E-237a Army Officer’s Pantherhead Sword,
Unattributed Model by Rich. Abr. Herder (SCARCE Maker)
The hilt design is illustrated in the Angolia Sword Book, page 87 and
is an unattributed Herder pattern. The hilt is the early solid brass
variety having a choice gilded finish, grading 95%! I’m being very
conservative! Beautiful! The Pantherhead is fitted with gorgeous
pinkish, faceted eyes. Upon closer examination there is eye-catching
detail to the oak leaves traveling down the backstrap and “P” guard design.
The open-winged Army eagle that appears on the obverse languet, clutches a
swastika with the eagle’s head facing to the right! There is outstanding
detail to the bird’s feathering. The reverse languet has an outstretched
monogram the follows the contour of the guard and is adorned with oak leaves and
acorns that continue around the blank monogram. The black celluloid grip
contains a few very faint hand ring scratches to the upper portion of the grip.
It is tightly wrapped with three tiny strands of silver wire with the center
strand being twisted and slightly larger. The choice, bright blade is the
nickel plated style measuring 31.5” in overall length. The spine and tip
is factory crisp, while the blade edge contains a couple of very faint nicks.
The revere ricasso area is stamped with the arch shaped name and location of
this company, “Rich. A. Herder / Solingen”. The famous Herder diamond
logo is in the center of the letters. The blade grades near mint-.
The scabbard shell is straight to all sides in addition to having fine original
black paint, grading 95%. The wear is mainly confined to the obverse and
reverse drag areas. In addition, there are paint spiders on both sides.
A FINE example of a fairly RARE sword! Herder did not produce many swords!