Original German WWII Officer Lion Head Sword by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a beautiful classic Lionhead German WWII Officer sword. The all brass hilt consists of a finely detailed lion head cat with oak leaf backstrap and "P" guard. The Lion is fitted with blood red faceted "jewel" eyes. Nice detail throughout his whiskers, chin, and muzzle. The handwork is beautifully rendered throughout this brass. The backstrap consists of raised out oak leaves with double leaves flowing into the side tabs. The "D" guard has raised out oak leafing as does the ferrule.
The crossguard has an open winged eagle which looks to the viewer's right. The breast area of this eagle, as well as the legs and the wreath enclosing the swastika, have all been hand enhanced. The brass alloy hilt still has a good degree of the original gilded finish, making it very attractive.
The scabbard of this example still has good original factory black lacquer, it is retained at 90% with no dents. The lacquer in this case was applied with a brush, which can be seen in the texture.
The grip is an outstanding black celluloid-over-wood base. It is wrapped with twisted wire, which is has three wraps on the top, and a single wrap on the other portions on the grip. The celluloid does have some wear on the left hand side, and is a bit loose on the tang due to age and shrinkage.
The 32 inch blade of this example is in excellent condition, with no chips or dents on the edge. The nickel-plating is just shy of complete, with just a few specs of rust where the plating has flaked. The plating does have some oxidation, but it could probably be polished out. We have left it as is to preserve the patina. The reverse ricasso is stamped W K C under the company's trademark "Knights-Head" logo. Unfortunately the chappe/rainguard completely covers this area, so photographing the logo is impossible.
Overall an very good condition high quality sword from a legendary German sword maker, based in Solingen, the "City of Blades" in Eastern Germany.
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