The Luftwaffe Officer Degen was a new sword design first established in 1935, based on the cruciform style of medieval times. Due to its extreme good looks, few collectors are content to not have one. They are a satisfying compliment to a fine 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger, also of the same design.
The value of Luftwaffe Swords has seen much growth in recent years and they continue to be an excellent investment. The combinations of silvered nickel mounts with fine Moroccan-covered grips and scabbards are very difficult not to admire. We hope you enjoy this fine assortment of Luftwaffe Degen.
LUFTSWORD #45499 Early Untouched Luftwaffe Sword by SMF
The sword has the silvered solid nickel mounts and everything has a nice patina across its surfaces as it has never been cleaned. The pommel is in beautiful condition with no hits to the rim and having outstanding stamped oak leaves that run around the edge. The sunwheel swastikas have the original brass finish and all of the silvering is still intact between the legs.
The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. It is very rare to see sunwheels in this fine of a condition. The crossguard is also extremely well detailed with its triple segmented wings flowing downward.
The grip is a carved wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather has no nips or problems and still remains in near complete perfect condition having all of its original grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with dual springy brass wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout and also has remarkable original Moroccan leather which remains in perfect condition. All of the leather has its grain showing no wear. The silvered nickel mounts are also in perfect pristine condition having patinated to a fairly dark tone. They are complete with all of the headless side screws.
Attached to the two upper rings is a very fine crescent hanger still in outstanding condition and equipped with the nickel closed clip at the top.
The blade is a very fine example being quite long for a Luftwaffe sword measuring 30 inches. It has a beautiful nickel plated finish which is still perfect being in mint condition with needlelike tip. The sword etched with the seated king trademark with the firm’s initials “SMF” beneath and “Solingen”. Stamped atop the trademark is a early waffenamt being the style stickbird having a 5 in his belly. The original perfect conditioned leather blade washer is in place.
If you are looking for a choice untouched Luftwaffe officers sword that has never been in a collection and well preserved all of these years I’m sure you will be extremely happy with this piece.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
LUFTSWORD #45519C Luftwaffe Aluminum Officers Sword by Carl Jul Krebs
This aluminum sword is in very nice condition throughout. The pommel shows almost no hits and retains 100 percent of the gild to the sunwheel swastika. The same is true of the crossguard sunwheel swastikas although there is a small rub on the reverse example but the gild is still all there. The wings are the three segmented type and they are nicely hand enhanced.
The carved wood grip is covered in blue Moroccan leather which still remains in very fine condition throughout. It also retains its original grain. The grip is wrapped with dual springy brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It too has very very nice leather with no cuts and showing very little wear. The grain is also still there throughout. The matching aluminum mounts still appear new like and they are retained by the headless screws on the edges.
There is a fine leather crescent hanger attached which remains in good condition and is equipped with an aluminum box clip at the top.
The blade is a 26 and half inch long example having highest quality nickel plated finish and needlelike tip. The blade is in full mint condition. It is marked with the small single oval with the firm’s name and location inside being Carl Julius Krebs Solingen and in the center is a crown over the initial K. We do not see many Krebs Luftwaffe swords so this one is little bit special. The leather washer is in place. A nice aluminum example here.
Mint Minus. $1,195.00
LUFTSWORD #45235C Aluminum Luftwaffe Sword by SMF
This aluminum sword is about as nice as they come. The aluminum mounts are in beautiful condition seeming to show no age. There are no hits around the pommel ridges and the stamped in oak leaves are beautifully done with pebbling to add to the rendering. Both of the sunwheel swastikas on the pommel are in perfect condition still retaining 100 percent of their original gilt finish.
The swastikas on the crossguard center block are also in 100 percent condition. The crossguard arms have fine detail to their feathering.
The grip is a carved wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in perfect newlike condition. It also has all of its original grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with dual springy style aluminum wire.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. The Moroccan leather covering exactly matches that of the grip and it remains in totally perfect condition. Very rare to see a sword that has endured 7 decades with leather still in this fine condition. The aluminum scabbard mounts are also perfect exactly matching those of the hilt. They are retained by headless side screws.
The original crescent hanger is still in place and is also extremely sound and in perfect condition with its closed style upper box clip.
The blade is also an outstanding example. It features the high quality nickel finish that we just love to see. It remains in full mint condition and is 28 inches long. On the reverse ricasso it is marked with the SMF king and above the logo is a stamped waffenamt being a stickbird with a 5 in its belly. On this example the waffenamt is stamped sideways. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.
If you’re looking for a really pristine aluminum Luft sword example you should be very pleased with this piece.
LUFTSWORD #33823C Early Luftwaffe Sword with Damascus Blade
The pommel is a fine example still having good crisp edges around the rim. There are very fine oak leaves and acorns which are stamped on the flat rim surface. The stamping is outstanding and there has been pebbling put over the leaves surfaces to give a look of relief. The brass insert medallions are in choice condition with the sunwheels still having all of the silvering between their legs. The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels and in fact there is still some gilded surface remaining on these crossguard swastikas. I would say that there is about 70% on one side and maybe 50% on the other. The crossguard arms gently flow downward and have outstanding feathering which appears to have some hand enhancing.
The grip is a carved base with ribs which flow from left to right running downward. The grip is covered with fine Moroccan blue leather still having a majority of its graining. This leather remains in fine condition with no hits or bruises. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching blue Moroccan. There are a couple of wearing signs here and there on this leather but there are no cuts or problems. On the rear of the surface about two-thirds down there is a bruise which appears to have been polished over sometime in the past but it does not appear as though the leather was broken. The scabbard shell is fitted with matching silvered nickel mounts. These mounts have fine patination and they are in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by flathead flush mount screws which are all present and are unbuggered.
The original crescent hanger is in place showing some age to the leather but still appears to be sound and is complete with the nickel box clip at the top.
The 28 inch long blade is most impressive being a most beautiful hand forged Damascus. The patterns seems to be the Maiden Hair style with a mixture of the Small Roses style here and there. The blade fuller is perfectly done running around a third of the way down. The patterns of the Damascus are extremely bold and are in perfect condition being still bright throughout. The blade retains its needlelike tip and is in full mint condition. The blade is protected by an in place blue leather buffer.
I took a look at the tang since there is no maker mark on the blade. The tang has the numbers which appear to be stamped into one of the edges. The lower crossguard is fit tightly against the blade shoulders and it would be a shame to loosen this so I couldnĂt look any further. It is possible there may be other details hidden by the crossguard but we can leave that up to the next owner if he so wishes to examine the area. I personally do not feel that it is worth knocking this crossguard out of place in order to achieve this view as the way the blade is made and fitted this is surely a period piece.
A very beautiful edged weapon here and it would certainly make a great addition to an advanced collection.
Near Mint $8,500.00
LUFTSWORD #36352 Early Luftwaffe Sword F&A Helbig
This Luftwaffe Sword has never been cleaned, and as a result the solid nickel mounts do show quite a bit of patination. The pommel is an excellent example, having no hits to the rim edges. The rim is stamped with a fine decoration of connected oak leaves and acorns, and it has the medallion insert style sun-wheel swastika. It appears as though there is no silvering left between the legs of the swastika.
The crossguard has the same medallion inserts, although in this case it appears as though the silvering is intact. The guard is the three section variety, which slopes downward and bears good, enhanced feathering.
The grip is a carved wood base, and is covered with a fine blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows quite a bit of usage with some scuff here and there, but be covered in with Meltonian leather cream and it cleaned up quite nicely. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy copper wire.
The scabbard shell of this piece is straight throughout, and is also covered in Moroccan leather. The obverse of this scabbard is in fairly good condition, showing no scuffs to the leather, while the reverse, despite some age and signs of wear, is in a decent state. The scabbard mounts are the matching nickel-silver types, in good condition. They are retained by headless side screws. The original crescent hanger is in place, in good condition and equipped with a matching nickel-silver box clip.
The blade of this piece a real beauty, being in stone Mint condition, with the highest quality nickel-plated surfaces. It is marked on the reverse ricasso, F&A Helbig / Steinbach. Above the trademark is a waffenamt, consisting of a stickbird with a number '5' visible in his belly. The original blue leather blade washer is in place, in good condition and showing only minor wear.
A nice Luftwaffe example here, being in good condition and direct from a family in California.
LUFTSWORD #39696C Early Luftwaffe Sword with Smith-marked Damascus Blade
This Early Luftwaffe Sword is quite a treasure, with hilt components of fine, silver-plated nickel. The excellent sunwheel swastikas are in brass, and most of the silver appears to be between the legs.
The pommel has good, crisp edges and the top portion is stamped with fine oak leaves and acorns. The crossguard sunwheels are in the same crisp condition as those seen on the pommel. The guard is in the characteristic tripartite Ă¬wingĂ® style, nicely down swept and with detailed feathering throughout.
The grip is constructed of wood covered in perfect original Moroccan leather. This leather is in a beautiful dark blue color and is tightly wrapped with a pair of twisted silver wires.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and is also covered in beautiful blue Moroccan leather. This leather covering remains in choice, perfect condition throughout. The scabbard mounts are of silvered nickel, in fine condition and retained by headless side screws. The upper rings of the scabbard are fitted with a very nice blue leather crescent hanger. This hanger has a closed nickel clip at the top.
The mint blade is a hand-forged work of art that measures 28 Î© inches long. It features a very prominent Ă¬MaidenhairĂ® Damascus pattern and could not be more beautiful. It is interesting to not that the tang of the blade is faintly stamped Ă¬EtcherĂ® and, after that, with a bolder Ă¬DamastĂ®. On the opposite side are the initials Ă¬PHĂ® and Ă¬07Ă®. It is worth noting that the pommel, grip and guard are all marked Ă¬07Ă®.
The Ă¬PHĂ® would be the initials of one of the six Damascus smiths active during the Third Reich period, in this case Paul Hillman. We donĂt hear of Herr Hillman very often, so I assume his output was rather limited. I think it is very exciting to see his mark on a blade.
This is beautiful, high quality Luftwaffe Sword in the best of condition, one that is sure to be the highlight of any collection.
Near Mint. $12,995.00
LUFTSWORD #40011C 1938 Shooting Prize Luftwaffe Sword - E. & F. Hörster
The sword hilt is equipped with early to mid-period hilt mounts, being the style with sunwheel swastika inserts. The brass of the sunwheels extends to the areas in between the legs of the swastika on both mounts, indicating the old silvering has worn. The edges of the pommel cap show a little wear, probably from admiring hands. The cross guard wings are in excellent condition with fine deep feathering.
The grip is of carved wood with an outstanding original Moroccan leather covering, which remains in perfect condition. It is complete with tight springy-style aluminum wire, which tends to apply to the vintage of the sword. An earlier sword would have had brass wire wrap.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It too has superb Moroccan leather covering, being totally perfect and with no real signs of being carried. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-silver type, having good plating. The screws are all in place and are unturned. The original crescent hanger is also in a mint state, having a nickel closed box clip.
The blade is a most impressive example, appearing to have a polished finish as opposed to the usual nickel-plating. Most likely this blade finish was used due to the etching and gray background that has been applied. This blade is 26 1/2 inches in length. It shows a little mild age around the ricasso area, but otherwise is in fine condition. It is also interesting to note that the blade has a waffenamt just above the trademark on the reverse.
The obverse of the blade is etched with a laurel design, floral leaf motif. It is an unusual motif I do not remember seeing before. In the center is a replica of the early Pilot/Observer Badge. It is well-done, displaying an oval wreath with a eagle appearing in the midst of flight, clutching a swastika. The backgrounds of the etch are a deep gray color, accenting the high points. The reverse of the blade displays an additional large panel that is supplemented with oak leaf and acorn sprigs. In the center of the panel are two ribbon images that contain the raised dedication, "FÂ¸r gute Scheissleistungen 1938/ D.R.D.L u. Ob. L". Obviously, the first part of the dedication is translated, "For good shooting performance 1938. I am not sure what the initials afterward mean, but maybe there is a Luftwaffe expert out there that could let me know. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double oval trademark containing the firm's name and location, "E & F. HË†rster, Solingen". In the center is the large "H" monogram with the sword and smaller "H" and "S" in the middle. The blade is buffered by a matching blue leather washer.
A very rare and one-of-kind Luftwaffe Shooting Prize Sword.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
LUFTSWORD #40597C Uncleaned Early Luftwaffe Sword - SMF
The pommel is incredible. Both rims are completely crisp, with finely stamped oak leaves on the upper surface. The sun wheels appear to have all the original gilding and 100% of the silvering intact, indicating this sword was rarely worn. The silver is deeply patinated, adding to the dramatic look of the sun wheels.
The same look can be seen on the crossguard sun wheels. The guard "wings" have very fine feathering and a nice downward taper.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in perfect blue Moroccan leather. The leather grain is 100% intact. The grip is tightly wrapped with two sets of spring copper (or brass) wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather is in great condition, with only a couple of minor traces of wear. They are nothing, however, and the leather is perfect throughout, exactly matching the grip. The scabbard mounts are also prefect, with a deep patination that matches the hilt.
Attached to the two rings of the upper mount is the original crescent hanger. This hanger is in excellent condition and has a closed nickel box clip.
The blade of the sword is just as you would expect; it is has highest quality nickel plating and is in stone mint condition. It measures 29 Î© inches. Stamped into the reverse ricasso is the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. There is a waffenamt above the king in the form of a stickbird with a "5" in his belly. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for the best of the best in a Luftwaffe Sword, this is the piece that will satisfy you. It has highest quality construction and is perfectly preserved.