S001877 SS SENIOR NCO/OFFICER'S SWORD PORTEPEE. (SS Unterführer/Führer Säbel Portepee)

BACKGROUND: Edged weapon portepees were originally introduced in the Prussian army in 1808, and continued to be worn with the Dress uniform, as a tradition and identifying item through-out WWI, the Weimar Republic and on into the Third Reich, with minor modifications. Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holders wrist the portepee evolved into a purely decorative accessory. Originally, (circa 1933-34), SS-VT, SS-Verfugüngstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), personnel holding Officer’s ranks utilized one of the various patterned army officers swords but with a nickel/silver plated finish as opposed to the gilt finish used on the army versions. When worn these army pattern swords were equipped with the army Officers style portepee with a black leather strap and slide and a silver/aluminum crown and ball. In 1936 a series of four distinctive swords and sword portepees/troddels were introduced exclusively for wear by SS, Police and Fire Police Officer’s, Officer Candidates, Senior NCO’s and enlisted personnel. This first pattern example portepee was authorized for wear by Senior NCO’s and Officers with the ranks of SS-Oberscharführer up to and including the Reichsführer-SS inclusively.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: This short lived first pattern SS Senior NCO/Officer's sword portepee consists of the main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball. The dual laid, blackened leather strap has three, staggered, vertical, parallel, rows of decorative silver/aluminum stitching. The bottom edge of the strap has a dual strand, horizontally interwoven, blackened leather slide, with a third, central silver/aluminum wire strand. The strap attaches to a flat stem of finely embroidered silver/aluminum threads in a repeating, opened, checkerboard pattern overlaid on a silvered piece of metal alloy. The crown is constructed of horizontally laid twisted silver/aluminum braiding while the ball is in vertically laid twisted silver/aluminum braiding and both are mounted on an internal wooden base.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $595.00

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