Stamped Herm. Rath Solingen arched TM. Photographs of this pattern sword by Hermann Rath with officer pattern pommel and grip with wire wrap appear on page 410 of Exploring The Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS by Thomas T. Wittmann. Nickel-plated hilt fittings show virtually no surface wear with no speckling, lifting or peeling officer pattern, ribbed pommel cap, plain, D-pattern knuckle-bow/crossguard and superbly detailed oak-leaf/acorn ferrule. Ebony grip with silver wire wrap shows virtually no surface wear, chips, cracks or damage to the grip wire or backstrap. Polished, matte finished, straight blade measuring 35 3/8″ in length grades EX++ showing faint surface wear/runner marks and a area of light pitting on the lower reverse of blade near blade tip but, no nicks to cutting edge, and is complete with original white leather buffer pad. Dent-free steel scabbard retains 90% of the original black factory enamel showing surface crazing and small areas of missing paint to the obverse/reverse shell. Dent-free, nickel-plated upper and lower scabbard fittings show minor surface wear with no lifting or damage and appear to never have had factory enamel or frosting applied to the recesses of the scrollwork design on the upper fitting or the incised line motif on the lower fitting. As is the norm for candidate swords, neither the scabbard throat nor the underside of the crossguard is SS proof marked.. One of the nicest SS Candidate Degens JRB&M has offered in some time. . EX++ (26826) $3,250.