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Luftwaffe damascus presentation sword to Hptm. Förster

Luftwaffe damascus presentation sword to Hptm. Förster

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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
LOT
EAN 2000000460871
LOT
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
EAN 2000000460871
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
LOT
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000460871
Luftwaffe damascus presentation sword to Hptm. Förster

Description

An excellent grouping to Luftwaffe Hauptmann Paul Förster serving with a Nachtjägerfliegergruppe. The absolute highlight is his stunning Luftwaffe presentation sword. 

The sword was a gift to Förster given by the workforce of the newspaper "Westfälische Landeszeitung Rote Erde". It comes with a high-quality artificial damascus blade (etched). The front of the blade is constructed with gilt ornaments on a blued and gilt background. Golden lettering "Dem Führer unseres Betriebes, Pg. Paul Förster in Dankbarkeit und Treue." Inlcuding a gilt Lutwaffe eagle with swastika. The other side again shows fine gilt ornaments on a blued and gilt background. Golden lettering "Die Gefolgschaft der Westfälischen Landeszeitung Rote Erde". On the right the colored national emblem of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). Furthermore the maker's mark of Paul Weyersberg, Solingen.

The early nickel-silver (Neusilber) fittings have a nice even patina. A dark blue leather finished handle with intact wire wrapping. Pommel and crossguard show the typical sunwheel swastika (brass) on each side. Excellent dark blue leather finished scabbard with nickel-silver fittings. Absolutely matching with the handle. The upper fitting comes with the engraved initials "PF" for Paul Förster. No dents. All four screws unopened as well as in place. Original attached dark blue leather hanger. Length sword: 99 cm.

This sword is an absolute rarity. We are not aware of any examples of that high quality available on the market. Especially the colored national emblem of Lower Saxony is absolutely unique. 

Certificate to Luftwaffe Honor Goblet. Issued on 8. August 1944. Facsimile signature Hermann Göring as well as original signed by Generaloberst Bruno Lörzer (Pour le Mérite and Knight's Cross winner). Folded and two holes.

Ten period time photos of his Luftwaffe service. Including a press photo showing Paul looking at the bomber, he shot down. Dated "Holland 29.11.1945".

A wartime diary of him with handwritten notes. It starts on 21./22. January 1943.

"Führerschein" driver's license. Issued on 14. May 1930. Original attached photo.

Deutsches Reich passport. Issued on 10. July 1929. Original attached photo.

"Jagdschein" hunting license. Issued on 9. May 1942. Original attached photo.

 


Condition
2+