German Puma No 3 Dove Head Army Officer Sword
The sword has an overall length in the scabbard of approximately 38 inches, with a blade length of 32 1/5 inches. The blade has a clean matte finish, with some relatively minor spots and scratches, but no chips, nicks, or rust. The reverse ricasso bears the manufacturer mark of the firm of Puma while the obverse ricasso bears the mark “No. 3”. The pommel, knuckle guard and crossguard are aluminum with a gilt finish. The crossguard has an open wing eagle. The pommel is a “dove head” style, but the pommel, back strap, knuckle guard and ferrule are all impressively decorated with relief oak leaves. The gilt finish to the aluminum fittings is largely intact with a few spots of wear. The grip is black celluloid over wood. It is triple wrapped with silver colored wire and the grip is without cracks or chips. The black scabbard paint has some scratches and spots of wear.