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 #35750C Unissued SS NCO'S Degen - Pet. Dan Krebs,/P>
The hilt mounts are heavily nickel-plated having full factory original finish throughout. The "D" guard has a fine curvature ending with a downward pointing teardrop. The upper ferrule is built into the "D" guard. The pommel cap shows just the slightest of senescence, being about the only piece on the Degen that is not fully perfect. The plating, though, is still all there. The SS runes are impressively raised, having 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. Other than a small casting fault in lower left leg of the left rune, these runes are perfect. The lower ferrule is outstanding having full background blackening. There are six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The oak leaves are enhanced with small circles that make up the veins. Each and every acorn has detailed checkering to the cap. The two casting seams have been been heavily pebbled to cover these seams - nice. The ebony grip is the finest example you will see. Not only is it in perfect condition, but it has 100% of the original factory-applied protective lacquer - hard to imagine this grip has withstood the last 75 years without being knocked over. Just amazing to see! The lower hilt is not marked with the SS Kulturzeichen, but the scabbard throat is deeply stamped with the SS proofing.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. The original factory paint is a sight to behold. With the exception of a small area on the carrying band, (caused by the carrying ring), this paint is mint. It still retains its original luster. Even the lower built-in drag shows full paint. (Normally returning vets parked their sword war trophies standing on the cellar floor, usually resulting with unavoidable moisture over the years eventually rusting the chape. Somehow, this Degen escaped this common fate. The upper nickel-plated scabbard mount absolutely could not be any better. The Wotan's knot is as crisp as the day the mount was installed, and miraculously, the factory blackening in between the knot is 100% perfect. A truly great scabbard here!
As we would expect, the blade on this treasure has received the same deluxe storage treatment. The 33 inch long blade is stone mint. It has the usual matte finish with very crisp spine and ricasso edges and needle-like tip. The rlcasso is stamped with the second-style trademark. It features a shield device portraying a well-detailed crustacean inside, complete with its two large claws. Around the perimeter of the shield is the manufacturer's stamped name and location, "Pet. Dan.Krebs, Solingen". The original white washer is in place and is a beauty - looks brand-new.
If you are an SS collector specializing in mint pieces, this Degen has to be irresistible. This Degen must have been stored rolled-up in a blanket and kept under the bed or on a closet shelf in a conditioned space. There just is no other way to explain this state of preservation. I know the price is high, but when you see this piece in the flesh, I am sure the next owner will be whistling with joy. A very worthwhile investment indeed! I show a mint SS NCO Degen in color in my SS Book on Page 616 - I thought that this book example was the best NCO Degen I have seen, and then along comes this museum-quality artifact! Wish I had a Krebs quality control tag!
Mint, Mint, Mint! $6,995.00
SSPOL #35634 Early SS NCO's Degen with Rare Variation SS Portepee
This early SS NCO's Degen has excellent nickel-plated surfaces, showing only a little mild freckling around the upper ferrule area. The "D" guard, cross guard and quillon teardrop end are still in near perfect condition. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns. The leaves all have hand-enhanced lines and pebbling to the veining. The acorn caps have been nicely hand-checkered. The background areas of the ferrule reflect factory blackening. The pommel top is the NCO flatter type having rounded edges. There is no feel of improper take-down around the perimeter, and the plating is still perfect throughout this pommel. The upper surface portrays the raised SS runes; they look great! The grip is of a fine ebony which, when new, had a coating of lacquer applied by the factory. The lacquer has worn from most of the surfaces giving a "brown-like" look to the exposed wood. The areas where the lacquer has held have the normal look of ebony wood. This effect is commonly seen on the grips of early no-maker SS Officer and NCO hilts; I have seen it many times. Take a look in my SS Book on Page 613 and you will see the same look on the book pictured piece. This to me, is kind of a re-wind of the degen's history and adds to the looks of the hilt. The ebony grip, otherwise, is in perfect condition.
The hilt of this degen is decorated with the very rarely-seen SS variation portepee. These portepees are not NCO examples (the SS did not designate between officer and non-officer with degen knots) but rather were worn by one or two specific groups within the SS - I think they belong to the Sicherheitsdienst, but have not yet be able to totally prove it. Again, have a look in my SS Book on Page 619, where I show a group of Sicherheits Police wearing the portepee with their bayonets. The knot consists of textured black strapping being decorated with twin off-white lines that run the length. The slide is missing from this portepee. The stem is slightly rounded and is covered with off-white textured fabric. There is a circled set of black-colored SS runes on each side of the stem. The lower oval ball is covered with yarn-like thread matching the stem. The lower insert has stuffing matching the strapping material. This portepee shows fraying in places along the strapping edges. It is also missing the black woven cloth slide. The stem also shows wear to the fabric around the right edge area, revealing the wood base below. Obviously, this is not a mint knot, but I think it adds a lot to this degen and that is why I am including it. The lower hilt surface does not have the SS-Kulturzeichen, an anomaly often seen on unmarked degen - the upper scabbard mount surface does have the SS stamping. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard is completely dent-free on both sides, being straight as an arrow. The original paint is also outstanding, still having its great sheen to the surfaces. There are a couple of age spots toward the lower area, but basically, this paint is nearly in mint condition - nice. The lower drag, of course, is the built-in type normally seen on NCO types. The upper scabbard mount is a fine nickel-plated example having crisp detail to the Wotan's knot. The areas in between have good pebble pattern, and maybe 40% to 50% of the original factory darkening. As mentioned above, the throat has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. The mount is retained by a dome head screw in the lower loop of both sides. The heads are unturned.
The blade is nearly 34 inches in length; quite a long one here! This blade is a beauty, having choice original finish with needle-like tip. This blade virtually shows no age and is in mint condition. The original white leather blade washer is in place. There are old inked initials in the leather which appear to be, "H.B."
If you are looking for a nice NCO degen, this example should fill your bill. It is not full mint, but just enough age here and there to give it life. I wonder who "HB" was and what happened to him during his career with the SS. With a great piece like this, you can use your imagination, and that is certainly part of the fun of collecting these historical artifacts. A fine example here of investment quality.
Near Mint. $3,495.00
SSPOL #35533C Dachu-produced SS Officer's Degen
This Dachau-produced SS Officer's Degen itself is a totally textbook example. The scabbard is not the thinner type we usually associate with Dachau swords, and we will talk about this later in the description.
The hilt of this piece is the typical stainless steel-finished type. The finish is in fine condition throughout the "D" guard, the upper and lower ferrules, and to the reverse wire-cover plate. The pommel cap is nickel-plated steel, still having a good finish art the top. The lined serrations that run from the center are all in good condition, but do show signs of improper take-down; there are a couple of mild "pliers" marks. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns. The oak leaves reflect hand enhancing to the veins and the acorns have some nominal work done to the cap checkering. The ebony grip is a beauty, being in perfect condition and tightly wrapped with nickel wire wrapping. The stainless SS runes button looks great leering out from the black ebony grip center. The runes are nicely vaulted, and the original factory blackening around the runes is nearly 100%. The Dachau pieces are not proofed with the SS Kulturzeichen.
The scabbard of this example is a standard Police type, not the more narrow variety normally found with Dachau degens. It looks ok with the sword, but it would be a good project for the next owner to find the proper scabbard. It may take some doing, but I am sure eventually one could be located; this degen is priced about $2,000 lower than it would be worth with the proper scabbard. This scabbard is straight and has decent black paint with some mild wearing signs, rating about 95%. Someone in the past tried to disguise the scabbard's pedigree by filling in the holes on the bottom mount, and also installing headless screws on upper mount. It didn't fool me, though, and I am not going to let you get fooled. The Dachau scabbards usually have no screws in the lower mount and headless screws in the side of the upper mount. Anyhow, the incentive is here to find a proper Dachau scabbard.
The unmarked blade of this Degen is a long 34 inches. It is in choice, mint condition throughout. It has the matte finish and needle-like tip. This blade show little to no usage - nice. The blade is protected by a fine conditioned black leather buffer.
An excellent opportunity here to acquire a reasonably-priced Dachau SS Officer's degen. Enjoy it while you look for the proper scabbard, and once you find it, you will have easily added $2000 to the value of your degen.
Near Mint. $5,995.
SSPOL #35582C Presentation Dachau-produced SS Officer's Degen with Turkish Damascus Blade - Paul Müller
This SS Officer's Degen was ordered through Paul Müller at the Dachau forge as a hand-forged birthday gift for SS-Sturmbannführer Leander Hauck. Hauck was the Chief Musical Inspector of the Waffen-SS and founder of the SS Music School at Braunschweig; we will address this officer and his impressive career further in the description.
The hilt of this Dachau Degen is produced in the standard stainless steel finish to the "D" guard, upper and lower ferrule, grip wire cover plate and the SS runes button. There are a few very minor wearing signs to the "D' guard, but all are normal and unobtrusive. The guard travels through the cross guard area and ends in a teardrop quillon. (The quillons on the Dachau hilts were not partially drilled as were the Solingen types.) The lower ferrule depicts the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns. The leaves are substantially hand-enhanced and the acorn caps have been finely hand-checkered. Crisp pebbling has been added to the backgrounds; very nice work here. The pommel top is the standard, nickel-plated, steel-based type. Some of the plating is beginning to wear on the upper flat surface of the pommel. The circumferential edges have the serrated lines, which are still crisp and with no evidence of improper takedown. The ebony grip is in totally perfect condition throughout. It is tightly wrapped with nickel grip wire. The matching stainless SS runes button is a beauty, with 100% of the factory blackening in the backgrounds. A fine, textbook hilt here!
The scabbard shell is the thin style used on Dachau-made degen. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint shows quite a bit of age, with spider cracks spread almost evenly throughout the surfaces, but there does not seem to be any rust. This shell could do with an expert paint job, but we can leave that to the next purchaser. The lower scabbard mount is matching stainless finish having undarkened accent lines. This mount is without screws having been "pressed" into place when hot. The cooling process contracted the metal for a firm, permanent fit. The stainless-finished upper scabbard mount portrays the Wotan's Knot depiction throughout both sides. The inner areas have good pebbled surfaces applied, but no darkening. Normally Dachau scabbards will be retained by two flush-mount headless screws. This example, however, is retained by dome head screws in each side and a matching dome head screw in the obverse and reverse lower loop area; this is the first time I have seen this treatment. This degen was produced in 1939, right after Müller came to Dachau, so apparently later-employed standard retainage methods were still developing at this production date. All four of the dome head screws are unturned.
And now for the blade! This blade is hand-forged Turkish damascus steel, which of course was the specialty at the Müller forge at Dachau. The blade pattern reveals four Tortieren levels of segmentation. The handmade blade has the same look and quality of the famous Himmler-commissioned, one-of-a-kind degen produced for a handful of select SS Leaders. In fact, the ricasso of this blade looks identical to the ricasso on the blade made for Minister President of Braunschweig, Dietrich Klagges shown in color on Page 524 of my SS Book or even the ricasso of the Karl Wolff blade shown on Page 530. The blade pattern also appears nearly identical to the Wilhelm Reinhard blade also on Page 530. Since the Reinhard blade was produced in 1939, the same year as this example, it could be possible that both blades were forged from the same length of damascus. This blade literally can be studied for hours while appreciating the beauty and intricacy of the damascus patterns present in the four Turkish Tortieren segments.
The blade is etched with the dedication on the obverse, "Leander Hauck 20.8.1939". The letter fonts of the etch have been factory darkened and retain about 95% of the original treatment. The degen was commissioned as a gift to celebrate the 38th birthday of SS-Sturmbannführer Hauck. The obverse ricasso is etched, "P. Müller". This blade remains in excellent condition with no age flaws in the surfaces. There are some signs of "sword" play, mostly confined to the spine areas, but fortunately, due to the hardness of the metal, they have not bit into the metal as is often seen on standard blades having this fault. A tremendous blade here, literally possessing the same quality steel of a Himmler birthday edition and hand-made by the genius, Paul Müller. There is a fine black leather washer protecting the blade.
Sturmbannführer Leander Hauck, was born August 20, 1901. During his SS musical career, he was assigned at Dachau KZ in 1935 and at this early time in his career had already been awarded the SS Honor Ring. In 1937, he was assigned to SS-Totenkopfstandarte 1 "Oberbayern" and had by then been awarded the SS Officer Degen. Hauck was later assigned to the Hauptamt "Reichsführer-SS", when he founded the SS Music School at Braunschweig. Braunschweig was, of course, one of the SS Officer Schools, the others being Bad Tölz, SS-Junkerschule Klagenfurt and SS-Junkerschule Prag. After the war started, Hauck was assigned to active duty, serving as commander of the 22nd SS Division Supply Corps. He was killed in this capacity on 29 January 1945, when during a breakout attempt from Budapest a shell penetrated his heart. The entire "Maria Theresia" SS supply corps perished during this attempt. I have only touched the surface of Leander Hauck's career. Much could be learned about this exciting SS officer with a stellar musical career and then his active duty career with the Waffen-SS. For those that would shun an SS musician as a "nerd", think again, as music and grand marches were at the heart of all successful German armies and their respective personnel were extremely well regarded.
A captivating opportunity here to acquire a one-of-kind, Müller-made, Turkish Damascus Degen, coming from the renowned forge at Dachau. The blade is virtually the same as those made for the infamous Himmler Birthday Degen. This sword could easily to be the highlight of an advanced SS edged weapons collection, or as the centerpiece of a future SS museum dedicated to the edged weapon's art of the mastersmith, Paul Müller.
Excellent Plus. $59,995.00
SSPOL #35583 Early SS Officer's Degen with Monogrammed Pommel and Cloth Tag Portepee - Pet. Dan Krebs
This early nickel hilt SS Officer's Degen is in very desirable condition. The nickel has not been cleaned and displays a fine even dull patina. The "D" guard is in excellent condition, having just a small "hit" or possibly a "rub" at the forward edge area where the hilt makes the curve upward to the pommel area. The quillon teardrop end has the partial drilling on both sides.The grip wire cover plate is in good condition. The lower ferrule is a beauty, featuring the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns. The factory blackened highlights still remain in the veins of the leaves.
The pommel cap is a matching nickel example having still crisp serrations running around the edges of the perimeter. There are no signs of improper disassembly. The upper flat surface of the pommel has the jeweler-engraved monogram of the original owner. The initials are impressively rendered having the letters, "HB" intertwined. The letters are expertly double-scribed and are also tastefully shaded in some areas to provide contrast. I tried looking in the SS-Dienstersalteliste, but there are a lot of "HB" names, so it would be a very tough job to isolate the owner - but, maybe for someone who has lots of time and patience, it could be done by eliminating the officers who were not awarded the SS degen prior to 1938. A good project for the next owner!
The grip wire is nice and tight and in perfect condition. The runes button is a fine nickel example having all of the background blackening effectively highlighting the raised SS runes.The ebony grip had a couple of minor chips, but we effectively repaired them and they are undetectable. Other than the minor repair, this grip is in pristine condition. The lower face of the under-hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing as is the upper surface of the scabbard throat.
There is a really great portepee attached to this piece. It only shows age, with almost no wear. The aluminum bullion brocade is in choice condition with its textured surfaces and dual sets of twin lines which run the length of the strapping. The slide is the intertwined bullion type with no loose ends and being in perfect condition. The stem is rounded on both sides, displaying black SS runes within a matching black circle on both sides. The lower inside area of one of the straps has the original black cloth tag attached. The tag has the code, "158" over "37" and is proceeded and ends respectively with a silver "RZM" in double circles and a matching set of "SS" runes - a most desirable portepee here and it appears original-to-the-piece. An outstanding hilt here!
The scabbard has the tiniest of a "bb" type ding on the obverse at about the center, (it is nothing), while the reverse remains straight as an arrow. This scabbard has nearly 100% of the fine original black paint. There are only the most modest of wear signs in the surfaces and on the carrying ring, which also still has some paint on it - so this sword was not worn a lot. The nickel-plated lower scabbard mount has matching dull patina over the surfaces. Most of the original factory darkening is still in the accent grooves. The mount is retained with two dome head side screws which are unturned. The upper mount displays the same matching patination and has excellent Wotan knotting. The darkening in the pebbled recesses shows some wear, but some still remains in the backgrounds. The mount is retained by unturned dome head screws in the lower curl portion of the fitting, one on both sides. As mentioned above, the throat has the Kulturzeichen SS stamping.
The blade is outstanding; a matte-finished example measuring a respectable 33 inches in length. This blade show only nominal usage, easily grading in near mint condition and retaining its needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso has the second-style trademark used by the Krebs firm, featuring the shield having a detailed etched lobster inside. Around the shield's perimeter is the block-lettered name of the producing firm and their location, "PET. DAN KREBS SOLINGEN". The white leather washer is in place and is a beauty.
A fine opportunity here to acquire an outstanding an early monogrammed SS Degen, complete with the original portepee containing the black cloth tag - very, very desirable example and an excellent investment for your 401K plan. You can't go wrong with this one!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $10,995.00(#112713)
SSPOL #35635M Dachau-produced SS Officer's Degen
This Dachau-produced SS Officer's Degen is a classic, textbook example. The "D" guard, upper and lower ferrules, wire-cover plate and the SS runes button are produced with the stainless finish. These parts are all in outstanding condition. The upper ferrule is a separate mount as is characteristic of these degens. Typically, the lower ferrule has good detail to the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns, and there is no blackening as usually appears on Solingen-produced swords.
The pommel cap is a nickel-plated steel-based variety, still having good surfaces and crisp serrations that run around the perimeter. There are no signs of improper disassemble around the pommel edges. The ebony grip is in near perfect condition. There are two extremely minor surface chips at about eight and nine o'clock of the runes button - they are too minor to consider fixing and do not detract. The rest of the grip is a beauty, and is tightly wrapped with nickel grip wire. These SS Degen produced at Dachau do not have the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. An excellent hilt here.
The scabbard is the thinner type only produced at Dachau. The paint is nearly 100% and still remains in a good bright state. There is just the slightest of "orange-peel" in some of the surfaces, but it does not have the look of a re-paint. If it is, it does not matter, as it was expertly rendered. The steel shell is as straight as an arrow on both sides. The scabbard mounts have the same matching stainless appearance as the hilt. The lower scabbard mount has the accent lines, but never had the darkening in the lines. The mount is "pressed" into place - these mounts were put on the scabbard shell while hot, and when they cooled, they naturally contract and therefore remain in place. The upper mount is the thinner type having excellent depiction of the Wotan knot. There is no darkening done with these mounts, but the backgrounds are nicely pebble-finished. The mount is retained by two, flush-mount, flat head side screws.
The unmarked blade is a long 34 inch example. It is a matte-finished example, being fairly bright. This blade remains in mint condition. The brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A fine, textbook Dachau SS example. The future acquisition of a proper officer's portepee would magnificently complete this sword. Overall, an excellent investment for the future.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.
SSPOL #35565 SS/Police Officer's Degen with SS Runes on Pommel Cap - Carl Eickhorn
This SS/Police Officer's Degen is one of the best of its type I have seen; not only does it have the most enticing pommel cap, complete with SS runes, but the condition throughout is extraordinary. It is an extremely choice piece. This particular degen comes from the renowned collection of the late Chip Gambino and is pictured in my SS Book on Page 488.
The hilt is nickel-plated and retains its new-like luster throughout the "D" guard, ferrule, back cover strip plate and quillon end. The teardrop has the partial accent hole drilled on each side. The ferrule has darkened backgrounds to the choice standing oak leaves and acorns.The leaves are meticulously hand-enhanced with small circles accenting the veins and hand checkering cut into the acorn caps; some really beautiful work here.
The pommel cap is literally a piece of jewelery. The fluted sides have had hand cutting which appears on an angle, achieving a visual look not normally seen. In the center, the SS runes are portrayed in relief and have accent borders around each. The background area around the runes has all been hand-pebbled and reflects pitch-black darkening. These runes literally "jump" from the center of this cap. This work represents a one-off effort, as although there were many police members who were also in the SS, few ordered this pommel feature.
The striking ebony grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire, having a fine deep color to the wood. The center area is fitted with a flush-mount aluminum Police eagle insignia. Most of the insignia is all age-darkened, with lighter features showing on the high areas of the bird's wing tops, breast feathering and mobile swastika. The lower hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. I can't imagine a better hilt than this example!
The scabbard is in the same pristine condition. It is straight as an arrow and retains perfect original black paint. It is remarkable to see original paint in this condition. The scabbard mounts appear to have a silvered surface, as both are deeply patinated, impressively contrasting with the luxurious scabbard paint sheen. The lower mount has all of the factory darkening in the accent lines, and the lower chape area retains its original curvature, barely showing any usage at all. The mount is retained by two flush-mount side screws. The matching, deeply patinated upper scabbard mount features the Wotan knot motif, with the between areas expertly pebbled. The throat is not SS stamped.
The blade is a 31 1/2 inch long example. It is not the normally seen matte-finish, but rather appears to have a fine nickel-plated surface. This blade is completely bright, showing a couple of extremely minor age marks, but not enough to keep it from grading in mint condition. The beautiful blade is buffered by a fine white original leather washer in nearly new-like condition.The reverse blade ricasso is deeply stamped with the Carl Eickhorn 1935-41 trademark. It features the seated squirrel holding a downward-pointing. The firm's quality word, "Original" appears above the animal, and the firm's name, "Eickhorn", below.
A fabulous and UN-upgradable SS/Police degen with true investment quality. If I were the next purchaser, I would look to add a mint SS Officer portepee to this example, and afterwards, I can guarantee you it will give any hobby-savvy viewer a rapid heart-beat like nothing else in this world. A great opportunity here for the right person to acquire the best-of-the-best!
SSPOL #35204C Early SS NCO Degen
This early SS NCO Degen had a little bit of age around the hilt mounts and “D” guard and we were able to remove most of this quite successfully. The “D” guard, upper ferrule and pommel cap are in good condition now and collectible. The pommel cap is a beauty having good raised SS runes with all of the darkening in the backgrounds. The lower ferrule depicts the six standing oak leaves. They have lots of handwork particularly in the areas where there was casting marks and pebbling has been rendered. The grip of this example is a fine ebony being in perfect condition except for one tiny chip at the edge of the upper rib.
The scabbard is in very fine condition being straight throughout and having excellent original factory paint. This paint still has most of the original luster and shows only modest carrying wear. The lower chape is the style which is built into the scabbard as we see with NCO pieces. The upper scabbard mount is an outstanding nickel-plated type having the Wotan Knot with at least 90% of the original darkening in between the webs. The mount is retained by two dome head screws. The matte finish blade is a 32 inch long example. It is in fine condition easily rating near mint. There is a white washer which has done an excellent job in protecting this blade over the years. The throat of this example is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. A good collectible SS NCO degen.
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 #34674 Police Officer's Degen – WMW Waffen
It is very rare to see a Police Officer's Degen by WMW. In fact, I did not know that they produced this model as it is missing from my list of police makers in my SS book. This degen is a beauty having really outstanding nickel-plated hilt. All of the parts to this hilt are still in choice mint condition. The sword has been cleaned by its last owner and really looks its best. The “D” guard is a beauty extending down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop. The pommel cap is also a great looking part having the fluted edges with no sign of it ever being taken down. The ferrule displays the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns at the bottom of each leaf. The areas in between have nice pebbling and there is good factory darkening in all the fine crisp veins.
The grip is an outstanding piece of ebony being in totally perfect condition. This ebony grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire. A matching cover plate does the job on the reverse. It is interesting to note that the officer’s grip insignia is aluminum instead of the usual copper. This is definitely a police officer insignia however and must have been produced this way by the WMW firm or their hardware contractor. The eagle still shows full detail like we would believe with a sword in this condition. This bird is open-winged clutching a wreath with swastika superimposed on an oval wreath of oak leaves. An extremely fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is also a beauty being straight throughout the obverse and having just one minor little ripple around halfway down on the reverse. The rest of the shell is perfect, with outstanding original paint.This paint still retains a factory brightness. The lower drag has a bright nickel finish as well as all of the original factory darkening still present in the accent grooves. The mount is retained by domehead screws. The upper mount has a fine nickel finish to the Wotan's Knot, and fine pebbled backgrounds. It does not appear to have had the blackening between the overlapping knots, but has good patination.
The choice, 22 inch long blade has a quality nickel finish, and not the matte that we usually see; nice. This blade is mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped, "WMW Waffen". The original dark brown leather washer is in place. This is an outstanding and seldom-seen Police Officer Degen
Near Mint. $1,795.00
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.
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 #33801 Aluminum Lion Head Sword with SS Portepee – WKC
This silver-finished aluminum Lion Head Sword is WKC Model #1016. WKC reserved this model for many other uses beyond just that of an Army Sword. This model can also be seen equipped for Land Customs, having green eyes, as well as paramilitary organizations such as Forestry and Shooting. Be that as it may, it definitely appears as if this example was purchased and worn by an SS Officer. Apparently this officer did not qualify for an Honor Degen, which was not unusual. In order to qualify for an Honor Degen, normally, if you were not a member of Himmler’s staff office you had to be a commander of a regiment or have the equivalent of Standartenführer rank. Those that did not qualify often purchased a degen which looked similar to SS types. These are what we refer to as “Officer and NCO Candidate” types. It was acceptable to wear a Lion Head sword of this style, and it was apparently done quite often by some members of the SS.
This example exhibits some use throughout the surfaces, but no abuse. It features a silvered aluminum finish throughout, having a fine lion head that has been fitted with red faceted eyes. In my opinion when we see green faceted eyes on this type of sword, it was meant for Land Customs. The lion has outstanding detail to his teeth, whiskers, brow and mane. The back strap of the sword has a floral pattern, and in the plain area it is pebbled. There is a center area behind the grip tabs which has a place for a monogram. The “P” guard has the usual raised out oak leaves and acorns, with more floral details where the “P” guard becomes the cross guard. The cross guard on this sword features a stubby winged eagle which looks to the viewer’s right. The eagle has good detail throughout, and clutched a wreathed mobile swastika. The quillon ends in a swirl at the right.
The grip of this example is of black celluloid over a wood base. When we first acquired the sword there was a small chip out of the celluloid just below the cat’s head. We were able to successfully repair this flaw, and unless you knew it was repaired I doubt that you would be able to see that there had been a problem. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being slightly larger.
The sword is equipped with what appears to be its original SS Knot. This portepee is tied in the regulation manner, and although it shows much wear to the surfaces of the strapping it really does not have a lot of fraying. In fact, other than the wear and age, the knot is in fairly good condition. The surfaces have the textured motif in the center, and there are two sets of dual black lines which run the length. The knot shows a little wear in the place where it drapes over the swords hilt. The slide below has one of the interwoven sticking out, but it is not a problem. Below, at the stem, the surfaces are rounded at both sides and feature black circled SS Runes. The acorn has tight, yarn-like bullion, and is stuffed with material that matches the strapping. This knot definitely appears to be original to this sword.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It retains its original black paint, but there is quite a bit of usage evenly spread throughout. The usage is similar to that seen on the portepee as well as the hilt. Who the original owner of this sword was, I believe that he wore it every day. The paint rates at maybe 85%. It could clean up some with a little waxing and some TLC. The carrying ring is the large type we associate with WKC Swords. The blade of this example is one of the longest I have ever seen. This blade measures a full 36 inches, so who the original owner of this sword was, we know he was an extremely tall man. A sword of this length would only have been worn by a man who stood in excess of 6’3. Unfortunately this long blade has apparently been handled over the years and has some smudging evenly spread throughout its surfaces. It still has brightness to it, and perhaps with a little work could be cleaned up substantially. It is what it is, though, and like the rest of the sword it all kind of flows together. The needle-like tip has a slight ripple in its surfaces, and looks as though the sword make have been stuck into something like a tree. It is not bad, however. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the knight’s head WKC trademark. The original brown leather washer is in place.
As stated above, there were many SS personnel that carried this type of sword, as they were not entitled to the regulation type. This would not be an early piece that was carried before the Model 1936 degen came out, so it definitely falls into the category non-regulation piece. This is an opportunity to acquire an interesting sword to add to your SS collection. This sword is not in the best of condition overall, but is priced accordingly.
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 29 ½-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
SSPOL #32833 High-Quality Police Degen - Herm. Rath
This Police Degen is of extreme high quality and appears to have a number of custom features about it. It is a really great sword and something that would go well in an advanced collection. The hilt has outstanding plated surfaces throughout being completely bright and showing little to no age. The pommel cap is slightly different than we normally see. Its circumference is a little bit smaller and the turning grooves are larger and there are less of them than is seen on the norm. The plain area at the top surface is more domed than normal giving a rather special look to this pommel cap. The “D” guard is a fine nickel-plated steel type being in perfect condition and traveling through the hilt and crossguard area ending in a fine quillon. The upper ferrule is an all nickel type as is the below ferrule. This lower ferrule has the six standing oak leaves but they are larger than the norm and each oak leaf is completely hand decorated as to the center and leaf veins. The acorns that separate the standing leaves are also beautifully rendered as to the checkering of the caps. A great looking custom made ferrule here. The cover cap that conceals the wire connections on the reverse is also of better quality than the norm, and this too is a solid nickel part instead of the standard nickel-plated steel. The grip also has a great look to it being of a bright ebony wood but having flatter surface areas to the ribs. This grip is in totally perfect condition and instead of the usual nickel wire it is tightly wrapped with a fine copper wire. The center police insignia is also a beauty being of copper. It seems of higher quality than most showing a bird looking to the viewer’s left with open wings and swastika superimposed over a wreath of overlapping oak leaves. The breast checkering shows only modest wear and the rest of the insignia is still crisp. Decorating this fine hilt is a choice police portepee. This portepee is the larger type having cloth strapping. The strapping is decorated with triple rows of aluminum bullion running the length, and the center stitch has a red accent. A very fine interesting hilt here! The scabbard is also different than most as it is thin like the type that is used on the Dachau pieces. It is straight as an arrow on both sides and has very good original black paint. This paint still has bright surfaces and shows a little bit of age spidering here and there. There are some hand wear signs on the left edge below the carrying ring and also some wear signs below the “U” bracket which was apparently used to hold the sword hanger. This paint rates at about 90-95%. The lower chape area features a nickel-plated steel mount which is secured with two headless flush mount side screws. The mount shows only nominal age in the surfaces but still is bright. The upper mount is in pristine condition and is the style that did not have darkening in the Wotan web. This mount is like new and is secured also by two headless flush mount side screws. Most police scabbards will have screws at the lower loop of each side. The niceties of this sword though do not stop here. The 33 ½-inche blade is not the normal matte finish. It is a high quality nickel-plated finish which remains factory bright and in full mint condition. This beautiful blade has a fuller which runs about three quarters of the way down. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped in an arch shape, “HERM. RATH” and beneath this in an arch shape going upward is the location city, “SOLINGEN”. The original brown leather washer is in place showing some minor usage but still being all there. Sometimes we will see the Rath swords marked on the blade with a set of SS runes in a diamond. I believe that these examples were probably initial production. This piece seems to be something that was custom ordered and extra cost was applied so it does not come under the normal contract one that Rath either produced or had produced. (We think Rath was a distributor and sold to police organizations.) A great original sword here which would nicely highlight a police degen collection.
Mint Minus $1895.00
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 32 ½-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.
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. $1,895.00
SSPOL #31529 Early SS NCO Degen
This early SS NCO degen is completely untouched, uncleaned and has never been in a collection. The hilt fittings and scabbard mount are of solid nickel not being plated. It is rare to find examples this early having the solid feature. The “D” guard, upper ferrule, teardrop and pommel top are all in excellent condition having very fine smooth crisp surfaces. The patina is evenly spread throughout being an appealing greenish gold color. The pommel top is the flatter style NCO variety and it has the raised SS runes in the center. These runes are crisp throughout and 100% of the darkening remains in the backgrounds. What a sight this is with all of the patination and the great undisturbed look throughout this sword. The ferrule is also a fine example exactly matching the other parts. This ferrule features six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. It is interesting to note that there is little handwork done to the leaves or the acorns but the area that had the casting flaw on both edges has stippling and slight enhancement to the acorns. The lower portion of the hilt is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen markings. These exactly match those stamped into the throat area. The ebony grip of this example would be in excellent condition except for the fact that the surfaces of the upper rib have been substantially chipped off. Only about 25% of the original upper rib remains. This is unfortunate and I guess it could be repaired if the degen were taken apart and the grip removed accordingly. To me though it is just one of those things that does occur frequently with SS degens. As we all know we set the sword up along the wall with the best of intentions and then when we were least expecting it it fell down. I am sure that these same tactics were used during the period with a similar result. At any rate, if you want something to stay the way it came out then I would suggest leaving the grip the way it is. The rest of the ebony is in excellent condition showing a little bit of usage but not much. A very fine hilt here! The scabbard is also a choice example. It is straight throughout and really has outstanding original paint. This paint is nearly 100% on the reverse having just a couple of minor chips on the obverse. Overall though the paint has to be at least 98%. A very, very fine scabbard paint here which could be even enhanced further with a little bit of work. The lower chape fitting is a built-in drag on the NCO versions. The upper mount exactly matches the dull patination of the hilt and it consists of the Wotan’s knot configuration having darkening between the weave. The darkening appears to be about 60-70% on this example. The upper mount is retained by two matching dome head nickel (not steel) screws. The 33-inch unmarked blade is the matte finish variety and it is still in outstanding condition. There are only a couple of the slightest of age signs in the blade. This 33-inch blade would have been worn by a fairly tall man. The white leather washer has gone to time. A great degen here for someone who wants an untouched example and I can’t remember when I have had an all nickel SS degen to offer. This alone should have appeal to the dyed in the wool SS collectors out there.
Excellent Plus. $2,895.00 (#032311)
SSPOL #31235C Police Office Degen - WKC
The WKC Police Swords are always popular with collectors because the reverse blade ricasso is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. No other producer stamped the SS proof marking on the blade. The hilt of this example is in choice condition, having outstanding original nickel-plated finish. There are no rust, lifts or freckling in the surfaces of this nickel-plating. It remains bright throughout. The pommel cap is an excellent example, having the flat surface with umbrella like sections going outward. There are no signs of this pommel being taken out. The D-Guard is a choice example and ends with a teardrop quillon, having the partial drilling on both sides. The ferrule is an outstanding example depicting the six standing oak leaves separately by acorns. There is hand work that can be seen, particularly on the two casting edges of this quillon. The engraver literally had to create an acorn on the surface areas of this part. The grip is an outstanding ebony wood. It has a beautiful light black shade to it and is completely chip free. This beautiful ebony grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire. The wire gathers together in a chase area, which is covered by the back strap on the rear of the grip. The copper police eagle is a beauty, showing little wear. This police eagle consists of an oval oak leaf wreath, having an open-winged eagle superimposed over it, clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. All of the detail is there to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The backgrounds seem to have all of the original black paint. This is a real sign of little usage. The scabbard is a nice example, being completely straight. The paint is outstanding throughout the reverse but, unfortunately, there is a rust spot on the obverse at about the center of the scabbard. Apparently some moisture or something that was wet was laid in this position and caused this flaw. It is not bad and overall, considering that the Degen is some seventy years old, we have to expect something in the form of age. Other than this spot, though, the scabbard paint is still bright and rates near 100%. The lower shell is fitted with a very fine nickel chape mount. This mount has all of the factory blackening still in the decorative lines. It is retained by two decorative screws, one on each side. The upper mount is also a choice conditioned example, having the wotons knot design and the areas in between still retain nearly 100% of the original factory blackening. This is very rare to see on a sword and definitely means that this sword saw little usage. The upper mount is retained by two dome head screws, one on each of the lower circular designs. The 33 ½ inch design is in the matte finish and is in a full mint condition. This blade really looks great! The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knighthead trademark and the firm’s initials are below, “WKC.” As mentioned above, on the reverse ricasso is the Kulturzeichen stamping. The original white leather washer is in place although the leather has turned fairly yellow with age. A really great Police Officer’s Degen here and if you are collecting these by types, this one is a difficult one to find.
Near Mint. $1995.00
SSPOL #30838 Police Officer Degen - Alcoso
This Police Officer Degen shows some age, but overall, it is still collectable and if the next purchaser wanted to work on it some, I’m sure it would clean up a little more than the state it is currently in. The hilt parts are the usual nickel plate over steel. The plating has lifted or thinned in a few areas throughout the “D” guard and built-in ferrule below. Again, a little work and this might clean up some. The quillon ends in a downward teardrop, and this example does not have the decorative drilling. The pommel cap is in fairly good condition, showing age commensurate with the “D” guard below, but still pretty good. The upper cap is plain and the edges are segmented. The edges are still smooth, an indication that this tang nut has not been improperly removed. The ferrule below has a darkened finish. On all Alcoso Police swords the ferrule, as well as the top and bottom scabbard fittings, were silverplated. I do not know why Alcoso did this, as they were the only producer to affect this measure. The ferrule has fairly good detail to the standing oak leaves, and it is interesting to note how the two areas where the casting flaws occurred, have hand done oak leaf edges as well as hand done acorns. I like to look at this engraving work, as I’m sure many of you other collectors do also. These are the things that make the difference on German weapons vs. any other weapons from the time or made now. The scabbard is straight throughout, having pretty good original black paint. This paint has some spidering in it, but there are not many chips and, overall, the paint looks to be about 95%. I’m sure that with a little wax and some rubbing, this scabbard would come up pretty nice. As mentioned above, the upper and lower parts have the Alcoso silverplated finish. Some of the silvering is thinning, and there is some age on both fittings, but it is not too bad. The lower mount is retained by two flush mount headless side screws. The upper mount has the typical Wotan knot. There is not much blackening between the weave, but it is commensurate with the rest of this Degen. This mount is retained by two flatter head screws, that are larger than those used by any other maker. You can usually spot an Alcoso Police Degen from across the room, if you know to look for these larger screws. There are no SS markings on the lower hilt or upper scabbard throat, as Alcoso did not do this. The blade is a fairly healthy 33½ inches in length. It has a typical matte finish, being just slightly brighter than some of them that we see. This blade is in choice condition, and rates in a near mint state. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso trademark used between 1937 and 1939. This mark consists of the scales, having the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales is the firm’s name written in block capital letters in an arch, “ALCOSO”. Beneath is the location town stamping, “Solingen”. The original leather black blade washer is in place. The washer shows some usage, but it is all there. Not a bad piece here that will clean up some, and it is priced accordingly.
SSPOL #30837 Police NCO Degen - WKC
This WKC produced Police 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.
SSPOL #30860 Police NCO Degen - Paul Weyersberg
This Police Degan 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 Degan. 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 #29540 Police NCO Degen - Paul Weyersburg
This NCO degen is in nice condition throughout. The hilt fittings have excellent nickel-plated surfaces and with just a little bit of mild cleaning it appears as though these fittings would clean to mint. The pommel cap is the flatter style NCO type and the D-guard is in good condition throughout flowing to a teardrop quillon end. The upper ferrule is built into the design. The ferrule at the lower area consists of the traditional six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. There is some noticeable handwork done to the acorn leaves, however the veins are a relief part of the design with this producer. There are no SS stampings on the Paul Weyersberg pieces. The grip is a fine ebony having thirteen horizontal rib sections. There is no grip wire on the NCO version. The grip is in fine condition having no chips or problems. There is a small flat portion to the rib just above the insignia but there are no breaks or problems. The insignia is the NCO type being produced of aluminum. It portrays an oval wreath with an open-winged police eagle superimposed. The eagle clutches an oak leaf wreath which contains a mobile swastika. The detail to the bird is still in excellent condition. The scabbard of this example is basically straight having a couple of very minor dings but nothing that you could really call a dent. The paint is original and is still factory bright throughout rating at about 98%. Even the lower built-in drag still has most of its paint and no rust. This is an indication that the sword was not stored on the cellar floor as many of them were. The upper fitting is the traditional nickel-plated type featuring the, “Wotan’s knot” design. The areas between the weave of the knot have excellent pebbled surfaces but I don’t see any blackening. I doubt that Weyersberg did this as the ferrule has no blackening either. This fitting is retained by two dome head screws, one located in each of the lower loops on the respective side. The blade of this degen is 33 ½-inches in length. This is quite long and looks impressive. This blade is in near full mint condition, the only age on it is a little bit of staining which is right at the ricasso area of both sides. The staining is probably just a little surface rust and some of it, or most of it, could be cleaned out. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double oval logo used by this firm. The double ovals trap the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword placed within a wreath of oak leaves. The original white leather washer is in place and is still in exceptional condition. This is a very nice police NCO degen and should go well in any collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1695.00
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. $695.00
SSPOL #22164 Police NCO 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. $1195.00