During the 1930's and into the beginning war years, all officer candidates completing their exams were entitled to purchase a sword to wear with their dress uniform. Many Solingen firms produced swords, and each had a number of hilt and blade patterns that were available. Some examples were more expensive than others, and the choice of a model was left to the taste and the pocket book of the purchaser.
The collecting of swords is quite satisfying as they make great wall displays and for the more common types, the prices are still quite reasonable, leaving good room for investment potential. There are some collectors that specialize in swords, whole others enjoy adding a few to accent a dagger collection. The below swords available represent the majority of types and qualities available during the period.
SWDSOTH3 #43434 Model 89 Infantry Degen with Third Reich Dedication - Clemen & Junge
The hilt is a fine brass style with the typical Model 89 pommel. The pommel is plain at the top with good detail to the cap's edges. The portion that flows downward over the grip is unusual and has great detail featuring raised oak leaf sprigs which surround a raised oval object with a flower beneath and more floral device under that. Quite an effective design here.
The "D" guard is also quite beautiful with raised crossed swords and floral details. They are raised out more than we would normally see.
The clamshell is a hinged folding type and it has a horizontally placed Prussian Imperial eagle which is pierced. The eagle is very nicely done with long crown and holding a scepter and sword in each of the claws respectively with the WII raised out of his breast. The clamshell also has a nice pebbled border which goes around it.
The grip itself is like the Imperial type being a good sharkskin. It still retains its blue color and is good condition throughout with no rot. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire the center being twisted.
The scabbard is a straight example having original black paint but it does show age in the paint which is evenly spread throughout.
The blade is a 31 inch long example having double fullers that run the length. The nickel plating is still quite good throughout it and the blade rates in about mint condition. The reverse of the blade is etched with floral designs which are very well done. The obverse blade has floral designs which flank a two line dedication. The dedication reads "Unserm Altbewahrten Orts/Gruppenführer Major Freiherr von Ronninghausen zum 13/11/35 R. D. O. Ortsgruppe Verdingen "Rhine". This means something like, "Our tried-and-tested local group leader Major Freiherr von Ronninghausen..." although the end portion I can't quite make out. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Z trademark of Clemen & Junge.
An interesting sword here that might reward some research into the mysterious Freiherr von Ronninghausen.
SWDSOTH3 #43557C Army Panther Head Sword - F. W. Höller
The panther head pommel is highly detailed and has hand enhancement to the muzzle, brow, and mane. The mane runs partially down the backstrap, the remainder being filled with raised oak leaves. The grip tabs are decorated with oak leaves and retained by screws.
The "P" guard also has the oak leaf treatment. The crossguard has a series of raised dots which end in a qullion which retains a ball. The reverse langet has a raised plain seal, while the obverse langet has a raised Wehrmacht style eagle with half-opened wings and clutching a swastika. The bird is a bit ugly as far as I'm concerned; the head looks a little out of proportional and one wing comes up slightly higher than the other. This was, good or bad, the original Höller design.
The grip is carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition, wrapped with triples wires. The center wire strand is the springy type favored by this company.
The original officer's portepee is still in the original tie. It features green leather strapping with twin aluminum stitching which runs the length.
The scabbard is straight throughout and remains in nice condition. The original black paint shows a little mild wear but remains about 95% intact.
The blade is a very fine example with a highest quality nickel plated finish. It is in mint condition and measures 31 ½ inches. The reverse ricasso is marked with the famous Höller Thermometer trademark.
A good, sound Army Officer's Sword here, reasonably priced.
SWDSOTH3 #35462C Army Officer’s Panther Head Sword – Puma
The panther head is a real beauty, with a long extended style snout. This cat appears to be roaring in anger and reflects much hand enhancing with is noticeable throughout his lower jaw, whiskers, brow, and also to the areas of his mane which flow slightly downward through he backstrap. The backstrap itself is also wonderfully executed with raised oak leaf and floral motif having obvious hand engravings and lots of nice random pebbling in the backgrounds. The “P” guard also has received nice treatment to the raised oak leaves and acorns and also features pebbling in the backgrounds. The ferrule has a standard motif of oak leaves running around its circumference.
Both sides of the crossguard have overlapping oak leaves which go into a langet on the reverse which is slightly oval shaped leaving room for a monogram and the obverse reflects a Wehrmacht eagle looking to the viewer’s left. This bird has fine enhancing to his beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering and talons. The mobile swastika is left plain for contrast and again, there is pebbling around the areas of the bird’s head and also the swastika. The gilt on this sword is still at about 98% and it really looks great. The Puma gilt as well as the gilt that you see on Clemen and Jung all have a special tone to its color. The panther head also is fitted with blood red eyes. The grip is a carved wood base which is covered with black celluloid still in good condition. The grip is wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted.
The blade is a respectable 33 inches in length. This blade has high quality nickel-plated surfaces and remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the diamond logo having a Puma head within and the firm’s name beneath, “Puma”. The location city of “Solingen” is stamped beneath the diamond. The original brown leather washer is in place. This is a very fine looking army sword here and still in excellent condition. The scabbard is straight throughout showing some usage to the paint. The paint rates at about 95%. Overall though a very fine edged weapon.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00
SWDSOTH3 #43279C Kriegsmarine Sword with Swastika Ensigns - WKC
This WKC sword is equipped with a fine, all brass hilt. The lion head pommel is the style with a large, long face. The detailing throughout this cat are outstanding, and the mane down on to the backstrap. The eyes of the cat are large, faceted glass examples, in red and green as per Naval tradition. The reverse of the hilt has floral designs and a smooth, blank oval to accept a monogram.
The "D" guard also features raised oak leaves and acorns. The folding clamshell features a fouled anchor surrounded by oak leaves. The reverse area is equipped with a hinged locking flap secured by a pin in the upper scabbard fitting.
The grip is carved wood covered in white celluloid tones to an off-white color. The grip has a small hairline crack on the upper rib, but is otherwise excellent and there is no material missing.
The scabbard shell is black leather. This leather shows minor age and wear but remains quite sound. It is decorated with twin trim lines on the edges of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have the traditional Naval designs and are retained by large staples which are all in place.
The blade measures 30 inches long, has fine, nickel-plated surfaces and it triple etched. The etch is the rarely seen and desirable pattern featuring a fouled anchor flanked by floral designs and a large battleship flying three swastika marked ensigns. The reverse etch features a trident, an oar and a boat hook, along with another battleship at the bottom. The ricasso is marked with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original off-white blade washer is in place, albeit rather grimy.
A very fine WKC sword here, with a very rare and desirable etch.
SWDSOTH #43266C Army Panther Head Sword - Paul Seilheimer
The hilt is an aluminum Panther Head type, with some age to the gilding. I'd say it is about 70% intact. The panther has a fine design with enhancement to the muzzle, brow, and mane which runs partially down the backstrap. The cat is fitted with faceted red glass eyes. The backstrap features a line of oak leaves and acorns which spills over on to the grip tabs. The "P" guard has the same design, as does the ferrule.
The reverse of the guard features a langet with a blank seal designed to accept a monogram. The obverse langet is decorated with a fine Army eagle and wreathed swastika, with good detailing throughout.
The carved wood grip is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being a thicker gage.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. It is nearly 100% intact and shows only modest traces of wear.
The 33 inch blade has excellent nickel plating. There are a few minor traces of wear on it but it remains close to mint. The trademark features the initials of the firm, "P" and "S", overlapping a sword hilt and a funnel-lke shape. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A very good sword, from a rarely seen producer. A must for the "type" collector here.
SWDSOTH #43168C Naval Depot Sword
The hilt is an outstanding lion head. This cat is beautifully rendered with fine hand enhancement. The detailed mane spills down on to the backstrap. Since this is a Depot sword the lion does not have glass eyes.
The celluloid grip has toned to a golden color and remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a skein of brass wires.
Setting off the hilt is an outstanding Imperial Naval portepee. The silver bullion has toned to gold, with speckles of red and black. This knot is in perfect condition.
The "D" guard is in nice condition with the traditional Naval embellishment. There is a folding clamshell on the front and lock on the reverse. The clamshell is decorated with a raised fouled anchor on a pebbled background, as well as waves at the edges. The folding lock is marked, "O. 420". This same code is stamped on the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting. The lock nicely fits in the the retainer stud.
The scabbard shell is black leather which remains in extremely nice condition, showing only modest age. It is decorated with the standard edge lines and is sewn up the rare. The brass naval mounts have the standard engravings and are retained by large, intact staples.
The blade is plain with a quill-back, measuring 29 ½ inches. It is in fully mint condition and could not be nicer. It is stamped on the obverse with a "M" over anchor. It is interesting to note that the edge of the lower chape also has this marking.
This sword would have been issued to a Naval NCO, hence the accountability code.
An incredible Depot marked word, and a perfect candidate for any Naval or sword collection.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
SWDSOTH3 #42865C Army Dove Head Sword - F. W. Höller
This Army Dove Head Sword is in very nice condition throughout. It has a brass hilt which retains about 95% of the original gilded finish. The hilt is style with engraved oak leaves and acorns which cover the pommel, backstrap, grip tabs, and "P" guard.
The crossguard features a raised Wehrmacht eagle and swastika. The reverse langet has been left plain to accept an engraved personalization.
The grip is carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition, wrapped with twisted brass wires; the center strand is a thicker gage to provide some visual interest.
Attached to the hilt is an officer's portepee which appears to be original to the sword. It shows some wear to the aluminum stitching on the leather straps but should remain intact if it is handled carefully.
The scabbard is in extremely choice condition, with nearly 100% of the original paint. This paint remains bright and even covers the normally worn chape.
Attached to the scabbard ring is a small brown leather teardrop hanger. This hanger remains in good condition, with a nickel snap clip hooked to the ring. It is marked with what looks like "SC" below a fir tree.
The blade is a real beauty, with highest quality nickel plating. It remains in fully mint condition and measures a whopping 34 ½ inches long.
A very nice Army Sword here, with an impressively long blade.
Near Mint. $650.00
Although this blade is unmarked, I am sure that the sword was made by the WKC firm. The sword is equipped with the jawless lion head pommel top, the same as the Model No. 20 produced by WKC and this can be seen on page 135 of the old Angolia book.
This lion head design is used with the large open-winged eagle which WKC offered on Model Nos. 1058 and 1059. So, this sword is a combination of these two types. The sword is of all quality brass construction. There is quite a bit of gilding remaining around on the lower hilt areas, whereas the pommel is mostly down to the brass. This jawless cat has lots of hand-rendered detail and is fitted with large red eyes. The size of the eyes coupled with the fact that there is no jaw gives the look of a mouse peeking over a small piece of metal. It is quite a captivating site.
The backstrap remains plain under the cat’s mane and also on the lower area. In the center, there are floral-like designs which follow through to the rivet at the grip center tab. The “P” guard is decorated with three separate panels of designs. The upper panel is a large floral leaf design whereas the center panel seems to have type of a military motif. It looks like large artillery shells in between a couple of standartes. The lower area has more floral designs. The ferrule is a traditional type having laurel leaves with berries instead of oak leaves.
The center crossguard is quite captivating, having a vaulted appearance. The bird has its wings extended and there is very fine detail to the head which faces to the right, the breast feathering, the wing feathering, the talons and the wreath with raised mobile swastika. There is also lots of pebbling around these figures. The combination of the jawless lion and this vaulted outrageous eagle is really inspiring.
Unfortunately, looking at the grip celluloid, there are two cracks that have occurred up beneath the head at the top of the grip. This celluloid sometimes does this as the wood beneath shrinks and leaves an eggshell-like atmosphere which causes problems. Fortunately, though, there is no missing celluloid, just the two cracks, and we successfully made a repair to the grip. The rest of the grip, though, is still firmly in place and has a good sheen to the celluloid. This grip is double-wrapped with large style twisted silver wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has fairly good original black paint. The paint shows some age in the surfaces with a little bit of spidering, but, overall, it appears to be about 90% and would clean up some with some mild effort. The 33” blade is a fine nickel plated example. This blade remains in mint condition and is unmarked at the ricasso. The original red felt buffer is still in place, showing some age but still all there.
A very unusual, good looking early brass example.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
This Dove Head Army Sword is of all brass construction and has pretty good gilt throughout the hilt, except for the pommel and upper back strap area where it is worn to the brass. This sword can be seen in the Angolia book on page 135, lower left and right. The sword on the right has the same back strap as this example and the sword on the left has the same cross guard. The back strap and “p” guard are all engraved rather than cast with an oak leaf and acorn motif. The engravings are exceptionally well done and there is lots of hand pebbling and fine treatment throughout the design. The ferrule is identified by crossed ribbons in the center of both sides. The cross guard features a Wehrmacht style half-closed wing eagle looking to the viewer’s left. The bird has exceptional detail to his eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and to the mobile swastika. The grip of this example is a black celluloid over carved wood base. The celluloid is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being slightly larger. The nearly 33” long blade has outstanding nickel plated surfaces and is mint throughout except for a small portion about one inch long near the ricasso. This area has a little bit of freckling but probably would clean up quite a bit also. The obverse ricasso has the knights head trademark deeply stamped with the firm’s initials “WKC” beneath. The scabbard is nice and straight and has excellent original black painted finish. This paint is at least 95% and looks really good. A fine basic army officer’s model here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
SWDSOTH3 #40724 Höller "21" Army Officer's Sword - F. W. Höller
The hilt of this sword is constructed from brass and it retains somewhere between 80 to 90% of the original gilding. The lion head pommel is very special, with a face that pops out of the thick mane. The mane runs all the way around the head in a very dramatic fashion. The cat is equipped with faceted red glass eyes and has very fine detailing throughout.
The backstrap features a row of oak leaves, with a stem in the center and the leaves tufting out on each side.
The "P" guard has more conventionally design oak leaves and acorns. The reverse of the guard has a dotted pattern and a blank oval plate to accept a monogram. The bullion ends in another lion head, also with an elaborate mane.
The obverse langet is very dramatic. It is built into the ferrule and decorated with an eagle with large talons and half-open wings. This bird clutches a fine wreathed swastika. All of the detailing on this design has been hand accented.
The grip is constructed of wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition. The grip is wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, with a twisted center strand.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout, with good original paint. The paint shows some mild crazing around the center areas but overall is completely intact and bright.
The 32 inch blade has fine nickel plating and is in mint condition. In addition to the Höller trademark, there is a distributer mark. This stamping was not hit straight on so it's a little difficult to read. The original blade washer is in place.
A choice Höller "21" here, in very collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
SWDSOTH3 #32321 Army Dove Head Sword - Puma
The lower crossguard has more oak leaves and in the center it depicts a langet featuring a Wehrmacht style eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The eagle also shows hand work to the breast feathering and wing feathering. The ferrule is a traditional type, having oak leaf and acorn sprigs.
The grip is a black celluloid over wood base. It is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted. A good looking hilt here with almost 100% of the original gilding intact over the aluminum base.
The blade of this example is slightly over 33” in length. This blade is done in the matte finish so, apparently it was produced fairly late in the time frame. The blade shows some age in the surfaces but is not too bad. This blade only grades at about excellent. The sword scabbard is nice and straight throughout and has good paint but looks as though it has been touched up over the years with a new spray job. This would be an easy fix, as a little rubbing compound would easily smooth out this paint and it would blend well with the original paint beneath it.
Not a bad sword here, and an unusual hilt pattern that is worthy of a second look.
SWDSOTH3 #40250 Panther Head Artillery Sword with Triple Etch & Blue Panel
This most beautiful sword remains in stone mint condition and does not appear to have been worn by its original owner. Although the blade is unmarked, the gilded, all-brass hilt appears to be that of Hörster. The gilding is basically still at 100%.
The panther head is very well done, with pleasing accents to the cat's teeth, whiskers, brow and mane. The feline is fitted with faceted red eyes. The mane runs a short way down the back strap where the area then becomes plain. In the center area of the back strap there is a raised diamond design surrounded by floral designs that extend into the grip tabs. The ferrule has the standard raised oak leaf design. The "P" guard has raised military themes of a shield device with spears, swords, Iron Cross, etc. The reverse langet has a raised shield for a monogram and is surrounded by oak leaves. The obverse langet features crossed artillery cannons over a wreath.
The grip is a carved wood base covered with black celluloid in perfect condition. The grip is wrapped with dual strands of thin brass wire.
The scabbard has to be the best I have seen. The paint remains in totally perfect mint condition and looks like it was done yesterday - most impressive. It does not appear to have been worn.
The 31 inch blade is extraordinary. It has a triple etch with floral designs. The etch is highly raised and the background frosting is easily 100%. The obverse center area has a panel with a beautiful blue background. Within the panel is a contrasting nickel-plated, raised Army open-wing eagle clutching a swastika. It hits you right in the face as the blade is drawn from the scabbard.
Most likely this sword was purchased as a gift from a parent and more than likely, off to war the officer went and never had the occasion to wear it. A remarkable mint conditioned weapon here recently purchased at the MAX Show.
Mint, Mint, Mint. $4,995.00
SWDSOTH3 #38476 Army Ordnance Sword – Alexander Koppel
The hilt is solid brass in a plain, dove head design. At the pommel top there is a spanner-like nut which acts to retain the tang of the blade. The spanner has a waffenamt stamped into it.
The grip is of fine black celluloid over a base of carved wood. It has a couple of rubs on the lower area, possibly caused by a portepee, but they are not bad. There is also a tiny hole in the celluloid on the top reverse, also not threatening and very minor. This grip is tightly wrapped with heavy gauge brass wires twisted in an opposed fashion.
Below the ferrule of the hilt is a leather finger loop which remains intact. The lower portion of the hilt is stamped with a waffenamt; a stick bird over the number “82”. Below this is “4244”. On the other side of the blade hilt is “AC/G” and another waffenamt. The upper part of the obverse scabbard, beneath the throat, is also stamped “4244”. The reverse side is marked “AC/G”, also with a waffenamt. There are lots of numbers and stampings to study here!
The scabbard of this sword is blued, something we see on Ordnance pieces. This bluing is just about 100%, showing only the most modest of wear. This scabbard is completely straight throughout.
The blade of this sword measures 32 inches. It is in nice condition, having good nickel-plating. There are some age spots here and there, but if anything they really don't detract from the condition, instead hinting at the age of the piece. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Scales logo of the Koppel firm. It is also interesting to note that the ricasso edges are also stamped with a waffenamt on one side and “2” on the other. The original leather blade washer is in place.
A fine sword here, with lots to look at and plenty of character.
The all brass hilt consists of a finely detailed leopard head cat with oak leaf backstrap and "P" guard. The cat is fitted with blood red faceted eyes. He has fine hand done detail throughout his whiskers, chin, and muzzle. The handwork is beautifully rendered throughout this brass. The backstrap consists of raised out oak leaves with a single leaf flowing into the side tabs.
The "D" guard also features raised out oak leaves and there is handwork evident on the checkering of the acorns accompanying these leaves. The ferrule is one of the straight-edged-border types frequently seen on E. Pack pieces. You can see an identical ferrule on page 113 of the Angolia Book. I like this particular ferrule and I think other producer's did also, as it is seen on higher quality examples occasionally. The crossguard consists of an open-winged, Art Deco style eagle. The eagle on this piece looks to the viewer's left. It is highly detailed featuring lots of hand accenting. It faces opposite from both the Herder pieces shown in Angolia on page 86, lower and the Johnson piece on page 146. The gilding throughout this brass hilt appears to be approximately 90%. The hilt gilding, however, is nice and even, and is very pleasing.
The grip is composed of black celluloid over wood. It is in perfect condition and it is wrapped in an unusual attractive style. It features two plain wires, and in the center, is springy aluminum wire. Really looks good and is the same as the wrap shown on Johnson page 146. This hilt has a deluxe quality about it, hinting of the delight to come when the blade is withdraw from the scabbard.
This blade measures 31 ½ inches in length and is completely pristine, featuring highest quality nickel-plated surfaces. The blade features the unique Richard Herder etch pattern which almost looks like spaghetti to me. It is immediately recognizable, as it is a series of twisted rounded cording joined together and raised out. The pattern may be seen on page 46 of Johnson Volume I, as well as on page 86, of the Angolia Sword Book. The pattern is also shown on page 43 of Angolia, four down from the top. The obverse blade features a centered panel between the spaghetti etch. This panel has beautiful frosted backgrounds being 100%.
Raised out of the panel is the nickel-plated facsimile signature of the blade's owner. Other than the first name which appears to be "Franz", the last name I am unable to decipher. The signature appears to be done in the popular Sütterlin script which was used during the time. Perhaps this signature could be translated by someone more knowledgeable, and thus, a research project could be instituted on this outstanding example.
The reverse blade is also a fantastic thing. It has the same "spaghetti" etch with a panel in the center featuring frosted backgrounds. This panel depicts a highly stylized, open-winged eagle. The eagle does not clutch a wreathed swastika but rather the swastika is positioned where the bird's talons normally would be. This makes for an outstanding look. You may see this detail on page 43 of Angolia. This eagle really is exciting when you first pull out the blade, as most collectors have never seen this style bird before. This is really a stimulating blade and definitely would be the highlight of a sword collector's passion.
The accompanying scabbard is nice and straight and has good original black paint. There is quite a bit of crazing and spidering in the paint surfaces, but overallit still looks good.
A great sword which deserves to be researched and then displayed on a cradle with the results! This is your chance to really obtain a fine, fine piece for your collection. Not cheap, but quality Third Reich swords of this caliber and importance are rarely offered today.
Mint Minus. $4,995.00
SWDSOTH3 #37438C Early Fire Official's Sword - WKC
This Fire Official's Sword was returned to the US after the war by the father of the consignor. The father stated that the sword was liberated in an unissued state. It remains in absolutely Mint condition and would make a great addition to an advanced sword collection. Fire Officials wore a plain hilted, gilded brass sword until 1938 when the official Fire/Police Degen came out and replaced it. Perhaps the original owner of this sword only has it for a brief time when his new 1938 model came out. Either way this sword is in outstanding condition.
The hilt, as mentioned, is plain throughout and features mounts of gilded brass. The gilding still appears to be all there and perhaps would come up nicely with a little work with some sudsy ammonia. You don't want to use even a mild abrasive like Simichrome on these fire gilded sword mounts as they will remove the gilding, which is obviously not a good thing.
The grip is a wood base with a black celluloid covering. This grip is in pristine condition, being wrapped with a skein of triple brass wires, the center wire being of slightly larger proportions. This sword is also equipped with a leather finger loop. As is normally the case the leather has broken in one area over time. It is also possible that the break in the leather was caused by the original-to-the-piece portepee which is still in place. This portepee was tied through the leather finger loop and may have put pressure on the aging leather.
The portepee is not the Fire/Police type, but rather is a standard Army example. It has green leather strapping which is decorated with twin rows of aluminum stitching that runs the length. It is in fine condition, being completely set in place in the original tie. The slide is a leather thong affair which rests above the stem. The stem is flat, having crochet-like bullion covering that affords a view of the metal base. The lower ball is of yarn-like bullion and has a stuffing of green material.
The scabbard is really something to write home about; not only is it straight as an arrow, but it has beautiful, 100% intact original paint which remains in full Mint condition. Studying the larger style ring (WKC used larger rings than most) I can see there is no wear whatsoever so the family is certainly correct that this sword was never worn. The throat is retained by two dome head screws which are coated in the original black paint.
The blade of this example is really of spectacular size. This official must have been a giant as the blade measures an incredible 36 inches in length. This is by the longest blade you will normally see in our hobby. The blade is in full Mint condition, being done up in a matte finish. It is quite beautiful throughout, having the stamped WKC knight head logo on the obverse side. The leather blade buffer is still in place.
A great sword here for someone interested in types of swords that are not normally seen.
SWDSOTH3 #37334 Army Dove Head Sword – Alcoso
The hilt is of all brass construction and features an outstanding gilded finish which looks to be about 85 to 90% intact. The design is comprised of a plain dove head and a backstrap with raised oak leaves. These leaves extend to the two grip tabs. The “P” guard also has a similar oak leaf and acorn motif, with the addition of pebbled backgrounds. The crossguard area of both sides has oak leaves which are punched into the surface running one after another right down to the teardrop end. The reverse langet is plain with a simple border engraved around it. The obverse has a raised Wehrmacht eagle with really great detailing and a rather chicken-like beak, The ferrule above has simple engraved oak leaves.
The grip is a fine example, being of carved wood covered with black celluloid. The celluloid is still in perfect condition and nice and shiny. The grip is tightly wrapped with a triple twist of wire.
There is a fine portepee on this sword which may be original to this piece. This portepee is the black leather type that we do not see too often and was also used on early SS swords. The black leather strapping remains in perfect, supple condition and it is decorated with triple wire stitching which runs the length. The slide is of woven leather highlighted with bullion, and the stem has the crochet-like bullion covering that affords a view of the metal beneath. The ball below is of bullion with an insert of black thread.
The scabbard of this example is also a beauty, dent free and having remarkably conditioned paint. This paint shows only the most modest of age in the surfaces and remains at nearly 100%.
The blade of this sword measures 32½ inches long with sparkling, mirror-bright nickel surfaces. This blade remains in Mint condition. I notice on the reverse of the fuller there appears to be an old Social Security number scratched lightly into the surface; perhaps this number will be useful for all of you identity thieves out there, or of interest of someone trying to fake their own death and start a new life. The possibilities are endless! At any rate the best thing to do would be to polish this number out if it bothers you. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1937-39 Alcoso scales logo, and the original blade washer is in place.
A nice Alcoso model here, being in very fine condition.
Near Mint. $795.00
This Army Lionhead Sword is probably the longest army example I have seen. I think it probably was issued to a high NCO, perhaps in the Cavalry. It would have been this NCO's job to lead his regiment in parade with the sword drawn. Chances are this sword would have been worn attached to a horse's saddle, due to its length.
This lionhead sword hilt is the Alcoso Model #116. It features an outstanding feline head which is the type without faceted eyes. I believe that the eye arrangement could have been something reserved for officers. An any rate, the features of this lion's head have been nicely hand rendered to the bottom of the jaw, the whiskers, the eyelids and the mane which runs backward slightly down the sword. Prior to the center area, there is some nice clamshell type renderings which have hand accenting as well as hand pebbled surfaces. The "D" guard has raised out oak leafing as does the ferrule.
The crossguard has a typical Alcoso style open winged eagle which looks to the viewer's right. The breast area of this eagle, as well as the legs and the wreath enclosing the swastika, have all been hand enhanced. Nice looking hilt here reflecting approximately 95-98% gilded finish.
The scabbard of this example still has good original factory paint. This paint remains bright and is easily excellent plus, plus to near mint condition. There is a minor ding about 5 inches from the chape, but considering the length of this example, it is surprising that this scabbard has remained in this good of a condition.
The grip is an outstanding black celluloid-over-wood base. It is tightly wrapped with triple-twisted brass wire, the center being slightly larger. The blade of this example is really something. It is so long I can hardly withdraw it from the scabbard with my short fat arms. This blade is a highest quality nickel-plated example still remaining bright and in mint condition. The blade measures 38 inches in length! Factory catalogs specify blades were available up to 35 inches, so no doubt this was a special order piece. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1937-1939. It depicts the scales with the firm's initials, "ACS" interspersed. Above is the firm's name, "Alcoso" arch shaped and below the town of business, "Solingen".
A very rare sword here and a nice addition to any advanced sword collection.
Near Mint $995.00
The hilt is a cast brass design having outstanding gilding. The cast design features lots of oak leaves and acorn mix throughout the pommel, backstrap, "P" guard and ferrule. The designs are quite attractive as they have a frosted finish which contrast effectively with highlighted bright areas separating the panels. The quillon ends with swirled designs. The obverse langet features an open-winged eagle which clutches a wreathed swastika. The eagle is well detailed, having decorative leaves flanking its legs. The reverse langet is also attractive having oak leafing and a raised round panel. There is a stylized letter "Z" artistically scratched into this surface; no doubt the original owner's monogram.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has bright original paint, showing almost no age and rating in near mint condition.
The fine blade is a beauty, being finished in a matte style. It is in mint condition. It belonged to a very tall man as this blade measures 34 inches; pretty long, as 35 inches was about as long as blades usually came.
A very fine sword here in a fairly rare pattern.
Mint Minus. $675.00
This fantastic Army Dove Head Sword was owned by an Imperial Army officer who had it re-hilted with a Nazi period hilt after Hitler came to power. The hilt is a most beautiful Alcoso dove head being the model number 119. This dove head is of all brass and has lots of hand chiseled work which would not be seen on an ordinary Alcoso piece. The dove head has a pommel which features an oak leaf sprig. At the bottom border rounded area there are random dots. The back strap and grip tabs have very fine oak leaf and acorn work with deep accent grooves. The “P” guard also has outstanding raised oak leaf and acorns. The crossguard features an Alcoso style open-winged army eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. This bird has hand detail to his eyes, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The wreath has separate grooves to give the look of ribbons at the quadrants. Beneath the wings and next to the talons is a raised oak leaf on each side. The gilt finish throughout this hilt is about 85-90%. A very imposing hilt here.
The grip is a black celluloid having a good sheen to the finish and in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire, the center being of slightly larger proportion.
There is a very fine officer’s portepee attached to the hilt. The portepee is the standard green leather type stitched with twin rows of bullion. The slide is a woven leather with bullion highlights. The flat stem has the metal beneath with crochet-like bullion covering. The oval lower ball is of all yarn-like bullion having a gray thread insert. This portepee is in mint condition.
The scabbard of this example is straight as an arrow. It has very fine original paint which still retains its original factory brightness. There are a few signs of wear throughout the paint but overall this paint is easily 98%.
The blade of this example is a real killer. This blade is produced of hand forged “band” Damascus and is nearly 34-inches in length. The band pattern is still in choice perfect mint condition and really jumps off of the blade’s surfaces. This blade is the imperial type having twin fullers which run nearly the full length. The obverse of the blade has a panel which is flanked with gilded raised floral designs. Within the panel is the raised single line, “Kriegsjahre 1914-16”. This of course means War Year 1914 through 1916. The reverse blade has the same style gilded raised floral engraving with a panel containing the original owner’s last name. The name is, “Heinen”. The gilded work on both sides of the blade panels is in choice condition rating near 100%.
This is a very beautiful sword. We see these imperial blades rehilted from time to time. Obviously the original owner was in the German Imperial army and was also in the Third Reich army. Rather than purchase a new sword he merely had his beautiful presented Damascus blade rehilted to reflect the Third Reich association. This was quite commonly done when there was a blade of special meaning or a blade of high cost. This is a great opportunity to research this former officer as “Heinen” is not a common name and should be fairly easy to find. It is also an opportunity to have a hand forged Damascus blade of untold beauty. The obverse ricasso of this blade is stamped with an elliptical circle having a two line maker mark, “W&Co / Solingen”. Assumedly this was a Damascus maker from the imperial time. A great sword here!
Mint Minus. $6,495.00
The hilt is of all brass construction and has quite a bit of the original gilding that remains. The gilt is worn on the normal handhold places. The sword features a motif of oak leaves and acorns which run from the pommel down the back strap and are continued on the flat knuckle bow surfaces. There is hand-enhancing to the veins and the engraver also put some fine random pebbling in the backgrounds. The ferrule has an oak leaf sprig motif. The cross guard features a langet with Wehrmacht style eagle. The eagle has the half-open wings and clutches a swastika. There is good hand done detail to the breast feathering and wing feathering as well as the eye on the bird's head.
The grip is the standard black celluloid over wood base. This grip is in perfect condition and is wrapped with triple twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is mostly straight throughout, having just a couple of minor dings down toward the bottom. The original paint has normal wearing signs and a little bit of crazing and rates at about 90%.
The blade is a high quality nickel plated example that is 31 inches in length. The finish is nice and bright and this blade rates in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head trademark and beneath the logo is the firm's initials "WKC". The leather washer is in place recessed into the hilt.
A good, basic example here which shows some usage but is priced accordingly.
SWDSOTH3 #36841 Army Officer's Dove Head Sword – Anton Wingen
This sword is a very rare pattern which I do not recall having in the past. Although it is not marked the sword is definitely the work of the Anton Wingen Jr. firm. There is an identical example pictured in the Angolia sword book on page 132, upper.
This sword is quite a looker due to the stubby winged eagle langet, which I'll get to further down in the description.
The pommel is the dove head pattern. The hilt is entirely constructed of fine gilded brass. It is a smooth design which has had the details impressed into the metal rather than raised out. There are lots of finely done oak leaves pressed into the surfaces which run from the top of the pommel, down the backstrap, and finally into the two grip tabs. A similar motif appears on the “D” guard, largely in the center with an engraved border line around it. The ferrule also features impressed oak leaves and acorns.
The crossguard area features a series of boxlike designs ending in a curl at the quillon. The reverse langet is plain, having a lined border. The obverse langet, though, feautures a great looking stubby winged eagle. This bird looks to the viewer's right, and has an extreme amount of hand enhancement to the breast feathering as well as the wings. More enhancement is visible on the talons, which clutch a wreathed mobile swastika. The same accent man also hand pebbled the areas that surround the lower portions of the bird; a really great depiction here, which is highly unusual.
The grip is a carved wood base with a celluloid covering. This black celluloid retains the fine, original shine and is in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with a triple skein of brass wire, the center strand being counter-twisted for contrast.
The scabbard is also in fine condition. It is completely straight and has almost 100% of the original paint. This paint shows very little age and still retains a factory shine; it is rare to see a sword scabbard this nice.
The blade is an outstanding example, measuring 31 inches in length. It sports a fine nickel-plated finish, which is as nice today as it was the day this sword made over seventy years ago. As I mention above the blade is unmarked, but I can assure you that it is a Wingen creation. The blade is protected by an in-place brown leather washer.
A very fine sword here, and one that you will not see often.
Near Mint. $995.00
This Army Dove Head Sword is an early example and it is composed of good quality brass base with fine gilded surfaces. The gilding shows only a little wear on the handhold positions but overall it is still at maybe 85% - 90%. This good looking sword is the same as is shown in the Angolia book on page 98, right. The sword has an oak leaf and acorn motif. The pommel is separated by a smooth line and it portrays three oak leaves with acorns at the rear. The back strap continues with this motif, having oak leaves which veer onto the side grip tabs. The “P” guard is more of the same. The ferrule is a standard type, also with oak leaves and acorns. The cross guard features an open-winged eagle with head turned to the viewer’s left. The bird grasps a mobile swastika wreath in it talons. There is excellent finite detail to the bird’s breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and the wreath. Very nice work here and high quality throughout.
The grip is a celluloid over carved wood base. This celluloid has a most attractive sheen to its surfaces. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. There are the remains of a leather finger hold which has broken off years ago, but the base parts are still positioned between the ferrule and the cross guard. This finger hold attachment is shown on the sword on page 99 at the right.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout and has really fine original black paint. This paint shows only the most nominal of age and rates at about 98%. It is in near full mint condition. The blade is as nice as they come. This blade has high quality mirror finish nickel plating and it easily rates in full mint condition. The blade’s obverse ricasso has the double ovals of this firm’s logo. The ovals trap the firm’s name and location “E.u.F. Hörster Solingen”. Inside is the large letter “H” with the smaller “hs” letters inside having a downward pointing sword piercing them. The original blade washer is in place.
A very fine, high quality dove head here.
Excellent Plus Plus. $795.00
#31412 Panther Head Army Sabre – WMW Waffen
This rare pattern is similar to the example shown in the Angolia sword book (page 142, upper) except for the fact the Angolia example is a Dove Head while this piece has a Panther. Otherwise they are identical.
The sword has all-brass construction. I do not see any og the original gilding remaining, but the original brass detail is excellent throughout. The cat has hand-enhancing to his whisker and brow details, and he is also fitted with blood red faceted eyes. The cat's mane runs a short distance down the backstrap. The rest of backstrap is covered with oak leaves which extend on to the grip tabs. There is a center area on the backstrap left plain to accommodate the engraving of a monogram. The “P” guard also has an oak leaf and acorn motif.
The interesting part about this sword is that there is no separate ferrule; the ferrule is built into the crossguard which is extended upward above the langet to accept the grip and backstrap piece. This guard is quite unique, having a Wehrmacht eagle, but the shoulders of this bird flare outward instead of being straight like most others of the type. The sword is of further interest in that the quillon end is fashioned in the shape of a roaring lion. The reverse langet is plain, having a seal-like outline, presumably for another monogram.
The carved wooded grip is in good condition, and is covered in black celluloid. This black celluloid is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. This scabbard has excellent original black paint, which still has its factory brightness. All of this paint is at least about 95% intact.
The 30½ inch blade of this example is of highest quality, with an excellent nickel-plated finish. There are a few nicks in the bottom of the blade where someone was apparently sword fighting, but they are not deep and not at all bad. Otherwise the blade is in Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped “WMW / Waffen Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
As I've said this is a very difficult sword to find, especially in this nice a condition throughout.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
SWDSOTH3 #34450 Dove Head Army Officer's Sword
This all brass Army Dove Head Sword is the style that has the details engraved into the brass rather than being part of the casting. The pommel, backstrap and “P” guard, as well as the ferrule all have oak leaf and acorn designs. They are very nicely done and have pebbling over the vein work. The crossguard features a Wehrmacht style eagle, the type of which I have not seen before. I was unable to find this sword in any of the books, so I do not know who made it.
This eagle looks to the viewer’s left having half open wings and clutching a double scribed swastika. Quite an interesting design here and definitely something for those of you out there that collect rarely seen sword models. The grip of this example is over carved wood having perfect black celluloid coating. This celluloid is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted. Very nice hilt here which does not look to have been cleaned in many, many years but has a nice patination not dirt.
The scabbard shell is perfect throughout with no dents. The original black paint still has its original sheen and is in nice condition rating at least 95%.
The 31 inch blade is a fine example with outstanding nickel-plated surfaces. This blade is easily in mint condition. The blade is protected by the original brown leather washer which is still in place. A nice sword here and a good one for someone just get started, someone on a budget, or for someone looking for odd unmarked swords.
Excellent Plus. $550.00
SWDSOTH3 #34519 Jawless Lion Head Artillery Sword with Monogram and Triple Etched Blade – WKC
This lion is fitted with large faceted red eyes which gives him a great docile look. The lion has lots of hand enhancing throughout his whiskers, brow and mane. His mane runs a short distance down the backstrap where the area becomes plain and in the center area around the grip tabs features floral devices with a pinwheel-like figure in the center. There are rivets at the tabs which hold the hilt to the blade. The ferrule has a cross design on the obverse and reverse and there are acorns on the upper and lower portion of the cross and oak leaves on the side portions. The “P” guard is interesting as it shows some crossed standards over a pair of cannon with cannon balls in the center. Above the standards is an Iron Cross raised out. Below this depiction there is floral designs. The crossguard obverse features a set of crossed canons with laurel leaves in between. On the reverse langet there is a raised shield which has the original owner’s monogram, “KH”. The quillon carries over to a teardrop which is in the form of a floral device holding a ball.
The grip is a black celluloid type, being in perfect condition and it is tied with triple twisted silver wire. The center wire is of larger proportion.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout but honestly it could use a new paint job. This scabbard only has about 50% of the original paint and shows quite a bit of age.
The 32 inch blade is really quite spectacular. This blade has outstanding high quality nickel-plated finish and it is etched with floral style etches having military themes in the center of both sides. These consist of crossed swords on one side and crossed cannon on the other. The spine is covered with raised laurel leaves. This blade was an extra cost item obviously and is certainly something that pleases collector today. With a little cleaning up to the hilt, as well as a new paint job to the scabbard, this sword could be a real crowd pleaser sitting on a cradle. All of the frosting is still in the backgrounds of the etch giving it a great look. The obverse ricasso is marked with the knighthead logo having the firm’s initials beneath, “WKC” which puts it into the early Nazi period. A great opportunity here to have a really nice sword for a pretty reasonable price.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
SWDSOTH3 #36331 Army Dove Head Sword – E&F Hörster
This Hörster Dove Head sword is of all brass construction. Despite the fact that it is a Hörster sword it looks identical to the Robert Klaas example that is shown in the Angolia Book on page 100. I wonder whether Angolia possibly made a mistake here as this page follows the E&F Hörster section. At any rate, at least you can look at the picture and see what the sword looks like.
This brass example is entirely engraved throughout. The pommel and backstrap area feature nicely done oak leaves and acorns having hand pebbling over the leaves and the veins all hand accented. The same is true of the oak leaves and acorns on the “P” guard. The grip tabs have two acorns which go around the rivet area. The crossguard has a series of box devices running throughout the length ending in a teardrop with an engraved swirl. The obverse langet features a Wehrmacht-style half opened wing eagle, which is facing to the viewer’s left. This bird clutches a mobile swastika. As with all of the above decoration this eagle is entirely hand carved into the brass. The ferrule above has a cross motif on the obverse and reverse with more oak leaves and acorns. The grip is a black celluloid over a carved wood base. The celluloid remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. Much of the original gilt still remains throughout the hilt of this piece – maybe 85%.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has excellent original black paint. The paint is mostly all there showing nominal signs of usage but still in excellent condition. The 32 inch long blade is in choice condition having high quality nickel-plated finish and retaining its needlelike tip. This blade is easily in full mint condition. The obverse ricasso is marked with the E&F Hörster double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and the Solingen location. The center area features the large “H” letter with the smaller “H” and “S” letters that are pierced by a sword. The original brown leather washer is in place. A good, basic, early Army sword here.
Excellent Plus. $595.00
SWDSOTH3 #36167 Army Dove Head Sword – Robert Klaas
The sword is composed of all brass mounts. The details are all engraved on this piece and are of a oak leaf and acorn motif. The engravings begin at the upper pommel showing excellent hand rendering to the veins and acorn caps as well as to the leaves and small flower which decorate the grip tabs. The piece differs from the Angolia Book piece in that the book piece has rivets going through the tabs whereas this example is peened over at the top and having a flush mounted plug. The “P” guard also has oak leaves and acorns throughout. The ferrule has a set of crossed bars on either side with oak leaves running around the rest of the areas. The crossguard features a series of square-like decorations that run the length and end in a teardrop which is swirled.
The “Wehrmacht” style eagle is all hand done having a nice look to it. This eagle almost looks like a bat as the shoulder tips of the wings are pointed. The breast and wing feathering as well as the eye, beak and swastika are obviously all hand enhanced. A neat looking hand done depiction here. The grip is a carved wood base having a celluloid covering. There was a small crack in the upper portion of the celluloid but we managed to repair this successfully. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. The wire also is slightly on a down turned angle when looking at the grip from the reverse side. From the obverse side the grip wire looks straight throughout. A very nice effect here.
The scabbard is straight throughout. The original paint, although still mostly all there has dulled over the years and could use some cleaning and perhaps a wax job. I’m sure though that it will come up quite a bit. The blade is a very long example being almost 35 inches in length. It still has bright nickel-plated finish and is in near full mint condition with needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade is marked with the kissing cranes trademark and the firm’s name and location appear below, “Robert Klaas Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. A good solid example here.
SWDSOTH3 #36332 Army Dove Head Sword – Alcoso
This Army Dove head Sword is produced with an iron base and features very large Art Deco style hand enhanced oak leaves. These oak leaves are formed starting on the pommel and riding down the entire backstrap area. They branch out onto the grip tabs also. The same leaves are depicted on the “P” guard as well as the ferrule. This large leaf design was also used on the Blumberg Honor Sword and is a depiction which is only attributable to Alcoso. The crossguard area is relatively plain running to a curled quillon. The obverse langet features a raised out Wehrmacht eagle which clutches a plain mobile swastika. The hand detailing also extends to the eagle’s breast and wing feathering. The gilt on this piece is beginning to wear around the pommel area and also somewhat on the high edges around the sword. Overall though the gilding is at least 90%. The grip is a hand carved wood which is covered with a black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. A depiction of this sword can be seen in the Angolia Book on page 67, lower.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has good original black paint showing wear of the period in the surfaces and also a little bit of rust at the lower chape where the sword may have been sitting on a cellar floor for some time. Overall though this paint would easily come up with a little work and some wax.
The 33 inch blade is a fine example having highest quality nickel-plated surfaces with needlelike tip. This blade remains in mint condition. It is marked on the reverse ricasso with the trademark used from 1937-39. It features the scales with the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales sin a downward arch is the firm’s block lettered name, “Alcoso” and beneath is the location city of, “Solingen”. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. This is a sword that is not encountered frequently and does have some unusual good looks to its hilt design.
SWDSOTH3 #36333 Army Dove Head Sword – Alcoso
This all brass hilt still has much of the original gilt throughout being about 95%. The sword is the same as is shown in the Angolia Book on page 65, bottom left. The dove head features oak leaves and acorns which run down the pommel and backstrap. The grip tabs also have oak leaves and are rivet held. The “P” guard has more of the same with good pebbled backgrounds and hand enhancing to the leaves and acorn caps. The ferrule features overlapping oak leaves and acorns which run around the circumference. The langet is a shield shape and features a stylized Wehrmacht type eagle with half open wings. The bird looks to the left and has hand enhanced breast and wing feathering. The bird clutches a mobile swastika in its talons. The areas around the bird are randomly pebbled.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good black paint which is nearly 100% on the reverse and on the obverse there is some wear around the hanging ring and about three to four inches below the carrying band. Otherwise this paint is also good showing some mild attic crazing. This scabbard though would clean up with a little effort.
The blade reflects a matte finish which is still in good condition. This blade measures 29½ inches having wide fuller construction. It is marked on the reverse with the 1937-39 trademark featuring the scales having the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in a downward arch is the firm’s name, “Alcoso” and below is the location city of “Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. A nice conditioned example here.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
SWDSOTH3 #36330 Army Dove Head Sword – Alcoso
This Army Dove Head Sword is of all brass construction and it does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. There appears to be some gilt left beneath the dirt on this hilt and a little cleaning with some sudsy ammonia would probably do wonders here. The sword is the common Alcoso type, being pictured on page 65, lower left of the Angolia Book.
The sword features raised oak leaves and acorns that flow from the pommel down the backstrap and also into the grip tabs. The “P” guard also features a similar motif with obvious hand enhancing throughout. The ferrule also features overlapping oak leaves with pebbling in the background. Oak leaves also appear on the crossguard and run into the curled teardrop. The langet features a Wehrmacht style eagle with closed wings clutching an immobile swastika. The grip is a carved wood base having black celluloid coating. The celluloid is in perfect condition throughout. It is wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. A couple of the wires are a little loose under the grip tab area but this is easy to fix with a little crazy glue and some patience.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has all original black paint which shows age and usage. A little work though and this paint should come up quite well as it does appear to be at least 95%. The blade is 33½ inches in length and still has its bright nickel-plated finish and is in near full mint condition having only some mild scratches from in and out wear. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1937-39 trademark. It features the scales having the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales is the block lettered name of the firm in a downward arch shape “Alcoso”. Beneath is the location city of “Solingen”. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
A good sword here if you enjoy the rewards of cleaning up a weapon that has not been touched since the war.
SWDSOTH3 #26608 Army Dove Head Sword with Distributor Marking - E. & F. Hörster
This Dove Head example is a good, solid brass piece and has lots of the original gilded finish still throughout its surfaces. I would estimate the gild to be about 70%. This sword is very similar to the one shown in the Angolia book on Page 99, lower, except that it has a closed-wing engraved eagle at the langet instead of the open one shown in the book.
The rest of the piece is similar to a Roon example, as it has oak leaves and acorns engraved into the surfaces. The engraving is very nice and there has been pebbled surfaces applied over it. The ferrule also has a similar design. As indicated, the langet features a closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle. This eagle is all engraved and looks to the left, clutching a mobile swastika. The grip is a black celluloid over wood base. It is in perfect condition, having small triple wrapped twisted brass wire.
The blade of this example is a high-quality piece, measuring 31½ inches in length. It has a mirror-finish nickel surface. and easily in full Mint condition. The reverse of the blade ricasso is stamped with the early Hörster style trademark which only has the firm's initials and not the circles around it. The opposite side of the ricasso is stamped with a distributor mark. The stamping looks to be Fahnen re (with the rest being illegible) from Münster.
Obviously, this sword was sold by a distributor retail store to an Army Officer early on in the Nazi period. The original blade washer is in place. This is a fine sword and a rarely seen pattern. The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has nice, original black paint except at the lower area at the chape, where it does show some rust. This is a normally seen occurrence when a sword was left on a cellar floor. Other than this, though, the paint is nearly all there and rates in near mint condition. A fine example here.
Near Mint. $895.00
SWDSOTH3 #35712 Army Officer's Dove Head Sword – P.D. Lüneschloss
This Lüneschloss Dove Head Sword is a very seldom seen pattern. It is identical to the example shown in the Angolia Book on page 108. The hilt is of all brass construction. This hilt has excellent gilt which still shows under the surface dirt of this example. A good cleaning here would make for a magnificent looking sword! The dove head features oak leaves and acorns which run down the backstrap. These oak leaves are highly raised out and feature deeply hand enhanced veins to the leaves. There has also been a lot of random pebbling to give relief to the motif. The grip tabs have oak leaves that flow into them and then they end with small flowers which have the two rivets in the center of each one. The “P” guard repeats the same motif and is just outstanding. The ferrule features raised out oak leaves and acorns also. The reverse langet has a small plain oval in the center which is surrounded by a wreath of detailed oak leaves. On the obverse is featured a stubby political style open-winged eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. The feathering to the eagle is extremely nicely done having hand enhancing especially throughout the breast area. The eagle grasps a large wreath which has a cut in swastika in the center. A very unusual eagle here. The grip is of carved wood which is covered with black celluloid. The celluloid is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout and has good original black paint. This paint shows some mild age in the surfaces here and there but still rates at nearly 100% and will clean up very nicely as I can see that the original factory luster is still there. The 32½ inch blade is a beauty. It is of highest quality nickel finish complete with its needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso features the logo of a series of oval dots which inside have the initials of the firm, “P.D.L.”. Above this is the Lüneschloss logo of the early style helmet having a sword piercing its center. The original brown felt washer is in place.
A great sword here for the ardent sword collector. This pattern will be missing from most collections.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
SWDSOTH3 #35970A Army Officer's Dove Head Sword – E&F Hörster
This Hörster Dove Head Sword is of all brass construction, and was probably produced fairly early on in the period. The sword has all plain mounts with engraving done to make the decorations. The pommel, backstrap and grip tabs all have oak leaf and acorn designs engraved with pebbling over the surfaces to bring them out. The same is true of the “P” guard. The ferrule has two oak leaves being back to back on each side and there is an “X” figure in the center separating the leaves. The crossguard on both sides has designs with pebble features within and the engraving is cut to a swirl at the quillon end. The reverse langet is blank whereas the obverse langet has an engraved Wehrmacht style eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The feathering, head and breast areas are all done by hand. An interesting sword here that was really quite a bit of work when the details are examined. The carved wood grip is covered with black celluloid and is in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire. I don’t see this particular Hörster design listed in the Angolia Book which is another reason I think that it is an early sword.
The scabbard is an excellent example being straight throughout and having nearly 100% of the original black paint. This paint still has good luster to it and only shows minor signs of carrying. The blade measures slightly over 32-inches. This blade has good nickel plating showing just a slight amount of age in the surfaces but it still rates in near mint condition. The Hörster trademark is stamped on the obverse ricasso and there is quite a bit of old dirt and smudge over the area but if you look hard you can see it is the standard double circles with the firm’s “H” and “HS” inside with the downward pointing sword. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. An interesting sword here that probably is a fairly rarely seen motif.
SWDSOTH3 #36000C Army Officer's Dove Head Sword – Alcoso
This all brass Dove Head Sword is the same as is shown in the Angolia Book at the upper of page 63. The pommel and backstrap area consists of raised overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The same is true of the “P” guard. The ferrule has engraved oak leaves and acorns which run around the circumference. The crossguard on both sides features stamped in oak leaves with a sprig stamped into the curved teardrop quillon end. The reverse langet is blank and the obverse depicts a Wehrmacht style half open-winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The eagle looks to the viewer’s left and reflects hand enhancing to the bird’s eye, breast feathering and wing feathering. The area is surrounded by pebbling. The wood base grip is covered with black celluloid which is in good condition. The grip is wrapped with triple wire the center being twisted for contrast.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. This scabbard reflects excellent original black paint still having most of the factory luster. There are some minor carrying signs in the paint but still this paint overall, rates at about 95%. The carrying band and the ring have wear to them showing the white base metal beneath. The blade measures 33½ inches long. It has the later matte finish that we see a lot on wartime swords saving the nickel used to plate earlier examples for the war effort. This example is marked on the reverse ricasso with the scales having the firm’s initials, “AWS” interspersed. To the right of the scales is the firm’s name in script, “Alcoso” and below the location city of “Solingen”. This trademark was used after 1941. The leather blade washer is in place.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
SWDSOTH3 #35420 Army Pantherhead Sword - Paul Seimheimer
This Pantherhead Luneschloss Sword is of all brass construction. It is not shown in the Angolia catalog, and it also has a rarely seen trademark which we will get to further in the description. The sword features a fine panther cat motif. It is of all brass construction, and has little gilt, having a good dull patina throughout the finish. The cat has hand enhanced whiskers, and hair that flows backward down the hilt. The cat is fitted with red, faceted, glass eyes. The hilt features oak leaves and acorns, with a series of acorns in the central area, which extend to the grip tabs. Each grip tab has an acorn in the center of it, pressing over the celluloid grip. A nice effect here!
The "P" guard has a panel of oak leaves and acorns, as does the ferrule. The crossguard features an open winged army eagle, looking to the viewer's left. The eagle has good detail to its head, breast feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. The reverse crossguard has a seal style shield that has oak leaves that completely run around the shield, and are also shaped in the eagle silhouette -Nice! The grip is a carved wood base, having perfect, conditioned, black celluloid covering. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire, the center being of slightly larger proportions. An interesting hilt here, being the first one I remember seeing.
SWDSOTH3 #35430 Army Dovehead Sword - Alcoso
This Army Dovehead is a nice sword, having all engraved motif rather than the raised out scenes that we see on most sword hilts. The sword is completely decorated with engraved oak leaves and acorns which run throughout the pommel backstrap, grip tabs, "P" guard, and the ferrule. The crossguard features an engraved shield, which displays a Wehrmacht style half open winged eagle. This eagle has terrific detail to the feathering, definitely all hand done, and the swastika which is retained in the bird's talons has a plain surface, which contrasts nicely with all of the feathered detail. An all brass hilt here, which has some of the original gilt, but most of it has all gone to time, and now has a fine patinated surface. This sword is identical to the example which is shown on page 66 upper, of the Angolia book.
The carved wood grip is covered with black celluloid. The celluloid is still in perfect condition, and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire. The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard shows some period wear and has a little spidering, and also a spot on the obverse about 2/3 down where there is some missing paint. Overall though, the paint of this scabbard is about 85-90%, and still has a fairly good luster. This paint should clean up quite well. The blade is a 32 inch long example, having quality nickel plating and being in near full mint condition. The blade ricasso is marked on the reverse with the scales trademark having the letters, "ACS" interspersed. Above the scales is the block lettered firm name, "ALCOSO" and below the location city, "SOLINGEN". The original brown blade buffer is in place. A good early Alcoso sword here.
This Army Officer’s Sword is an aluminum base metal hilt having a fine gilded finish. The Puma as well as the Clemen and Jung plating is easy to spot as it is much brighter than other brands. This may be because of the base metal but it is a fact that it looks different than other swords. This Puma sword is the same as is shown in the Angolia Book on page 120, upper. The pommel features a growling panther cat having much detail throughout and lots of snarling teeth which show from both sides. The fur of the cat as well as the head details have been nicely hand enhanced. This cat is fitted with two red faceted eyes. The motif is very good looking. The backstrap features oak leaf and acorn sprigs which extend onto the side tabs. The “P” guard also features oak leaf and acorns and there is fine hand enhancing here also. The plain areas have been factory pebbled. The crossguard area features a bordered overlapping group of oak leaves which run the length of both sides and end in a curved quillon. The obverse crossguard features a Wehrmacht eagle design clutching a mobile swastika. This bird has outstanding detail to his head, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, talons and plain raised swastika. The area around the swastika as well as the bird’s head has also been pebbled. The reverse langet features a raised plain area for the use of a monogram. The ferrule is a traditional style having oak leaf sprigs running around the circumference.
The grip is a carved wood base having perfect condition black celluloid covering. This celluloid is tightly triple wrapped with aluminum wire having a twisted center. An extremely nice hilt here! The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It reflects outstanding original black paint showing a few usage signs but overall this paint is in near mint condition. The 31½ inch long blade is a fine quality example. The nickel plating is completely bright throughout with good tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a cat head and to the right is the firm’s name and location, “Puma Solingen”. The original washer is gone to time. A very fine sword here in a near mint state.
Near Mint. $995.00
This Army Dove Head Sword is the same as the example shown on page 67, lower, of the Angolia book. It is a very rare pattern that is seldom seen and therefore should be of interest to collectors out there that are looking for rare types. The sword is a dove head having a mixture of base metal parts as we do see occasionally on the Alcoso products. The part that forms the pommel, back strap and grip tabs appears to be of brass construction. The ferrule, “p” guard, cross guard and langet however, are made of gilded steel. I have seen these mixtures of parts before on Alcoso products. The pommel and back strap feature art deco style large oak leaves which overlap each other. The oak leaves extend to the grip tabs and they also go around the circumference of the ferrule. The “p” guard also features these same oak leaves. This same format of oak leaves is also the style that was used on the Field Marshall von Blomberg honor sword, also made by Alcoso. The gilding throughout these surfaces is in excellent condition, rating at least 98%. The grip is a carved wood base having a black celluloid covering. The celluloid is in totally perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire, the center being slightly larger. The scabbard for this example is straight throughout. It has good original black paint showing some age and usage. This paint rates at least 90% and will certainly clean up if someone wanted to work with it. The blade is slightly over 33”. It is a beauty, having very high quality nickel plated surfaces. It is mirror mint throughout. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1937-1939. It consists of a set of scales with the letters “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales is an arch shaped block-lettered firm name “ALCOSO” and below the name of the location city “Solingen”. The original brown leather washer is in place. A pretty nice sword here and a pattern very infrequently seen.
Excellent Plus Plus. $995.00
This army lion head is the very desirable type that features the Wehrmacht eagle on the “p” guard as well as an open-winged eagle on the langet. The sword design is the same as page 128 on the Angolia book and on page 126 you can see the “p” guard design. Angolia is showing the dove head type on this page but it has the exact same “p” guard and cross guard motif. This sword has much of the original gilding still remaining throughout the brass base. I would say that the gilt is probably about 85% - 90%. The lion head is really a great looking cat. He is fitted with two faceted blood red stone eyes. They really look good against the brass background. This cat has some hand detail throughout his mane, brow and nasal area. The engraving is more delicate than we see on other makes. The lion’s mane runs down the back strap, where it becomes a “v” design and there are long floral style oak leaves at the center area. The ferrule has a series of oak leaves and acorns which run around its circumference. The “p” guard starts out with a floral design then a raised out oak leaf and acorn sprig and then at the center area there is a fine Wehrmacht style eagle. This bird looks to the viewer’s left and clutches a swastika in his claws. The eagle is the style with half-open wings. There are further floral designs which continue downward and into the cross guard. The quillon end has a floraled curl. The cross guard features an open-winged eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. This bird clutches a wreathed mobile swastika and has oak leaves on either side of his talons. There is pretty good detail to this bird also. The grip is a black celluloid over wood carved base. The celluloid has a fine sheen to its finish and it is in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted. A very nice hilt here! The scabbard of this example is also extremely nice. It is dent-free and has outstanding black original paint. This paint is near 100% and looks in mint condition. The blade of this very desirable sword is 31”. It is high quality throughout and has mirror nickel plated surfaces. The blade is easily in mint condition. This blade is not marked but we know this sword to be produced by the Voos firm. A great opportunity here to own a very desirable sword in first rate condition.
Mint Minus. $1,895.00
Although there is no marking on the blade of this quality example, it is a Pack product. It looks identical to the example shown on Page 112, upper. The hilt is a cast brass design having outstanding gilding. The cast design features lots of oak leaves and acorn mix throughout the pommel, backstrap, "P" guard and ferrule. The designs are quite attractive as they have a frosted finish which contrast effectively with highlighted bright areas separating the panels. The quillon ends with swirled designs. The obverse langet features an open-winged eagle which clutches a wreathed swastika. The eagle is well detailed, having decorative leaves flanking its legs. The reverse langet is also attractive having oak leafing and a raised round panel. It looks similar to the example shown in Angolia Sword Book, Page 116. There is a stylized "Z" letter artistically scratched into this surface - no doubt the original owner's monogram. The fine blade is a beauty, being finished in a matte style. It is in mint condition. It belonged to a very tall man as this blade measures 34 inches - pretty long, as 35 inches was about as long as blades come. The scabbard is straight throughout. It has bright original paint, showing almost no age and rating in near mint condition. A very fine sword here. A fairly rare pattern.
Mint Minus. $675.00
This fine Dove Head Saber is the same as is shown in the Angolia Sword Book on page 64, top left. Alcoso was the only producer to use a steel base every so often to produce their swords. Some Alcoso swords will have combinations of steel and brass. This one is all steel. The gilded finish, though, is in fantastic condition and you only notice the fact that it is not brass below, due to a couple of minor wear spots at the pommel and top of the "P-guard". Otherwise, the gilding is all there being near 100%. The pommel features a raised out oak leaf sprig which has pebble detail around it to bring out relief. The backstrap features lots of oak leaves and all have been hand-enhanced. The same is true of the "P-guard" and the ferrule. The crossguard has a typical Alcoso style eagle. It is a small open winged type which is vaulted at the center, breast and head. This eagle has good detail to all of its parts and it grasps a wreathed raised out swastika. Next to the bird is an oak leaf on each side. The quillon extends to a curled teardrop design. The celluloid over wood grip is a beauty being in perfect condition. This grip features tightly wrapped triple-twisted wire. This wire is slightly larger in the center. The 32 ½-inch blade is a beauty. It reflects highest quality nickel plating with mirrored finish. This blade is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1937-39 trademark. This features the firm's name, "Alcoso" block lettered over the scales which have the firm's initials, "ACS" interspersed. "Solingen" appears below. The original brown blade washer is in place. The scabbard for this example is as nice as the hilt. It reflects no denting and has absolutely mint original paint. This paint only has the slightest of spidering in a few places. It is rare to see such a good conditioned scabbard hilt and blade. Fine sword.
Mint Minus. $695.00