Heer Sword Hanger

Condition: Excellent


SKU: JW6585 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer Sword Hanger is a great example of a tough accessory to find. It is constructed out of two pieces of brown leather that have been machine stitched together, with a green velvet backing. The leather retains most of the original finish, with light traces of age and wear. The top has a loop made of square steel wire. The front has a fine zinc spring clip that has a high quality silver finish. The clip is neatly hand stitched to the hanger and remains perfectly functional. On the reverse, the velvet layer shows age. This Heer Sword Hanger measures 7 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide, and could still be used for its original purpose. There is no maker mark, which is typical for these. This hanger is complete and sound, and remains in excellent condition.




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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