Original German WWII Army Officers Lion Head Sword by "Siegfried" E. Pack & Söhne of Solingen with Scabbard & Hanger
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a beautiful classic Lionhead German WWII Army Officers sword, made by the well known firm of Ernst Pack & Söhne of Solingen, Germany, complete with its original scabbard. The all brass alloy hilt consists of a finely detailed lion head cat with 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 hilt. The backstrap and side tabs bear lovely foliate designs, with an art deco style, showing what look to be acanthus leaves. This design is also found on the grip ferrule, while the guard has the iconic German "Oak Leaves & Acorns" motif on the bow.
The crossguard has a spread wing art deco style eagle which looks to the viewer's left. The breast area of this eagle, as well as the wings, have been hand-enhanced. The original gilding on the hilt is almost completely gone, probably mercury gilding, which "evaporates" over time. The reverse has a small oval where a monogram might be added, however it is blank. The guard is just a bit loose, even with the leather blade buffer intact, however the rest of the hilt is still mostly tight on the tang.
The grip is a very nice black celluloid-over-wood base, which has a bit of wobble on the tang. It is wrapped with multiple twisted brass wires, which are still fully intact, though slightly loose. The celluloid is still tight to the wood, and is quite shiny, without any cracking or chipping.
The 30 1/2 inch blade of this example is in very good condition, with some light scuffing in areas. Unlike almost most officer swords we see, this example has a bright polished steel blade, and not a nickel plated one. The factory final grind marks can still be seen over much of the blade, which has some minor staining from finger prints near the ricasso. The edge is still fully blunt, as originally issued, though there are a few dents on the edge, which are minor.
The rear ricasso of the blade is etched with the large "Siegfried" trademark logo of Ernst Pack & Söhne, which is in excellent condition. It is only partially under the chappe of the crossguard, so it can be seen in photogaphs. The mark shows their trademark "Young Siegfried wielding a hammer" Logo, surrounded by a stylized banner. The whole trademark reads:
ERNST PACK & SÖHNE M.B.H. WAFFENFABRIK
(Jung Siegfried Logo)
Per J. Anthony Carter's book GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS, this firm used this trademark on Army Officer swords during before the war and during the early years. They mostly made daggers so there is not as much information regarding the swords. The company survived the war, until it was sold in the 1960s to another knife company from Solingen, and the maker mark continued to be used into the 1990s. The original leather blade buffer is unfortunately missing.
The scabbard of this example still has good original factory black enamel, retained at over 75% with no dents that we can see or feel. There are some small areas of missing paint and the expected crazing and checking, however there is no major damage. The drag is missing a lot of the paint, as is typical. There is also a very nice fabric and leather sword hanger installed on the scabbard, which would be use to attach the scabbard to a dress belt. It shows age and deterioration, however these are extremely rare, so they are desirable even in this condition. It still has the hook so that the sword can be hitched up when in close quarters.
Overall an very good condition high quality sword from a well-known German sword maker, based in Solingen, the "City of Blades" in Western Germany. Ready to display!
Overall length: 35 3/4”
Blade length: 30 1/2”
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Guard dimensions: 5" width x 4 1/2” length
Scabbard Length: 31 1/2"
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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