Product Description: This wonderful, unit marked Luftwaffe officers sword is fresh to the market, acquired from a US veteran’s family in Maryland. It’s an impressive, early piece, of the highest quality. The plated blade is in fine condition, with some scattered light marks near the guard. The blade is well-marked, with the manufacturer marking of the firm of F & A Helbig in Steinbach, as well as a unit stamp for “III./Fl.154” and “122” which is probably an issue number. The handle on this one is excellent, with early nickle silver fittings that have taken on a beautiful patina. The crossguard and pommel swastikas retain original gold finish, which has darkened from age. The all-original blue leather grip wrap is 100 percent intact, with only very light surface marks. The grip wire is tight. This unit marked Luftwaffe officers sword is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard throat is stamped with a unit marking and number that matches the blade. The scabbard fittings are also early nickel silver, with nice patina. There is a small dent near the tip of the scabbard. All of the scabbard leather is intact, with very light wear to the surface. The leather hanger tab is missing. This sword is a very desirable and choice example, in very strong excellent condition.
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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