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Title Prison Service officer's sword by WKC
Nationality German
Period c 1935
Price £2000.00
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This is a marked (WKC) Weyersberg & Kirschbaum production from Solingen, which unusually has a solid bronze hilt, rare for the era, as most of these swords had aluminium hilts (gilt for the prison service and a silver finish for the justice administration officials). In 50 years of trading this is the first bronze hilt I have seen.

This should not be confused with the post-war copy of a well-executed Eickhorn-pattern hilt in cast brass. This sword has the traditional 'P' shaped knuckle bow not found on the Eickhorn one.

The blade (32" long) has 98% of the original EPNS finish, with some small loss at the point (one side only) and some other minor losses on the edge and at the spine for a few inches at the forte.

The scabbard has been repainted and the carrying ring is a little a/f. All the original gilt grip wire is in place and the metal grip shows some signs of retouching to the paint work. The gilt on the hilt is largely missing and someone has tested the sword for gold (?) with a file at the base of the guard!

This has to be one of the scarcer Third Reich swords, harder to find than, say, an SS officer's or Diplomatic Corps example.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Swords : Third Reich : 20th Century]

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Collected bayonet this morning, all safe & sound as described. Been looking for one as good as this for years. Thank you.

J S, UK, 16.04.2009

The packet has arrived safely and the content is very nice!

R P, Italy, 08.02.2008

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