H009980 JUNIOR NCO'S SWORD/SABRE PORTEPEE. (Seitengewehr Faustriemen)

BACKGROUND: Originating as a functional item used by mounted personnel to secure their swords to their wrists while in combat, the sword/bayonet knot evolved into an ornamental identifying item, and was introduced as such, in the Prussian Army in 1808. The sword/bayonet knot continued to be worn with the Dress uniform, as a tradition and identifying item through WWI, the Weimar republic and on into the Third Reich, with minor changes. For enlisted personnel the main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball were woven or pleated cotton in different colors representing which unit within a regiment the individual served. Junior NCO personnel wore a different type of sword bayonet knot, that did not show association with a particular unit, but indicated position.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Junior NCO’s sword/sabre knot consists grey fabric strap, interwoven grey leather slide, dark green cotton crown flecked with silver/aluminum threads and twisted silver/grey cotton braid ball. Bottom oval "dot" of the ball has the correct, recessed, piece of woven green fabric. Nice complete example. Original factory clear celluloid bag.

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $120.00

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