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I love this pattern officer sword. The panther-head sword looks great and incorporates all the best features of the period, great quality, evil red ruby eyes set into a fierce animal and an iconic early political style eagle. The 31.5" long plated blade rates Exc++ being bright and clean with the odd scuff but no sharpening or "nail catchers". The blade is unmarked and retains it's factory buffer. This pattern is illustrated in Alcoso's Catalog as pattern 120. It however never made it into Angolia's reference. The black enamel painted scabbard has a couple scuffs, where it rubbed against some white paint, there I just removed them! The scabbard has some small bumps you can find with your fingers or by turning this just so in the sun. It has good paint with just evidence of wear. The paint is better than 97%. This hilt is gilt plated with wear to the high areas. The top of the hilt is hand chiseled expertly covering the tang. The grip is black celluloid and is in perfect shape without chips or cracks. It is wrapped with triple brass wire that really stands out against the black celluloid. Ok, for those of you who will ask me, Yes, these were made in plated silver for the SS as well. This one however is gold gilt washed and would have been a Wehrmacht example.
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