Product Description: This Heer Dove Head Sword is a very appealing example. This piece was made by E. Pack & Söhne in Solingen, and is the pattern that was listed in their catalog as model number 208. This handsome and impressive sword measures 39 inches long overall, with a 32-1/2 inch blade. The blade is very nice, with normal runner marks and some slight gray spotting, as well as lots of original shine. The maker mark is neatly stamped on the ricasso. The beautiful hilt features brass-based metal fittings that retain nicely detailed ornamentation. The crossguard features a bold-looking German Army type eagle and swastika emblem. The grip has two chips and a crack, but retains the correct original grip wire. This Heer Dove Head Sword is complete with the original scabbard. The scabbard has a ding, and shows some light wear and age matching the hilt. Nearly all of the original glossy paint is still present, with some minor crazing. This is an attractive sword that makes for a great display object. The overall condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The traditional sword was part of the regalia of many of the Third Reich’s military and paramilitary branches, including the Wehrmacht, Polizei, and SS. Wear of the sword was typically limited to dress occasions, and was generally reserved for officers and NCOs. Each soldier or official had to purchase his own sword. These were made by a variety of manufacturers and made available through distributors. Although the overall pattern and appearance of Third Reich swords was regulated by the government or military, there were countless options that the wearer of the sword could choose from, depending on his personal taste, and how much money he wanted to spend. Blades were available with or without etchings. Some swords bore German national symbols on the handle, such as an eagle and swastika on the cross guard or grip, or an organization emblem or swastika on the pommel. Other swords were manufactured without these emblems. Swords could be personalized with engravings or etchings identifying the owner. In wear, they were suspended from a sword hanger worn under the uniform. The wide variety of Third Reich swords, and the generally extremely high level of workmanship used in the traditional craft of sword manufacture, makes these extremely interesting to collect and to study.
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