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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 #49829C Dove Head Army Sword Unmarked [Emil Voos]

This dove head sword is a beautiful thing being a most unusual design which although it is unmarked it is easily identifiable as a Eml Voos product.

The base of the sword's hilt is aluminum and it has that flat style gilding which really appeals to the eye. The gilding is 100 percent throughout the sword. There is one small hit to the P guard where the hilt comes out of the "P" shape but it is really nothing. The rest of the gilt is just outstanding. The pommel is plain on its edges having a fine large raised hand enhanced oak leaf at the top. On the backstrap are large floral leaves with hand enhancing which extend to the grip tabs. The ferrule also has very nice highly raised out oak leaves and acorns with hand enhancing. The P guard also has raised out oak leaves and acorns with pebbling along its edges. The crossguard comes down into a raised out Wehrmacht style half open winged eagle. The eagle is very different looking with a very large eye and highly hand enhanced feathering to its talons wings and breast. The eagle grasps a mobile swastika.

The grip remains in perfect condition having black celluloid covering over a carved wood base. The grip is tightly wrapped with a single twisted brass wire.

A very very nice hilt here and a rare pattern indeed.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has outstanding original paint which is just about in full mint condition. A really nice scabbard here.

A very eye catching sword here and a model that is most likely missing from most advanced sword collections.

Mint Minus. $1,195.00

SWDSOTH3 #49672 Army Dove Head Sword by E. Pack

This dove head sword has a brass hilt with very fine gilding that remains nearly 100 percent intact. The backstrap and grip tabs have an oak leaf motif, as does the ferrule.

The P guard is interesting in that it is flat, engraved with oak leaves on both sides. The guard has the usual curled quillon end and blank area left for a monogram or the like. The guard eagle remains nicely detailed. Looking at this hilt from the rear reveals a slight bend to the P guard.

The scabbard remains straight and has very good original black paint.

The blade measures 31 inches long and has high quality nickel plating. The reverse is marked with the "Siegfried Waffen" variant of the E. Pack firm. The original green felt buffer is in place.

An interesting sword rarely encountered, with a condition issue you may or may not be able to live with.

Good Plus. $795.00

SWDSOTH #49673 Army Dove Head Sword By Alcoso

This army sword is not maker marked but it is definitely of Alcoso design. The sword features oak leaves that are only used by this firm and are always interesting to see.

The grip is a wood base covered with black celluloid. The celluloid still remains in perfect condition and it is wrapped with triple twisted brass wire the center being slightly larger.

The scabbard is straight throughout, although it has rust towards the bottom.

The unmarked blade is 33 inches in length and has high quality nickel plating.

A fine unmarked Alcoso sword, in a rare pattern.

Good Plus. $695.00

SWDSOTH3 #48919 Army Lion Head By Robert Klaas

This army lion head has a high quality brass hilt. It is the model number 237 and a half which is not seen too frequently. The cat has a great look to it with good mane and hand done whiskers and eyebrows featuring faceted red eyes. The mane runs shortly down the backstrap where the rest of the area is taken with raised oak leaves and acorns which extend to the grip tabs. The P guard also features acorns. The crossguard displays a open winged eagle looking to the viewer's right. The eagle is quite impressive with all of the handwork in the feathering.

The grip is in excellent condition with good tight grip wire. The original portepee decorates the hilt. The portepee shows a little bit of modest usage but it is all there with good leather and having all of the wire stitching.

The scabbard is straight throughout having good original paint with a little bit of cleaning up appears to be in near full mint condition. Attached to the carrying ring is a brown leather sword hanger having a black snap clip. The hanger is equipped with lion mask buckles.

The blade is a 33 inch example having highest quality nickel plated finish. This blade remains in mint condition.

A nice sword here.

Excellent Plus. $750.00

SWDSOTH3 #49003 Army Officer's Sword With Lion Head Removed

This army officer's sword is a very strange item here as the original lion head for some reason or another appears to have been factory removed. The sword is the Klaas model 237.

The features of the lion head have been completely removed from the original casting but it appears to be a factory job in that the areas where the cat head was removed have factory gilt throughout which appears to match the rest of the sword. I can't imagine what the purpose of this was but we sometimes see some strange things. The reverse of the backstrap has the usual oak leaves and acorns that run into the tabs. The P guard has nice looking oak leaves and acorns with pebbling behind them. The crossguard features an open winged eagle with the bird looking to the viewer's left. There is much detailing to the breast and wing feathering.

The grip is in excellent condition being celluloid over wood and it is triple wrapped with twisted wire the center being slightly larger proportion. The ferrule is the standard type with oak leaves.

The scabbard reflects good original paint and it is almost in 100 percent condition just needing a little bit of shining up and it will really look good.

The mint blade is a 32 and half inch length being of highest quality nickel plating. The reverse ricasso is marked with the kissing cranes and the firm's name and location beneath Robert Klaas Solingen. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

An interesting sword and especially interesting if the next purchaser can figure out why the head removal was done.

Good. $695.00

SWDSOTH3 #48943C Fire Official's Sword By WKC

This Third Reich produced fire official's sword is not commonly seen and remains in very nice condition. The hilt is a all nickeled type appearing to have silver plated finish. The fittings are plain throughout and the silvering has a fine even patina throughout.

The grip is a black celluloid over wood having triple twisted brass wire with the center being of larger proportion. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is composed of black leather with three fittings. The leather is in nice condition throughout showing only normal age. It is sewn up the rear and has the usual decorative dual lines running down the edges of both sides. The three silvered scabbard mounts all have scalloped ends and have a dual set of line decoration on each mount. The mounts are retained by staples however the staple is missing from the center mount. The number "22" appears on the center mount where the staple is missing and no doubt matches the other numbers under the other two mounts.

The 33 inch blade is a triple etched type and remains in very nice condition with highest quality nickel plating. This mnt blade is etched on both sides with fire scenes. The obverse has floral decorations and in the center features a ladder with two crossed hooks. There is also a drum and a horn in place. On the reverse it is the same configuration with the floraling and in the center is a ladder with a fire ax and a spear. The blade spine is etched with laurel leaves. This mint blade is deeply stamped with the WKC knight head and the firm's initials "WKC" beneath. The original blade washer is in place.

Fire official's swords are rarely seen and this is an excellent addition to any serious sword collection.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SWDSOTH3 #49292 Unmarked Army Dove Head Sword by Carl Julius Krebs

The hilt of this example is all in fine brass. Although the sword is not maker marked the hilt is identifiable as the work of Carl Julius Krebs.

The dove head has oak leaves and acorns that run in the pommel and also along the backstrap. The oak leaves and acorns continue along the P guard. The crossguard has an open winged style eagle with excellent detail to the wings and also to the breast feathering which has all been hand enhanced. The quillon ends in a curl. The reverse side has a raised out portion for future initials. The original to the piece portepee is still wrapped around the hilt. It shows a little age and some wear to the dual aluminum stitches that run the length but overall the leather still appears to be sound.

The scabbard is an outstanding example being completely dent free and having easily near mint original paint.

The blade is also a real beauty being 33 inches in length.

A nice quality dove head here.

Mint MInus. $650.00

SWDSOTH3 #47792C Army Lion Head With Fallschirmjäger Eagle In Hilt By E. Pack

This E. Pack sword is listed in their catalog and it is a sword which we very seldom see.

The sword consists of a standard lion head format at the pommel. The cat has excellent detail throughout his whiskers brow and mane which runs a portion down the backstrap. The cat is fitted with two red faceted glass eyes. The backstrap is interesting as it has a more floral design and has lots of hand enhancing and punches to the symbols.

The P guard is extremely interesting as it also has a floral pattern with high detail to the leaves and then in the center of the guard is a Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger style eagle. The eagle is extremely detailed flying to the viewer’s left and clutching a swastika in its talons. It is believed that this sword form was used as a possible sale item to army personnel associated with Fallschirmjäger duties, but you can take this kind of collector speculation with a grain of salt. The catalog does not list the purpose of the sword so we can’t say anything for sure. The crossguard features an open winged eagle having excellent detail to its wings breast feathering and wreath. The quillon ends in a curl with a floral device above it.

The carved wood grip is covered with black celluloid still being in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire the center being slightly larger.

The scabbard is a fine example still being straight throughout and having outstanding original black paint. The paint still has its luster and other than a couple of wearing signs toward the lower area the paint is in near mint condition.

The 32 inch blade is absolutely outstanding with high quality nickel plating and complete mint surfaces. It is stamped on the reverse with the early Pack trademark featuring the Siegfried Waffen symbol with the firm’s name and location beneath E. Pack & Söhne Solingen. The original blade washer is in place.

This is a very rarely seen sword and in my opinion is highly desirable.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

SWDSOTH3 #47667 Army NCO’s Sword

This basic Army NCO’s sword has a plain nickel hilt. The nickel shows some modest wear, but for the most part remains in good shape.

The grip of the sword is made of carved wood covered in celluloid, which has a small crack just below the pommel. No material is missing, however, and the coating looks to be sound. This grip is wrapped with a skein of three twisted nickel wires, the center strand being of a thicker gauge. This wire is a bit loose but remains totally intact.

The scabbard is slightly wider to accommodate the blade, which is a slightly wider cavalry style. It remains straight and has good original paint, showing only some minor attic crazing on both sides. The ring is securely attached to the scabbard band in the immobile NCO style.

The wide blade measures thirty-one inches long, with a matte finish. This is not age and it was fabricated in this manner. The original felt blade buffer is in place.

A solid, basic Army NCO sword here.

Excellent. $275.00

SWDSOTH3 #44722C Prison Official's Sword - Alcoso

The hilt of this prison official's sword is most likely produced by Eickhorn as it appears to be their particular style and ordinarily we do not see prison official's swords by Alcoso. Obviously Alcoso had an order for this sword and in order to fulfill it simply purchased the hilt from the Eickhorn factory.

The hilt is of all brass construction. It features a great looking side view of an eagle with his beak partially open accepting the end of the D guard into it. The detail to the bird is outstanding with a wide brow that hovers over his well defined eye. The beak area is also accented with hand engraving. The top of the bird's head is smooth and as the backstrap begins there is fine feathering which overlaps and runs down the whole surface area. At the grip tabs there are three curled devices which lie within the shape of a cloverleaf. The D guard duplicates the same style feathering that is on the backstrap. This is also the case with the ferrule having raised feathering going around its circumference.

The crossguard is in the shape of a open winged eagle. The eagle is raised out and on the obverse looks to the viewer's left. His wings are open with fine detail throughout his head breast and wing area talons wreath and raised mobile swastika. The areas around the legs and wreath have been pebbled. The bird on the reverse is identical except for the fact that the eagle's head faces the viewer's right. This is one of the consistencies we see with prison and justice official's sabers. The grip of carved wood having a black celluloid coating. The celluloid remains in perfect condition and the ribs are decorated with triple brass wire. The center wire is twisted to give it a more dramatic effect. The scabbard is straight throughout. The scabbard is slightly wider than most scabbards as the blade used in this example is also a wider style that we sometimes see on cavalry officer blades.

The scabbard is completely dent free and is done in a matte finish black paint. The paint is in perfect condition throughout although because it is matte finish it does not have a shine to it. The throat is retained by two dome head steel screws.

The wide blade is a 33 inch long example. It has outstanding nickel plated surfaces and remains in pristine mint condition right down to the needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the trademark used from 1937 through 1939. It consists of scales having the firm's initials ACS interspersed. Above the scales the firm's name "Alcoso" appears in block letters in an arch form. Below is the location city of Solingen. The original leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses.

As most collectors know justice official's swords are very difficult to locate and it is a real pleasure to be able to offer one once in a while. This is the first time I have has an Alcoso marked piece but it is completely authentic and as I say above was obviously made for order an Alcoso customer. A great opportunity here to acquire and extremely rare and desirable sword.

Excellent Plus. $3,895.00

SWDSOTH3 #45498 Shooting Club Official's Ceremonial Sword - E. & F. Hörster

The leaders of larger Shooting Clubs throughout Germany wore elaborate para-military dress swords with their uniforms and also presented them occasionally for winners of competitions. I have found with these swords that they will usually be lion heads and the scabbards are generally nickel plated, having two carrying rings instead of the normally seen single example.This sword is in magnificent new-like condition and does not appear to have been worn. The Hörster trademark would tend to date the example about 1938 or 1939.

The hilt is composed of a very striking lion head design. The gild-over-brass finish throughout the mint hilt remains in 100% condition. The cat differs from the standard variety, as the area where the mane begins behind the head rises more sharply than is normally seen. It gives the feline a very stylized look. Additionally, the cat is fitted with two fairly large red faceted stones. The hand details to the head areas are impressive with accents to the lower jaw, nasal and brow areas, which also follow throughout the cat's mane areas. The backstrap features laurel leaf designs with berries, while the "P" guard has raised oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule features raised oak leaves around the circumference. The cross guard follows through the langet areas and the quilon ends with a roaring lion head. The languet reverse is plain with a raised shield and the obverse features crossed cannon - suitable for a shooting club piece. As great as this work is throughout the hilt, though, the grip is really a work of art. It is a carved wood covered with black celluloid and has the standard triple silver wire wrap on the obverse. On the reverse of the grip, however, the wire takes a 45 degree upward approach, giving a most unique look to the grip. Extremely well-done stuff here.

The curved scabbard has straight surfaces throughout and sports a mint-condition nickel-plated surface. In addition to the fine nickeling, the scabbard is equipped with applied gild brass mounts - there are three of them to include the center example. Each mount has scalloped edges, and on the obverse only, there are featured handsome floral designs within bordered panels. The two scabbard eyelets have dual serrations with flair-outs on both edges to reduce wear. These mounts are all retained by headless screws mounted on the respective right edges.

The 32 inch long blade has the finest nickel-plated finish. It is triple-etched with an interesting arabesque floral pattern design on both sides as well as the spine. The E. & F. Hörster trademark is etched on the reverse ricasso. It is the style with dual ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "E. & F. Hörster / Solingen", The brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A glorious-looking sword here and maybe if you are looking for just one sword to head-up your collection display, this Shooting example would more than set the proper scene. It would look awesome in a cradle with the blade out. You just do not see period swords still in this finest of condition.

Mint, Mint Mint. $1,995.00

SWDSOTH3 #28450C Robert Klaas-Produced Sword with Rare Slant Grip

This sword motif is rarely seen and was designed and produced by the Klaas firm in 1939. With the war breaking out, there were not many of these swords sold, so they are a nice addition to a sword collection. There is a photograph in the Angolia Sword Book on Page 104, that shows this interesting piece. The hilt is a brass dove head type. The brass has a fine patina to it. The pommel and backstrap are decorated with raised floral designs which are rather unique. The "p" guard is also turned to the flat side, which is not seen often and gives a different look to the hilt. It too, has fine floral designs that are not the norm. The ferrule also is different in that it is decorated with two lines of raised dots around the surface. The langet is plain on the reverse and has a fine closed-wing Wehrmacht style eagle with clutched swastika on the obverse. The grip style though, is where the real interest lays on this sword. The grip is a wood base covered with black celluloid, however, the ribs have been slanted in an upward position in about a 45 degree angle. The grip is wrapped with triple aluminum wire, however, a couple of rows are missing one of the wires. A great looking hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout having fairly good original paint. The paint shows some age and usage , but by and large, it is mostly all there, being about 95%.

The blade is a fairly long 34 inch example. There is a little age in the nickel-plated surfaces in a couple of areas, but the blade still rates at excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the "kissing cranes" within the Robt Klaas oval. The leather washer is gone to time.

Not a mint piece, but still a very interesting example and a nice addition to an advanced sword collection which is.priced reasonably.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SWDSOTH3 #43986 Art Deco "Panther" Head Army Sword - WMW

This pattern of Army Sword is one of the rarest types made during the period. The design is just outstanding, being hight Art Deco. It is constructed with aluminum hilt fittings and I believe this to be the only way they were made. The original gilded finish shows hand wear at the pommel and some is e gone from the edges of the backstrap, but the rest is mainly intact.

It features a "panther" head pommel, with a long snout and deeply set glass eyes. The detailing is different on this cat than any other you've likely to have seen. The backstrap has fine, raised-out oak leaves and acorns.

The "D" guard is very unique, covered in raised bunches of oak leaves set at a 45 degree angle. Each oak leaf shows hand enhancement. This "D" guard enters the ferrule area and is indeed one piece, eliminate the need for a separate ferrule. The guard continues with more oak leaves and ends in a detailed acorn quillon. The guard itself features a closed-wing Army style eagle which occupies the entire ferrule and langet area. This eagle also has nice hand enhancement and clutches a mobile swastika. The reverse of the guard has a similar design although the eagle is replaced by a raised oval design to accept a monogram, which in the case of this sword has been utilized. The monogram reads, "HK".

The grip is carved wood coated with black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted. It is interesting to note that the grip is short and has fewer ribs than standard Army types.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has fairly good paint from the carrying band down. The paint around the band shows wear caused by the original suspension rigging. I'd say overall the paint is about 90% intact. The built-in drag is quite large.

The blade is a beauty, with high quality nickel plating and easily in mint condition. It measures 32 inches long. The reverse ricasso is marked "WMW Waffen" and the original brown leather washer is in place.

These Art Deco swords are ultra-rare. If you are not familiar with the design you can see one on page 149 of Tom Johnson's Volume 1. A great opportunity to acquire a very rare and beautiful sword here, one you will enjoy for many, many years.

Excellent. $3,495.00

SWDSOTH3 #38476 Army Ordnance Sword – Alexander Koppel

This Army Ordnance Sword is a great example for those of you out there that love to see lots of stampings and markings.

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.

Excellent. $650.00

SWDSOTH3 #31359 Long Bladed Army Lion Head Sword- Alcoso

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

SWDSOTH3 #33461C Third Reich Army Dove Head Re-Hilt of Imperial Damascus Blade – W. & Co. Solingen

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

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 WKC produced early Nazi period sword is all in brass construction. It features the jawless lion head pommel being the same as is shown in the Angolia Book on page 140, upper.

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

This Army Dove Head Sword is the Model 232 and can be seen in the Angolia Book on page 100, upper left.

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.

Excellent. $595.00

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.

Excellent. $595.00

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.

Excellent. $595.00

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 #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.

Excellent. $495.00