H087473 OFFICER'S SABER, WKC Model Nr. 1059". (Sšbel)

BACKGROUND: The Sword/Saber is an age old military tradition, that evolved from a functional weapon into an item of uniform dress ornamentation by the start of WWI. This strong tradition continues in many armies to this day as a symbol of strength and power. After Hitlerís rise to power in January 1933 and the reintroduction of conscription in March 1935 a wide variety of new sword and saber designs were introduced to outfit the rapidly growing Wehrmacht. This revival in sword/saber production resulted in the numerous blade manufacturers, mainly located in Solingen, to develop a wide variety of ornate designs in an attempt to compete for the lucrative manufacturing contracts which resulted in over one hundred different patterns of the army sword/saber being produced during the Third Reich era. Dress regulations for Officers and senior NCOís prescribed wear of side arms as a component of particular forms of dress. As a result of the war situation production of the swords and sabers was to be discontinued as per regulations of May 27TH 1943, although those already issued could still be worn on ceremonial occasions. Additional regulations of December 23RD 1944 indicated that all officers ranks were to wear a pistol in place of the sword/saber or the dress dagger.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: This example is roughly, 87cm long, slightly curved, drop forged steel construction, nickel/silver plated blade with narrow, shallow fullers running three quarters of the way up both sides of the blade. The blade is in overall very good condition and is still very clean. The blade is marked to "WKC". The saber has die cast alloy langets, cross guard, ferrule, "P", knuckle bow, back-strap and "lionís head" pommel with a gilt finish. The obverse rounded tip, shield shaped langet has an embossed right facing national eagle with out-stretched wings that extend outwards on the obverse of the cross guard. The lionís head pommel features a nicely detailed mane and pronounced snout with inset red glass eyes and the top of the knuckle bow is inserted into the lionís mouth. The saber has a molded black bakelite grip with a central bulge, and repeating, recessed horizontal grooves with twisted wire wrap. The gilt finish to the hilt fittings is retained about 40%. The saber comes with its original, black painted, sheet metal construction scabbard. The scabbard retains about 70% of its black paint. The scabbard has an integral drag to the bottom edge and a sweated on horizontal scabbard band near the top edge with a raised rectangular suspension bar to the reverse and a suspension ring to the reverse edge. Both of the small, dome headed throat retaining screws are intact.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $850.00

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