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 #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 #36353 Early SS Officer's Degen – Pet. Dan. Krebs
This SS Officer’s Degen is an early example having solid nickel fittings throughout. The “D” guard is nicely shaped having no problems and flowing smoothly through the crossguard area ending in a teardrop with the partial hole drilled on each side of the droplet. The upper portion of the “D” guard has a built-in step mount. The solid nickel pommel nut has a smooth surface at the top and the edges are nicely serrated. There are no signs of improper disassembly along the edges. The upper ferrule on this example is built into the “D” guard. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. These oak leaves have hand enhanced veins. The acorns show a little bit of wear to the surfaces particularly on the obverse left example. The acorns which formed on the seams of the two edges have had pebbling added above the nuts to blend in the seams. The backgrounds of the leaves have the factory darkening which appears to all be there. The ebony grip is a nice example. This grip has no chips or problems anywhere. The grip has extremely tight wire with a good cover plate on the reverse. In the center is a matching nickel runes button. This runes button has good relief to the sigrunne and also has most of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The below hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen which matches the stamping visible on the upper scabbard throat.
The scabbard has an excellent original black painted surface. This paint is still nearly 100% only showing modest signs of wear here and there. The paint also still has its original luster. The lower mount is the style which is pressed into place. This mount has the decorative lines on both sides with only minor amounts of the original darkening inside. The upper mount features the Wotan’s knot. The areas in between have about 85-90% of the factory darkening on the obverse and a little less on the reverse. This mount is retained by two domehead screws, one located on each side of the lower curl. A fine scabbard here.
The blade of this example is the usual matte finish type. It measures 31-inches in length and retains a good needlelike tip. This blade shows some minor usage signs here and there, mostly around the ending area but overall this blade is still in excellent to excellent plus condition. The blade has the early maker stamping on the reverse ricasso. This stamping consists of a shield device which centers a lobster figure. Above the shield is the maker name, “Pet. Dan. Krebs” and below is the location city of “Solingen”. The original white leather washer is in place. This washer shows some minor age to the white surfaces but it is still all there. This sword does not appear to have ever been cleaned and is a good collectible quality example.
Excellent Plus. $10,995.00
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 #35955A SS Officer's Degen with Variation SS Portepee and Glass Gemstones in Quillons – Peter Dan Krebs
This late production SS Officer’s Degen has a very fine nickel-plated hilt. The nickeling throughout the “D” guard, crossguard area, upper ferrule, pommel cap and lower ferrule is in outstanding condition still having bright surfaces. The pommel cap is the standard officer type having the center portion of the cap being plain with the edges having flutes running around the circumference. Taking a look at the pommel cap beneath it is the type that has a tapered stem and goes directly over the tang of the blade. These later examples simplified the process greatly from the earlier method of retaining the tang. This hilt is also equipped with the built-in step up section below the pommel.
The two quillon ends of this example are most interesting. Normally all SS officer degens other than the Dachau type have a partial hole which is drilled in the surface of both sides of the teardrop section of the quillon. On this example there are clear gemstones which are probably glass installed in this factory drilled area. The surfaces around the stones are also professionally flattened and smoothed to give the stones an excellent look. This is the first time I have seen this process and I would think that an addition of this nature would not have appeared in the SS rule book as being legit, but than again as we see with SA daggers and SS daggers many people violated the rules as far as personalization, extra engravings, etc. etc. The look of these glass stones is quite subtle and at first glance is not noticed. It is a great addition though to this SS degen.
The ferrule above is a fine traditional Krebs example featuring the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. Each of the oak leaves has hand enhancing to the veining and next to the veins on both sides are lots of small circles to give relief to the design. There is also hand checkering to the acorn caps. The backgrounds of the ferrule have been factory darkened. A very nice example here. The grip is a fine ebony wood being in totally perfect condition. It shows a little bit of modest wear to the original lacquer finish but it is only confined to the upper sections in the central portions of the grip. The grip wire is nice and tight throughout and there is a good cover plate on the reverse. The SS runes button is one of the later types which were produced by the Assmann firm. Although I did not take the button out I am sure that this button will be stamped on the reverse as I have seen this type runes button used in the past. The button shows outstanding detail to the raised runes and has fine pebble backgrounding which has all been factory darkened to accent the depiction. The lower portion of the quillon has the SS Kulturzeichen stamping and the same stamping is also on the throat.
This sword is equipped with the rarely seen variation SS portepee. This portepee is of black textured cotton strapping having two sets of twin off-white lines which run the length. The strapping is in totally perfect condition with no fray anywhere. The slide is a woven wool type and is in good condition. The stem below is the style which has rounded obverse and reverse and is in an off-white color. The obverse and reverse depict a black circle with SS runes in the center. The ball below has a black wool yarn-like cap with a lower covering matching the off-white yarn-like look of the stem. The insert below matches the strapping. This is a very rare mint condition knot. As I indicate in my SS Book, I believe that these knots were worn by the “SD” and have nothing to do with “NCO” status. In fact, NCOs in the SS wore the same portepee as the officers. The portepee is not designated as an “officer’s SS portepee” but rather “SS portepee”. This hilt together with the additions of the variation SS portepee and the glass jeweled quillon decoration makes for a truly outstanding artifact.
The scabbard of this example is completely straight throughout. This scabbard has outstanding original black paint which is still nearly 100% showing only a little bit of chipping just on the carrying band and ring. The original luster of this paint still remains. The lower scabbard mount is a nickel-plated example which is “pressed” into place having no screws. The mount is in nice condition throughout. The upper mount is retained by one screw in each side of the lower loop. The mount itself features the Wotan’s knot motif and the original black paint between the knot weave is still at least about 60-70%. A choice SS scabbard here.
The blade of this degen is a 31 inch long example. It has the usual matte finish and is in fine condition with needlelike tip remaining. The blade rates in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the shield having the famous lobster trademark. Around the shield is the name of the firm and the location, “Pet. Dan. Krebs Solingen”. The original white leather washer is in place showing a few cracks in the surface of the white color but otherwise being in good condition. A very fine (and most interesting) original SS Officer’s Degen.
Near Mint. $11,995.00
SSPOL #35998C Early SS Officer's Degen
This early SS Officers Degen is of all nickel construction to the hilt. It has the separate threaded tang nut which is in position below the pommel. The hilt parts to include the “D” guard, upper ferrule, crossguard, quillon, step nut and tang nut are all in excellent condition. The tang nut has the plain surface in the center and the edges are fluted with segments in the usual manner. The quillon teardrop has the usual partially drilled decorative holes on both sides. The lower ferrule is an excellent example having much hand enhancing to the veins of the six standing leaves. These leaves are separated by acorns which have hand rendering to their caps. The areas in between the standing leaves have a pebbled finish. The ebony grip is in choice condition throughout with no flaws. This ebony has very tight wire with a good cover plate on the reverse. The SS runes button is of matching nickel. It features a set of raised SS runes which are highlighted by a pebbled black background. The original factory blackening is still in the areas at 100% and really brings out the exciting look of these runes. The lower portion of this hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof markings which also are stamped into the scabbard throat.
The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. The paint is still in nearly 100% condition although it does have some minor age spidering that is evenly spread throughout the length of both sides. It is not bad however. The lower mount is in good condition having the factory darkening between the horizontal ribs. This mount is retained by two countersunk headless side screws. The upper mount features the Wotan knot motif. The original factory paint between the knot is mostly there appearing to be about 80% throughout the areas. This upper fitting is retained by two round head style screws, one in each of the lower loop areas. The unmarked blade is a fine matte finished type being 33 ½-inches in length. It retains its needlelike tip and is nice and clean throughout the entire surface. This blade is in mint condition. The blade is protected by the in place white leather washer which shows only normal age with no flaws. A fine, textbook early SS Officer’s Degen here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $9,495.00
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 #35533C Dachu-produced SS Officer's Degen
This Dachau-produced SS Officer's Degen itself is a totally textbook example. The scabbard is not the thinner type we usually associate with Dachau swords, and we will talk about this later in the description.
The hilt of this piece is the typical stainless steel-finished type. The finish is in fine condition throughout the "D" guard, the upper and lower ferrules, and to the reverse wire-cover plate. The pommel cap is nickel-plated steel, still having a good finish art the top. The lined serrations that run from the center are all in good condition, but do show signs of improper take-down; there are a couple of mild "pliers" marks. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves with alternating acorns. The oak leaves reflect hand enhancing to the veins and the acorns have some nominal work done to the cap checkering. The ebony grip is a beauty, being in perfect condition and tightly wrapped with nickel wire wrapping. The stainless SS runes button looks great leering out from the black ebony grip center. The runes are nicely vaulted, and the original factory blackening around the runes is nearly 100%. The Dachau pieces are not proofed with the SS Kulturzeichen.
The scabbard of this example is a standard Police type, not the more narrow variety normally found with Dachau degens. It looks ok with the sword, but it would be a good project for the next owner to find the proper scabbard. It may take some doing, but I am sure eventually one could be located; this degen is priced about $2,000 lower than it would be worth with the proper scabbard. This scabbard is straight and has decent black paint with some mild wearing signs, rating about 95%. Someone in the past tried to disguise the scabbard's pedigree by filling in the holes on the bottom mount, and also installing headless screws on upper mount. It didn't fool me, though, and I am not going to let you get fooled. The Dachau scabbards usually have no screws in the lower mount and headless screws in the side of the upper mount. Anyhow, the incentive is here to find a proper Dachau scabbard.
The unmarked blade of this Degen is a long 34 inches. It is in choice, mint condition throughout. It has the matte finish and needle-like tip. This blade show little to no usage - nice. The blade is protected by a fine conditioned black leather buffer.
An excellent opportunity here to acquire a reasonably-priced Dachau SS Officer's degen. Enjoy it while you look for the proper scabbard, and once you find it, you will have easily added $2000 to the value of your degen.
Near Mint. $5,995.00
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
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 #30838 Police Officer Degen - Alcoso
This Police Officer Degen shows some age, but overall, it is still collectable and if the next purchaser wanted to work on it some, I’m sure it would clean up a little more than the state it is currently in. The hilt parts are the usual nickel plate over steel. The plating has lifted or thinned in a few areas throughout the “D” guard and built-in ferrule below. Again, a little work and this might clean up some. The quillon ends in a downward teardrop, and this example does not have the decorative drilling. The pommel cap is in fairly good condition, showing age commensurate with the “D” guard below, but still pretty good. The upper cap is plain and the edges are segmented. The edges are still smooth, an indication that this tang nut has not been improperly removed. The ferrule below has a darkened finish. On all Alcoso Police swords the ferrule, as well as the top and bottom scabbard fittings, were silverplated. I do not know why Alcoso did this, as they were the only producer to affect this measure. The ferrule has fairly good detail to the standing oak leaves, and it is interesting to note how the two areas where the casting flaws occurred, have hand done oak leaf edges as well as hand done acorns. I like to look at this engraving work, as I’m sure many of you other collectors do also. These are the things that make the difference on German weapons vs. any other weapons from the time or made now.
The scabbard is straight throughout, having pretty good original black paint. This paint has some spidering in it, but there are not many chips and, overall, the paint looks to be about 95%. I’m sure that with a little wax and some rubbing, this scabbard would come up pretty nice. As mentioned above, the upper and lower parts have the Alcoso silverplated finish. Some of the silvering is thinning, and there is some age on both fittings, but it is not too bad. The lower mount is retained by two flush mount headless side screws. The upper mount has the typical Wotan's Knot. There is not much blackening between the weave, but it is commensurate with the rest of this Degen. This mount is retained by two flatter head screws, that are larger than those used by any other maker. You can usually spot an Alcoso Police Degen from across the room, if you know to look for these larger screws. There are no SS markings on the lower hilt or upper scabbard throat, as Alcoso did not do this.
The blade is a fairly healthy 33½ inches in length. It has a typical matte finish, being just slightly brighter than some of them that we see. This blade is in choice condition, and rates in a near mint state. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso trademark used between 1937 and 1939. This mark consists of the scales, having the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales is the firm’s name written in block capital letters in an arch, “ALCOSO”. Beneath is the location town stamping, “Solingen”. The original leather black blade washer is in place. The washer shows some usage, but it is all there. Not a bad piece here that will clean up some, and it is priced accordingly.
SSPOL #30837 Police NCO'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