Product Description: This Höller Police NCO Sword is an impressive piece. The 31 inch blade has wonderful original luster and is in excellent plus condition, with minimal gray spotting. The ricasso of the blade is neatly stamped with the “thermometer” maker mark of F. W. Höller in Solingen. The handle of this one shows light honest use and age, with some wear to the black finish on the grip, but no chips or cracks. The guard and pommel show minor freckling. The Polizei grip eagle is intact and shows only light wear. The handle is complete with a cloth style sword Portepee that is also excellent. This Höller Police NCO Sword is complete with its original scabbard, which retains nearly all of the original glossy black enamel paint finish. The scabbard is complete with its original fittings and suspension ring. Overall, this is just a great example of a very desirable sword.
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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