Product Description: This Imperial Armistice Lion Head Sword is a complete and absolutely lovely piece. It measures 42 inches long overall, with a 35 inch blade. The blade is outstanding, and in excellent plus plus condition, with only minor runner marks. The intricate etched designs on the blade are pristine, and the surface has very attractive original shine. It’s maker marked on the ricasso with the commercial style emblem of Paul Weyersburg in Solingen. The original leather buffer pad is intact. The hilt of this sword is beautiful, with only minimal wear. The brass-based fittings on the hilt show only an extremely slight age patina. The grip is undamaged, and the correct wire wrap is intact. The beautifully ornamented designs on the metal fittings are topped on the pommel with a finely detailed lion’s head, with correct red ruby eyes. The scabbard retains the original suspension ring, as well as about 95 percent of the original glossy black enamel paint finish. There are some small chips to the paint, and one small dent to the scabbard body. This Imperial Armistice Lion Head Sword is an extremely appealing example of this desirable sword. The condition rates as excellent plus overall.
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.
We are the leading team of military antique specialists. We have specialized in military antiques for over 25 years.
Epic Artifacts offers free evaluations and the highest prices available for your collectibles.
We purchase single items, entire collections, or family estates.
Feel free to email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org