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WWII German SCARCE Early Army Dovehead Sword With Oak Leaf Langet by Alcoso- This SCARCE example was recently purchased as part of a very large sword collection. It is illustrated in the Angolia Sword Book, page 69, and is an Unattributed pattern housing crossed laurel leaves on the obverse langet. The hilt of this Dovehead example is fine quality brass, bearing an outstanding gilded finish, grading 97%! The minor wear is confined to the very top of the pommel and to the inside of the P-guard. It addition, there is hand-enhancing throughout! Spectacular, especially taking into account that it is an early example! The P-guard, backstrap and pommel are adorned with raised out oak leaves. As previously cited, the obverse langet is adorned with raised out crossed laurel leaves with outstanding background accents. The langet ends in a beautifully detailed floral ball. The black celluloid grip grades mint- and is wrapped with triple twisted silver wire with the center stand being larger. The wire is slightly loose probably the result of grip shrinkage. The nickel plated blade measures approximately 30” in overall length. The spine edges and tip are factory crisp while the blade edge has one small nick. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Alcoso scales trademark having the company name arched in block letters (Volume I, page 19, third from left). The firm’s initials ACS are interspersed in the logo. Finally, directly below is the company location Solingen. The blade easily grades mint-. The scabbard shell is straight. The original factory black paint shows much wear/age, grading 50%. In addition, there is some rust throughout which can easily be cleaned! A SCARCE pattern sword that is missing from most sword collections! I was NOT able to locate another after searching 30 years of sales catalogs! Full excellent.