An SS Officer's Candidate Sword by WKC
SS Officer's Candidate Sword by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie AG - Measuring 1,100 mm, with the scabbard on, this sword features an 850 mm long nickel-plated blade, fullered on both sides, magnetic, with a single dull edge, remaining bright and crisp, as does the blade spine and has a sharp tip. It is maker marked Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie AG (WKC), Solingen with the company's knight's helmet insignia on the obverse ricasso, along with being marked with the SS runes on the reverse riccaso. It exhibits light wear, edge nicks on the blade and light scratching overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard. Natural shine, better than very fine. The original black leather washer at the blade's base remains relatively supple and intact. Handle consists of a D-shaped guard with quillion, a traditional built in step fitting, nickel-plated hilt fittings with most of the plating remaining intact, the ferrule with a six oak leaf design encompassing it. Black celluloid grip exhibits multiple contact marks and has experienced a crack on the same side as the SS runes exhibited on the ricasso, along with missing its solid nickel wire that was once wound in the thirteen grooves of the grip. There are also raised SS runes on the pommel cap, the entire handle displaying light contact overall and loose activity, weighing 475 grams overall. The scabbard has a durable black painted metal body, magnetic, with flattened u-shaped finial and locket, suspension ring and bracket protruding from the wrap-around loop, nickel-plated ornate-designed fittings at the throat are held in place via single screws on either side, weighing 389 grams and measuring 870 mm in length, scattered paint loss, exposing the underlying steel structure and scratches overall but is free of dents. A terrific WWII collectible, in better than very fine condition.