Original German WWII Officer's Lion Head Sword with Portepee by P.D. Lüneschloss of Solingen

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a beautiful classic Lionhead German WWII Officer sword, made by the legendary firm of P.D. Lüneschloss in Solingen, Germany, complete with a wire and leather portepee. The all brass hilt consists of a finely detailed lion head cat with foliate 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 raised foliate designs, with minimized side tabs. The "P" guard has a lovely raised out oak leaf and acorn motifs, as does the ferrule.

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 also features much of the original gilded finish, making it very attractive. The leather and wire portepee or troddle knot is in good shape, with the expected wear and degradation of the leather where it is wrapped around the guard.

The scabbard of this example still has good original factory black lacquer, it is retained at 90% with a few small dents. The lacquer has chipped off in lines due to being scratched with some object, which in some places scratched the underlying metal. There is also a lot of crazing and checking, which is common due to the age.

The grip is an outstanding black celluloid-over-wood base. It is wrapped with triple  wire, with the central pair being a twisted pair. The celluloid is still tight to the wood, and does not have any movement on the tang.

The 33 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 light light scratching in places. There is very little oxidation of any kind present.

The reverse ricasso is stamped with the P.D. Lüneschloss trademark oval logo:

(Roman Helmet & Sword Trademark)

Fortunately the logo is not covered by the chappe/rainguard. This well-known company was founded in 1810 by Peter Daniel Lüneschloss, and produced numerous edged weapons, both for domestic and foreign contracts. They manufactured many private purchase officer's swords and blades for the U.S. Civil war. This logo was particularly used during the Third Reich period, per J. Anthony Carter's work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERSThe original leather blade buffer is still present in the cross guard.

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.

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