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The swords, or degens in the German, carried by the German Police and the SS were based on a rigid design approved by SS channels in 1936. The degen was composed of a nickeled hilt design with "D" guard shape and black ebony grip. The insignia of the organization was positioned in the center grip - an eagle within a wreath clutching a swastika for Police Degen and a set of SS runes within a round disk on the grip of the SS Officer degen. On the SS NCO degen, the SS runes are contained within the top pommel cap.

The scabbards for the degens are the same. They are black with nickel mounts having a weave design. The NCO versions have a built-in drag. The blades are a plain matte-finished variety.



SSPOL #45665C SS Silver “Blucher” Sword by Carl Eickhorn

This SS sword features the traditional Blucher pattern lion head. The silvering throughout the hilt is in excellent to near mint condition. The lion is equipped with two faceted red eyes and has much hand enhancing evident to his whiskers brown and mane. The mane flows down the backstrap partially where it turns into three floral designs. The center area has a blank spot for initials and the grip tabs have small flowers at their endings. The floral pattern continues downward to the end of the backstrap. The ferrule has raised oak leaves and acorns which run around its perimeter.

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The D guard also features oak leaves and acorns raised out. The reverse crossguard of the sword features a langet with an oval plain panel surrounded by acorns for use of initials. The obverse langet features the Art Deco style open winged eagle developed by Casberg. The eagle has all of its details remaining to its head breast feathering talons wreath and raised swastika. The wings are very nicely lined in this style. The quillon ends with a curl.

The grip celluloid is in perfect condition throughout and it is very tightly wrapped with triple wire the center being twisted. The lower portion of the hilt is stamped gesch gesch. A very fine hilt here.The scabbard remains in absolute perfect condition. It has received a professional black paint job and it has a very fine sheen and is perfect throughout to include the lower chape drag area. The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is a outstanding example having high quality nickel plated finish. The blade measures 31 inches long. There is some slight traces of minor sharpening which seem to appear just on the first half of the obverse side but they are hardly noticeable and do interfere with the luster of the blade. The reverse is stamped with the Eickhorn trademark used from 1935 to 1941. The original blade washer appears to be a felt example having a bluish color.

A very beautiful sword here which would represent an SS officer wearing this piece prior to the time that the office degen was introduced in 1936. A very fine example here.

This sword is also accompanied by a copy of an expertise written by the noted German author Rolf Siegert attesting to the authenticity of the sword and valuing it as 7500 Euro.

Near Mint. $5,495.00

SSPOL #45746 Police Office Degen in Original Wool Bag

This has to be one of the finest conditioned police officer degens still around. The piece is in full mint condition throughout as it has always been stored in its original grey wool storage bag.

The pommel is pristine and newlike having crisp edges around its umbrellalike surface. The nickel plated D guard is in absolute newlike condition with 100 percent finish throughout all the way from the upper ferrule down to the teardrop quillon. Very very rare to see nickel plating in this condition. The ferrule is also newlike with its 6 standing oak leaves and separating acorns. It is pebbled in the areas in between the leaves.

The black ebony grip is in absolute perfect condition being tightly wrapped with nickel wire. In the center is a copper style police officer eagle. It features a open winged bird grasping a wreath with swastika superimposed over a wreath. The original blackening to the insignia is still at 100 percent. A fabulous hilt here.

The scabbard is also a real wonder. This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has perfect mint black paint. The paint looks almost like it just came out of the factory. It is 100 percent original and the only signs of any wear on the paint are on the “U” bracket on the reverse where apparently this bracket was used to hang the sword perhaps once or twice at the most. The sword scabbard shell is equipped with a very fine lower mount featuring the standard line designs. This mount is the type that is pressed into place. The upper mount features the Wotan’s knot and has very fine pebbling in between. This maker did not darkening the area between the Wotan knot. This upper mount interestingly is retained by just one dome head screw in the obverse bottom loop. The reverse loop has never been drilled and has no screw.

The 29 inch blade is the best you will see. It is in complete full mint with its matte finish and its fuller on both sides. The blade is marked with the prestigious firm Hermann Rathe Solingen. The original newlike brown leather washer is in place. An incredible sword here!

The accompanying gray bag believe it or not does not have one moth hole in it and it is completely sound throughout. The wool is in perfect condition and has an edge that is sewn throughout being of a coarse lighter color gray material. At the top of the bag it has the crochet like scissor edge and it is equipped with the original working drawstring.

If you have yearned for the absolute best of the best in a police degen and to accompany it with its original storage bag this is a sword that you will not see the likes of again. A very great piece here that is just perfect throughout.

Mint Mint Mint. $1,995.00

SSPOL #45659C #45659C Early SS Lion Head Sword of Hitler's SS Adjutant SS-Obergruppenführer Julius Schaub - W.K.& C

This SS sword is of great importance to collectors as it is the personal example worn by Hitler's long-time trusted adjutant Julius Schaub. The sword is a grosser-size lion head with all silver finish. The cat's head is the standard shape, having the longer variety of snout. The whiskers, brow and mane running partially down the back strap all have hand-enhancing The head is the style with the cat's eyes being part of the casting. The back strap features individual patterns of oak leaves, floral and flower designs. The grip tabs have an interesting swirl design. The "P" guard is plain throughout. The silvered finish is excellent on the outside of the "P" guard, but does show some lifting on the inner area. The cross guard and both langets are also a plain surfaced type. The grip ferrule is plain having two decorative raised lines. The grip is a carved wood base having good black celluloid covering. The celluloid shows a couple of minor scuffs at the upper areas, and there is a small age crack at the fifth rib, coming down from the pommel, but nothing serious that is hard to see. The grip is wrapped with triple-twisted silvered wire, the center being of slightly larger proportion. The wire is somewhat loose, but none is missing. The obverse langet is quite a sight having twin SS runes individually applied to the surface. Looking behind the langet, these runes are retained by pins. The reverse langet is lightly engraved with the owner's personal name, rank and date. The engraving is done in block capital letters in seven lines, " S..S. / BRIGADE- / FÜHRER / JULIUS / SCHAUB/ R.F.S.S. / 23.3.34 ". The RFSS would indicate that Schaub was officially a member of Himmler's staff - "Reichsführer-SS", as were all members of Hitler's adjutant or valet staff.

The scabbard is straight throughout and is the wider type, to accommodate the large proportion blade. The scabbard paint is all original, showing some age and usage, but still being at least 95%. It is interesting to note that the scabbard band is the style with a raised cap device on each side. This style was used during the Imperial time for swords coming from Baden.

The wide blade is the larger wide style that was normally used by cavalry personnel. The blade is richly nickel-plated. The reverse is completely mirror-bright and in mint condition. The obverse, although still bright, does have a few age spots in the surfaces, but not bad. The blade overall still grades at excellent plus. This blade is 32 inches long. It is also curious to see that the W. K. & C. logo is the imperial style depicting the king and knight head together. I believe that this is easily explained, as in March of 1934, there was not an official SS Officer Sword, and officer's desiring a sword more or less ordered what they wanted. It was also a time where Solingen was in the process of designing sword hilts to reflect the new regime. Most likely, WKC had this Baden pattern sword on-hand being unused from the prior years and simply adapted it for use to serve Schaub's needs, being a high ranking SS Officer.

Julius Scaub is one of the most recognizable SS Officers of the 3rd Reich, as it is rare to not see him at Hitler's side at meetings, agreement signings, parades or riding in the back seat of the Mercedes limo behind Hitler. Schaub was born in Bavaria, 20 August 1898. Schaub was chief aide and SS adjutant to Adolf Hitler for 25 years, stemming into the last days of the war living in the bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. He joined the Nazi Party in the early days, attracting Hitler's attention and becoming his valet. He took care of Hitler's personal belongings, travel and papers. He was with Hitler at the 1923 Putsch, and in 1924, was imprisoned with Hitler in Landsberg prison where he continued as his personal aide. Göring, noted for giving comical nicknames to Hitler's inner circle, called Schaub Reisemarschal, or Travel Marshall. During the 12 year regime, Schaub daily gave operational orders to Rattenhuber of the RSD, being Hitler's personal protection chief.

Schaub achieved the final rank of SS-Obergruppenführer in 1943. In April 1945, Schaub was ordered to destroy all of Hitler's belongings and papers in the Reich Chancellery, and did the same in Hitler's Munich apartment and also at the Berghof. Although he did as best as he could, we know today that some of Hitler's belongings somehow escaped the "scorched earth" policy. Schaub was arrested by the Americans on 8 May 1945. He remained in custody until 1949, when finally, denazification investigators classified him as only a "fellow traveler" and concluded that he was not accused of any war crimes. He died in his Munich hometown 27 December 1967. Arguably, Schaub knew more about Hitler's personality and thinking than anyone else in his "inner circle". Most of it, he never revealed, even after the war was over. He described himself as "Hitler's Shadow".

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here to acquire an original SS sword owned and worn by one of the most well-known of all 3rd Reich personages. I remember first seeing this sword back in the 1990s, when I was visiting the tables of the late Leo Watermeir at a show in Houston. Leo had the sword and he told me he acquired the sword from an individual who was related to Schaub. Not province I know, but this sword speaks for itself with its originality and Leo had a lot of great SS items in his personal collection. It would be great if one of you collector/researchers could turn up a period photograph of Schab wearing this sword. There are photos of Schaub wearing his 1936 SS Degen, but this elusive photograph would have had to come from the period of 1934 - 1936.

Excellent. $10,500.00

SSPOL #45642C Early Silvered SS Lion Head Sword by PD Lüneschloss

This lion head sword is most attractive having excellent silver plated surfaces. The lion head is the conventional style cat with long jaw. The whiskers have been hand enhanced as has the brow and the mane which flows downward. The mane also has a lot of nice pebbling to help bring it out. This early sword is the type that has the tang covered with a plug at the top which has been hand engraved to match the flow of the mane. The cat is equipped with two small faceted red eyes. The backstrap continues down in a interesting floral pattern featuring leaves and in the center a flower design.

The P guard is also interesting in that it features three different patterns. Coming out the the lion's mouth is a pattern of laurel leaves which is raised out and then there is in the center a floral design which encloses a raised heart shaped shield. Within the shield is delicately engraved the year “1933”. The P guard continues downward to a floral design which becomes raised dots as it goes into the crossguard. The obverse of the crossguard has a stubby winged style eagle which is unique to the Lüneschloss firm. The eagle is extremely well executed with lots of hand work clutching a large wreath with engraved swastika. Very nice work here! The quillon ends with a roaring lion lead.

The reverse langet is also most interesting in that it has laurel leaves around a raised oval panel. Within the oval panel is a set of engraved SS runes. The runes are very well done with shade lines in between the S letter formation. The ferrule is a standard type with overlapping oak leaves.

The grip is a carved wood base covered with black celluloid remaining in perfect condition. The celluloid is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted. An extremely fine early hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout but studying its painted finish it appears to be an old repaint. The paint still remains at about 99 percent and looks fine.

The blade is expertly nickel plated and remains in full complete mint condition being mirror bright. This blade is marked on the reverse with the fire helmet having a sword running through the center. This was the early marking used by the PD Lüneschloss firm.

The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

An extremely nice original early SS sword here being one of the first issued well prior to the 1936 year when the official degen was introduced.

Excellent Plus. $5,495.00

SSPOL #45382C SS NCO Degen by Peter Dan Krebs

This Krebs produced degen is in outstanding condition. The nickel plated hilt mounts are in perfect condition throughout with no deterioration of the plating rust lifting et cetera. It is very nice to see this on one of these swords.

The pommel cap Is the NCO type which is flat on top and has the raised out SS runes with dark black background. All of the backgrounding is still present giving the runes a great lifted look.

The D guard is in fine condition which runs through the crossguard area ending in a downward teardrop quillion. The lower ferrule has the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The oak leaves have been hand enhanced featuring the little circles that Krebs was known to engrave into the oak leaves to give the relief.

The grip is as nice as you will see. It is in perfect condition and appears to have about 98 percent of the original lacquer coating. A really beautiful wireless grip here. A very fine hilt.

The scabbard is straight throughout having just a little bit of a wearing sign around the center area but it is not bad. This paint still has only the most nominal of wearing time. This paint is at about 99 percent. Since this is an NCO sword the bottom chape is the style that is built in to the scabbard. The upper scabbard fitting is a beauty having the Wotan Knot configuration. On this piece about 99 percent of the original darkening is still present between the knot locations. This fitting is retained by a dome head screw in each of the lower loops. The throat of this example is SS proofed with the Kulturzeichen stamping.

The blade is as nice as they come. It has the usual matte finish and still remains in perfect mint condition. The blade is 33 inches long. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 2nd style trademark which features a crest like device with a two pronged lobster inside. Around the crest is the firm’s name Pet. Dan. Krebs. Solingen. The original white washer is in place.

An extremely nice NCO example here in very collectible condition.

Near Mint. $2,695.00

SSPOL #45383C Early SS Officer Degen by Peter Dan Krebs

This degen is in remarkable condition throughout. The hilt mounts are the solid nickel type indicating that it is an early example. It is interesting to note though that despite its early design it has the step up nut fitting at the top not being the separate nut that turns outward.

The pommel is a real beauty have all of its serration around the edges with no sigs of being apart. The top is as smooth as glass. The D guard of the hilt could not look any nicer, although it does have a small hairline crack of unknown origin in it, located on the outer surface of the lower curve of the guard. This flaw is not threatening, however, and relatively minor. The built in ferrule is perfect as is the quillon arm with partial drilled hole on the teardrop end. The ferrule is also an extremely nice example having hand enhancing to the veins and small circles put in to give the leaves some depth. The darkening is still in the backgrounds of the standing oak leaves and acorns. It is also interesting to see where the factory jeweler adding pebbling to both of the seams where the lower ferrule was initially put together.

The grip is in outstanding condition. It is new like throughout with all of its ebony wood still seeming to have its lacquer coating in place. It is tightly wrapped with perfectly aligned nickel grip wire having the nickel cover plate on the reverse. The runes button is a matching beauty having good vaulted SS runes with all of the darkening in the backgrounds. You will not find a nicer hilt here.

There is an SS knot that is on this sword but I do not believe that this knot is original. I have not seen this form of replica but I have a good feeling that it is a copy so there is no extra charge for the knot and if the next owner wished to remove it that is certainly his option. Since the sword is on consignment however I will keep the knot on it.

The scabbard is also in tremendous condition. It is straight as an arrow and has just about full mint original black paint. It is very rare to see a scabbard with this amount of factory fresh paint. The scabbard mounts also seem to be of solid nickel. The lower mount of course has the lines which decorate both surfaces and there is no damage or signs of usage to the chape at the bottom. This sword has not seen much if any carrying time. The upper mount has the fine Wotan knot still being in perfect condition and having pebbled surfaces between the know. The original factory darkening seems to still be there. The upper mount is retained by dome head screws being one in each lower loop and the lower mount is the style with no screw being put on when the metal was hot. The throat is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking.

The 32 inch blade is as nice as you will see. It is in choice condition with a brighter finish than we normally see with its fuller on each side. It still retains its needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade is marked with the early style Krbs trademark. If you’re not familiar with the two type of trademarks Krebs used you can see the early and the late pictured in color on page 383 of my SS book. This early version features the shield design with lobster in the center and over the top it is stamped Pet. Dan. Krebs and beneath Solingen. The original white leather washer is in place.

An extremely fine sword in choice condition, and an investment quality piece.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #45239 SS NCO Degen by WKC

This NCO piece has fine nickel plated hilt mounts. The pommel cap shows a little bit of wear to the plating but it is still in good condition having good factory darkening in the backgrounds of the runes.

The D guard is fine stretching through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillon. This plating shows little to no age. The ferrule is also a nice example having good detail to the standing oak leaves as well as checkering to the acorn caps that separate the leaves.

The ebony grip is in perfect condition throughout and is the style without wire as we see on NCO pieces.

The scabbard is straight throughout which shows some crazing evenly spread on both sides but overall the paint is all still there. The bottom chape is the built in type which is standard for NCO pieces. The upper scabbard mount features the Wotan knot configuration and the area in between feature very fine raised pebbling but were never blackened. This mount is retained by a dome head screw on each one of the lower loops.

The blade on this example is 33 and a half inches in length. It is the matte finish type and unfortunately it does have some age spotting in the surfaces. This actually could come out with a little bit of sanding with emery paper as this sanding will not effect the matte finish of the blade. This is a good job for the next owner is he is handy. There is also a slight ripple in the tip of the blade but it is not bad. The blade is the standard type with long fuller extending past the halfway mark. The obverse ricasso is stampede with the knight head trademark and beneath is the firm’s initials "WKC". On the opposite side of the blade ricasso it is deeply stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

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A good basic SS NCO degen here which could be improved drastically with a little work on the blade that I have stated above.

Excellent. $1,995.00

SSPOL #41250C Early SS Officer's Degen

This SS Officer's Degen is of initial production with hilt being of solid nickel. The Degen does not appear to have been cleaned, having a smooth, even patina throughout.

The hilt is the style with the screw-out step nut below the pommel. The Degen has never been apart. The pommel nut is also solid nickel, showing no signs of removal and still having excellent umbrella-like serrations around the upper edges. The upper center pommel area is totally smooth with all surfaces intact and unmarred. The "D" guard is perfect throughout with an appealing curved design. It flows perfectly though the crossguard area, ending with a teardrop quillon having the partial decorative drilling on each side. The lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves separated by acorns.

Interestingly, the areas between each of the oak leaves, and above the acorns has been hand-punched with dots and darkened. The same treatment has been applied to the acorn caps; I have not seen this treatment on an SS Degen before. It is fun to study the hand work on these ferrules, as each individual example is slightly different, making each Degen unique from this aspect.

The ebony grip is completely perfect with no chips or flaws; some beautiful wood here, especially when it is seen in this condition. The nickel SS runes button is set on a slight turn, being positioned at about 7:00 o'clock, reminiscent of many of the buttons we see on the early SS daggers. The original factory darkening over the button's pebbled backgrounds is almost still completely intact, with one wear spot at the bottom point between the two runes. The under portion of the lower hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing.

The scabbard shell is outstanding, being straight and having great original luster to the original black paint. This paint is at least about 98%, being very impressive and also a true testament to this Degen's condition. The lower drag is nickel-plated and features the straight decorative line enhancing. There is just a tad of rust on the very chape area, where according to the consignor, the carpet was wet sometime while the vet was storing this Degen. The upper scabbard mount is in fine condition with its Wotan knot motif. All of the original factory darkening remains between the knot ties - also a great sign of little usage. The throat is also SS marked with the Kulturzeichen stamping.

The 32 inch blade is as good as they come, being completely in mint condition. It is the unmarked variety as we often see on initial production pieces, and has the usual short ricasso with single blade fuller. A perfect blade here. The original white leather washer is in excellent condition, showing only minor age, but little wear.

A great opportunity here to acquire a direct veteran original example that has never been cleaned, never been in a collection and remains in top condition.

Mint Minus. $6,495.00

SSPOL #43865 Police Degen - Herm Rath

This Police Degen is in fairly good shape and has never been cleaned.

The nickel plated pommel shows a little age but nothing that couldn't be cleaned up. The hilt mounts and ferrule remain in nice condition, with all of the original plating but in need of a cleaning.

The ferrule has six standing oak leaves separated by detailed, hand-enhanced acorns against a pebbled background.

The ebony grip is in nice condition, although it is more dark brown than black from age. Accenting the grip is a very fine wrap of copper wire and an inset copper Police insignia. This bird shows full detailing throughout and has 100% of the black background paint.

The scabbard is in excellent condition, with very fine original paint. This paint looks to be nearly 100% intact and retains a nice sheen. The lower mount is the standard Officer's type, needed to be cleaned by in good shape and retained by a pair of dome head screws. The upper mount also could use cleaning but it is in good shape, with nearly all of the original darkening in the Wotan's Knot design. This mount is retained by a pair of headless screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The blade is 31 ½ inches long, with a matte finish. Aside from a little minor pitting which might clean out this blade is in reasonably good shape. The ricasso is marked with the desirable Rathe trademark, with a pair of SS runes within a diamond. There is a white blade buffer in place which remains in fairly good condition.

A very nice degen here, perfect for someone who likes cleaning and polishing their collection. It is priced accordingly.

Good Plus. $1,125.00

SSPOL #43838C Police Degen - Alcoso

This early Police Degen does not look to have ever been cleaned. It has some age across the "D" guard and the ferrules but the plating looks to be good beneath the grime.

The pommel has excellent nickel plating. It has six standing oak leaves separated by detailed, hand-enhanced acorns against a pebbled background.

The ebony grip remains in nice condition, with some wear on the reverse but nothing that is objectionable. This grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire. The copper Police insignia is nicely inset and retains nearly full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell remains in very fine condition and is completely straight. The original paint looks to be at least 95% intact and it should come up nicely with a bit of wax. The lower mount is the standard Officer's type, needed to be cleaned by in good shape and retained by a pair of headless screws. The upper mount also could use cleaning but it is in good shape, with a little of the original darkening left in the Wotan's Knot design. It is the silvered type, something we normally see on an Alcoso piece. This mount is retained by a pair of large Alcoso screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The blade has a matte finish and measures 33 inches long. It remains in perfect, mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the early Alcoso Scales trademark used from 1937 to 1939. The original black leather blade washer is in place.

A good sword here, perfect for someone who likes a bit of cleaning.

Excellent. $995.00

SSPOL #43276C SS Panther Head Sword with "Das Reich" Etch - F. W. Höller

This Panther Head Sword is the aluminum version, having a gilded finish. It is the F. W. Höller Model #22.

The gilding throughout the hilt shows wear on the high areas and is probably about 80% intact. The panther head is fitted with faceted red glass eyes and retains fine detailing throughout the muzzle, brow, and mane. The backstrap is decorated with raised oak leaves raised oak leaves and acorns, with the tabs extending into the grip.

The "P" guard has fairly good gilding and features additional oak leaves and acorns. The same is true of the ferrule.

The obverse langet features a Höller style open winged eagle, looking to the viewer's left. The bird retains good detailing throughout. The quillon ends in a teardrop swirl. The reverse langet is quite curious, made with a raised shield that is part of the casting. The shield has a set of raised SS runes, which were gilded against a factory darkened background. It shows some wear but is all there and is quite a sight to see. This is the first time I've seen this treatment on an early SS sword.

The carved wooden grip is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in decent condition, although it is slightly worn through. It tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires with a twisted center strand.

Wrapped about the hilt in the standard tie is the original SS portepee. This portepee is completely set in place and does not appear to have ever been removed from the sword. It shows no fraying, only normal age toning that we would expect to see. The stem has a set of bullion SS runes on both sides, and the bullion ball stuffing matches the strapping.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. It shows some age and has a few signs of wear; overall this paint is about 85% intact.

The blade is nickel plated and measures 32 inches long. It has a fine, factory etch that is extremely rare and is indeed the first of the type I've ever seen. It is etch with the SS regiment "Das Reich", which is flanked by oak leaf springs. On the left of the etch is a shield bearing a set of intertwined runes, while the right has a set of SS runes and a circle. The original backgrounds are starting to fade but overall it is not too bad. The blade shows some age in the surfaces but I have made no attempt to clean it up. The reverse ricasso is marked with the early Höller Thermometer trademark, with 16 digits on either side of the mercury as opposed to the 11 digits used later in the period. The original black washer is in place.

An extremely rare, original SS sword here.

Excellent. $7,500.00

SSPOL #43277C Silver SS Panther Head Sword with Original Black Portepee - Alcoso

This Panther Head Sword has extremely fine silver plate throughout. It has toned over the years and does not look to have been cleaned. This is an Alcoso Model #119 sword.

The panther head is a fine looking cat, with enhancements to the muzzle and brow, as well as the mane which runs partially down the backstrap. This cat is equipped with red faceted glass eyes. The backstrap has outstanding raised oak leaves and acorns, all with hand enhancement and extending out on to the grip tabs.

The "P" guard also features this detailed oak leaf and acorn treatment. The crossguard is has a standard Alcoso eagle looking to the viewer's right. There is some wear to to this bird but in the main the detailing is intact. There is oak leaf on either side of the bird, and the quillon ends in a teardrop. The reverse langet is equipped with a raised oval section that has been fitted with an SS runes button. This button looks to have been countersunk into the langet. The enamel throughout this button is in nice condition, with the usual silver runes and circular borders. The lower portion of the hilt has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping.

The carved wooden grip is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a skein of three wires.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original black leather portepee. The knot shows wear and fraying here and there but if treated properly it should stay sound. This knot has triple wire stitches running the length, and a silver bullion lower ball. It is interesting to note that the insert is made of textured silver bullion with a thick line running through the center. This is the first time I've seen this kind of insert and I must say it adds quite a bit of interest to this sword.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has good original paint. There are only a few signs of wear here and there; overall this paint is about 99% intact. It is also still quite bright.

The nickel plated blade measures 33 inches long. The tip remains needle-like and the plating is in good condition. This blade shows some normal wear here and there but overall is in excellent shape. It is unmarked but it is definitely an Alcoso example.

Am extremely rare SS sword here, one that would have been purchased prior to the introduction of the Model 1936 Degen.

Excellent Plus. $8,500.00

SSPOL #42605 Early, "As-found" SS Officer's Degen with Monogrammed Pommel - Peter Dan Krebs

This SS Degen is in completely "as-found" condition. The mounts are solid nickel, deeply patinated with some evidence of nicotine; obviously this piece has not been touched or cleaned since the war. The pommel has not been removed, with a dark patina on the silver surfaces.

On the top of the pommel is a professionally engraved monogram which seems to read "GO". These letters are intertwined and very beautifully rendered.

The "D" guard remains in nice condition, sweeping downward through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillon decorated with cripple drilled divots. The ferrule has a fine pattern of six standing oak leaves, with pebbled areas added to conceal the mold lines and deeply cut accent lines on the veins. The lower portion of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen mark, as is the scabbard throat.

Attached to the "D" guard is the remains of an officer's portepee. It shows a great deal of age and is very worn, missing the lower ball and stem. Despite this I felt I should leave it in place as it speaks to the history of the piece.

The ebony grip is in excellent condition, with only a tiny chip on the right edge of the upper rib. In the center of the grip is a nickel SS runes button, patinated in to the same degree as the hilt mounts. This button looks to have 100% of the original background darkening in the recesses of the runes, greatly accenting the design.

The scabbard shows some evidence of wear and has a number of scratches, as well as a small ding on the obverse. The paint remains bright, however, and is about 90% intact. The lower mount is in fairly good condition, also patinated and with the original darkening still visible. The upper mount is deeply patinated and matches the hilt. It is in the standard "Wotan's Knot" design, with the areas in the loops of the knot retaining almost all of the original factory darkening. It is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops of the knot.

The blade measures 32 inches long. It remains bright throughout, with only a couple of kinks that appear in the center of the blade, caused by a bend somewhere along the line. We did our best to remove these kinks, but they still show under careful examination. The blade, however, remains in reasonably good condition overall. The reverse ricasso is marked with the early Krebs Lobster trademark, and the original white leather blade buffer is in place.

A pretty neat SS Degen here, and one that could possible be researched given the monogram. If you like pieces with period wear this is the example for you; personally I love the look of this sort of untouched look. This sword is reasonably priced for what it is.

Excellent. $4,995.00

SSPOL #40290C Early Personalized & Numbered SS Officer's Degen

This SS Officer's Degen is of early production. It is the style with a "turn-out" nut at the top, positioned below the pommel.

The pommel is an excellent example, with no signs of improper takedown. On the top of the pommel is the monogram of the original owner, "L. H.". The monogram is engraved in fine Gothic lettering and has a great look about it. This very pommel can be seen on page 404 of my SS Book.

The "D" guard is perfectly shaped, running down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillon with a decorative drilled divot on both sides. The ferrule is a fine example, decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The veining on the leaves has been enhanced with tiny circles, and the acorn caps show evidence of hand engraving.

The ebony grip is in fine condition, with no chips. The grip is tightly wrapped with matching nickel wire and has a matching cover plate on the reverse concealing the mounting of the wire. The obverse grip is fitted with a SS runes button with an exactly matching patina. This button has excellent runes and 100% of the original background darkening. The lower section of the hilt is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen, as does the scabbard throat.

The scabbard is straight throughout. The paint is in outstanding condition; I think it was probably done a few years ago but it is professional in every way and nearly 100% intact. The lower mount has the usual decorative accent lines on both sides which retain most of the original darkening. The mount is retained by a pair of dome head side screws. The upper mount is the "Wotan's Knot" type. The areas inside the knot have about 40% of the original darkening left intact. This mount is retained by a pair of dome head screws located on each side of the lower loops.

The blade of this example has the standard matte finish. It is in fine, nearly mint condition. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the SS serial number "3474". The original white washer is in place, with a crack on one side. I'd rather see the original washer, however, than a new replacement.

This degen belonged to SS-Standartenführer Ludwig Hettesheimer. According to SS records Hettesheimer joined the organization in 1930, working his way up from an NCO to this high rank. As of 1938, Hettesheimer was the Inspector Storm Commander of the Rhine area. As of April 1941 he was in command of Abschnitt 11. He earned the Honor Degen as well as a SS Honor Ring. He was an older man, being born 27 May, 1887. He can be seen in my SS Book on page 404. He is second from left in the photo.

The sword comes with a mountain of research material regarding this man. It is all in German, but with a little Google translate and a lot of spare time I am sure you can start drilling down into this amazing cache of information. There are also some copies of photographs that include Hettesheimer, so you can put the name directly to the face. These documents trace his career from the early 30's all the way to the late 40's.

Quite a coup here for the SS collector; it is quite rare to find an SS sword that can be traced directly the original owner. A wonderful SS sword here, with a treasure trove of research material, personalization, and fine, initial production quality.

Excellent Plus. $9,995.00

SSPOL #40937C Early SS Officer's Degen

This SS Officer's Degen looks to be of initial production and does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The hilt mounts are solid nickel. The upper hilt has the "screw out" nut which we see on early examples.

The pommel is a fine example, with no evidence of removal. It has toned completely black, indicating it is most likely silver plated. The "D" guard has a fine, even patination and ends in the usual teardrop quillon with decorative drilled divots on both sides. The lower ferrule is a fine example, decorated with six standing oak leaves and acorns. The oak leaves are nicely blackened and show hand enhancement.

The ebony grip retains the original lacquer. There are a few tiny chips to the lacquer but the grip remains in fine condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and the nickel cover plated remains on the reverse. The nickel runes button is a very fine example, nicely inset with no chips anywhere around it. The runes are in high relief and nearly all of the original factory darkening is in the backgrounds.

The underside of the hilt is proofed with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamp, which also appears on the scabbard throat.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. This paint shows some age and quite a bit of carrying time; I'd say it is about 85% intact. There is no question this degen was often worn over the years. The lower mount is nickel plated and retains most of the original darkening in the decorative lines. It is the type that is retained without screws. The upper mount is the standard "Wotan's Knot" type. There is little of the original darkening left in the areas between the loops but the pebbling is still all there. The mount is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The 34 inch blade is in the standard matte finish with a deep fuller on each side. It is buffered by a white leather washer which shows age and wear but still quite sound.

A good opportunity to acquire an untouched SS Officer's Degen here. With a little cleaning this sword would be most impressive.

Excellent. $7,295.00

SSPOL #40939C Police Officer's Degen - Paul Weyersberg

This Police Officer's Degen shows traces of age on the "D" guard but the plating remains sound. The pommel cap has some lifting on the edge of the upper portion but the serrations remain crisp. The ferrule has the usual six standing oak leaves, with evidence of hand enhancement throughout the design.

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, with good, tight nickel grip wire. The Police eagle grip insignia is a copper type and retains full detailing throughout.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original Police portepee. It is the style with leather strapping and aluminum stitching that runs the length, with a red center stitch. The knot is in the original tie. The leather is slightly compromised in the knotted portion but if it is left alone it should remain intact.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. The paint shows quite a bit of wear and is about 85% intact. One of the strange things about this degen is that while it is an Officer's example the scabbard has an NCO's chape. I'm not sure why this would be so, but the blade fits perfectly and is the proper length. The upper mount is in the Wotan's Knot pattern, with most the the original blacking intact. It is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops. The throat is marked with an SS-Kulturzeichen stamping.

The blade is 31 ½ inches long with a standard matte finish. It remains in nearly mint condition and is marked with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark. The original white blade buffer is intact.

A good Police example here. You might want to replace the scabbard but I think it is fine just the way it is.

Excellent. $850.00(#071818)

SSPOL #32751 Police Officer Degen – Hermann Rath

This Police Officer Degen is overall in extremely nice, collectible condition. The hilt fittings are all nickel-plated and the plating is still bright throughout showing only the most nominal of age signs. The pommel cap is in good condition having perfect plating and good serrations running around the circumference. The “D” guard goes into a smooth crossguard area and ends with a teardrop quillon. The ferrule consists of standing oak leaves separated by acorns which show fine handwork to the veins. There does not appear to be any blackening in the recesses. The grip is a very fine ebony wood being in choice condition throughout. There is a very small sliver of wood that is missing at the top rib just next to the cover plate. It is difficult to see and is not noticeable in my opinion. The grip wire is nice and tight throughout and the insignia is the copper style. This copper police insignia portrays an open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. The detail is still outstanding to the grip insignia showing little wear.

Setting off this hilt is the original-to-the-piece portepee. This portepee is produced in leather strapping and it is the larger form which has triple aluminum wire stitching running the length. The center area is missing most of the original red highlight thread but a few small portions of it can be seen here and there. The leather itself though seems to still be in fine condition as does the aluminum stitching. The stem is the flat metal type which is covered by aluminum crochet-like bullion material. The slide is missing from this portepee. The lower acorn ball is made up of yarn-like bullion thread and it is all nice and tight. The insert is composed of black, red and white thread. An extremely nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has outstanding original black paint. This paint shows very little usage and is in nearly full mint condition. A very fine shell here.

The shell is equipped with upper and lower officer mounts. The lower mount has no screws holding it on as apparently it was installed hot. After cooling these fittings became set in place. Like the ferrule this lower mount does not have any darkening in the decorative lines. The upper mount features a fine Wotan’s knot design and like the other parts does not appear to have had blackening in the open portions. It is interesting to note that the obverse loop has a single flatter head style screw whereas the reverse lower loop has the pattern for the hole to be drilled but this hole drilling was never done. Most likely this was a later produced sword.

The blade of this example is done in the matte finish and it is 31-inches in length. This very fine blade is in near full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the maker’s name and location formed in an ellipse shape with capital letters, “Herm. Rath / Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in position. This is a very fine Hermann Rath sword. Some of the earlier examples will have on the blade the SS runes stamped in along with the name. This example does not and I believe it is because it is because it is a later produced piece. The quality though is exceptional throughout this degen and if you are looking for a nice one to add to your collection this one should fill the bill.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

SSPOL #32837 Police Officer Degen - Paul Weyersberg

This Police Officer Degen has fairly good plating throughout the hilt. There is a minor amount of freckling that is noticeable here and there but the hilt does not look to have been cleaned in awhile and probably a lot of this could be lessened with a nice rub of semi chrome. The pommel cap is in perfect condition and shows no signs of being taken out improperly throughout the fluted edges. The crossguard comes nicely down from the “D” guard ending in a quillon with a partial decorative drilled hole on each side. The ferrule is the style which never had blackening in the backgrounds. It features the six standing oak leaves all having excellent detail with no hand enhancing necessary. The acorns in between have nice crisp caps and between the leaves there is a pebbled surface. The ebony grip is in totally perfect condition having tightly wrapped nickel wire. The center police insignia is a copper type and it is in great condition still showing excellent detail throughout the eagle superimposed over the oak leaves. This eagle looks to the left and clutches a wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard is a fine example having excellent original black paint. The paint shows only modest wear here and there but overall it is at least 95% and with a good cleaning will come up to near mint. The lower chape fitting is a typical nickel-plated type in good condition being retained by two dome head steel side screws. The upper scabbard mount is the style without black in the Wotan knot. This mount is in fine condition throughout though retained by two steel dome head screws, one in each lower loop. The Weyersberg swords are not SS proofed on the throat or the lower hilt. The blade of this example is 32½ inches in length. It is in excellent condition having a good matte finish. This blade shows little usage and other than a couple of tiny age marks near the ricasso area the blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword positioned between a wreath of wheat. The original washer is gone to time. A pretty nice example here though that will clean up if the next owner would choose to do so.

Excellent. $995.00

SSPOL #40294C SS NCO's Degen - Peter Dan Krebs

This SS NCO's Degen is in untouched condition. The nickel plated parts are in excellent condition and show little age.

The pommel cap is the flatter NCO type. On the top is a fine set of raised SS runes which retain complete background darkening. There is no sign that this cap has ever been removed.

The "D" flows nicely through the crossguard area and ends in a teardrop quillon. The lower ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. Both the leaves and the acorns have feine details and are nicely hand-enhanced.

The ebony grip is a very fine, high quality example, remaining in perfect condition. Some of the original lacquer remains in the recesses.

Wrapped about the hilt of the sword is a SS NCO's troddel. This troddel has the same strapping as an officer's model, with a textured center and two sets of dual black stripes that run the length. The stem and slide are of aluminum bullion with a "V" weave that is accented by black thread. The black is a black and bullion with an insert that matches the strapping. This knot shows little wear. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint shows some wear but remains at least 90% intact. The finish retains a bit of shine as well. The lowe chape is the style that is built into the shell, somethig we see on NCO swords. The upper scabbard mount is in the "Wotan's Knot" configuration. It looks as though much of the darkening has worn from this knot, although it may not have been there in the first place. There is also some age on this mount but it could be cleaned up with a little effort. It is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops. Unusually this scabbard is not stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking, although this is not unheard of.

The blade is a very fine example in mint condition. It has a standard matte finish and measures 33 inches long. There is a white leather blade washer in place, a hallmark of Krebs pieces.

A good example here, in untouched condition.

Excellent. $3,195.00

SSPOL #39763C Untouched Police Officer’s Degen – Emil Voos

This Voos Degen has mounts that are deeply patinated and do not look to have been cleaned since the war. The plating beneath looks to be in excellent condition; it could be cleaned but I prefer to leave it as-is.

The pommel is in good concentration, with fine serrated edges. There are no tool marks nor does the pommel look to have been removed at any time. The “D” guard sweeps smoothly through the crossguard area and ends in a teardrop quillon. The lower ferrule has the traditional design of six standing oak leaves separated with acorns.

The ebony grip of the sword is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with nickel wire. In the center of the is a fine copper Police Eagle insignia.

The scabbard is nice and straight, with very good original paint that is easily 95% intact. The matching scabbard mounts have also been left uncleaned. The lower mount has the usual decorative lines and is retained by a pair of side screws. The upper mount is in the “Wotan’s Knot” configuration. I don’t see any traces of darkening on this knot, and it is retained by a pair of dome head screws, one in each of the lower loops.

Emil Voos did not proof their swords, so we see no SS markings on this sword.

The plate is the usual matte finish type. It has a little bit of age on the ricasso of each side, but the remainder of the blade is crisp. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Snake & Stump trademark of the Voos firm, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very good, solid sword here, from a maker we don’t see very often.

Excellent. $1,095.00

SSPOL #39849 SS NCO’s Degen – Alcoso

It is fairly unusual to see an SS NCO’s Degen by Alcoso; apparently this piece was a custom order. The degen has the usual silvered Alcoso mounts, namely the ferrule and the upper scabbard fitting. This degen comes from a collector I’ve know for some thirty years. He purchased it from a veteran many, many years ago and is now ready to pass it on.

The pommel is most unusual. Most NCO pommels with be the type with raised SS runes in the top. This degen has a standard flat pommel on which the SS runes have been professionally engraved. The engraving is superb, with double scribing and fine shading lines. A very striking, original enhancement here.

The “D” guard has good nickel plating and a fine curvature which runs through the center area and ends in a teardrop quillon. The ferrule is the silver type, with outstanding detail to the standing oak leaves and acorns. The mold lines on the ferrule have been concealed by means of hand engraved oak leaves and acorns.

Since this is an Alcoso piece there are no SS proof marks on the hilt or scabbard throat.

The grip of the degen is of fine ebony and is in perfect condition. A little of the lacquer is worn here and there and some of the raw wood is visible, but this is normal wear for an SS Degen.

The scabbard is a fine, long example, being straight throughout. It has good, original paint that shows minor traces of age and attic crazing. In the main, however, the paint is still quite good and is somewhere between 90 and 95% intact. The lower drag is the built-in style, as we see on NCO models. The upper mount is in the standard “Wotan’s Knot” configuration, with no darkening in the loops of the knot. It doesn’t look like it every had any. The two screws which retain the mount are in place on the lower loops and are the large size we associate with Alcoso.

The blade of this degen is an extremely long and a real monster. It measures 35 ½ inches long, a full half inch longer than the largest production model. It has a very fine, matte finish and shows virtually no age. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the last trademark used by Alcoso; a set of scale with the initials “ACS” intertwined, along with the name and location of the firm. There is a fine black leather blade washer in place.

An outstanding and interesting SS NCO’s Degen here, one that would make for a fine addition to any sword collection and of particular interest to the avid “type” collector.

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

SSPOL #39743 Police Officer’s Degen – Carl Eickhorn

This late Police Officer’s Degen was made after 1941 but does not lack for quality.

The hilt is fine, nickel-plated example which shows a little bit of mild age on the outside of the “D guard, but nothing bad. The pommel cap is in good shape, with no signs of improper turning. The “D” guard ends in quillon decorated with drilled divots on both sides. The lower ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves that have obviously received hand enhancements to the veins, and the mold lines are concealed by hand-engraved acorns. Some very nice work here!

The ebony grip is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with nickel wire. In the center is flush mounted aluminum Police insignia; this bird retains fine detailing.

The perfect scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It has been professionally repainted with a fine matte finish and looks great. The lower mount is the nickel plated type, being in excellent condition with full plating ad retained by screws on each side. The upper mount is in the Wotan’s Knot configuration. I don’t see a lot of darkening on this mount but it looks to have been made this way.

The blade is a very fine, matte finish example that measures 31 inches long. It is in mint condition, stamped on the reverse with the “Over the Shoulder” style Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice Eickhorn piece here, with some minor restoration in the form of the scabbard repaint. It’s a good value.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SSPOL #39483C SS Officer’s Degen with Portepee – Alcoso

We do not see many Alcoso SS pieces, so this piece is somewhat of a rarity.

The hilt is most interesting. It looks to be the stainless steel style that we would associate with the Dachau forge. Chances are Alcoso purchased this hilt from Müller to fill a special order for an SS Officer’s sword.

The pommel is the nickel-plated steel type and shows no evidence of improper turning. The ferrule is the separate style style and is coupled with a stainless steel “D” guard. The ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves and is in the Dachau style, having some handwork.

The grip is a very fine ebony and remains in perfect condition. It is very tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and the SS runes button is the standard Dachau type. It is in very choice condition and has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds.

Attached to the hilt is an outstanding original SS portepee. This portepee shows some minor age but is free of fray and is in the original tie, which looks to have been in place for a long, long time. The strapping has textured aluminum bullion, with two set of dual black strips. The stem is rounded and decorated with SS runes in a circle on both sides, while the lower ball is of bullion thread with an insert that matches the strapping.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint with only a couple of modest nicks here and there. The paint overall, however, is about 98% intact. The lower mount is nickel plated and engraved with lines; it is retained by a pair of nickel side screws. The upper mount is the Wotan’s Knot style, in good condition with most of the original darkening. This mount is retained by a pair of nickel screws, one in each of the lower loops. The upper mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen.

The blade of the degen as a fine matte finish and remains in choice, perfect condition, measuring 31 inches long. It bears the Alcoso Scales logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine sword here. It does not look to have been apart or cleaned in modern times.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #39483C SS Officer’s Degen with Portepee – Alcoso

We do not see many Alcoso SS pieces, so this piece is somewhat of a rarity.

The hilt of this degen is most interesting. It looks to be the stainless steel style that we would associate with the Dachau forge. Chances are Alcoso purchased this hilt from Müller to fill a special order for an SS Officer’s sword.

The pommel is the nickel-plated steel type and shows no evidence of improper turning. The ferrule is the separate style style and is coupled with a stainless steel “D” guard. The ferrule is decorated with six standing oak leaves and is in the Dachau style, having some fine handwork.

The grip is crafted of a very fine ebony and remains in perfect condition. It is very tightly wrapped with nickel wire, and the SS runes button is the standard Dachau type. It is in very choice condition and has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds.

Attached to the hilt is an outstanding original SS portepee. This portepee shows some minor age but is free of fray and is in the original tie, which looks to have been in place for a long, long time. The strapping has textured aluminum bullion, with two set of dual black strips. The stem is rounded and decorated with SS runes in a circle on both sides, while the lower ball is of bullion thread with an insert that matches the strapping.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint with only a couple of modest nicks here and there. The paint overall, however, is about 98% intact. The lower mount is nickel plated and engraved with lines; it is retained by a pair of nickel side screws. The upper mount is the Wotan’s Knot style, in good condition with most of the original darkening. This mount is retained by a pair of nickel screws, one in each of the lower loops. The upper mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen.

The blade of the degen as a fine matte finish and remains in choice, perfect condition, measuring 31 inches long. It bears the Alcoso Scales logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine sword here. It does not look to have been apart or cleaned in modern times.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSPOL #37676C SS Officer's Dachau Type Degen

This SS Degen was recently brought in by a consignor who acquired the sword back in the '70's at a San Antonio show. There are a lot of armed forces bases in that area; those of us collectors who used to do shows in the vicinity can vouch for the amount of militaria that would crop in these venues.

This Dachau Degen is in nice condition throughout. It has a stainless steel “D” guard with separate upper and lower ferrules. The “D” guard is completely textbook, with a teardrop quillon end. The lower ferrule has fine standing oak leaves separated by acorns. As is the case with the Dachau versions there is no background darkening to this design.

The tang nut is a standard, nickel-plated steel type, showing mild traces of age but nothing bad. The reverse cover plate is also nickel-plated steel.

The grip is a fine ebony beauty, being in perfect condition. This ebony has outstanding tight nickel wire. The runes button is also stainless as we see on these degens. This button has fine, raised SS runes with a good background darkening.

The scabbard of this degen is not the slimmer type we usually see with these swords, but rather is the standard size. What makes it a definite Dachau piece is the fact that the upper scabbard mount with the Wotan's Knot is also made of stainless steel. It is retained by two headless side screws. The lower mount is a conventional style which still has the darkening in its decorative lines and is retained by two dome head screws. The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has fairly good original paint. This paint shows some crazing here and there and a little bit of wear on the reverse center. Overall, though, it is at least 95% intact.

The unmarked blade is in choice condition, measuring 32 inches long. It has the conventional fuller and good, crisp edges. This blade remains in Mint condition. It has the standard Dachau type brown leather washer.

A nice Dachau Degen here, one that would fit well into any SS collection.

Excellent Plus. $5,995.00

SSPOL #37437C Untouched Police NCO's Degen – WKC

This untouched example has never been cleaned and still has the original dull patina which is evenly spread throughout the nickel-plated hilt mounts as well as the scabbard mounts. The patina is very old, but if the next owner chose to clean this piece I am sure it would come up quite nicely.

The pommel cap is the flat variety indicative of NCO status. The “D” guard is in excellent condition, running throughout the crossguard area and ending in a teardrop quillon. The upper ferrule in integral to the hilt while the lower ferrule is a separate fitting, being the style with six standing oak leaves. These oak leaves have been extensively hand enhanced, and they are separated with acorns with checkered caps. It is hard to tell if the darkening is in the recesses as the entire fitting is darkly patinated.

The ebony grip is the style without wire and is in perfect condition, with a fine, even black color. The Police NCO insignia is installed flush with the grip. It is made of aluminum and features an open-winged Police eagle and swastika superimposed over a wreath of oak leaves. This insignia still has good detailing, indicative of careful carry time.

The original-to-the-piece portepee is still intact in the proper tie. This portepee is the style with black leather strapping decorated with triple wire stitching, the center being red as a highlight. The portepee shows age and usage with a small amount of wear on the inner strap where the portepee emerges from the tie. Not bad though, and not threatening; I'm sure it will stay intact for a long time. The slide is a woven leather type highlighted with bullion and red thread, and the stem is the flatter type covered with crochet-like bullion being the style you can see through. The lower ball is of bullion thread and has the characteristic “cat's anus” stuffing of white, black and red thread.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint which is about 95% intact. There are a couple of chips here and there but nothing unusual and completely commensurate with the degree of overall wear on this degen. It is interesting to note that this is an officer type scabbard as it has the separate lower mount. The two mounts, however, exactly match the deep patina of the hilt, so there is no question both of these mounts have always been with this degen. The lower mount still has the darker backgrounds in the enhancement lines. There is a tiny ding on the reverse of this mount but it is nothing. The obverse mount features the Wotan's Knot design. Like the upper ferrule, the patination makes it difficult to tell if the factory darkening is still in the recesses of the knot. The mount is retained by two dome head screws, one on each side of the lower loop.

The fine blade has the usual matte finish and it remains in Mint condition. This blade measures 31½ inches. On the opposite ricasso it is stamped with the SS proofing as was the habit of the WKC firm. On the obverse ricasso is stamped the knight head logo along with the firm's initials beneath, “WKC”. The original washer is a white leather example showing some age but still totally intact and looking good.

A very fine Police Degen here which is desirable with the WKC SS blade stamping.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SSPOL #30860 Police NCO's Degen - Paul Weyersberg

This Police NCO's Degen is really in nice overall condition. The nickel plated hilt mounts all have their original finish and really look great, being 100%. The “D” guard, crossguard and quillon, ends in a small teardrop. The pommel cap above is the flat variety, as this is an NCO version. This pommel cap also has outstanding plating and no signs of tool marks. The ferrule of this example is an outstanding one, having good detail to the 6 standing oak leaves and the acorns in between. There does not appear to be any factory darkening in the backgrounds, but because of the nice detail here, it doesn’t need it. The grip of this example is a very fine ebony. The reverse of the grip is absolutely perfect, showing no use at all. The obverse is also choice, showing only a couple of taps in the two ribs above the insignia, but they would be easy to cover with a little darkening polish, or even Magic Marker. This is a really nice ebony grip here. This grip, of course, has no wire as it is the NCO version. In the center, countersunk flat, is a fine Police aluminum NCO Eagle. This bird still has most of the original detail, which is commensurate with the rest of the Degen. The bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath, and swastika are still extremely clear.

Wrapped about the lower portion of this hilt is what appears to be the original Police troddel. This troddel is the larger type, having black leather strapping. The strapping is decorated with triple rows of aluminum stitch wire. A little bit of the red contrasting wire still remains in the center, but most of this red wire has gone to time. The leather shows some usage on all of the edges but is still intact, and if left alone, will stay there for many years to come. The slide is a black leather weave that has red and bullion highlights. The stem is flat having a crochet-like surface, and you can see the metal below. The oval ball is of yarn-like bullion, and the cat’s anus-style stuffing is done with black, white, and red thread. The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. The paint is still bright, showing some age in the surfaces and a few scuffs, but overall this paint is really in good shape compared to most of them that you see. This paint cleaned up would easily rate in a near mint state.

The 33½ inch long blade has the usual matte finish and, frankly, it is as nice as you will see. This blade is in a mint state. The reverse ricasso is marked with a dark etched double oval trademark. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co., Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing Roman-like sword positioned between two wheat sheafs. A nice blade here! This blade is protected by a off-white color leather washer. There are no SS markings on this sword, as Paul Weyersberg did not do this. A very nice example here, that with minimal work will really clean up to be a sensational piece.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

SSPOL #31549 Police Officer's Degen – Peter Dan Krebs

This Krebs Degen shows some overall usage and some age but it is still in good collectible condition and will clean up some if the next owner would like to do so. The nickel-plated hilt still has good plated surfaces. There is some age here and there but mostly it is superficial and should clean up. There is a minor rust spot on the inner edge of the “D” guard up near the pommel top but it doesn’t show from straight on. The quillon ends in a teardrop and has the partial drilled hole on both obverse and reverse surfaces. The pommel top is in good condition throughout having the umbrella like edges with smooth center. There is no improper usage of tool marks on the edges of this pommel. The ferrule is a darker colored example having six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The oak leaves have some hand-enhancing being a little circles drawn along the veins. The acorns also have some handwork noticeable to the checkering of the caps. The patina covers a large part of the ferrule so it is hard to see what was done to enhance the areas where the casting flaws occurred but I’m sure something was. The lower hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen markings being within a four-sided figure. This matches the stamping on the throat area.

The grip is a fine ebony wood. It is in perfect condition with no chips or splits in the ribs. The ribs are tightly wrapped with nickel wire. As is the case with most Krebs swords the ebony wood was lacquered when they were new. The wearing of the lacquer exposes the slightly lighter color wood beneath and in the instance of this grip I would say that about 80-85% of the ebony is exposed with about 15% lacquer remaining. The cover plate on the reverse of the grip is in place and nice and tight. The obverse grip features the copper police eagle insert. This insignia is an open-winged bird looking to the viewer’s left clutching a wreathed swastika superimposed on a wreath of oak leaves. The details to the bird’s head and breast feathering are just slightly worn and the wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still mostly crisp.

The scabbard of this example is nice and straight. It has good original black paint on the obverse surface whereas the reverse surface does show a little more age and some rust but not too bad. With a little work this scabbard could easily come up a lot. The way it is though the paint is about 95% and it rates at about excellent to excellent plus. The lower mount is a nickel-plated type showing some age in the plating on both sides. The mount is retained by two dome head screws, one of which is missing on the left side. If the next owner would like the screw properly replaced just say the word and we will be happy to do it. The upper scabbard fitting also shows some age to the plating but not bad. The darkening between the Wotan weave is mostly rubbed off but I would say that there’s about 15-20% of it remaining.

The blade of this example is the usual matte finish that we see on Krebs Police degens. The blade is just under 30 inches in length. It is in good condition throughout having just a little bit of staining on the ricasso area of both sides extending down to about 2 or 3 inches. It is not bad though and not really noticeable. The reverse ricasso is etched with the shield style logo. The shield contains a lobster. Around the shield are the company’s name and location, “Pet. Dan. Krebs. Solingen”. The original white leather washer is in place. This washer shows a few cracks in the surfaces of the white but still looks very, very good and its age certainly matches that of the degen.

This is a good opportunity to acquire a desirable Krebs piece. This police officer piece has virtually the same exact qualities of its SS officer counterpart, the only difference being an eagle in the grip instead of an SS runes button. A good, solid, untouched example. This sword is not in Mint condition, but it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $1,095.00

SSPOL #22164 Police NCO's Degen – Carl Julius Krebs

The Carl Julius Krebs name is not seen frequently on police swords. This is the first one that I remember carrying. This sword has a pretty good nickel plated hilt. There is very little age to this plating. The plating runs throughout the flat pommel cap, the “D” guard and sweeps down through the quillon area, ending in a small teardrop. The ferrule at the top is built into the design and the ferrule at the bottom is a separate piece, having six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The designs appear to have hand-enhancing in the veins as well as somewhat in the checkering of the acorn caps. The grip is an excellent piece of ebony wood. It has 13 ribs and other than some normal wear signs, is in perfect condition throughout. There are no chips or problems in this grip. The center obverse has a recessed NCO police eagle inserted. This eagle is the aluminum type and it portrays an open-winged bird looking to the viewer’s left clutching a wreathed swastika. The bird is superimposed over an oval wreath of oak leaves. Not a bad hilt here.

The scabbard of this example is in straight condition and has outstanding original black factory paint. This paint only shows nominal wear and age. In fact, it could grade at near mint if cleaned up a little bit. The NCO version has the drag built into the lower scabbard. The upper scabbard is fitted with the woton’s knot style throat mount. The areas between the knot do not show any darkening, but studying the area I don’t think they ever had it. The fitting is retained by two dome head screws which are in the lower swirl area. There are no SS proofings on this sword.

The 29 inch long straight blade is the matte finish type. It does have some age stains pretty much throughout both sides of the blade but perhaps with a little work some of this could be reduced. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a small oval design. Inside of the perimeter is the firm’s name and location “Carl Julius Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the letter “k”. There is a small amount of the original washer still remaining, but it is only maybe 25%. This degen could use a new leather washer. Not a bad piece here - if the blade were better it would grade higher, as the outside is in very nice condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00