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Title SS Leibstandarte officer's sword
Nationality German
Period c 1933
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This, despite the lack of maker mark, is almost certainly a WKC (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co) product and is the classic pre-war Algemeine SS and Leibstandarte officer's sword. For the price of a chain dagger, this is a much rarer discovery, a truly evocative period item of this elite unit, with green glass eyes in the lion's head.

It has 95% of both its original paintwork (some minor patination at the drag) and nickel silver finish to the hilt. The grip is a plastic-covered wood core with nickel silver wiring (two of the plaited centre strands are missing). This is the first time in 35 years of dealing that I have had one of these through my hands! Note that the Army swords were always in a gilt finish, while SS swords were almost always in a nickel silver finish (viz the Prince Eugen variant). Many photos of pre-war and early war Leibstandarte officers show this particular type of sword in wear.

Provenance: I have a letter, with an attachment, dated 27 June 2001, signed by a Mrs Joan Leigh, who was serving in the VAD in the British Hospital in Berlin during 1946 (see photos). She was given this sword (and another, which I do not have) by a member of the British Intelligence Corps.

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


[Edged Weapons : Swords : Third Reich : SS Police Fire]

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Just received the sword today. Thank you very much, very happy with it. Excellent service.

S H, UK, 12.01.2011

The cross arrived safely this morning. Thank you very much for your excellent service.

M N, UK, 24.10.2006

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