Here's a nice Jeweler personalized example to a Luftwaffe School, "Fl. Sch. Hildesheim". This is engraved on both the upper scabbard fitting and under the crossguard. So IMHO, this was a School owned piece that was lent out for dress occasions. Keep in mind guys, these things were private purchase and the responsibility of the Officer to purchase. Many of the guys at flight schools would be new Officers and times were tight so they could well be short of funds for such a purchase. The plated blade on this piece looks good, rating Exc++. It has a perfect tip, perfect fit and a nicely Stamped Tiger Solingen, marker mark. The scabbard leather is pretty good there are the normal small hits and scrapes but no bare areas showing the steel base. The nickel plated steel scabbard fittings show minor wear matching the hilt. The aluminum chain 10 lower and 6 upper rings 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 nickel wire wrap remains. The zinc based pommel and crossguard swastikas have lost much gilt. A nice piece that tells a story!
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