S023564 FEUERSCHUTZPOLIZEI NCO’S SABRE. (Feuerschutzpolizei Unterführerdegen)

BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS, (National Leader of the SS), Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany including the independent Berufsfeuerwehren and Feuerwehr, (Professional Fire Departments/ Volunteer Fire Services). In late 1938 the Berufsfeuerwehren and Feuerwehr were re-designated, Feuerlöschpolizei, (Fire Fighting Police), bringing them in to the realm of police services and regulations of May 3RD 1939 detached the individual Feuerlöschpolizei to establish the cadre of the newly forming, FschP. Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), under the auspices of the Ordnungspolizei, (Order Police), under Himmler’s command. As a result of Himmler’s appointment and the restructuring of all the separate, fire fighting services, into a single, national fire fighting/protection service, new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all fire fighters. Originally, (Circa 1934-36), Police personnel utilized army Officer/NCO’s swords with the army style gold finished components modified to a silver finish. In 1936 a series of four, distinctive, swords and sword portepees/troddels were introduced exclusively for wear by Officer’s and NCO personnel of the SS-VT SS-Verfügungstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), the Polizei, (Police), and the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police). Officer’s and NCO personnel’s swords were manufactured with minor variations depending on the branch of service and the individual’s rank. Of Note: It is believed that the manufacture and bestowal of the police swords was discontinued, along with SS swords, by regulations on June 26TH 1942, and further wearing of the swords was prohibited in August 1943, except for ceremonial occasions, to be reinstated at the successful conclusion of the war. Regulations of 1944 stated that the much more practical, loaded pistol be worn in place of a blade sidearm.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The nice quality, Fire Police NCO’s sword features a roughly, 33 1/2", (85cm), long, single edged, nickel/silver plated, drop forged steel construction blade, with roughly, 21 1/2", (54.5cm), long, shallow fullers to each side and a full length, including the hilt, of roughly, 38 3/4", (98.4cm). The age dulled, un-sharpened blade is in overall good condition with a few small surface scratches and scuffs and some small areas of light surface spotting and some minor pitting, primarily to the tip. The reverse ricasso is well marked with the acid etched manufacturer’s logo, script, name, and location, consisting of a seated squirrel, clutching a downward pointing sword with the name and location, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen", positioned beneath the squirrel and the script, "Original", positioned above the squirrel. Of Note: This version of Eickhorn’s logo was utilized circa 1935-1941. Also Of Note: The manufacturer’s squirrel logo is a clever "word play" on the manufacturer’s last name Eickhorn, whereas "squirrel", in German is Eichhörnchen, or colloquially Eichhorn. The brown leather, blade washer is still intact. The saber has die cast, brass alloy langets, cross guard, ferrule, "P", knuckle bow, back-strap and a "dove" pommel with a gilt finish. A brown leather finger loop is between the ferrule and cross guard as a solely decorative addition. The saber has a contoured, molded, black, bakelite grip with a central bulge, and repeating, recessed, horizontal grooves with dual, inset, twisted, brass wire wrap, flanked at both the top and bottom edges by fine, dual strands, of twisted, brass wire wrap. The saber comes with its original, black painted, tooled sheet metal construction scabbard. The scabbard retains about 90% 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 original two, small, dome headed throat retaining screws are intact. Of Note: A photographic example of this model appears in J.R. Angolia’s book, Swords of Germany 1900/1945, on page 257 as Model Nr. 40 . Nice clean example.

GRADE ****1/4                                                         PRICE $645.00 (Or Best Offer)

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