Nice salty example. These were authorized for wear personally by Himmler and ownership required a certificate. Each one was, upon being awarded, duly noted in the SS Diensltersliste and became a part of the owner's service record along with his other awards and citations. This example is early bearing the first variation Krebs trade mark. The 33" blade rates an Exc+. The blade has some age and a few pits but no sharpening and retains a nice smooth edges. There is some minor wear and age throughout with a few scuffs. The buffer pad is a replacement. The scabbard is dent free and has some age spidering a few minor scrapes but no dents. The fittings are secured with the correct unturned dome-head screws. Both the top scabbard fitting and the D guard are SS proofed- not necessary, but always nice to see. The grip is composed of 13 ribbed sections being separated with its original wire wrap. The nickel SS runes button is correctly burnished to the backgrounds and set into place. There is a crack right down the center, through the roundel. It is old and not loose or chipped. Note the button placement, it's just after the fifth rib this is exactly where it should be! The ferrule has nice hand enhancing and is burnished to the backgrounds. All the hilt fittings are solid non-magnetic nickel. The pommel has the early cap under the pommel cap. This early type is preferred by collectors. Wittmann clearly describes this on pg 352 of his SS reference. Nicely finishing this is a worn and well patinaed early bullion officer portepee. This is a completely correct SS Officer Degan you will be proud to own!
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