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Original German WWII Army Heer Officer's Lion Head Sword with Steel Scabbard

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a beautiful classic Lionhead German WWII Officer sword, with a lovely nickel plated blade, complete with a its original black enamel steel scabbard. The all brass hilt consists of a finely detailed lion head cat with an engraved backstrap and "P" guard. The Lion is fitted with blood red faceted "jewel" eyes. There is nice detail throughout his whiskers, chin, and muzzle. The handwork is beautifully rendered throughout this brass. The backstrap consists of the classic German "Oak Leaves & Acorns" pattern, seen on many of these swords. The "P" guard also has a lovely raised out oak leaf and acorns, as does the grip ferrule, making a lovely grip.

The crossguard has a spread winged eagle which looks to the viewer's left. The breast area of this eagle, as well as the wings, have been hand-enhanced. The hilt still retains much of the original gilt finish, with some areas worn down to the brass base metal.

The reverse has a small plate where a monogram is sometimes added, though this example is blank. The grip is a very good black celluloid-over-wood base, with no cracking or other damage that we can see. It is wrapped with two twisted aluminum wires, which are still in excellent condition. The hilt overall does have some wobble, common for dress swords of this age, even though the original leather blade buffer is still present.

The 34 3/4 inch blade of this example is in very good condition, with no wear or denting on the original blunt edge. Unlike many we see, this blade was not nickel plated, and is still bright steel, showing some original factory grinding marks. There is now some scabbard light oxidation and staining, which we have left intact to preserve the history. The ricasso on either side of the blade does not bear any maker marks, but this is not uncommon. The large blade makers would often make just unmarked blades, which were purchased by retailers and artisans, who them built them into officer's swords.

The scabbard of this example still has good original factory black enamel retained at around 75%, with some small scrapes on the sides of the scabbard. The steel body is straight and dent free, with a zinc alloy drag that shows some denting on the very bottom. The enamel has a lovely pattern of crazing and checking that only happens after decades to non-modern finishes. It still has the correct hanger ring and loop for hitching up the sword against the belt vertically.

Overall an very good condition German Army Officer's sword from WWII, ready to display!


Blade Length: 33 3/4"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 39“
Guard dimensions: 5" width x 5” length
Scabbard length: 35 1/4”

The German Army (German: Heer, was the land forces component of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces, from 1935 to 1945. The Wehrmacht also included the Kriegsmarine (Navy) and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). During World War II, a total of about 15 million soldiers served in the German Army, of whom about seven million became casualties. Separate from the army, the Waffen-SS (Armed SS) was a multi-ethnic and multi-national military force of the Third Reich. Growing from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, it served alongside the army but was never formally part of it.

Only 17 months after AH announced publicly the rearmament program, the Army reached its projected goal of 36 divisions. During the autumn of 1937, two more corps were formed. In 1938, four additional corps were formed with the inclusion of the five divisions of the Austrian Army after the Anschluss in March. During the period of its expansion by Adolf AH, the German Army continued to develop concepts pioneered during World War I, combining ground (Heer) and air (Luftwaffe) assets into combined arms teams. Coupled with operational and tactical methods such as encirclements and the "battle of annihilation", the German military managed quick victories in the two initial years of World War II, prompting the use of the word Blitzkrieg (literally lightning war, meaning lightning-fast war) for the techniques used.

The German Army entered the war with a majority of its infantry formations relying on the horse for transportation. The infantry remained foot soldiers throughout the war; artillery also remained primarily horse-drawn. The motorized formations received much attention in the world press in the opening years of the war, and were cited as the main reason for the success of the German invasions of Poland (September 1939), Norway and Denmark (April 1940), Belgium, France and Netherlands (May 1940), Yugoslavia (April 1941) and the early campaigns in the Soviet Union (June 1941). However their motorized and tank formations accounted for only 20% of the Heer's capacity at their peak strength.

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