Original German WWII Early Luftwaffe Officer Sword by Paul Weyersberg with Waffen Mark - Nickel Plated Blade
Original Items: Only One Available. This is an excellent early example of a German WWII Luftwaffe Officer's Sword from a famous maker. Early examples such as this were fit with silver-plated nickel alloy mountings, with lovely brass "Sunwheel" style Hankenkreuz (Hook Cross or Swas) emblems. Later they would move to the "Air Age" aluminum material, which didn't develop the lovely patina that this sword has.
The blade of this example measures 28 1/4 inches, and is very impressive. It has an outstanding nickel plated surface in excellent condition, with just a bit of running wear and scuffing. There are a few areas where the runner wear may have made it through the plating, but nothing major.
This great example was made by Paul Weyersberg of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. The reverse ricasso is etched with PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co. / SOLINGEN in double ovals around the firms trademark "Sword-and-Wreath" logo, which was the only marking they used during the Third Reich era. This company was one of many in Solingen owned by members of the Weyersberg family. The company survived the war, but ceased production in 1955. For more information please see GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS by J. Anthony Carter.
Above the trademark logo is an early war Weimar Eagle mark with a 5 inside, a common Luftwaffe inspection mark, who continued to use the Weimar style eagle throughout the war. Also, the original leather blade buffer is still present on top of the cross guard.
This early Luftwaffe Sword has very nice plated nickel alloy mounts, with brass caps for the Swas designs. They do not look to have been cleaned in many years and are developing a desirable patination, though some areas on the pommel are still bright from handling, and there is some plating wear through. The pommel has very nice rims, with no dents we can see, and very nice stamping to the oak leaves and acorns which run around the circumference. The medallion sun wheels very good as well, having great aged brass finish which really sticks out against the silver next to them. The lower cross guard sun wheels also look really good, having some of the silvering between the legs intact. The crossguards are nice and crisp and they both have good detail to the feathering of the downward pointing quillons, which still have a lot of the plating.
The grip is a wood based type, with original Moroccan blue leather covering. This leather is in good condition throughout and still shows most of the leather grain. It is worn though in a few areas, with some finish flaking and some small pieces missing. The originaldouble twisted bullion wire wrapping is intact, with a great dark patina.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight, with a few dents. The original Moroccan blue leather here is also in good shape. There are no cuts or nips; the only signs of age are a few bruises in the surfaces of the leather but this is to be expected on any Luftwaffe sword. This leather is all there, with no lifting. The scabbard mounts are a fine matching nickel alloy with silver plate. The mounts are in good condition, though like the hilt mounts, are missing some of the plating. The Moroccan leather sword hanger is present, and shows age, with wear to the leather, but is fully intact and has no repairs.
A very nice early Luftwaffe sword, with a great nickel-plated blade. Ready to display!
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