Impressive SS Officer's Degen by Clemen & Jung; Silver Fittings
An Impressive SS Officer's Degen by Clemen & Jung, with Silver Fittings This stunning and rare presentation degen features a 18 mm wide x 745 mm long nickel-plated steel blade (magnetic), sharp tip, with fullers on both sides and blade spine. The blade itself exhibits beautiful cross graining, with few scratches; common to extraction and return to the scabbard, natural shine, light contact and surface wear, extremely fine. The reverse ricasso is maker marked "CLEMEN & JUNG, SOLINGEN" with the company's "Z" inside a shield surmounted by a stylized crown insignia. The original thick black leather washer with a smooth white upper remains intact. The hilt fittings are fabricated from 800 silver (tested), the D-guard finished with a teardrop design, the underside of the D-guard marked with the SS Kulturzeichen proof, marked with the Reichsmark crescent moon and crown and marked "800" (silver). The lower ferrule features the pleasing six standing oak leaves separated by acorns design, the oak leaves with enhanced veins and the recessed areas of the design with the enriched factory darkening. The ebony painted wooden handle has thirteen individual rows of tightly wound aluminum wire grip wrap, the handle free of chips with few areas of paint wear evident. The upper of the handle with a runes button, which exhibits good relief to the signrunne and incorporates the enriched factory darkening in the background. The reverse of the handle was a wide central spine cover plate running between the upper and lower ferrules. The upper ferrule is built into the D-guard, while the pommel nut has a smooth surface on its top complemented by nicely serrated edges, with contact marks evident on the smooth surface. The degen weighs 469 grams and measures 812 mm in length overall. The accompanying scabbard has its original ebony-painted finish, with the expected minimal contact marks and light chipping from active use and is free of dents, the paint retaining its original luster. The fittings on the scabbard are also 800 silver, the throat plate marked with the SS Kulturzeichen proof, marked with the Reichsmark crescent moon and crown and marked "800" (silver), matching those on the underside of the D-guard on the hilt. The locket is adorned with the tradition Wotan's knot design, while the chape exhibits recessed decorative rules incorporating the enriched factory darkening, finished with a flattened u-shaped finial. Attached below the locket is a horizontal steel loop with ring, the scabbard measuring 25 mm x 765 mm. Overall, better than extremely fine and rare presentation Dagen with soild silver fitings. Footnote: In 1884, a law was enacted making .800 the minimum national standard for silver in Germany. In 1886, the use of individual city marks was abolished and replaced by the national mark (Reichsmark) of a crescent moon and crown mark (Halbmond und Krone) representing the entire German state. These marks became compulsory by 1888. The crown and crescent moon are used in conjunction with a maker's mark and a decimal silver standard mark.