Product Description: Always nice to find an excellent example of a Luftwaffe Officers SMF Sword in aluminum. These are starting to become somewhat difficult to find. The swastika in the pommel and crossguard maintain their factory gilt gold although the gold has dulled and has worn over the years. Pommel is correctly hand enhanced with wee oak leaves and acorns. Impressive to see all the fittings on the sword to have traces of the original lacquer that has turned a very nice light honey amber color. The springy double wire-wrap on grip is complete. The correct blue buffer pad is intact and complete. The blade measures a little over 28 inches or 71 centimeters. The plated blade has most of its original luster with speckle spotting throughout the blade, showing the typical surface scratches and runner marks. Nicely etched SMF Solingen makers mark with inspection stamp above kings crown on makers logo. The scabbard’s body is covered in a lovely original blue Moroccan style pebbled leather which has a few rub and pressure marks as you would expect. The four correct headless scabbard screws are present and tight with no signs of turning or removal. The fit of the sword remains nice and tight! Unfortunately the hanger is lost to time. This Luftwaffe Officers SMF Sword is a very impressive piece made by one of the premiere edged weapon makers of the Third Reich, and is a very fine and desirable piece of military regalia.
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, Luftwaffe 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 crossguard 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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