Police Officer Degen Sword – Höller


Condition: Excellent ++

Maker: F. W. Höller in Solingen

Pattern: Officer

SKU: C03112 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Police Officer Degen Sword is a nice, complete original with great eye appeal and an exceptional blade. The blade of this example is 31 inches in length, and retains a good original finish . This blade shows little usage and, other than a couple of tiny age marks near the blade tip, the blade is in excellent ++ condition. The reverse of the bade is etched on the ricasso with double ovals containing the manufacturer’s name and location, neatly stamped with the “thermometer” maker mark of F. W. Höller in Solingen. The original brown leather buffer is present. The hilt on this sword is beautiful, and shows light, honest age and wear. The metalwork retains fairly good plating throughout. There is a minor amount of freckling, that is noticeable here and there, but the hilt does not look to have been cleaned. The ebony grip is in totally perfect condition, having tightly wrapped nickel wire. The grip eagle is intact, and shows some light wear and typical age patina with the original brass eagle.  The scabbard of this Police Officer Degen Sword is a fine example, having excellent original black paint. The paint shows modest wear in some areas, but remains at least 95% intact overall.  This desirable and attractive sword is in excellent plus plus condition 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.


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