VERY FINE CONDITION WORLD WAR ONE/TWO GERMAN NAVAL SWORD IDENTIFIED TO KONTER ADMIRAL HANS HAMELAU

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Item Code: 954-55

This impressive Imperial Naval sword was carried throughout the long career of its owner from the early 1900’s through World War One and the end of World War Two.

The sword is a beautiful example and is particularly attractive due to its design and Damascus blade. The hilt of the sword is of high quality brass construction. It features a very fine lion head with long snout and embellished with the red and green faceted eyes. The lion has outstanding detailing on its lower jaw, whiskers and eyes as well as the main which flows partially down the backstrap. The backstrap itself is decorated with a pattern of oak leaves and acorns, all of which have been hand enhanced.

The “D” guard knucklebow has similar hand enhanced details, with raised oak leaves and acorns. The folding clamshell guard depicts a fouled anchor with an Imperial crown at the top of a 45 degree angle. The finely detailed anchor is surrounded by more oak leaves and acorns presenting a beautiful presentation. The reverse langet is also hinged and has a hole which acts as a lock when it is folded. The fold down side has the professionally engraved name of the owner “HAMELAU.”

The grip is of beautifully toned bone and has fine golden hues at the edges where they enter the hilt as well as some visible grain on the forward edges. The grip is in perfect condition having no chips and is tightly wrapped with three brass wires.

Attached is a fine conditioned Imperial sword portepee. The knot features silver bullion cord with flecks of red and black. The lower portion has a slide and stem of woven bullion with red and black highlights. The lower ball is of bullion thread having a red insert with red, white and black stuffing.

The scabbard remains in excellent supple condition showing traces of wear on the surfaces. It is interesting to note that the traditional scabbard accent lines on the edges of both sides have worn almost flat to the surface showing that this sword saw use. The scabbard is sewn up the rear in the usual manner. The three matching scabbard mounts are of quality brass having traditional naval motif throughout. Mounts are retained by large staples all of which are present.  The upper and center have eyelets with serrated centers and large carry rings.

The blade of the sword is outstanding and at 30.00 inches it is rather long for a Navy sword. The real importance is the hand forged Small Roses Damascus blade. This pattern is rarely seen as it was very expensive to produce. The condition of the blade is absolutely mint throughout and is styled with the traditional Naval quillback at the end. Each and every rose in bold pattern is highly visible. It is rare to see a sword over 100 years old in such fine condition. This fantastic blade is buffered by a brown felt washer.

The owner, Hans Hamelau was born in 1886 in the area of Schleswig-Holstein. He joined the Imperial Navy in 1901 and became an officer serving as a Marine Engineer handling military pyrotechnics and explosives with the rank of Feuerwerksoberleutant. Hamelau served through the early 1900’s on various ships such as the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, the heavy cruiser “HERTHA” and also aboard the liner “BRAUNSCHWEIG.” By the end of World War One Hamelau  was assigned to the Imperial Shipyard at Wilhelmshaven where he was involved with the Weapons and Munitions Depot.

After the war he was transferred into a civil service position with the Munitions Depot in Dietrichsdorf. From 1925-1936 he served under the Naval Command in the weapons department. In July of 1934 he was reactivated and sent back into the Naval service. He served as the head of various departments such as the General Artillery, Procurement, Administration and Supply for Artillery, Weapons and Munitions, Smoke and Gas Protection as well as arsenals under jurisdiction of the Naval Weapons Office. In 1943 he became Kommandant of the Naval Artillery Equipment Office, as well as Naval Acceptance Inspector until 1945. He was promoted to the rank of Konteradmiral in 1944 and remained a POW until February of 1947. He was awarded the German Cross for leadership of men not in the face of the enemy as well as the Iron Cross 2nd Class and the 1st Class War Merit Cross with swords.

Sword comes mounted ready for display on a wonderfully finished piece of oak with informational plaque detailing Hamelau’s service along with an Imperial Iron Cross 2nd Class and World War two Navy belt buckle and copy photo of the Admiral to enhance the display. There is also a small packet of information on the Admiral as well as a notarized letter of authenticity from the original seller to the former owner.  [ad]

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