A great looking sword purchased from the Vet's family this am! The 29 inch blade on this one has some spotting, a few "nail catchers" to the cutting edge and a bit of a "wave" to the tip. It has a nice matte finish, with a solid fit and perfect tip! The stamped Puma maker mark is the 1st example I've seen by Puma in a NCO. The blade rates Exc. The thick off white leather buffer pad is a replacement I added. The steel based, black enamel painted scabbard looks good with some spidering and wear as well as paint loss to the lower 3 inches, yet it remains completely dent-free and continues to hold 85%+ paint coverage! The upper scabbard fitting is steel based, plated. It shows nice details with a burnished interweaving design and textured backgrounds. It remains tightly secured with two screws. The steel based plated hilt and d-guard also remain in good condition with some plating loss. I have not cleaned this, it is covered with patina and would look much better with some love. I leave this stuff as is. I would rate the hilt plating at 96%. The chip and crack-free hardwood black grip looks great. The zinc police eagle is tightly secured with some wear. The black burnishing really makes the details pop! The cast ferrule wonderfully displays detailed oak leaves and acorns all hand worked. A solid piece your will be happy with!
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