Original German WWII Officer Army Dove Head Sword by F.W. Höller
Original Item: Only One Available. This Army Dove Head Sword is Höller Model #30 and can be seen in the Angolia Sword Book on page 94. The hilt of this example is produced of quality brass base with gilt remaining on the hilt and all of the details are still there. This sword has engraved motif rather than raised out. The dove head and backstrap are engraved with oak leaf and acorn sprigs which extend into the side grip tabs. The P guard repeats this motif. There is lots of hand enhancing and many of the surfaces have received pebbled decoration. The ferrule has a set of cross bars with acorns in the center of each side and on the insides they contain oak leaves. The motif is repeated on the reverse ferrule. The crossguard reflects a series of feather like devices and ends in a quillon with a swirl.
The langet features a raised out Wehrmacht eagle which shows excellent detail to his beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile clutched swastika. The areas around the swastika are lightly pebbled. The grip of this example is a black celluloid over a carved wood base. The celluloid is still in perfect condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple wire, the center being a springy copper type which contrasts nicely with the outer wires.
The scabbard of this example is straight on the obverse but does have a few wearing hits on the inside edge and a couple of very small dings on the reverse side. These are very minor though and are caused by wear not carelessness. The paint of this scabbard is still bright and shows some age spidering but overall it is nearly all there and looks excellent. A little bit of work with some wax and compound would make for a very nice scabbard here.
The blade is 32 ½-inches long. This blade is of highest quality steel and reflects a mirror bright nickel finish. This blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, F.W. Höller Solingen. The inside area has the familiar thermometer reflecting too many digits to count. The original blade washer is in place.
A very nice Dove Head Höller sword here.
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