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Nazi Late-Period SS Officer’s Candidate Degen, Dachau Production- This is a “picker”-acquired piece that was purchased along with a late-period SS Officer’s Degen, which has already been sold! It shows MUCH wear/age throughout! This one is a very late-produced Degen, most probably made in Dachau. As everyone is aware, the SS Officer’s Candidate Degen is a RARE find indeed, regardless of the condition! What differentiates this from the standard SS Officer’s Degen is the fact that it DOES NOT reflect a SS rune motif anywhere on the hilt/pommel (Volume IV, pages 406, narrative). The hilt fittings reflect the stainless steel finish that remains in as found condition, showing 65 years of age. The finish shows mild plating wear, grading 98%. The Officer’s pommel cap is the usual unfinished steel color. The serrated edges exhibit minor wear. As is the case with all Dachau-produced pieces, the “D” guard top area has NO step-up shaping between the guard and the pommel cap. The teardrop quillon has the non-drilled decoration at the end. The “D” guard displays faint wear, with crisp edges throughout. The black ebony grip has fourteen sections showing faint wear/age and is the style that is NOT tightly wrapped with nickel wire (Volume IV, page 405, upper). The recess areas show much age soiling, which should clean-up nicely. The ferrule is a great example and is also the stainless steel style with some hand work on the oak leave seams. The matte finished blade is approximately 30.5” long. It contains EXTENSIVE hits to all edges, except the tip! This piece was probably used by the kids for fencing! There are surfaces scratches and the normal in and out marks appearing on both sides. The ricasso areas are VOID of any maker’s mark, which is correct on this type degen. The blade grades very good! The original leather washer is missing to time! The scabbard has seen better days! There are a few taps and hits to all sides. The black factory paint exhibits wear and age in the form of chips, scrapes, scratches, and numerous paint spiders. The paint grades 90%. The upper and lower scabbard fittings are in place, being the stainless steel variety. The upper fitting is retained by two flush mounted, headless screws with the right screw head being filed flush with the fitting. The throat is slightly oversized for the girth of the shell. Common finding on these late-period pieces! In addition, the obverse side of the fitting has a light coat of rust, while the reverse side is very nice. The lower fitting is retained by the pressed-on method, displaying some wear/age. The scabbard throat is correctly NOT SS Kulturzeichen proofed (Volume IV, page 358, narrative). A RARE Model SS Degen that would be a GREAT addition for someone on a budget! Very good.