Maker: Weyersburg & Co
Pattern: Lion Head
Base Material: Brass
Product Description: This Triple Etched Lion Head Sword by Weyersburg & Co has a lot going for it, and is loaded with eye appeal. This sword is in excellent condition, with no major defects, and only light, honest wear from use. The triple etched 31-1/2 inch blade is gorgeous, with loads of detail to the crisp original etchings. The spine of the blade is etched with the name of the manufacturer, the Weyersburg % Co. firm. There is no graying, spotting, or pitting on the blade, and only typical runner marks. The handle is likewise beautiful, with red “ruby” eyes to the ornate lions’ head pommel. The guard is made from brass, with high quality hand embellishment on the crossguard. The grip wire is nice and tight, and the grip itself retains its original glossy finish, with no chips or cracks. This attractive triple etched Lion Head Sword is complete with its original scabbard, which is nice and straight, dent-free, and retains nearly all of the original glossy enamel paint finish. This is a top-quality piece, that was intended for an officer with wealth. It displays extremely well.
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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