’s Degen has good nickel plating on the hilt. It all seems to be intact and shows only the most minor traces of age.

The pommel cap has the usual serrations around the edge, all still crisp and without any trace of the wrong tool being used on it.

The “D” guard is in very fine condition, with perfect shaping. It flows nicely through the crossguard, ending in a teardrop quillon that has decorative partially drilled holes on both sides.

The ferrule features the six standing oak leaves and acorns design. Each oak leaf has very nice handwork, featuring little circles punched into the design. The acorn caps have nice hand checkering.

The ebony grip of this degen is in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with nickel wire and has an a fine aluminum Police insignia in the center. This bird retains fairly good detail throughout, with just some wear on the breast. Nothing bad, though. The reverse of the grip is complete with the cover plated used to conceal the mounting of the grip wire.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It appears to have original paint that may have been touched up many years ago, although it still looks good, nearly 100% intact. It has some crazing in the finish but could probably be cleaned up a bit if the next owner so desired. The lower mount is the standard nickel-plated type, with a pattern of decorative accent lines in the center. The upper mount has the Wotan’s Knot design, still crisp throughout and with pebbling in the center areas. It does not look as though the factory darkened the areas inside the loops but if it did it has all disappeared over the years. This mount is retained by two headless screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot. The throat has a SS-Kulturzeichen stamping that matches that seen on the lower hilt.

This blade is 29 inches long and has the standard matte finish. There is some very minor age smudging in the surface of the blade on both sides, but nothing too bad. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar Lobster trademark of the Peter Dan Krebs firm, and the original white blade washer is in place.

A decent example here that is not in mint condition but still very collectible. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $995.00

SSPOL #38902C Dachau Produced SS Degen with Turkish Damascus Blade and Monogram

This SS Degen has the usual Dachau-style hilt featuring a “D guard as well as upper and lower ferrules constructed from stainless steel.

The pommel is the standard silvered steel type. It retains good serrations around the outside. The “D” guard has a separate upper ferrule, the lower ferrule being decorated with the usual pattern of six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The guard ends in a fine teardrop quillon.

The grip is of fine ebony wrapped in wire. There is a small chip on the obverse of the grip, near the center rib. This flaw is minor, however.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. The lower mount is nickel-plated and decorated with a pattern of lines. It is retained by a pair of dome head side screws. The upper mount is in the form of a Wotan's Knot, with fine pebbling in between the loops On Dachau swords we don't see any blackening on the knot. The lower loops of the knot have flat head screws which act to retain the mount. This type of screw is often seen on Dachau pieces.

The most interesting part of this degen is the very beautiful Turkish Damascus blade. It is not marked with Paul Mueller's logo or initials but it is without a doubt his work judging from the looks of the pattern. It measures 30 inches in length. On the obverse ricasso is a beautiful monogram, “EJ”, etched into the Damascus. The two letters are intertwined with a beautiful, classic look. Studying the blade we see signs of some damage about two-third of the way down the length. This was caused by the blade being bent at some time after the war. This bend must have been quite severe, but the blade has been straightened and it takes a very keen eye to detect the flaw. Only this area of the blade has these imperfections, the rest is totally perfect. It would be in totally mint condition were it not for these minor faults. The blade is protected by an in place white washer.

This degen, equipped with this kind of amazing blade, would normally sell for anywhere from $60,000 to $70,000. Because of the faults caused by the bending of the blade this degen has been priced accordingly.

Excellent. $35,500.00

SSPOL #38693 SS NCO'S Degen – F. W. Höller

This SS Degen is in very nice condition throughout. We don't see many SS pieces coming from Höller, but this example is the real deal.

The hilt is in extremely nice condition, having an excellent nickel-plated finish. The pommel cap is the NCO type, having a nice set of SS runes at the top. Most of the blackening remains in the recesses of the rune design. There are a couple of minor scratches on this pommel, but nothing that really detracts from the look. The “D” guard is a beauty, flowing around through the crossguard area and ending in a teardrop quillon. The upper ferrule is built into the degen. The lower ferrule features six standing oak leaves, each with hand enhancement to the leaves and acorns.

The grip of this degen is the type without wire. All of the ribs remain in perfect condition. The original finish is still intact and retains a nice shine.

Niether the lower portion of the hilt or the scabbard is SS proofed; this is not at all unusual for a Höller degen, however.

The scabbard is outstanding, being completely straight throughout. The original paint is nearly 100% intact, showing only a few minor marks. The upper scabbard fitting is the Wotan's Knot variety, having good pebbling in the background areas. There does not seem to be much darkening in the recesses, but I don't think that it had any ti begin with. The mount is retained by a pair of dome head steel screws in the lower loop of the knot.

There is a snap clip with a small leather belt and buckle attached to the “U” fitting on the reverse of the carrying ring. The leather shows age but is still serviceable.

The blade is very fine, being in the usual matte finish and retaining a needle-like tip. It is 29 inches long. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Höller Thermometer logo, and the new-like black leather blade washer is in place.

This is a very nice degen from a scarce maker, and priced affordably.

Near Mint. $2,195.00

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 #37511 Police NCO's Degen – Carl Eickhorn

This Police Degen has an extremely fine nickel-plated hilt. The plating shows almost no age and has good, bright surfaces.

The pommel cap is the flatter style that was used on the NCO type. The upper ferrule is built into the “D” guard. The guard flows nicely through the guard and ends in a downward teardrop quillon.

The lower ferrule is a fine example, decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by capped acorns. The oak leaves show evidence of hand enhancing, and the checkering visible on the caps of the acorns is well done. The factory darkening is still very much intact throughout this ferrule.

The ebony grip is very fine, having lost the original varnish but still being in top condition with no chips or cracks in any of the ribs. There is no grip wire as this is an NCO type. The Police eagle in the grip is the aluminum NCO style. The head and a small portion of the wing and breast feathering show signs of modest wear but most of the details remain intact. The wreath and swastika are still in excellent condition. This degen has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamps below the hilt as well as on the scabbard throat.

The scabbard of this degen is a fine, straight example. The paint is outstanding, original and in nearly 100% condition, with just some modest spidering here and there. The lower chape is the integral type as well see on NCO types, and the upper scabbard mount features a Wotan's Knot. The blackening between the loops of the knot is still mostly all there and looks good. The upper mount is retained by two dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops.

The blade of this degen is the typical matte finish type, and it is easily in near Mint condition, complete with the original needle-like tip. This blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso with the 1935-41 Eickhorn logo; a seated squirrel, looking to the left and holding a downward pointing sword, with the word “Original” above and the firm's name and location below. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice NCO's Degen here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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 #37033 Police Officer's Degen – WKC

This WKC-produced Police Degen is in very fine condition throughout. The nickel-plated hilt mounts still retain their original brightness, showing little if any age.

The pommel cap is in excellent condition with full plating over the upper surface. All of the serrations around the edge are crisp.

The “D” guard is similarly excellent, all of the plating intact and with a built-in upper ferrule. It curves down through the crossguard and terminates in a teardrop quillon, with a partially drilling as is the case with most officer pieces. The lower ferrule is decorated with six upright oak leaves separated by oak leaves. These oak leaves are excellent, having fine factory blacking in the backgrounds.

The grip is a perfect black ebony example. It shows little to no usage, have fine, tight nickel wire wrap covered on the reverse by a matching nickel plate. The obverse center area features a patinated silver Police eagle. This eagle shows almost no wear, having excellent detail to the wreath behind, as well as to the superimposed bird which clutches a wreathed swastika.

The straight scabbard is a very fine example having outstanding original black paint; it is easily at 98% and still retains the original brightness. The lower scabbard mount is in perfect condition and has the black accent lines and the original factory blacking. The upper mount features the Wotan's Knot on both sides, and there is about 80% of the original blacking still within the pebbled areas where the knot crosses itself. This upper mount is retained by two dome head screws, one on each of the lower loops, while the lower mount has dome head side screws.

The sword is equipped with a fine, larger style Police portepee. It has cloth strapping accented with three stitched wire lines that run the length. The center stitch has red highlights. There is a cloth slide, with aluminum and red bullion highlights. The stem is the flat style with a crochet-like covering which shows the metal beneath. The oval ball is of thread-like bullion with a stuffing a red, white, and black yarn.

The blade of this example is 32 inches long and remains in fine condition. It has the usual matte finish, and rates at nearly Mint. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the WKC knight's head logo, with the initials of the firm beneath. On the reverse ricasso it is stamped with a set of SS runes, which was the practice of WKC. WKC did not proof the hilt or the scabbard mounts like many of the other producers, but rather opted to stamp the blade. The blade is protected by a fine, original off-white buffer.

If you are looking for a very fine conditioned Police Degen, this example will not fail to please you.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00

SSPOL #30837 Police NCO's Degen - WKC

This WKC produced Police NCO's Degen shows some overall age, but a lot of this would clean up with minimal effort. The nickel hilt plating still looks good throughout most of the hilt. There are a couple of age spots, but 98% of this hilt just needs a little bit of semi-chrome and some care. The “D” guard curves downward to a small teardrop quillon, and it is not partially drilled. The pommel cap is the NCO style being flat on the top. This pommel cap does not appear to ever have been turned and there are no tool marks anywhere on it. The ferrule is a nice example, having darkening in the backgrounds and lots of handwork. The engraver put in plenty of veins, and he also did some work on the acorn caps. On the casting areas the engraver totally engraved the acorns, and then on the top area between the leaves engraved their shape and covered the center with lots of random dots. Pretty nice ferrule! The grip of this example is a good ebony. It shows a couple of bumps in the surfaces of the ribs, mostly at the top area, but there are no broken parts, chips, or splits. This grip is still in pretty good shape. Since it is an NCO example, it has no wire. The police insignia is the aluminum type that was used for NCO usage. It consists of an ovalled wreath of overlapping oak leaves that have a superimposed Police Eagle, having open wings and looking to the viewer’s left. The head and breast feathering show a little mild wear but are still there, and the detail is still good to the wing feathering, wreath, and mobile swastika. Not a bad hilt here.

The scabbard shows some carrying signs and there is one tiny ding at about the half-way point in the obverse, but it is not bad and not that noticeable. The original paint also shows some scuffing and rust towards the bottom area, and around the center area there is also some rust that has replaced the painted surfaces. All of this would clean up, though, with a little bit of mild effort. This paint rates at approximately 85%. The lower chape, of course, has the built in drag, as this is an NCO version. The upper mount has the Wotan’s knot design, and there is good darkening still remaining between the web. This darkening is probably about 80% to 85%. The mount is secured by steel domehead screws, one in each side of the lower loop.

The blade has the typical matte finish and it is in pretty good shape, showing only minor age. This blade measures slightly more than 31 inches. It grades at about excellent plus, plus, but could clean up, too, with minimum effort. As we usually see with WKC made blades, there is an “SS Kulturzeichen” stamped on the reverse ricasso. This is where WKC chose to put this marking, and it will never be found on the lower hilt or the upper scabbard mount like other producers that used the mark. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead logo, and below it the initials of the firm, “WKC”. The original black washer is in place. Once again, I think that this Degen would clean up quite a bit and it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $995.00

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 #28049 Early Police/Fire Saber - WKC

As most serious sword collectors know, the Police Degen was not adopted until 1938. Prior to this time, the different State police forces around Germany carried a number of different side arms. This example is the type that I normally associate with fire police. It is a gilded brass plain style hilt having smooth pommel, “d” guard and plain langet with quillon end in the form of a teardrop. The gilding appears to be long gone from the surfaces but the brass is still in pretty good condition. The grip appears to be some sort of a celluloid over wood base. There are a couple of fractures in the celluloid at the bottom rib but the rest of it is okay. Also, there is only half of the original wire wrap remaining. This wire wrap remains at the upper portion of the grip and features triple twisted wire, the center being slightly larger in girth. There are also the remains of a leather finger hook installed between the ferrule and cross guard. The portion of the leather loop which would stick out has broken off and is gone to time.

The scabbard of this example is a blued form. Contrasting with the blue color tone is a brass carrying band and ring. There are a number of dents and dings on both sides of the scabbard. Also, the two screws which retain the throat are missing, but the throat is in place. I know that I have not described a very good conditioned edged weapon here, but the blade, fortunately, makes up for a lot. This curved saber blade is 32 inches in length. It has excellent nickel plated surfaces and is still bright and extremely nice. There is a dedication which is professionally engraved in the lower segment of the blade on the obverse. This dedication would apply to fire police or perhaps just plain police, but since the hilt is the type I normally associate with fire police, I would say that the dedication comes from one of these groups. The dedication reads ‘Ihrem “Ersten” Hundertschaftsführer” zur Erinnerung. Ihe Revierhundertschaft Delmenhorst 29. 9. 1932'. I assume that this dedication means that the sword was given to the leader of a group of 100 police and they come from the police force in the town of Delmenhorst. Assumedly, the sword was presented on 29 September 1932. The collectors out there that study police terminology probably would be familiar with the verbology mentioned in this dedication. I wish the outside of the sword was in the condition of the blade but the edged weapon is priced accordingly.

Excellent Minus. $595.00

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 #34099C SS Silver Dove Head Sword with Dedicated Triple Etched Blade – Alcoso

This SS Silver Dove Head Sword has a fine silvered finish which is completely patinated. The sword does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The silvering shows a little bit of thinning around the pommel top area and also along the edges of the “P” guard. Overall though the silvering is about 90% intact. This sword depicts a series of oak leaves being throughout the hilt. There is a large sprig at the pommel which is separated by a border below. The back strap has very fine oak leaves and acorns which extend onto the grip tabs. The leaves have all been hand enhanced. The same is true of the “P” guard which has more oak leaves with hand enhanced veins. It is interesting to note that this “P” guard is retained to the crossguard via a factory screw at the outside bottom end. It does not appear as though the guard was broken but on the other hand, was made this way. The crossguard depicts a typical Alcoso open-winged eagle. The bird looks to the viewer’s right and has excellent hand done detail to his eye, beak and breast feathering. The wings are of a standard length and there are raised oak leaves which go around the depiction. There is a wreath within the eagle’s claws having a vaulted mobile swastika in the center. Above the crossguard is a matching silvered ferrule depicting budding oak leaves and acorns. The reverse crossguard langet has a raised oval for purposes of initials and it has a smooth top. The oval is decorated with oak leaves which run completely around the depiction. The grip is a carved wood base covered with black celluloid which is in perfect condition. It is wrapped with triple twisted brass wire, the center being slightly larger for contrast.

The scabbard is completely straight throughout and has very good original black paint. This paint shows a bit of spidering here and there and some carrying time but overall it is at least 90-95% and still has good luster to its finish. The blade is a fine triple etched example having outstanding nickel-plated finish. Other than a few in and out marks at the end area of the blade it remains in mint condition. The etch pattern consists of all floral designs with crossed swords on the reverse and on the obverse there is a dedication panel placed between the floraling. The two line dedication is raised out with beautiful frosted background. The presentation reads, “Für Führer, Volk und Vaterland / v. Deiner Else 20.10.35.”. This dedication reads, “For Führer, People and Fatherland from your Else on 20 October 1935”. This sword more than likely was a gift from the SS officer’s wife or girlfriend. This early date would have been prior to the introduction of the official degen and the design and look of the sword conform with this early time. The spine is raised etched with laurel leafing. This is a very fine interesting sword. I don’t think that there is enough information here to do any research but still, it is an interesting and very beautiful blade. This sword would go great to accompany an advanced SS collection. The addition of an SS portepee would make a great touch also for this sword as we know for certain that these portepees were first introduced in 1935. A fine example here of a very rarely seen early SS sword.

Excellent. $6,495.00

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

SSPOL #33250 Police Officer Degen – WKC

These WKC Degens are very desirable because the SS Kulturzeichen proof marks are stamped into the blade ricasso on the reverse. The hilt of this example is in very fine condition having choice nickel plating throughout. This nickel plating shows very little age. The pommel cap has the serrated outside edges with smooth center round circumference. There is some age to the serrations but the plating all looks to be there and there are no signs of improper removal. The “D” guard which runs through the crossguard ends in a teardrop quillon. The quillon has the partial drillings on both sides. The plating is 100% throughout this combination upper ferrule and “D” guard. The ferrule consists of six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. It is interesting to note that the casting areas on both of the edges have had the acorn completely hand engraved. The oak leaves throughout the depiction also show handwork as well as checkering to the Eickhorn caps. All of the original darkening appears to be in the backgrounds of this fine ferrule. The grip of this example is in choice condition. The ebony of this grip has no chips or problems and shows very little wear. The wire throughout is nice and tight. We did have to replace one wire being on the left lower side of the grip eagle but if we did not tell you you probably would not notice this. The grip eagle is a fine copper example. This officer’s eagle shows no wear to the surfaces having excellent detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, talon, wreath and mobile swastika. The condition of this insignia is most evident in that the original black color is still 100% throughout the recesses of this bird. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. The original paint is in exceptional condition showing only the most modest of age with a few spiders here and there. This scabbard paint rates at about 98%. The lower scabbard fitting has the usual line decoration. The darkening still appears to be in the backgrounds and all of the plating remains. This mount is retained by dome head screws on each side. The upper scabbard mount shows a little bit of age toning to the Wotan knot. Nearly all of the original black paint is still intact between the Wotan weave. This is always a good sign of fine condition. The fitting is retained by two dome head steel screws, one in each side of the lower loop. The 31 ½" blade is the usual matte finish type. This blade is in choice mint condition. The obverse is deeply stamped with the knighthead trademark and the firm’s initials, “WKC” beneath. On the reverse, as mentioned above, the SS stamping is deeply hit into the ricasso. The original white leather washer is in place and is in fine condition. A very desirable SS marked police officer degen.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00

SSPOL #33433C SS Police NCO Degen – Carl Eickhorn (Over-The-Shoulder-Trademark)

This SS Police Degen is in an untouched as found condition. It recently comes from a “motel buy”. The degen shows age and some rust throughout the hilt. It is a nickel-plated type. The pommel cap is still nice and crisp having no signs of ever having been turned. This cap shows some minor age to the plating but I think it would clean up to be in near perfect condition. The “D” guard runs through the crossguard ending in a teardrop quillon. There is some rust on the “D” guard throughout but I believe that it is surface and most of this would clean up quite nicely. There is a little more rust on the reverse area of the built in upper ferrule. The lower ferrule has the six standing oak leaves which are separated by acorns. There is also some rust on the ferrule and there does not seem to be any darkening in the background. (Perhaps Eickhorn did not darken their edition.) The ebony grip is in choice condition throughout. Since this is an NCO sword there is no wire on this grip. The grip has no chips or problems. Inset into the center area is an NCO style aluminum police eagle. This eagle is in fine condition showing very little wear. All details are crisp throughout the eagle’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, talons and surrounding wreath. The wreath around the swastika shows a little bit of wear as does the swastika but these two features are still good.

This NCO degen comes complete with its original SS portepee. When we see an SS portepee on a police piece it simply means that the original owner was in the SS as well as the police. This SS portepee shows some age and a little bit of fraying throughout. The area where the knot comes out of the tie was slightly frayed to the point where we were afraid the knot would break. We reinforced this area with some thread so that it would last a long time into the future. This knot is totally set in place and has never been off the degen since the war. The aluminum bullion is soiled throughout but the texture is still very visible as are the twin black lines that run throughout the edges of the strapping. The portepee has the original intertwined bullion slide which is in perfect condition. The lower stem is the type which is curved on both sides and it is marked with a black round circle having concise SS runes within on both sides. The acorn ball is of yarn-like bullion and is in good condition. The insert at the bottom matches the strapping. Granted, this knot shows wear and usage but being original to the piece adds nice authenticity throughout as well as a great feeling for the period. We know for sure that SS police NCOs wore the standard SS portepee. This can be seen in the photograph in my SS Book on page 482 and 483. We also show an SS officer on page 486 wearing a police degen complete with SS knot. Incidentally, the SS knot was worn by all ranks in the SS and had nothing to do with officer status. This knot was designed to be an all purpose example. A most interesting hilt here!

The scabbard of this piece is nice and straight throughout. It is interesting to note that the paint is still in fine condition retaining its original brightness. This paint is at least 98% and really looks good. The lower drag is the matching painted steel type and shows very little wear to the bottom edges. The upper scabbard mount has a good Wotan’s web design. The original darkening in the backgrounds is thinning a little bit on the reverse probably from rubbing against the originally worn hanger. The obverse however, still has about 98% of the original darkening with a nice pebbled background visible throughout. This mount is deeply stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen marking. The mount is retained by two domehead steel screws, one in each of the lower loop areas. The blade of this example is 29½ inches in length. It is the usual matte finished type and appears to be in very nice condition except for the area extending about 6 inches down from the ricasso where there is some age showing. From experience I know that this age can easily be removed with minor work. This blade at this point grades at only excellent but could be made to excellent plus, plus to near mint with some minor effort.

It is extremely interesting to note that the reverse ricasso is stamped with the over-the-shoulder squirrel used by Carl Eickhorn after 1941. This is a very rare trademark to see and if my memory is correct is the first time I’ve seen this later trademark on a police / SS degen. The mark portrays the squirrel looking at his rear and beneath are the three words, “Original Eickhorn Solingen”. The original brown leather washer is in place. This is a very interesting degen and absolutely remains in the same condition as it was found. It would make a nice addition to a serious SS collection.

Good Plus. $2,595.00