The plated blade on this piece looks good, rating Exc+. It has a perfect tip, perfect fit and a nicely executed “Gebr. Heller Marienthal b.Schweina/thr.”, balloon man marker mark. There is some age throughout. The scabbard leather is pretty good, there is one spot of loss on the side just below the upper scabbard fitting showing the steel base. The solid nickel scabbard fittings show heavy wear and patina matching the hilt. The chain features the early nickel rings with 14 lower and 9 upper terminating at a solid nickel clip. All of the screws remain intact. The grip looks good with nice leather coverage, just a few scuffs. The triple wire wrap remains. The early inserted pommel and crossguard swastikas look good retaining the factory silver between the swas’s legs. Finishing this nicely is a period portepee with a few frays but matching the whole piece in wear and age. A nice early piece with some nice features!
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