L005781 OFFICER'S SWORD. (Offizierschwert)

BACKGROUND: In March 1933 the Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), was established by incorporating all civilian flying clubs into the one organization. The DLV was utilized as a camouflage civilian organization to train personnel for the future Luftwaffe. As a civilian organization it was able to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the Versailles Treaty, which prohibited a German military air service. In February and April 1934 respectively the DLV introduced a dagger for Officer’s and a knife for all ranks. Later in 1934 members of the Fliegerschaft, the secret military branch of the DLV, adopted both sidearms for wear. Also in late 1934 the "Ehrenschwert", (Honor Sword), was introduced by Hermann Göring for presentation to specifically selected personnel of the Fliegerschaft. With the official establishment of the Luftwaffe in March 1935, the newly introduced sword was awarded to all Luftwaffe officer’s in good-standing and the official designation of the sword was altered to Offizierschwert, (Officer’s Sword), although it was most commonly referred to as the Fliegerschwert, (Flyer’s Sword). Regulations dictated that all Officer’s and senior NCO’s wear the sword with the Service, Reporting, Walking-out, and Parade Dress uniforms. The early issue swords were constructed with German nickel/silver or plated fittings while later models, (circa-1940), had aluminum fittings. Of Note: Wear of the Luftwaffe Officer’s swords was discontinued by order of December 23RD 1944.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice later production, (post-1940), roughly, 72cm long, nickel/silver plated, drop forged steel, dual edged, blade, with a central fuller running from the cross guard about, 25cm long down the blade towards the tip. The blade is in overall very good, clean condition with the expected light age. The reverse ricasso of the blade is well marked with the acid etched manufacturers name, location and logo consisting of a vertically oval cartouche with the manufacturers name and location, "Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen", encompassing a downward pointing broadsword flanked by a stylized, opened top, laurel leave wreath. The reverse ricasso also has a stamped Luftwaffe style waffen-amt. The original blue leather washer is still intact. The sword has a cast, polished natural aluminum cross guard and pommel. The nicely detailed cross guard features downwardly curved, stylized wings to each side with a central, raised circular panel with a gilt washed, canted, sunwheel swastika to both the obverse and reverse. The blue Moroccan wrapped, carved wooden grip has its original dual strand, twisted silver/aluminum wire wrap still intact to one of the grooves and single strand to the other. The cast, polished aluminum pommel also features a gilt washed, canted, sunwheel swastika to both the obverse and reverse with the edge of the pommel displaying an ornate, repeating, hand etched oak-leave pattern. The sword comes complete with its original alloy construction scabbard with a grained blue Moroccan leather covering and polished natural aluminum fittings. The scabbards leather covering is in overall very good condition with a couple of small scrape and scuff marks. Both of the fittings have two small counter sunk retaining screws intact. The top fitting also has an integral hanger suspension loop to each side and comes with dual suspension rings but the standard blue Moroccan leather hanger is absent. Nice clean example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $875.00

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