A solid early heavy brass example by C&J! The bright blade on this one rates Exc+. There is the odd smudge, some minor age and a "nail catcher" near the tip. The tip looks a bit odd, like it was retipped, but I checked this against the scabbard and sure enough it's the correct length. Just a different way of pointing this one. The fit is good and this is marked with the C&J shield under the languet. The original leather buffer pad remains intact. The black enamel painted, dent-free scabbard shows some age, scuffs and scrapes typical of these swords. There is a wee piece missing from the throat, hard to see but if you go looking, you will find it. The throat is secured by two dome head screws. The solid brass hilt and P-guard are beautifully detailed! The lion-head looks awesome with bright red glass eyes and hand enhancing to the mane. The languet features a set of crossed cannons to the obverse. Very typical of what we see on Imperial era pieces. Now peek at the reverse, it has a swas. cast right in there! Now show me ANY other 3rd Reich sword with the swas. to the reverse. You will not see this again. My guess? This was an imperial Era mold they added the swastika to and continued production into the Nazi era! The black celluloid grip is in good condition. The wire wrap is a bit loose and 3 are missing from the lower part. Regardless this is a cool Lion-head! Found in Angolia's Swords of Germany on page 73.
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