Hello Matty, I'm in general agreement, and depending on the item there are some other things that I also look for myself - with the field of special/extra cost blades for all sorts of items something IMO that probably needs an Achtung Minen! sign in front. A case in point with one of the names mentioned being a Luftwaffe presentation sword he was selling or had sold to an advanced collector in Europe that at one time belonged to a now deceased friend of mine. With the bottom line being that both the Luftwaffe blade and scabbard/mounts were from the TR era, but from two different swords - end of discussion. Another personal one from my own experience in my early days as a collector a four item purchase from an advanced collector (not a dealer) that had been in his collection for a long time. With the two dismountable swords going back to him the next day after I had chance to look at them all in close detail (still having the fixed hilt sword and dagger). Having no hard feelings for him, as I suspect his training-experience in the medical profession was significantly different than my own in a non-medical field. Best Regards, Fred
05-04-2016 09:44 PM
Clarification: When my friend owned the sword it was in its original factory configuration. At some point after he had disposed of it a subsequent (unknown) owner decided to change the original scabbard/mounts for a different set. Best Regards, Fred
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Very interesting Fred, I would like to go into more detail but we wont just in case.
Still very interesting though.
Ivan in fact your E.Pack LW sword is the only Pack LW i have ever seen over the years, and i have seen quite a few and owned quite a couple, so besides the Damast ones ( who are custom made ones and do not be taking into consideration IMO) i think your Pack might own the crown in this one!