Richard Herder 4-point star TM. An illustration of this pattern sword appears on page 144, left, of Collecting the Edged Weapons of the Third Reich, Volume I. Additional photos are available on page 85 of Swords of Germany 1900/1945 by John R. Angolia. This model sword was available with either a silver (Model 1017) or gilt langet eagle (Model 1007) as the example in the photograph has the silver eagle, while the eagle on this sword is gilt. Gilted brass hilt fittings show minor wear to highlights of pommel/backstrap with 100% of the gilding remaining in the recesses of the heavily chiseled lion head pommel with red glass eyes, floral and oak leaf embellished backstrap and knuckle-bow, as well as crossguard with unique 1-piece cast langet/ferrule with large gilt Wehrmacht eagle. Black celluloid grip shows only minor surface wear with no cracks or chips and is complete with tight twisted brass wire wrap. Plated blade measuring 31 ¾” grades EX, showing surface wear and uniform graying on both obverse and reverse, with several minor nicks to cutting edge. Blade is complete with original tan leather blade buffer pad. Dent-free scabbard retains approximately 90% of its original black enamel showing surface wear/crazing and missing paint primarily to the lower reverse, and to tip and drag. Rare sword with EX++ gilding on hilt and unique langet eagle. EX+.