Third Reich Lion Head Sword w/Unique Backstrap/Langet Eagle Motifs & Sword Knot (#29697)

Third Reich Lion Head Sword w/Unique Backstrap/Langet Eagle Motifs & Sword Knot (#29697)

No maker; Condition: EX++

$1,650.00

No Maker. Although this sword is unmarked it was possibly produced by the Emil Voos Firm. Photographs of an unattributed Emil Voos sword with the same knuckle-bow/crossguard appear on page 126 of Swords of Germany 1900/1945 by John R. Angolia while photograph of this pattern lion head pommel/crossguard/langet appear on page 128 of the same reference. Additional photographs of this pattern lion head sword appear on pages 218-220 of German Swords Of World War II, A Photographic Reference  by LTC (Ret) Thomas M. Johnson. Heavy, cast brass hilt fittings show minor surface wear/age to the highlights of superbly detailed the lion head pommel with deeply set, bright, red glass eyes, oak leaf embellished backstrap/ferrule/knuckle-bow, as well as crossguard with deeply cast eagle and swastika flanked by oak leaves on the obverse langet with oak leaves and shield on the reverse langet. A superbly detailed, closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle is cast into the center of the backstrap. The black celluloid-over-wood grip is perfect with no surface wear, cracks or chips, and is complete with tight, twisted silver wire wrap. The matte-plated blade measuring 33 ¾” in length grades EX++ showing minor surface wear/runner but, no lifting, speckling or nicks to cutting edge and is complete with black leather buffer pad.  Dent-free, steel scabbard retains approximately 98% of the original black enamel with uniform surface crazing and faint wear to lower shell near drag but, no major loss of enamel. The original sword knot grades EX+ showing light wear/age to the gray/green leather strap/slide with double woven aluminum stripes, aluminum bullion stem/crown/acorn with woven insert. Nice lion head example with unique backstrap/langet eagle motifs. EX++.