Just for the record the one I posted is being sold on Wittmanns site.
I can add that the fire portapee shown on the sword by Maximus is identical but smaller version (Knot is smaller) that goes to the Fire bayonets. What fire sabers I have seen are in a leather scabbard and nickel plated I have read that some of the Ordance officers swords as suggested as shown here have Waa marks in them and I have seen one or two that were brass like this one with both a early Drooptail Waa and a later outstretched wing Waa so I would assume they were issue pieces rather than private purchase. Regards timothy
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Hi, Further to the ongoing discussion re your sword and its origins. I have taken some happy snaps of two of my swords to highlight the two different knots that I have encountered on Fire Official's Swords viz Army swords. Whilst the hilts are more or less identical in all three cases, the scabbards are entirely different as is the etching on the blades. However, If your sword is as described, Fire rather than Military then perhaps it is for a lower rank or merely a variation. Bear in mind, you can append a knot to any sword and call it what you want. Ergo, tie a diplomatic knot to your sword, does it then become a Diplomatic Junior Officer's or NCO's sword?? The Germans played fast and loose with their use of insignia and dress weaponry as can be clearly seen in the thread "They would not have worn that". The answer as far as I am concerned is Pass, I do not know. Having said that, after 50 odd years of collecting, if I purchased your sword, I would call it Army regardless of the knot unless there was compelling evidence to the contrary. Basically, it is nice plain sword and it is whatever you want it to be.
The sword illustrated below is by WKC. It has a nickel hilt and scabbard fittings over black leather and a standard black "plastic" over wood grip with a tripple brass wrap. The blade is well etched bearing Fire related embelishments. The knot strap is silver braid with two double pink/red strands. The knot is also silver or possibly faded gold and large with an orangy red base. This I believe to be a standard Fire Official's knot and strap and possibly pre 1933???? Any alternative suggestion are more than welcome.
I hope that this post is of use and interest to you.
Regards Michael Ryan
Hi, Further to my last post, here is a second sword for comparison. Although of identical pattern there are a number of minor but distinctive variations between the two swords. Manufactured by Eickhorn with an early trade mark, this sword has silver plated fittings both to the grip and scabbard. It has a shagreen grip cover over a wooden former and is of marginally superior finish to the WKC sword. The major difference however is in the sword knot and strap. The strap is black leather with a triple silver metalic thread runing down its length. The knot is silver or possible tarnished gold with red vertical stripes and is smaller than the knot on the WKC sword. The base of the knot is red. I believe this knot to be a universal pattern Fire knot of post 1933 vintage. Again, please feel free to correct me if you disagree.
Cheers once again Michael R
While I agree that this generic hilt style was often used by early 3R Feuerwehr officers, the specific sword shown was likely worn by a Heer officer. Why you ask? Because the knot strap that still adorns it seems to show two rows of aluminum thread. Heer sword knots have both two or three rows of thread Feuerwehr sword knots only have three rows. Since this one only appears to have two rows, I'd guess it was Heer.
Hi Billy G, I too would call it an Army sword. But others may use a different logic to us?? Cheers MR