Product Description: This Police NCO Degen by Paul Weyersberg is a nice, representative example. The condition blade is 31-1/2 inches long, and is in excellent condition. It has been cleaned, with some rub marks and graying from wear throughout, but is a nice solid fit, with a perfect tip. On the reverse, the blade is cleanly stamped with the maker mark of Paul Weyersberg in Solingen. The handle of this sword shows some minor age and wear, with some flaking to the plating on the steel D-guard, though most of the original metal finish on the handle fittings remains intact. The black hardwood grip shows only very minor wear and patina, with no chips or cracks. The aluminum Polizei wreathed eagle and swastika grip emblem is tightly secured, and beautifully detailed. The black burnishing in the recesses of the eagle add attractive contrast that really makes the details pop. The cast ferrule displays detailed oak leaves and acorns. This Police NCO Degen by Paul Weyersberg is complete with its original steel based scabbard. The scabbard looks good, with some wear and scuffs throughout, but is completely dent free, and still retains 85 percent of the original black enamel painted finish. The steel fitting at the scabbard throat still retains nearly all of the original nickel silver plating. Overall, this handsome sword 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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