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Original German WWII SS NCO Degen Sword

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Original Item: Only One Available. The SS (Schutzstaffel - 'Protection Squadron') was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf H. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of NSDAP and eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe.

This early SS Degen (Épée) Dress Sword is in solid condition throughout. The hilt mounts are all in good condition with their nickel-plated surfaces shows spots of wear and discoloration.

The pommel cap is the NCO variety, having a flat top with rounded edges. In the center is the ᛋᛋ doppelte Siegrune (Double Sig/Victory Rune) symbol in relief. The symbol is in good condition and still has the original dark background.

The "D" guard flows downward through the crossguard area and ends in a tear drop.

The ebony grip is totally correct, being one of the types that was lacquered. We see this type of grip on early, unmarked SS Officer Degens. Like most, much of the lacquer has worn off from hand wear in center of the grip. Portions of the grip still have the original luster and is really nice, being totally chip-free with no splits of any flaws.

The upper ferrule is built into the hilt on this example, and the lower ferrule features the six standing oak leaves. The oak leaves have hand enhancement to the veins as well as the acorn caps. The casting seams are quite interesting as they have had a pebbled surface applied as well as a hand engraved acorn.

The scabbard is nice and straight with some dents and loss of paint. It shows usage and the most modest of age, and is 60% intact. The upper scabbard mount is a beauty featuring the Wotan's Knot. The areas between the loops still have some of the original blackening. This mount is retained by two dome head screws, one on each of the lower loops of the fitting. The throat is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen mark.

The matte finish blade of this degen is a good example and measures a respectable 33 inches long. This blade has stains on the obverse and reverse ricasso.

If you are looking for a very nice SS NCO'S Degen this example will go nicely in any collection.

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