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 #37676C SS Officer's Dachau Type Degen
TThis 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 #36729C Early SS Officer's Degen
The pommel is in excellent condition, having good plating on the upper surfaces, and the serrated edges are in good condition with no abuse. The “D” guard is a fine nickel example, having a nice yellow tone. It curves around the crossguard area and ends in a teardrop quillon which has a decorative, partially drilled hole on each side.
The upper ferrule on these early swords is built into the “D” guard. The lower ferrule features a design of six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The oak leaves have the little circles scribed into their surfaces, to simulate the veins of a leaf. The acorn caps are hand checkered, but most of it seems to have worn off over the years. The blackening in this ferrule rates at about 80%.
The ebony grip on this example is in nice condition, being the style where the grip was originally lacquered. Most of this lacquer has worn off the surfaces, revealing the ebony wood below which has take on a brownish tone. This grip basically looks the same as the early example I show, in color, on page 613 of my SS Book. Theses early unmarked pieces are often constructed with ebony of this color, with the lacquer coating supplying the black look. There are no chips or problems with this grip, and it has the usual fourteen sections tightly wrapped with nickel wire. There is a matching nickel cover plate on the reverse, which conceals the areas where the wire is tied together. The matching nickel runes button is perfectly placed, and has the same color tone as the rest of the hilt. The runes are nicely raised and have the factory blackened background; this blackening rates at about 95% intact. The lower portion of the underside of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof mark.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly nice original black paint, which shows some age and period wear but remains bright, rating at about 90%. The lower mount is a fine example, having the decorative lines throughout the center. It is retained by two flathead screws. The upper mount features the Wotan's Knot with pebbling in between the loops; most of the blackening is worn from this knot, but this makes sense since this sword was actually worn quite a bit during the period. The throat is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen.
The blade is the usual, matte finish variety, 31 inches in length and showing hardly any age. It grades in Near Mint condition, and is unmarked. It is buffered by the original white leather washer.
A good, original SS Officer's Degen here, which is a great piece for those who like a period look. A perfect piece to add to a growing SS collection.
SSPOL #37511 Police NCO's Degen – Carl Eickhorn
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 #37470C Early SS Officer's Degen with Ultra-rare Portepee
The pommel cap itself is in excellent condition, showing signs of minor usage but with no signs of ever being improperly disassembled The turn-out nut below, for disassembly, turns out and reveals a cap which is put in place to protect the end of the tang. Basically these early degens cannot be disassembled as the runes button has prongs which pass through a hole in the tang making it very, very difficult to take these swords apart. This is a good thing as most of the Officer's Degens we come across are still in the their originally assembled state, as is the case with this fine piece.
The hilt mounts are of solid nickel, not plated. These early mounts are beautifully made and are in outstanding condition. The upper ferrule is attached to the top of the “D” guard, and the guard flows downward in the shape (as one would guess from the name) of a letter “D”, ending in a teardrop quillon with partially drilled decorative holes. The parts here are in outstanding condition. The lower ferrule is a separate piece which features a pattern of six standing oak leaves. The oak leaves are separated by acorns. Each and every one of these leaves as well as the acorn caps have been hand hand enhanced to add relief and life to the detail. In addition the backgrounds between the leaves and acorns are pebbled and have a factory darkening further enhancing the fine view.
The grip is of finest ebony, being an even black color throughout. Each and every one of the ribs is in perfect condition with no chips or splits. The nickel grip wire is a tight as a drum and all joined together beneath the matching nickel cover plate on the reverse. The SS runes button is as good as you will see, being a solid nickel type. The runes are boldly raised out of the surface, having crisp corners throughout their design. The background is also pebbled, and retains nearly 100% of the original factory darkening.
Adding to the splendor of this hilt is a ultra-rare SS portepee, being the style with black cloth strapping and twin white lines that run the length. These portepees have never been properly identified, however we do feel that they most likely were worn by special SS units, in particular those of the Sicherheitsdeinst. The strapping is accompanied by slide constructed of matching thread, and the stem below is the rounded type with a brownish colored background, having SS runes within a circle on both sides. The oval lower ball has black cap of yarn-like material and a matching tan thread bullion base. The lower insert is done with the same strapping material. As an extra for this seldom seen knot, the original cloth issue tag is still contained on the inside of one of the straps. This issue tag is of black cloth and has silver woven figures, being a double circle RZM followed by a number “2” over “35”, and then a double circle containing SS runes. A knot of this caliber is of great value in and of itself and will doubtlessly be a source of great enjoyment to the next owner of this degen. What a great hilt there is on this sword!
The scabbard is a fine, straight example, having all original black paint. This paint has even attic crazing that runs through it, but it is still all there. In fact this paint is nearly 100% and retains the original brightness despite the crazing. The lower officer's mount is a nickel-plated type with decorative lines and most of the darkening in the recesses. The mount is retained by two headless side screws. The upper mount is also nickel plated, in the shape of a Wotan's Knot. The blackening between the loops of the knot is still mostly intact, being at about 95%. The mount is retained by two dome head screws each on the lower loop of their respective side. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof mark, as is the lower portion of the hilt.
The blade of this degen is as good as they come. It is finished in the matte style surface and is easily in Mint condition, with crisp edges at the ricasso. The tip remains needle-like and this sword shows little to no usage. This beautiful blade measures 33½ inches overall. It is unmarked, as we see with many of these early swords and it is protected by a white leather buffer. The white color has diminished some over the years, but it goes perfectly with the patination of this sword.
This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire an SS Officer's Degen with an ultra-rare knot; this an opportunity that does not come up often, so if you've been saving up for one of these treasures now is the time to pull the trigger. A great piece here, and a highlight for any SS collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $12,500.00
SSPOL #37338 SS NCO's Degen
The pommel cap is the NCO variety, having a flat top with rounded edges. In the center is a set of SS runes in relief. The runes are in fine condition and still have the original dark backgrounds.
The “D” guard flows downward through the crossguard area and ends in a tear drop.
The ebony grip is a real beauty, being one of the types that was lacquered. We see this type of grip on early, unmarked SS Officer Degens. Usually much of the lacquer has worn off from hand wear, but in the case of this example only a minor amount is gone, just on the center rib areas. The rest of the grip still has the original luster and is really nice, being totally chip-free with no splits of any flaws. The upper ferrule is built into the hilt on this example, and the lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves. These oak leaves have hand enhancement to the veins as well as the acorn caps. It appears as though all of the original darkening is intact between these leaves. The casting seams are quite interesting as they have had a pebbled surface applied as well as a hand engraved acorn; I love studying those type of detailing and I'm sure most other dedicated collectors do as well.
The scabbard is nice and straight the reverse, and the obverse is almost perfect but for a tiny “BB” ding under the carrying band. It is nothing, though. The original paint is outstanding. It shows normal usage and the most modest of age, and is at least 98% intact. Even the chape still has almost all of the original paint. The upper scabbard mount is a beauty featuring the Wotan's Knot. The areas between the loops still have almost 100% of the original blackening. This mount is retained by two dome head screws, one on each of the the lower loops of the fitting. The throat is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen mark.
The matte finish blade of this degen is a very fine example and measures a respectable 33 inches long. This blade is almost in full Mint condition, with just a tiny stain on the obverse and reverse ricasso. They are extremely minor. A very fine blade here. The original white leather washer is till in place, showing a little age and darkening, but it is exactly the way it should be given the age of the sword.
If you are looking for a very nice SS NCO'S Degen this example will go nicely in any collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,795.00
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 #37339 Police Officer's Degen – Alcoso
The pommel is the officer's variety with a smooth center cap and serrated edges which run about the circumference. The cap shows no loosening from improper tools. The “D” guard runs downward through the crossguard area and terminates in a teardrop quillon. The upper ferrule is built into the hilt while the lower ferrule is a separate mount that features six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The oak leaves themselves do not have a lot of hand enhancing, but it is really interesting to study the two leaves that fall on the casting seams of both edges of the mount. Each of these leaves has been completely hand sculpted along with an acorn beneath. Some really nice work here, and always interesting to study the artistry of these factory craftsmen.
The grip is in choice condition, being a fine ebony which is free of chips or problems. The wire is nice and tight and is covered on the reverse with a cover plate. In the center of the grip is the Officer's style Police eagle. It is flush mounted and features a copper open-winged Police eagle and swastika superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. The bird retains full detail throughout his head and breast, indicative of gentle usage.
The scabbard is completely straight and in excellent condition. The original paint is in at least 98% intact condition, having a touch of attic crazing but overall still being very, very nice and retaining the original brightness. The lower mount is the style that has darkening in the decorative lines, and it is retained by two flush mounted screws. The upper mount features the Wotan's Knot configuration and retains 85 to 90% of the original darkening in the loops. This mount is retained by two flatter style screws, one on each side of the lower loop. On Alcoso degens these screws are generally larger than we see on other pieces; this design trait will help you identify an Alcoso piece from across the room. Another thing Alcoso was known to do was silver plate the lower ferrule as well as the upper scabbard mount. Because of the patina on this sword it is difficult to say if this example has the plating, but I'm sure it does. There are no SS proofs on the hilt or the scabbard as Alcoso generally did not do this.
The fine blade is in the usual matte finish and it is extremely nice, being in full Mint condition. This blade is a very respectable 33½ inches long. The reverse ricasso is stamped by the trademark used by Alcoso from 1937 through 1939. It consists of a set of scales with the firm's initials “ACS” interspersed. The firm's name arches above this logo and the location “Solingen” can been seen beneath. The original black leather washer is firmly in place on this degen.
An excellent piece here to enhance you Police collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
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 $2,000 to the value of your degen.
Near Mint. $5,000.00
SSPOL #37104 Early SS NCO'S Degen
The pommel cap is the flatter NCO type, having the SS runes raised out. The runes really grab you, contrasting with the 100% factory darkening that remains in the background. The "D" guard is also a beauty, having the built-in upper ferrule and smoothly flowing through the cross guard area, ending in a fine teardrop quillon. The lower ferrule has the six standing oak leaves, separated by oak leaves. The leaves have hand-enhancement to the veins and to the oak leaf caps next to them. Most of the original darkening remains in the backgrounds. As you will often see on the unmarked early examples, there is no SS proofing on the lower hilt, but the Kulturzeichen SS mark is nicely stamped on the scabbard throat. The ebony grip retains all of its crisp ribs, being in perfect condition., Since this was a worn weapon, there is wear to the obverse and reverse center sections, with the original lacquer coating remaining on the edges. A fine SS hilt here.
The scabbard is as straight as they come, and the original coat of factory paint is tremendous on this example. There are a couple of age spiders, but that is about it. This scabbard paint is still factory bright and remains in mint condition. The lower chape area has the built-in drag, as is traditional on the NCO versions. Even the drag has most of the paint! The upper scabbard mount, with its Wotan's Knot designs, is a very pleasing look. The blackening between the knots is easily at about 85%-90%; this is always a good sign to look at in order to judge for the amount of usage the Degen has seen, as normally this is the place where the original wearer liked to place his hand to steady the Degen while walking. The mount is retained by two nickel dome head screws which are unturned and in place at the bottom of the obverse and reverse lower loop. A very fine scabbard.
The unmarked blade is one to write home about. It has the usual matte-finish, but it is still fresh throughout with no flaws. This blade is easily in a full mint state, It measures-in at a respectable 33 1/2 inches in length. The original white washer has slightly yellowed, but remains in choice condition.
A fine highest quality SS NCO Degen here. A must in every respectable collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,295.00
SSPOL #37033 Police Officer's Degen – WKC
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 #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 Wotan's 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 33½ 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. $1,995.00
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.
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.
SSPOL #34570 Police NCO's Degen – Herm. Rath
This Herman Rath produced Police Degen is a beauty virtually being in full mint condition throughout. The “D” guard is in absolute perfect condition with 100% plating with a quillon ending in a teardrop. The flat style pommel is matching and is also in remarkable condition. The ferrule below is the standard type featuring six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The areas in between have very fine pebbled surfaces. The veins and stems of the leaves are also extremely well done.
The ebony grip is in very nice shape having no breaks or problems. This grip shows virtually no usage. The center area has the aluminum NCO police eagle. This eagle has full details to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The open winged eagle is superimposed over an oval leaf of oak leaves. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard of this example is straight as an arrow no both sides and has remarkable original black paint which easily rates in mint condition. It is very rare to see a scabbard in this fine condition. It has the matching steel drag at the bottom indicative of an NCO sword. The upper mount has the Wotan’s knot configuration with pebbling in between. The pebbling appears to have some darkening but not like we usually see on most swords. There is a headless flush mount screw in the lower loop of each side of this upper mount.
The 33½ inch blade has the fine original matte finish. There is a little bit of age just noticeable on the obverse lower end but perhaps with a little bit of work this could easily come out as it is not deep and almost looks more like a mild stain than anything else. This blade is still in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked in the unique fashion done by this producer. It has a set of SS Kulturzeichen runes within a diamond. Above the runes is the firm’s name and location, “Herm. Rath / Solingen”. The original black leather new-like washer is in place. An extremely fine Police Degen here.
Mint Minus. $1,695.00
SSPOL #36639 Police Officer's Degen – E. & F. Hörster
This Hörster Degen is in nice condition overall, showing mild usage. The pommel cap is an excellent example, still being bright on the flat upper surface and with good serrations around the circumference.
The “D” guard has the built-in ferrule at the top and nicely sweeps down through the hilt, ending in a teardrop quillon. The quillon has a decorative, partially drilled hole. The lower ferrule is excellent, with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. These oak leaves show evidence of fine handwork, especially in the vicinity of the casting seam. Even the acorns in this spot appear to have been done by hand.
The fourteen sectioned grip has all the ribs intact, with no chipping anywhere. It is the style with a slightly brown tone to the wood, which, when new, was completely covered in lacquer. Now that this is starting to wear there are places where this brown color can be seen. Overall the lacquer is at about 85% on this hilt. The grip wire is nice and tight, and is gathered on the reverse beneath a cover plate. The police grip insignia is the copper style, and retains full detail throughout the bird, wreath and swastika. The lower portion of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen, as is the throat.
The scabbard is completely straight throughout, and retains excellent original black paint. This paint shows some age in the surfaces and just a touch of crazing, but overall still rates at about 95%. It retains a factory luster in the finish. The lower mount has the usual decorative lines and good plating. The upper mount retains similarly good plating throughout the Wotan's Knot, as well as nearly perfect factory darkening in the recesses of the loops. This upper mount is retained by two steel dome-head screws in the lower loops, while the lower is affixed with two steel dome-head side screws.
The blade if this degen has the typical matte finish. It appears to still be in Near Mint condition and shows little usage. This blade measures 31” long. The obverse ricasso is stamped with double ovals that contain the firm's name and location, “E u F Hörster / Solingen”. The logo inside is faint but still visible. The original pebbled brown leather blade washer is in place.
A nice SS marked Officer's piece here.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
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 #29540 Police NCO's Degen - Paul Weyersburg
This Police NCO's 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 33½ 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. $1,095.00
SSPOL #36401 Police Officer's Degen – Alcoso
This Police Officer's Degen is about as nice as they come. It has a outstanding nickel-plated hilt, which shows almost no age to the “D” guard, ferrule area, crossguard area, and teardrop quillon. The pommel is also an extremely nice example, have the serrated edges going all the way around, and a fine, smooth top. Usually the top of the pommel shows some deterioration, but in the case of this example it is almost new-like.
The ferrule is also a beautiful spectacle. This ferrule has the traditional six standing oak leaves, interspersed with acorns, which go all the way around. There is hand-enhancing to the veins of the leaves, as well as to the checkered caps of the acorns. It is very interesting to study the two seams on either edge. Both of these seams have had artistry applied to them, in the form of two symbolic acorns above a fully designed acorn at the bottom. Very very interesting work here, with some clever checkering that gives the ferrule lots of relief. The original darkening is all in the backgrounds here, adding to this fine look.
The cover plate is also a fine example, being placed over the wires where the come together in a groove at the rear of the grip. This ebony grip is in perfect condition throughout, and is tightly wrapped with nickel wire. The grip eagle eagle is also a choice example. It features the overlapping wreath of oak leaves in the background, with an open-winged Police eagle superimposed. The eagle clutches a wreath with a mobile swastika. It is interesting to study the feathering on wings of this bird, as the end portion of both has tiny enhancement cuts made into the silvered metal. The head and breast feathering of the bird is also in beautiful condition, showing no wear. This eagle also has the original black paint, which is 100% intact behind the bird. A really fine Police hilt here!
The scabbard of this example is as straight as an arrow. It has gorgeous black paint, which could be a repaint as it is so well done. If it is a repaint, however, it certainly does not detract, as it is in perfect condition and could not be nicer. The lower mount still has the original darkening in the decorative grooves, and is retained by two dome-head screws on each side. The upper mount is also a fine example, having a good Wotan's Knot which the blackening present in between the woven areas. The blackening over the pebbling is at about 50 to 60% intact in this example. The scabbard mount is retained by two headless, flush-mount screws, one in each of the two bottom loops. The throat on this piece bears the SS Kulturzeichen stamping.
The matte blade of this degen is also one of the best you could hope to see. It is in stone, full Mint condition, and measures a little over 29 inches. This blade is marked on the ricasso with the Alcoso 1937-39 logo. The logo features a set of scales, with the firm's initials interspersed. Above the scales, arched in block letters, is the name of the firm, “Alcoso” and underneath the location, “Solingen”. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for a fine Police degen that will make you proud and glad to show it off to your friends, this example is about the best conditioned you are likely to find.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
SSPOL #36366 Police Officer's Degen – Carl Eickhorn
This Police Degen is a finely conditioned example throughout. The “D” guard, crossguard, and teardrop all retain an outstanding nickel-plated finish, with no visible age. The teardrop has a small, partially drilled hole on each side. The pommel nut is the usual style, flat surfaced and with serrations running around the circumference. There are no signs of improper disassembly.
The grip is constructed of a very fine ebony. It is in perfect condition throughout, tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and is covered on the reverse with a nickel-plated cover-plate. The lower ferrule is an outstanding example, with hand-enhanced veins in the six standing oak leaves, along with tiny circles in the decoration to add more relief. The oak leaves are separated by acorns with hand-enhanced caps. The area where the casting seam seam occurs has been all hand done, with an acorn visible on each side. Above the acorn the acorn is pebbled to conceal the cast, and the backgrounds have been factory darkened. Some exceptional work here! The grip is set with a copper Officer's Eagle. This Police eagle insignia consists of a wreath of oak leaves with a superimposed open-winged eagle looking to the viewer’s left. This eagle clutches an additional wreath a mobile swastika. The details throughout the bird are still all there, showing little to no wear. The lower portion of the “D” guard hilt are stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen, as is the throat surface.
The scabbard shell of this example is as straight as an arrow. This shell has outstanding original black paint, which is still 100% intact. This paint shows only the modest of wearing signs, and still has a good factory luster. The nickel-plated lower scabbard mount has the usual line designs in the surfaces, and the factory darkening is still in the backgrounds. This mount is retained by two dome-head side screws. The upper mount has the Wotan's Knot configuration. The pebbled areas between the Wotan's Knot still have at least 90% of the factory darkening intact. This mount is retained by two dome-head screws, one each on the lower loop areas.
The blade is a fine example, which is in near Full Mint condition, retaining the needle-like tip. This blade measures 33½ inches in length, and is rendered out with a matte finish. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark, consisting of a seated squirrel, who looks to the left and holds a downward pointing sword. Above and below the animal are the usual maker's marks, “Original” and “Eickhorn, Solingen”. The original white leather blade washer is in place and remains in excellent condition.
If you are looking for a Police Degen that would be very difficult to upgrade, this piece would be perfect for your collection.
Near Mint. $1,895.00
SSPOL #36367 Police NCO's Degen – Carl Eickhorn, “Over-the-Shoulder” logo
This NCO's Police Degen has a choice conditioned hilt. There is no age to the nickel-plating throughout the “D” guard, crossguard, and teardrop at the quillon end. The fine NCO pommel cap is the flat-surfaces style. It bears no signs of improper removal. The upper ferrule is built into the “D” guard, while the lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaf and acorn design. These oak leaves all have exceptional enhancement, with tiny circles in the leaf extensions, as well as hand-cut enhancement lines. The leaves which butt against the casting seam have been all hand engraved, as has the acorn which separates them; some very fine work here! The backgrounds of these embellishments have been darkened at the factory.
The ebony grip is in perfect condition. This being an NCO version, there is no wire wrap. The obverse facing of the grip is set with a flush-mounted aluminum Police Eagle insignia. There is virtually no visible wear to this finely detailed bird. The lower portion of the hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen, and the scabbard throat is similarly marked. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell of this piece is completely straight. The original coat of factory paint has dulled somewhat on the obverse facing of the scabbard, but is in better condition on the reverse. This paint, however, still rates at close to 100%, with little or no carrying wear to be seen. The lower chape of the scabbard is integral on the NCO versions. The upper mount is a fine nickel-plated example, having the Wotan's Knot configuration. The areas in between the knot design are all pebbled and retain the factory darkening. It is very rare to see this level of preservation, and is a good indicator of just how little usage this degen has endured. The mount is retained by two dome-head screws, located in the lower loop of the knot design.
The blade is done in the usual matte finish, measuring 32 inches in length. This blade remains in near Full Mint condition, and retains a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the “Over-the-Shoulder” style Eickhorn logo, which is seldom seen on Police Degens. The Eickhorn squirrel looks, as the name would suggest, over his shoulder at his tail as opposed to straight ahead. Above and below are the usual, “Original” and “Eickhorn, Solingen” markings on would expect to see. The original white leather blade washer is in place and remains in excellent condition.
Despite the lateness of the manufacturing, there is no lack of workmanship or excellent materials used on this piece. A fine NCO Degen here, which would be difficult to upgrade. The “Over-the-Shoulder” logo variant also makes this piece of prime interest to collectors.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00
SSPOL #35954A Dachau Produced SS Officer Candidate Degen
This Dachau SS Officer Candidate Degen is the type that we see with all officer mounts except for the fact that the grip has no wire wrap. I feel that since I have seen quite a number of these in the past, that most likely there was an extra charge for this grip wire. Since these swords were totally a private purchase by individual SS personnel that did not qualify for wear of the official degen it is easy to see this practice.
The hilt mounts are of all stainless steel construction with the exception of standard SS pommel nut which normally is a nickel-plated steel example. The mounts show some usage but overall they are in near mint condition to include the “D” guard, separate upper ferrule, separate lower ferrule and the teardrop quillon. As is normally the case with Dachau pieces the teardrop does not have the partial decorative drillings. The pommel cap has some of the plating gone and is a somewhat darker patina than the stainless. It is in good condition however having a plain surface top and features the fluted segments that go around the lower circumference. The ferrule has the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. These oak leaves and acorns have excellent detail with some pebbling in between. The veins to the leaves also have hand enhancement. The ebony grip, as indicated above, is the type with no wire. It remains in pristine perfect condition however.
The scabbard is the thinner style associated with Dachau production. This scabbard is straight throughout and has good original factory paint. The scabbard shows some carrying signs here and there but overall the original paint is nearly 100%. This paint still has its factory luster and looks great. The lower mount is the stainless steel type having the decorative lines that run vertical on both sides. This mount is “pressed” into position. The upper scabbard mount is the thinner type used with these scabbards. It too, is stainless and features the Wotan knot decoration with pebbling in the spaces between. This scabbard mount is retained by two headless flush side mount screws. The unmarked blade is the usual matte finish type. It is in excellent condition throughout retaining its needlelike tip and showing no flaws. This blade measures about 30½ inches – not the longest one we have seen but then again everyone in Third Reich Germany was not six foot tall. This choice blade is protected by an in place black leather washer. A nice textbook Dachau degen here priced reasonably.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
SSPOL #36127 Untouched, Uncleaned Police NCO Degen – Paul Weyersberg
The hilt of this Police Degen has never been cleaned and frankly does show some peeling to the nickel plating on the “P” guard center area. Other than this most of the areas only reflect patination and will clean up fairly nicely if desired. I notice that the quillon teardrop also has some rust on it but with a little effort this will also look nice. The pommel cap is the flat type that we see used on NCO pieces. It is in good condition needing a cleaning. The lower ferrule is an excellent example depicting the six standing oak leaves all having hand enhancing to the veins. In between are acorns which do not have any hand enhancing. The areas between the leaves have been factory pebbled. The grip of this example is an excellent ebony which still remains in fine condition. The grip is embellished with the NCO aluminum police eagle which is inset in the center area to fit flush with the ebony wood. The insignia depicts an aluminum wreath of oak leaves having a superimposed open wing police eagle which clutches a swastika within a wreath. The backgrounds of the bird are darkened and have good relief.
The untouched scabbard is straight as an arrow. Since it is the NCO type is has the built-in drag at the bottom. Overall the scabbard paint is very good on this example and will clean up immensely. There is a little rust toward the drag area but we see this on many swords. This is typically caused by a sword resting on the concretes floor of a cellar or garage all of these years. This paint still has its original luster but with a little wax and polish would really come up nice. The upper scabbard mount matches the patina of the other nickel-plated items. It features the Wotan knot configuration having pebbled areas in between which still have some of their factory darkening. This darkening is only about 25%. This mount is retained by two headless screws each one located in the lower loop area of the fitting. There are no SS proofs on this example as Weyersberg did not do this.
The 33 inch long blade has the usual matte finish and is in excellent plus, plus condition. There are a couple of dark spots toward the tip but these are easy to remove with a little cleaning. In fact, this blade should clean up to be in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ovals which enclose the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen”. Inside is the two wheat shafts which feature a Roman style downward pointing sword. The blade is buffered by a leather washer. As I say, a good sword here for someone that wants to do a little clean up work. There is no question in my mind that it will be worth the effort. The sword is priced accordingly.
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 #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.
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 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
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.
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