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Hi, recently I found an old sword and I was hoping I could get some general advice on what it is worth, how to store it, should I get it restored etc. The sword looks very similar to these..
SMF Luftwaffe Sword

Early Nickel Silver Sword

Here are a couple pictures I took of it.
I don't have a great picture of the blade, but it says SMF solingen on it. I would welcome any advice about what to do with it etc. Thanks.

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to beat up, i would not buy. paul

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That is an earlier luftwaffe officer sword. Later ones had aluminum metal fittings, while the earlier ones had them of nickel-silver. Most consider the earlier type more desirable. This one obviously has condition problems in the area of the leather. The grip leather appears to be OK, from what can be seen. The scabbard leather is in poor shape. To collectors, condition is very important and the problems here would make most collectors pass on it. That being said, it is not a total disaster unless the blade has serious problems (rust, pitting, plate peeling, etc.). The scabbard leather can be restored. But, it is questionable whether the new leather would match that of the grip in tone and otherwise. The fittings can be cleaned up with metal polish, if desired, but you have to be careful with the gold-plated swastikas. The gold will come off if heavily rubbed. Many collectors prefer items in "uncleaned" condition. It mainly comes down to price. If you can get it at a very low price and don't mind any restoration work, which likely won't be cheap, it could be a decent collectible, especially for display or as a beginning acquisition. But, the value will be affected. so don't expect "top dollar" for it if you decide to sell it at some point.

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I agree with Grumpy. Under the corrosion there appears to be a nice early Luft sword. The scabbard is problematic, but for a good price I would buy this.

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Any unit marks on the bottom of the cross guard?

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Thanks for the advice. As to unit marks I don't know, I will check.

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No Unit Markings that I can find.

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I like em like that!

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It needs some gentle TLC but I've seen worse. Does it have the Luftwaffe acceptance marking on the blade? Best Regards, Fred

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hi. I have got sword Carl Eikhorn. Paul Gerstmann, Hirschberg, from "Field Marschall" series - Wrangel. Maybe you now someone who want by it. Jacek


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