The Carl Eickhorn firm was one of the most prestigious of the Solingen blade industries during the 3rd Reich period, thus they enjoyed an exceptional business climate during the time. One of their marketing strategies was the introduction of the "Field Marshall Series". This series of swords consisted of 9 different models, all bearing names chosen from Germany's military heroes of the past.
Many collectors enjoy trying to assemble a complete Field Marshall Series. It can be a daunting task as several of the models were not introduced until 1938 and 1939, namely the Prinz Eugen and the Lützow Model, thus they are fairly rare and can be expensive. The other Field Marshall models include the Wrangel, Scharnhorst, Freiherr vom Stein, Roon, Derfflinger, Zeiten, and Blücher patterns. Eickhorn also produced several other sword models that were not included in the Field Marshall Series.
SWDSFMEK #39844 Prinz Eugen Pattern Sword with Triple Etched Blade
It is extremely rare to find a Prinz Eugen Pattern sword with a triple-etched blade; in fact, this is the first one I can remember acquiring! I purchased this sword directly from the daughter of the veteran who liberated it from Germany. It has been in storage ever since, and is beautifully preserved.
This example has almost all of the original gilded surface over the pot metal base construction. Very few swords of this pattern retain this amount of gilding.
The Prinz Eugen pattern is one of the few swords with two German eagles and swastikas in the design. The pommel features a raised-out, closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle clutching a swastika. The backstrap is plain except at the grip tabs, which have a large oak leaf, and at the bottom which has another large single oak leaf.
The “P” guard is relatively plain, with only the central area having two large oak leaves butting against each other. The reverse guard is plain but for a scribed outline on the langet. The obverse langet has a great looking open-winged eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. This bird has all kinds of outstanding detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika.
The grip is of carved wood coated in black celluloid. This celluloid has a tiny hairline crack on the upper right, but is hardly shows and isn’t going anywhere. The rest if the grip is perfect, tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted.
Attached to the hilt is an Army Officer’s Portepee. It is the style with leather strapping with dual wire stitching. The knot shows some age and wear but it is sound and should remain so well into the future.
The scabbard is in terrific condition. It retains the original black surface; even the lower drag has 100% of the paint and is free of rust!
The 30 inch blade of this sword is a real marvel. It has quality nickel plated and is triple etched with Eickhorn Pattern #3237. This pattern has lots of floral designs on both sides and, in the center areas, are crossed swords and cannons. This blade motif pretty much covers all of the branches of service. The spine is etched with oak leaves that run the same distance as the etch. All of the frosted backgrounds are intact and the blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original red leather blade washer is in place.
Here is a very rare opportunity to acquire an original triple-etched Prinz Eugen. This is the first example I’ve had to offer and I think it would be a real treasure for the avid sword collector. A great piece here!
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SWDSFMEK #39613C Blücher Pattern Sword
The pattern features a fine lion head with a long snout. The whiskers have been hand enhanced, along with the brow and mane, which flows partially down the backstrap. This cat is fitted with rounded red glass eyes. The backstrap is decorated with raised oak leaves and a raised blank section to accept a monogram. The “P” also has raised oak leaves and acorns decorating the surface.
The crossguard features an open-winged Army Eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. The breast feathering on this fine bird has been nicely hand enhanced, as has the wreath and raised mobile swastika. Sprays of oak leaves have been added on either side of the talons. The ferrule is decorated with a pattern of oak leaves and acorns and the lower hilt is stamped “DRP”.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in black celluloid. It is tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is nice and straight, with good original paint. This paint shows some crazing and some surface age but overall remains mostly intact; with a little cleaning it should come up pretty nice.
The blade of the sword is a real monster. It measures 36 inches long, and most have been an extra cost order; normally 35 inches was the longest blade available. It has been richly nickel-plated and has a fine sheen. There is a tiny lift in the plating on the obverse side of the sword, fairly close to the ricasso, as well as a few on the spine. They are very minor, however, and don’t really detract from this most impressive blade. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A good basic Blücher here, showing some mild age and wear but still in highly collectible condition.
SWDSFMEK #39612C Derfflinger Pattern Sword
This Derfflinger Pattern Sword is the aluminum type with a gilded finish. The gilding appears to be basically intact throughout the hilt. The Derfflinger pattern in a very interesting one, with a flat knuckle bow and a series of small curls that decorate the “P” guard, backstrap, grip tab, and crossguard. The langet is plain on the reverse sided, while the obverse facing features Wehrmacht eagle and swastika. The lower hilt is marked “Gesch Gesch”.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in black celluloid. The celluloid remains in good condition and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is nice and straight, with wonderful original paint. This paint retains a factory sheen is is nearly 100% intact, even down to the lower drag area which is rare to see.
The blade of the sword is outstanding, measuring a very long 35 inches. It has finest quality nickel-plating and is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark and the original blade washer is in place.
A very nice Derfflinger Pattern Sword here.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
SWDSFMEK #39383C Zeiten Pattern Model 1734 Sword
The Zeiten Pattern is a very difficult Field Marshall example to find. It is particularly desirable due to the flat knuckle bow as well the great Art Deco look. This piece is also a real treasure as it is not constructed from the usual aluminum, but rather is made of solid brass. It really looks magnificent, retaining nearly all of the finely gilded finish.
This sword features a great looking leopard head with brows that jut out well over the faceted red eyes. It also has a hand-enhanced mane, whiskers and muzzle; a great looking cate here, to be sure. The mane runs a good distance down the backstrap and is also deeply hand-enhanced. The remainder of the backstrap has a pebbled border which runs into the grip tabs.
The flat knuckle bow of the “P” guard is exceptionally interesting as it has a series of curlicues on the outer areas and raised floral patterns in the center.
The crossguard and quillons have a unique raised, pebbled design. This pebbling runs around the curlicue on the quillon end and the reverse langet, which is plain. The obverse langet features a raised Wehrmacht eagle and swastika. This bird is also enhanced with pebbled designs. The ferrule has scribed lines and thin oak leaves which decorate the center area.
The grip is of carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition and remains very shiny. The grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand. The underside of the hilt is stamped “DRP”.
The accompanying scabbard is also a beauty. It is completely straight and has nearly mint paint that is 100% intact throughout.
The impressive blade of this sword has a mint mirror-finish. This blade measures 31 inches long and is marked on the reverse with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A tremendous and rare sword here, especially if you are a collector of the Field Marshall series. A nicer Zeiten Pattern would be almost impossible to find.
Mint Minus. $1,295.00
SWDSFMEK #39550C Model 1312 Leopard Head Cavalry Sword
The hilt is brass, featuring a fine leopard head pommel. The cat shows hand-enhancement to the lower jaw, whiskers, and the brow. It is fitted with red faceted eyes. The brass does not look to have ever been cleaned, and could be worked up into a beautiful state if so desired.
The backstrap is decorated with a pattern of oak leaves and acorns which spill over into the grip tabs. The “P” guard has a similar motif.
The crossguard has a dotted design. The reverse langet has a raised, plain oval with a lined border, while the obverse has crossed swords over a floral background.
The grip is of craved wood covered in perfect black celluloid. This grip is wrapped with a skein of three wires, the central strand being a thicker gauge.
The scabbard is straight throughout. The original paint shows some age and some signs of wear; it is probably about 80% intact. If you weren’t tired out from cleaning the hilt, however, the scabbard too would come up nicely with some work. The straightness and original paint lends itself to a good result from cleaning.
The blade of this sword is a 30 inches long, triple etched example. It remains in mint condition, having a mirror-bright nickel plating. The blade etch is Eickhorn Pattern #3237, and if you are likely enough to have a period catalog you can see it displayed very nicely. The obverse pattern is a standard military motif, with a set of crossed cannons. The reverse is different but also has crossed cannons with kind of a sunburst around them. The spine is also etched, and all of the frosting remains throughout the etched designs.
The trademark is the Small Double Oval type used from 1933-35. Although there are no swastikas on this sword it is definitely of Nazi vintage. This sword is priced to sell and would make a fine addition to any collection, especially if it was cleaned up.
SWDSFMEK #39549C Prinz Eugen Pattern Sword
The hilt of this Prinz Eugen Sword is in exceptional condition. It has not been cleaned so the finish is dull, but it looks to me if the all of the original gilding is still present. This is a rarity on a Prinz Eugen, as the base construction is of pot metal to which did not easily retain the gilding. It is a pleasure to see on in this state.
The Prinz Eugen is one of the few swords with two German eagles and swastikas in the design. The pommel features a raised-out, closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle clutching a swastika. The backstrap is plain except at the grip tabs, which have a large oak leaf, and at the bottom which has another large single oak leaf.
The “P” guard is relatively plain, with only the central area having two large oak leaves butting against each other. The reverse guard is plain but for a scribed outline on the langet. The obverse langet has a great looking open-winged eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. This bird has all kinds of fine detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika.
The grip is of carved wood coated in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition, wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is outstanding. It is completely straight and has excellent paint, easily in nearly mint condition.
The blade of this sword is the nickel-plated type. It is pristine throughout and mirror-bright, easily in mint condition. The reverse langet is marked with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original blade washer is in place. It is a lighter colored example, not the usual red type we normally see on the Prinz Eugen pattern, but there are slight variation on nearly everything we see in this hobby.
If you are looking for a really fine Prinz Eugen Pattern this one is sure to satisfy. If you are contemplating collecting the Field Marshall series this is a key piece and one you will want to scoop up while you can.
Near Mint. $1,595.00
SWDSFMEK #39300 Prinz Eugen Pattern Sword with Veteran Documentation
This Prinz Eugen Pattern Sword has never been cleaned and is in a completely original state. It was acquired directly from the family of the veteran who liberated it during the war. There is documentation to this effect that is included with this sword.
The hilt has the great looks of the Prinz Eugen pattern. This sword is rather dirty, but looks as though it retains at least 95% of the original gilding is still intact over pot metal base construction. Prinz Eugen pattern swords are very hard to find with a finish in this kind of excellent condition.
The pommel features a Wehrmacht eagle with closed wings clutching a swastika. The backstrap is plain, except at the bottom, which has a single oak leaf, and the grip tabs, which also have oak leaves. The “P” guard is mostly plain, with only a pair of oak leaves in the center. The reverse of the guard is completely plain, with a shield on the langet, while the obverse of the guard has a great looking Army eagle. This eagle looks to the viewer’s left and has stunning detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The Prinz Eugen sword is the only piece in the Field Marshall series that features these two eagles; this as well as the fact that we know that many Waffen-SS members carried this model makes it very popular with collectors.
The carved wood grip is in fine condition, covered in black celluloid. This celluloid coating is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being a slightly thicker gauge.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It is also quite dirty and would clean up nicely with a good cleaning as the paint looks to be at least 95% intact. It is interesting to note that one strap from a Luftwaffe hanger has been used to carry this particular sword. I can’t say for certain but it looks to have been a rig cooked up by the original owner so he could easily attached the sword to a belt clip. He simply removed the other strap and attached the top snap clip to the sword. I’ve never seen this kind of rig on an Army Officer’s sword, but hey, why not?
The fine blade of this sword is 32 inches long. It is in fully mint condition, having highest quality nickel plating. The reverse is stamped with the “Over the Shoulder” Squirrel trademarked used by the Eickhorn firm after 1941. The red leather washer typically found on the Prinz Eugen Pattern is intact and in place.
So we have a great sword here, but let me tell you about the veteran items that accompany it! Included is the Geneva Convention card identifying the US veteran as Joseph Frank Karwoski, PFC with Ordnance. His date of birth was 6 October, 1927 and his service number is US51 082 884. Along with this ID card are Karwoski’s original dog tags still attached to a chin. Both tags are there, as well as a small key. Also included is a pathological report dated December 4th, 1963 for Karwoski, with the details of his desk by circulatory/respiratory failure. Lastly (and sadly) is the American flag that was used to cover his coffin, folded in proper military fashion.
I feel the sword should always be displayed with these items, in hoot of this mans service to our country. Obviously it would be a fairly easy task to research this many, given the information at hand.
A fine sword here, with all the history you could ask for.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
SWDSFMEK #39012C Freiherr von Stein Pattern Sword
This von Stein Pattern Sword is constructed with all all-brass hilt. I don’t see much gilding left on this hilt, but some does remain the recesses. The detail is still outstanding, showing little wear.
The pommel and backstrap are decorated with fine oak leaves and acorns, as are the grip tabs, “P” guard and ferrule. The crossguard is a dotted line pattern that runs through the area, ending in a teardrop curl on both sides. The reverse is plain, with a raised area intended for a monogram.
The guard features a closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle clutching a swastika which retains fine detailing. The under portion of the quillon is marked “Ges Gesch”.
The grip is the usual carved wood affair covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition and is wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.
The remains of the original portepee are still wrapped about the upper portion of the hilt. This portepee broke at the area after the knot; I elected to leave this accoutrement on the sword, although the next owner might want to discard it. To me it adds character, but your mileage may vary with this sort of thing.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows only mild traces of carrying time. It is at least 95% intact and would clean up nicely if so desired.
The 32 inch blade is a quality example with fine, nickel-plated surfaces. It is in mint condition throughout and is marked with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original leather blade buffer is intact and in place.
A good, solid von Stein Pattern here, priced to sell.
SWDSFMEK #39173 Early Army Dove Head with Applied Wehrmacht Eagle
This hilt pattern was used by the Eickhorn firm prior to the Nazi period. We also see this pattern used by the Feldjäger corps for their SA swords. It was issued with either crossed swords or cannons, but often an NSDAP insignia was inserted over these early designs.
This example has a plain pommel and a backstrap and “P” guard decorated with raised oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule also features overlapping oak leaves and acorns.
The crossguard is plain on both sides, with a curved quillon. The reverse langet has an oval portion meant to accept a monogram. The obverse has an applied Wehrmacht eagle; this bird looks to have a silver finish. Looking at the reverse we see this bird is attached by means of prongs that have been properly bent over. This gives the sword a good look; WKC also did this with their early swords in an effort to bring them up to date.
The scabbard shows a couple of minor dings on both sides, mainly at the center. Overall the paint is not too bad, being at about 90% with some carrying wear.
The blade is 33 inches long, with outstanding nickel-plated and in mint condition. The trademark also tells the tale, as it is a stamped 1933-35 small Double Oval type. The original leather blade buffer is intact and in place.
An early sword here, converted for use in the Third Reich. This pattern is rarely seen.
SWDSFMEK #39184C Leopard Head Model #1695 with Triple Etched Blade
The leopard head pommel of this sword has choice detailing throughout the teeth, whiskers, and brow, as well as the mane which runs partially down the backstrap. The cat is fitted with eyes of faceted red glass. The backstrap is decorated with raised oak leaves and acorns, as is the “D” guard. The ferrule also has a fine treatment of oak leaves and acorns.
The crossguard has a fine, opened-winged Army head, with lots of hand enhancement throughout the head, checkered breast, wreath and vaulted swastika. This bird looks to the viewer’s left. The reverse of the guard has a plain oval on the langet which has some scratching that might be the initials of the original owner; they seem to read “RRAT”. The quillon ends in a nice curl.
The grip of this sword is constructed from carved wood covered in a very fine black celluloid. This celluloid is perfect and nice and bright, being tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.
The hilt is further enhanced by the presence of a large Army Officer’s portepee. This portepee is set in place and looks to be original to this sword. It is in fine condition throughout, showing a little mild wear to the stitching but nothing that detracts from it’s appearance. This portepee is green in color, with triple stitches of aluminum wire that run the length. The slide is of woven leather with bullion accents, while the stem is the flat style with a crochet-like bullion covering. The aluminum bullion ball has a “cat’s anus” style stuffing.
The scabbard is also a beauty, completely dent free and with outstanding original black paint. This paint is just about 100% intact, with only minor traces of wear evident on the chape. The rest of the paint shows only a couple of extremely wear spots.
The 32 inch long blade of this sword is most impressive. This blade has an outstanding nickel-plated finish and is easily in fully mint condition. It is the Model #3237 etch, which can be seen illustrated in the Eickhorn catalog. This etch is mostly floral designs on both sides, with the additional of some artillery scenes that include crossed cannons, cannon balls, and the like. The beautiful etch is further enhanced by the 100% intact frosted backgrounds. The spine of the blade is decorated with a pattern of fine laurel leaves. The 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark is on this blade, and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for a great sword to display on a cradle as a highlight in your collection, this one will surely attract attention. A high class sword here, in outstanding condition.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
SWDSFMEK #39058C Artillery NCO’s Sword with Triple Etched Blade
This Artillery NCO’s Sword is the traditional, nickel-plated type. It is unadorned throughout and has fine, smooth surfaces. The plating shows patination but I’m sure it would clean off if the next owner prefers shiny swords.
The grip of the sword is of carved wood covered in the usual black celluloid. The celluloid is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with a skien of aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted to add visual interest.
The scabbard is straight throughout and retains the original paint. Sadly this paint is aged and rusted; a professional restoration would certainly not hurt this scabbard!
The blade of this example makes up for the scabbard; it is a beautiful triple-etched example in the artillery motif. There are crossed cannons standartes, war implements and floral sprays expertly rendered on both sides of this fine blade. The spine of the blade is also etched with oak leaves. This etch pattern appears in the Eickhorn catalog.
The blade has just the slightest amount of graying, but beyond this is totally free of nicks or problems. The sword is stamped with the 1945-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original black leather blade washer is in place.
A touch of cleaning would make this sword nice; it is simply a bargain at this low, low price.
SWDSFMEK #39061C Early Dove Head Sword with Double Langet Oak Leaves
This Eickhorn sword was made in the early Nazi period, somewhere between 1933 and 1935. It is most interesting as both of the langets are engraved with wreaths of oak leaves; normally the reverse is left plain.
The rest of the sword is beautifully engraved with oak leaves and acorns, spread across the backstrap, grip tabs, ferrule and “P” guard. The crossguard has a nice rendering of oak leaves within an oval, which connect along the length. The gilding looks to be almost completely intact on this hilt.
The grip is a carved wood example that is covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition and retains the original shine. The grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being a thicker gauge.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It has nice original paint, looking to perhaps have been touched up many years ago but it hardly shows.
The blade of this sword is 31 inches long and in full mint condition. It has outstanding nickel-plated surfaces. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1933-35 Eickhorn Small Oval trademark, and the original blade washer is in place.
An outstanding Eickhorn sword here, perfect for the type collector.
Near Mint. $700.00
SWDSFMEK #39062 Cavalry Dove Head Sword with Eagle & Swastika Pommel
This is a most unusual cavalry sword, listed as Model #1715 in the Eickhorn catalog. This model features crossed swords on the langet, but what is most unusual is the fact that it has the same pommel and backstrap used on the Lützow and Prinz Eugen Pattern swords. I do not believe I've ever had one of these swords in the past, so I think they are quite rare.
The hilt of this sword is constructed from aluminum. It has an outstanding gilded finish, looking to be at least 98% intact and wearing only slightly at the pommel. This pommel features a Wehrmacht eagle and swastika surrounded by oak leaves. These oak leaves extend down the backstrap and spill over on to the grip tabs. The “P” guard also has raised oak leaves and acorns, while the ferrule is covered in oak leaf springs.
The langet is decorated with crossed cavalry swords with oak leaves at the edges. The reverse langet has a plain surfaced raised oval designed to receive a monogram.
The grip is of carved wood covered in fine black celluloid. This celluloid is absolutely perfect, still shiny and tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires. The center strand of wire is twisted to provide some visual interest.
The scabbard is totally dent-free and has very nice original paint. This paint shows a little mild aging here and there but is in nice condition overall, being at least 95% intact.
The blade of this sword is a respectable 33 ½ inches long. It has highest quality nickel-plated surfaces and remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is neatly stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A very hard sword to find here; as I mentioned I do not recall ever having one in the past. A great addition to a serious sword collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $950.00
SWDSFMEK #39056C Derfflinger Pattern Sword
This particular example is constructed from gilded aluminum. The gilding is in choice condition, rating at least 95%. The Derfflinger is a dove head style sword with the addition of distinctive dot patterns that run around the edges of all of the mounts. Additionally the “D” guard is installed flat which gives it a great look.
The pommel has some floral designs which gradually shift to small rectangles with the pebbled pattern on the edges. The flat “D” guard repeats this pattern, with the dots running through the crossguard, under the langet and into the curved quillon. The ferrule is lined on both edges and has a pattern of oak leaves in the center. The sword is marked “Ges Gesch” underneath.
The langet is a beauty, having a fine Wehrmacht-style eagle and mobile swastika; the detailing is outstanding throughout this langet.
The grip of the sword is constructed from carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition, being tightly wrapped with three strands of aluminum wire, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is exceptional. It is as straight as an arrow and retains easily 99% of the original paint.
The blade is of highest quality throughout with a perfect nickel plated finish. This mint blade measures 31 inches in length. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original leather blade washer is in place.
If you are building a Field Marshall collection the Derfflinger Pattern is a tough example to find; this one is certainly worthy of your consideration.
SWDSFMEK #39055C Roon Pattern Sword
This sword has wonderful gilding throughout, very nearly 100% intact. The pommel, backstrap and grip flaps are engraved with oak leaves. This engraving is extremely deep and has been accented with hand worked veins and pebbling. The “P” guard has the same sort of embellishment, as does the ferrule.
The crossguard is ornamented with a series of acorns that run the length, the caps of which have all been checkered by hand. The langet has an engraved Wehrmacht eagle and swastika, flawlessly rendered and very beautiful.
The grip is also a fine example, being constructed with a base of carved wood and covered in black celluloid. The celluloid is perfect throughout and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard of this Roon is also in nice condition, retaining fine original black paint. There are a few signs of wear toward the lower portion of the scabbard but overall the paint is at least 95% intact and retains a good shine.
The blade of this sword is 32 inches long and has highest quality nickel plating; it is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice Roon Pattern Sword here.
Mint Minus. $950.00
SWDSFMEK #39060C Wrangel Pattern Sword with Turned Eagle Head
This Wrangel Pattern Sword is a very early example, being constructed from quality brass. The crossguard eagle, which normally looks to the left on these swords (even being shown that way in the catalog) looks to the right. The direction of these eagle heads was swapped during the Nazi period, probably after 1936. Beyond this quirk it is a typical Wrangel pattern.
The pommel has a nice, large oak leaf at the top, and the backstrap, ferrule, “D” guard and grip tabs have a similar treatment. The oak leaves have outstanding hand enhancement.
The crossguard has a dotted pattern before and after the eagle. This eagle has fine detailing throughout, and grasps a swastika flanked by oak leaves.
The reverse langet has a raised panel set with an oak leaf and acorn design. The raised oval bears the professionally engraved monogram of the original owner, “J. G”.
The grip is of carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition throughout, retaining the factory shine. The grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three twisted brass wires, the center strand being a thicker gauge than the others.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It shows traces of usage but has no problems, the paint rating at about 90% intact.
The outstanding blade of this sword measures 32 inches long. It has a perfect nickel finish and is in full mint condition. As we would expect upon seeing the early crossguard eagle, the reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the Eickhorn trademark used from 1933 to 1935, the small double oval type. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A good Wrangel Pattern sword here, of a variant that is not easy to find.
Near Mint. $1,450.00
SWDSFMEK #39059C Model #1695 Panther Head Sword
This all-brass Panther Head Sword has a wonderful gilded finish which looks to be 100% intact. The Model #1695 normally has a crossguard eagle which looks to the left; on this example, however, it looks to the right. This apparently is an early version.
The panther head pommel is a beauty, having fine hand treatment to the lower jaw, teeth, whiskers and brow of the cat. The cat’s eyes are a pinkish-red faceted glass. The mane flows a short way down the backstrap, being replaced by a pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns that extends out to the grip tabs. There is also much handwork evident on these leaves.
The “P” guard has similar oak leaf designs with the same fine handwork. The reverse crossguard has a plain, raised oval to accept a monogram. The crossguard eagle is a very fine, Deco(ish) example which, as mentioned above, looks to the right instead of the left. There is much fine handwork throughout the details of this bird.
The grip is the usual carved wood and celluloid affair. The shiny celluloid coating is intact and in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted wire.
The scabbard is a very fine example, straight throughout and with fine paint. This paint is easily 99% intact, with only the most minor evidence of wear.
The blade is as nice as they come. It is 32 inches long and has perfect nickel plating, easily i full mint condition. It is interesting to note that the ricasso is stamped with the early 1933-35 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, which absolutely confirms the reverse crossguard eagle as an initial design.
If you are a Eickhorn sword collector this example is a must. A very fine conditioned (and excellent looking) example here.
SWDSFMEK #38683 Lützow Pattern Field Marshall Sword
The Lützow Pattern features two swastikas in the hilt. The pommel has a Wehrmacht eagle clutching a mobile swastika projecting out of the top. We see this same pattern on the Prinz Eugen Pattern.
The backstrap is decorated with a fine pattern of oak leaves and acorns, all with obvious hand enhancement. The oak leaves extend out on to both of the grip tabs. The “P” guard also has these oak leaf and acorn springs that are similarly hand enhanced. The ferrule has an “X” design on both sides, with oak leaves and acorns filling the rest of the space.
The crossguard has a series of acorns which flow from one end to the other, all connecting to each other. The reverse langet is plain, while on the obverse has the very rarely seen Lützow Key design. It is a Roman-like sword with a superimposed swastika. The swastika is flanked by fine oak leaves. The quillon on this sword ends in a smart curl.
The grip of this sword is constructed with a base of carved wood covered in black celluloid. The cell remains factory shiny and in perfect condition. It is tight wrapped with triple aluminum wire with a twisted center strand. Unlike many of the other designs there is no “Ges Gesch” or “D.R.P.” markings on the bottom of the hilt as this sword was probably the last design made by this firm, just as the war was beginning. This is probably the reason why see so few of these swords.
The scabbard of this sword is tremendous. It is as straight as an arrow and has outstanding original paint. This paint shows only the most minor traces of wear or age and is easily close to 100% intact. It also has an original factory shine.
The blade is of highest quality, being 33½ inches long and with mint nickel plating. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.
As most collectors know the Lützow Pattern is by far the most difficult of the Field Marshall's Series swords to acquire. If you are collecting swords of this type it would be a good idea to get this purchase out of the way while you are able! Now is the time to fill that hole in your collection. An outstanding sword here.
Near Mint. $2,695.00
SWDSFMEK #38485 Scharnhorst Pattern Field Marshall Sword
The Scharnhorst Pattern has a leopard head pommel. The cat has faceted pinkish-red eyes. The detailing to the head of this cat is outstanding, with handwork evident on the lower jaw, whiskers, muzzle, brow and even to the mane which flow partially down the backstrap. A good looking cat here, no doubt responsible for the high sales that Eickhorn had of this model.
The backstrap has raised oak leaves and acorns which extend to the grip tabs. The “P” guard also has these oak leaves and acorns, nicely rendered with visible hand enhancing. The ferrule has a pattern of oak leave and acorns that run around the perimeter.
The crossguard design has a series of what looks to be “+” and “-” marks, ending in a curled quillon. The reverse langet is plain, while the obverse is adorned with a Wehrmacht eagle and swastika. There is also handwork on this fine bird.
The grip if of carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and is wrapped with twisted brass wires, the center strand being a thicker gauge for contrast. This sword is marked “D.R.P” on the lower hilt.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard shows quite a bit of age and spidering on both sides, but this could be cleaned up nicely with a little wax and a lot of elbow grease. The paint is about 90% intact.
The blade is a 33 inch long example, with highest quality nickel plated surfaces. It is in mint condition. It is interesting to note that the reverse ricasso is stamped with the post-1941 “Over the Shoulder” Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. This would indicate that this sword was made well into the war, yet it still features the quality parts such as an all brass hilt and brass wires. A lot of people think that we only see aluminum pieces later on in the period but that is definitely wrong. Aluminum was desired more for its lightness than its efficacy as a brass substitute in a sword hilt.
A solid example here which could use a little cleaning but should work up very nicely.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
SWDSFMEK 37853C Panther Head Cavalry Sword
The detail throughout the hilt is exceptional. The panther has hand-enhanced areas about his lower jaw, whiskers and brow. The cat is fitted with bright red faceted eyes. The back strap features enhanced, raised oak leaves and acorns which extend to the grip side tabs. The "P" guard has similar oak leaf and acorn treatment. The reverse languet has a raised plain oval meant for a future monogram. The obverse languet depicts raised crossed swords with oak leaves around them and having random pebbling in the backgrounds; the gilded finish is all there on this part and looks great.
Adding to this fine hilt is a great-conditioned Army Officer's portepee. The portepee has mint green leather strapping, decorated with a twin stitching of aluminum wire. The slide has woven leather with wire highlights and the stem is the flat style with crochet-like aluminum bullion covering the flat metal surface below. The ball is yarn-like aluminum bullion with a gray thread lower stuffing.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has very fine original paint still being factory bright. There are some minor carrying signs in the paint, but overall this paint is 98%. A very fine scabbard here.
The blade is a beauty having highest quality nickel-plated finish. This impressive blade measure 33 inches in length and is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel logo and the brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A very fine 3rd Reich period sword here in exceptional condition; an investment quality piece, to be sure!
Near Mint. $895.00
SWDSFMEK #37856C Lion Head Sword with Uhlan Motif
The lion has much hand work throughout his whiskers, brow and mane. The mane flows down a short way on to the backstrap. The cat is fitted with large, faceted blood-red eyes. The backstrap has an opening for a monogram, and the grip tabs both feature floral designs.
The “P” guard is a fine looking, wide example, with sprigs of raised oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule is decorated with a floral pattern. The crossguard has “dot and dash” designs that run through the center area, and ends in a roaring lion's head. The reverse langet has a round shield designed to accept a monogram. The obverse langet is in the Uhlan fashion, with crossed swords and lances with pennants, with a ball above.
The grip is of carved wood with a black celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition. This grip is wrapped with triple stands of aluminum wire, the center wire being twisted. There appears to be two wires missing, one from each of the first two segments. This is not immediately noticeable, however.
The scabbard is a real gem, being straight throughout and with outstanding original paint. This paint shows only the most modest of wear and is easily 98% intact through to the lower drag.
The fantastic mint blade features quality nickel plating and measures 33 inches in length. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-42 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original leather blade buffer is in place.
An outstanding example of a Model #1312 here.
Near Mint. $995.00
SWDSFMEK #37855C Cavalry NCO Sword with Triple Etched Blade
The hilt of the NCO Sword is all done in plain, smooth nickel. It doe not appear to have been cleaned in many years and I'm sure it would come up very nicely if someone wanted to give it a good polish.
The grip is of carved wood with a covering of black celluloid. This celluloid appears to have an old repair on the upper portion. It still looks good though, and the repair is not easily noticed. It is wrapped with a skein of of aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is in generally good shape, with one small ding about 6 inches from the bottom of the obverse. It is the type with a stationary carrying ring, a feature we often seen on NCO swords. It is also of large size, to accommodate the blade. The original paint is still in excellent condition, showing only modest signs of usage and rating at about 98%.
The 32 inch blade is wider than most, typical of a Cavalry sword. It is triple etched. The obverse blade has very fine floral patterns with a central panel. Inside the panel, in raised letters, we see the words “Kavallerie Regt. No 14”. The reverse of the blade is quite spectacular, featuring a pair of Wehrmacht eagles and swastikas that flank a fine depiction of cavalry troops. There is very good detail to the horses, as well as to the field they are charging across. The spine of the blade is etched with a pattern of laurel leaves. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown leather washer is in place.
A fine cavalry example here, with some period wear that really speaks to the viewer of the history of this piece.
SWDSFMEK #37858C Early Triple Etched Panther Head Sword with Dedication
The panther head has long jowls, with different look than that seem on later types. The detailing on this cat is exceptional, and it is fitted out with twin faceted glass eyes in a pinkish color. The mane runs partially down the backstrap, the remainder of being floral designs and a diamond shape in the center. The grip tabs have floral swirls. The “P” guard has the standard adornment of oak leaves and acorns.
The crossguard has a lot of raised work that looks almost like feline hair, and the reverse langet has a plain raised seal meant for a monogram. The obverse langet has an Uhlan design; crossed swords and lances with a ball at the top. These martial designs are beautifully rendered and different from what we would normally see.
The grip is constructed of carved wood with a covering of black celluloid. The celluloid remains in perfect condition throughout. The grip is wrapped with a triple strands of twisted wire; one segment is missing one of the wires but that is the only one.
The scabbard is quite wide, made to accommodate the broad blade of this sword. This scabbard is straight throughout and it appears to have a repainted surfaces which was done a long time ago. This paint does not look bad, and would probably clean up very nicely with a little compound.
The large blade is 32 inches long. This triple etched blade seems to have turned a little bit gray over the years, but perhaps it would brighten up with some careful cleaning. The obverse blade is etched with floral designs and has a central panel that contains the dedication. It reads, “Wachtmeisler W. Meier 1.8.1932”. The area behind this dedication is nicely frosted.
The reverse of the blade has similar etchings, as well as panels with military themes such as crossed cannons and swords, drums and trumpets standartes, lobster tail helmets, et cetera. The spine has a pattern of fine looking laurel leaves that runs most of the length.
The trademark is a early small Eickhorn example normally associated with the 1933-34 period; since this sword is dated 1932 perhaps we can move this trademark back a year! The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A good opportunity here to acquire a great sword at a reasonable price, provided you don't mind cleaning the blade up a bit.
SWDSFMEK #37331 Model #1695 Leopard Head Sword
The leopard head is a real beauty, having good hand enhanced detail to the jaw, teeth, whiskers, brow, as well as to the fur which runs partially down the backstrap. These feline is fitted with faceted red stone eyes. The backstrap features very nicely raised oak leaves and acorns with hand enhanced detailing; the same is true of the “P” guard. The ferrule has more oak leaves and acorns that are rendered in relief. The lower hilt is marked “Ges Gesch”.
The crossguard reverse features a fine raised oval to accept a monogram which is surrounded by a group of acorns. The obverse features the Art Deco style eagle this company was famous for, wings open and facing the viewer's left. There is a excellent detail to the breast of this bird, as well as to the wreath which contains an immobile swastika. The gilded finish throughout this hilt is at least 95% intact.
The carved wood grip is in excellent condition with a covering of perfect black celluloid. The grip is wrapped with a triple skein of aluminum wire, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout and has very good original black paint. There is some crazing in the surfaces of both sides but with a little effort and some car wax this could be cleaned up substantially.
The fine blade has a beautiful nickel-plated finish and is in Mint condition. It is 32 inches long. The reverse ricasso is stamped with 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel trademark, and the original leather blade buffer is in place.
A very nice Eickhorn sword which is not easy to obtain, especially in this condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00
SWDSFMEK #37136 Frieherr Vom Stein Pattern Sword
The hilt is of quality brass, featuring 100% of the original gilded finish. These swords are really magnificent when they are encountered in this rare state of preservation. The Vom Stein Pattern is a dove head type. It features a pommel, backstrap and grip tabs that have very highly raised oak leaves, all of which have hand enhancement.
The “P” guard has the same style oak leave decoration; it is very beautiful. The crossguard has an engraved dot and dash motif, and on the reverse the langet has a beautiful raised panel which was meant for a monogram. It is interesting to note how the gilded surface of the panel is brighter than the muted gilding in the backgrounds. This effect is repeated throughout the entirety of the swords construction and it is really a treat for the eye. The obverse crossguard has a Wehrmacht style closed-wing eagle raised out. The bird looks the viewer's left and has really terrific hand enhancement throughout the breast and wing feathering as well as the talons which grasp a plain swastika. There are some rays above the bird, and some random pebbling around the swastika. The ferrule has more acorn and oak leaf designs.
The wood base grip is covered with a black celluloid which is just absolutely perfect and retains the bright, original shine. The grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of triple aluminum wire, the center strand being twisted.
The original-to-the-piece portepee is in full mint condition and is completely set in place in the original Army tie. This portepee is the larger type, having green leather strapping and triple aluminum stitches which run the length. The slide is also made up of woven leather, having bullion highlights. The stem is the flat type with a crochet-like bullion cover which reveals the metal plate below. The oval ball is yarn-like bullion style with an insert of gray thread. Just a really great hilt here!
The scabbard is also totally perfect. There is not one mar on the original paint of this scabbard; it is beyond belief that a scabbard could survive through all of these years and remains in pristine, perfect condition. This scabbard has to be seen to be believed.
The beautiful blade is a long one, measuring 34 inches overall. The nickel-plated surfaces are the best you will see, being of highest quality throughout. This blade is completely new-like mint.
The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark. It feature the squirrel facing to the viewer's left and holding a downward pointing sword, as the as the usual “Quality” above and the firm's name and location of “Solingen” below. The original leather blade buffer is firmly in place.
If you are looking for an Eickhorn Field Marshall sword for your collection that would be absolutely impossible to upgrade I suggest you think about investing in this quality piece. There are none finer and it is the best that you will see.
Stone Mint. $1,795.00
SWDSFMEK #37173C Leopard Head Shooting Prize Sword
This Leopard Head Shooting Prize Sword has a new-like hilt, easily having 100% of the original fire gilding over the brass base. The hilt design is the Model #1312. It features a great panther head which has lots of handwork to the lower jaw, whiskers as well the brow area of the cat. The man of the cat runs slightly down the backstrap, but not far. The cat is fitted with fine, blood red faceted glass eyes. The backstrap and grip tabs have raised oak leaves with acorns, all having much hand enhancement, especially to the veins.
The same motif maintained on the “P” guard. These oak leaves are also nicely hand-enhanced. The lower part of the “P” guard features a floral design before it changes direction and goes into the crossguard.
The crossguard itself has a series of diamond shaped hand engravings which run the length of both sides. The guard ends in a quillon which features curls. The reverse langet has a raised oval design which is meant to be monogrammed. In this case the original owner's initials, “BT”, have been jeweler engraved. The raised oval is in plain gilding which contrasts nicely to the more muted gilding of the background areas, having random pebbling. The forward langet features the popular cavalry design of two crossed swords placed between a wreath of laurel leaves. There is also a floral border at the top, as well as random pebbling in the backgrounds. The ferrule also has oak leaf and acorn designs.
The grip is constructed with a carved wood based covered in fine celluloid. This black celluloid is in prefect condition wit a great shine to the surfaces. The grip is wrapped with skeins of triple brass wire, the center strand being twisted. This is really an outstanding hilt, in full mint condition.
As an added bonus to the hilt, the inside of the “P” guard has been professionally engraved to indicate the winner of a shooting contest. It is three line dedication which reads “Bruno Trützschler / Schützmmayestät 1934 / 36 / Priv. Schützengesellsch. Crimmitschau”. Apparently “Bruno” was the winner of this private shooting contest held during the years 1934 through 1936.
The scabbard on this example is a real winner. Like we usually see on shooting prize scabbards, this example has been fully nickel-plated. The scabbard is completely dent free and the plating is nice and bright and in full mint condition. A real beauty here!
The blade is a fine example, measuring a respectable 33 inches in length. Like the rest of the sword this blade remains in full mint condition, having highest quality nickel-plated surfaces and a needle-like tip. The blade is marked with the trademark used by Eickhorn from 1933 to 34; the small double ovals which contain in the firm's name and location. Inside is a seated squirrel with a serrated tail who clutches a nut in his paws. The new-like brown leather washer is in place.
A very exciting sword here, and if you are a condition freak this example should have much appeal. It is also possible that the winner, Bruno Trützschler, could be traced and researched.
SWDSFMEK #30397C Personalized Army Leopard Head Sword Model 1695
This example is produced in aluminum base metal and the gilded surfaces are still quite good. Only the very sharp areas show any wear to the gild, and I would say overall, it is in about 98% condition. The leopard head is a good looking cat, which is fitted with blood-red faceted eyes. The detail to the felines whiskers, brow, and jowls is quite good. The backstrap features oak leaves and acorns that run the length, including the two side stabs. The "D" guard has raised out oak leaves and acorns. The crossguard features an Art Deco style eagle, with outstretched wings and looking to the left. This bird also has good detail and grasps a wreath with mobile swastika. The lower section of the hilt is stamped "Ges.Gesch.".
The black celluloid grip is in good shape throughout, still having fine original sheen. This grip is wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted. The reverse languet has been personalized and dated by a professional engraver. The monogram "G.Sch./1.6.38". This would indicate that the recipient received the sword on 1 June 1938, probably the date he was promoted to an officer.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It looks as though it may have had a paint job, not too long, as this paint still has somewhat of a fresh appearance about it. Either way, though, it looks pretty good.
The blade is a 33 inch example. Although it is bright throughout, it does have some extremely mild freckling in the surfaces, keeping it from being full mint. The way it is, though, it certainly grades at Excellent Plus, Plus.
A nice looking monogrammed sword here, and fairly rare to see this Model 1695.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
SWDSFMEK #26801 Wrangel Pattern Dove Head Sword
This Wrangel Pattern Dove Head Sword was listed prior on my offering and was purchased by a collector from the Upper Northwest. Unfortunately, when the sword was sent out to him, it was affected by the cold weather and developed a chip in the black celluloid grip at the upper area below the pommel. The cold of the winter causes the wood grip below to shrink, leaving the equivalent of an “eggshell” covering it. We glued the celluloid chip back in place and now the sword is once again in very presentable condition, except that it is not worth what it was previously.
This sword has a beautiful 100% gilt over aluminum base finish. The Wrangel design features raised out oak leaves throughout the pommel, back strap, “p” guard and ferrule. The cross guard is relatively plain, having a raised out, open-winged eagle which looks to the viewer's left. This art-deco eagle has fine crispness to his eye, breast feathering and raised out swastika within a wreath. The sword is stamped on the underhilt "Ges. Gesch." meaning there was a patent on this design. A mentioned above, the chip has been re-glued into this grip and the rest of the grip remains in totally perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard of this example is also in choice condition, having original black paint. This black paint is 100% throughout and still has its fine, bright factory finish. It will easily clean to a full Mint rating.
The blade is also an incredible example. It measures over 34 inches and has highest quality nickel plating. This plating is completely mirror bright. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel logo. The original brown leather washer is in place.
This is a great looking sword other than the minor flaw mentioned on the grip. If you are looking for a mint example to hang up on the wall, this one should do it.
Mint Minus. $800.00
SWDSFMEK #27841 Dove Head Fire Official's Sword
This Dove Head Fire Officials's Sword is Model No. 40, with gilded brass finish, designated as a Fire Official's Sword by Carl Eickhorn. This sword would have been worn by a fire police official and the Eickhorn catalogue shows a color drawing of a fire official wearing this same sword.
The Dove Head hilt is completely plain throughout and there is about 80% of the original gilt that still remains. The grip is a black celluloid over wood base. It is in perfect condition and is wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted.
There is a Fireman's troddel attached to this sword hilt. It is the black leather strap variety which has triple aluminum stitching. At the slide, it is made of woven leather with bullion trim and the flat stem is the crochet type that reveals the flat surface metal below. The oval ball is alternating pink and aluminum bullion yarnlike thread. There is a pink velvet stuffing at the bottom of the ball.
The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. It has black paint on the obverse that is still in fairly nice condition. There is some wear to the reverse, which appears to be mostly swing wear and it is not really detrimental.
The blade of this example is 34 inches long. It is a fine example, having bright nickel plating. This blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel logo. The original black leather washer is in place.
A fine sword here that is not seen too often. These swords were worn prior to the introduction of the sanctioned Police Sword in 1938.
Near Mint. $595.00
SWDSFMEK #34705 Unissued Roon Pattern Field Marshal Sword with Original Paper Wrapping and Factory Tags - Carl Eickhorn
This unissued sword is one of a pair that I uncovered about fifteen years ago and sold to a collector. It is now on the market once again, and I must say it is quite a thrill to see this item in the same condition I sold it years ago. This unissued sword was apparently "liberated" from either a Carl Eickhorn store, or the factory, as it still has the retail price written in ink on one of the stickers. Apparently, the GI was fortunate enough to be able to acquire several blades, because if I remember correctly, other than the additional "Roon" pattern sword, there was also an Eickhorn made, Dutch sword, as well as an NCO variety.
This hilt of this sword is in absolute perfect, mint condition, having 100% gild over the brass based surfaces. The hilt configuration on the "Roon" pattern is all stamped into the surfaces of the parts. The "P" guard and backstrap all feature beautiful, oak leaf motif along with acorns. The ferrule repeats the leaf pattern, and interestingly, the crossguard on both sides has acorns all in a row, stretching from the "P" guard bottom to the swirl at the quillon end. There are 9 acorns. The reverse langette is left plain, and the obverse features the half closed wing Wehrmacht eagle clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. There is a small age mark at the tip of the right wing, but I guess nothing this old could not show some kinds of signs of age somewhere. The beautiful celluloid over carved wood grip is in absolute perfect condition, and it is tightly wrapped with triple nickel wire, the center being twisted. The blade on this example measures almost 33". It is high quality construction with mirror nickel finish. The blade is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 trademark. This consists of a squirrel seen from the viewer's left, holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the quality word "Original", and below is the firm's name, and location, "Eickhorn/Solingen".
The scabbard of the piece, though, is where the real rarity occurs. These scabbards, when packaged for shipping, are carefully wrapped with wrapping paper around the entire length. The paper was kept in place with a form of packaging tape at the top, and also by applied labels which were put on at the center obverse area. These labels were a black and gold color. The top label shows the 1935 Eickhorn trademark on the obverse, and on the reverse, there are places left for the date and other particulars. There is nothing filled in on the reverse part. Below the Eickhorn logo, there is printed in black on a white line the Roon sword model number, "nr.1716". Below this, on the black surface of the paper, in gold printing, is a Wehrmacht style gold eagle, the same as the langette on the sword. Somewhat below, in a 45 degree angle, again with black paper and gold printing, is printed "Modell:Roon". In between these two factory papers, is a paper stamp-looking application, which has been written in ink, the first word I can't read, but beneath this is the date "10.4.40". Below this is the notation which looks like "216/102" and beneath this, another word that's illegible to me, and then the price of the sword "26.50". This would mean that the sword sold for 26 Reichmarks and 50 Pfennigs. This paper wrapping remarkably, is still 98% intact. At the areas where the sword body shows at the upper, the paint is a perfect, flat, black color. At the bottom of the scabbard, there is a little bit of the paper missing at the chape, and also about six inches up. Apparently some moisture got to this area, as there is rust on the metal parts that show in this area only. Other than this rust spot at the lower scabbard, and the tiny age spot on the langette, this sword remains in brand new, unissued condition.
A wonderful opportunity here to start out a Field Marshal collection, and hope that you can acquire the rest of the swords in this condition (no way!), or you may just love to have a sword in this condition to have in your own collection. What better way to advertise your top-of-line-taste! A very rare opportunity here to acquire the best of the best.
SWDSFMEK #35461C Freiherr von Stein Pattern Sword
The Freiherr von Stein Pattern is the Model #1714 in the Eickhorn catalog. If you are not familiar with this design you can see an example in the Angolia Sword book on page 79, left. The hilt of this sword is an aluminum base but unlike most of them that we see almost all of the gilt finish is intact on this hilt. Very beautiful indeed and a great look!
The von Stein design is a basic dove head which has raised out oak leaves and acorns which cover the pommel, backstrap, grip, tabs, “P” guard and ferrule. These leaves have all been hand enhanced as to the veins. The crossguard has a series of what almost looks like “dots and dashes” that run on both sides. The reverse langet has a blank shield which was there for a monogram if someone chose to use it. The obverse langet has the Wehrmacht half closed-winged eagle depiction. The eagle is turned to the viewer’s left and has hand enhancements to the bird’s eye, breast feathering, wing feathering and talons. The bird grasps a mobile swastika which is smooth contrating nicely with the enhanced eagle. The lower portion of the hilt is marked with the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”.
The grip is a carved wood style having a celluloid covering. This black celluloid is in perfect condition and has a fine shine to its surfaces. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted for contrast. A very fine hilt here, having nearly 100% gilt finish.
The scabbard is also a very fine example being straight on both sides and having almost 100% of the original black paint. There is a little bit of paint missing around the chape area but other than that this paint is near perfect. It is always a nice touch to see a great scabbard combined with a very fine hilt. The blade is a 32-inch long variety and it has outstanding high quality nickel-plated surfaces with needlelike tip. This blade easily grades in full mint condition. The blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark. It consists of the seated squirrel looking to the viewer’s left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The fine conditioned brown leather blade buffer is in place protecting this weapon. An extremely nice Freiherr von Stein example.
Mint Minus. $1,095.00
SWDSFMEK #35426 Fire Official's Saber
This Fire Official's Saber is a rarely seen sword, being worn up until about 1938, when the fire-police degen was introduced. This example is shown in the Eickhorn catalog as model number #40, and was worn by fire officials with the rank of "HAUPT-BRANDMEISTER", and above. The sword features an all brass hilt with outstanding gilded finish. The Eickhorn catalog shows a Fire Official wearing the identical sword with a picture in color that precedes the fire section in the catalog. The gilding across the brass is 100% on this sword.
The sword itself is plain throughout, having a dove head motif, with grip tabs, "P" guard, with plain crossguard with plain langettes on both sides. There is an intact, leather, finger grabber that is installed beneath the ferrule and the crossguard. The grip is a carved wood base, having black celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition, still having good shine to its surfaces. This grip is wrapped with triple twisted gilded brass wire. A very beautiful hilt here, seldom seen.
The scabbard is completely straight throughout, having outstanding, original, black paint. This black paint virtually shows no wear, and is almost in 100% condition. The very fine blade is 32" in length. This blade has high quality, nickel plated finish, and is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel logo. The original, new like brown leather washer is in place. If you're looking for a fine sword to highlight a collection, this one is extremely difficult to find, and the condition is really there.
SWDSFMEK #35029C Derfflinger Pattern Sword
The Derfflinger Pattern is quite difficult to obtain, and if you don’t believe me go out and search for one or look through some of the past auction catalogs. It was not a commonly ordered sword. This example is an aluminum hilt having fairly good gilding throughout. In fact, the gilding is at least 95%. It has kind of a dull look to the finish but this could be easily brought much brighter with a good clean up with some sudsy ammonia or other material containing ammonia. You don’t want to use any simichrome on your swords as this material will remove the gilded finish. This sword, if you are not familiar with the design, can be seen in the Angolia Sword Book on page 82, upper.
The Derfflinger is a dove head pattern sword. The pommel area is separated from the backstrap through raised border lines and in the center it features a single oak leaf with two curly cue designs beneath. The backstrap has a series of dot-like patterns that run along the borders and into the grip tabs. There are only two oak leaves shown on the backstrap and there is one in each grip tab. The “P” guard is the flat style. This guard on both sides features curly cue designs at the upper and lower areas and in the center it features two oak leaves with curly cues separating the leaves. The curled design continues down through the crossguard and langet of both sides. The obverse langet portrays a raised out Wehrmacht eagle with half open wings clutching a mobile swastika. There is lots of hand enhanced detail to this eagle throughout his head, breast feathering and wings. The reverse langet is left blank for the use of a monogram.
The carved wood grip is covered with black celluloid which is in perfect condition. This celluloid is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted. The area below this hilt is stamped, “Ges. Gesch.”. This is an indication that Eickhorn had applied for a patent on the design of this sword. Decorating the hilt is an outstanding leather portepee. The green strapping of this portepee is perfect as are the double lines of aluminum stitching that run the length. The slide is an intertwined leather piece having bullion trim. The stem is the flat type having crochet-like covering revealing the metal beneath. The ovaled ball is composed of yarn-like bullion. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. The upper portion and center portion of the scabbard has very nice original black paint. The lower portion of the scabbard shows quite a bit of carrying signs and resultantly some of the paint is gone in this area. Overall the scabbard paint is at least 85-90% however. The blade of this example is just about 33-inches in length. This fine blade has highest quality nickel finish and is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the squirrel trademark used from 1935-1941. The tan leather blade buffer is in place. A good conditioned Derfflinger model here. Excellent Plus $1,095.00
SWDSFMEK #35027C Roon Pattern Sword
This all brass Roon Pattern example shows wear of the period but little to the finish. The gilt is still about 50% spread throughout the recesses. The Roon sword is composed completely of engraved designs rather than most swords which feature designs that were built into the casting. If you are not familiar with the Roon design you can see an example in the Angolia Book on page 81, upper. This sword hilt is a dove head pattern and features oak leaves and acorns engraved throughout the entire pommel, backstrap, grip tabs, ferrule and “P” guard. The crossguard design is quite interesting in that it features stamped acorns, four on each side of the langet on both sides. The obverse langet features a Wehrmacht eagle which is carved or stamped into the surfaces. The detail is outstanding to the bird’s head, breast feathering, half open wings, talons and mobile swastika. The reverse langet is left plain and is bordered for the addition of a monogram.
The carved wood grip is in fine condition with black celluloid. This celluloid is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted and of slightly larger proportion. There are no markings on the bottom of this Roon sword hilt. The scabbard is completely dent free and has outstanding original black paint. This paint shows only the most modest of signs of carrying and is easily still in 98% condition. The blade of this example is a long 34½ inches. It has outstanding nickel-plated surfaces and remains in a mint state. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the post 1941, over-the-shoulder trademark. It is interesting that a heavy brass sword like this with all twisted brass wire would have been produced during the war time period but obviously Eickhorn would do this if the sword was ordered thus. A very interesting example here which still has the black leather washer.
Excellent Plus. $750.00
SWDSFMEK #34352 Freiherr von Stein Pattern Sword
This Freiherr von Stein pattern Eickhorn Sword is of brass construction and still has quite a bit of the original gilded surfaces throughout. The gilding looks to be approximately 70%. The von Stein pattern is a dove head design having raised out oak leaves and acorns throughout the pommel, backstrap, grip tabs, “P” guard and also the ferrule. These leaves are all hand enhanced as to the veining throughout the design. The crossguard has a series of pebble designs that run throughout its length and it ends with a swirl at the quillon. The reverse langet has a raised shield like device and the obverse langet features a Wehrmacht eagle. This eagle has half closed wings and looks to the viewer’s left. The eagle is well defined throughout its head, breast feathering, wing feathering and plain mobile swastika. There are pebble patterns surrounding the swastika.
The grip is a carved wood having a black celluloid covering. The celluloid had a small split at the upper area and we have repaired this accordingly. The repair does not show and is not noticeable. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple twisted wire, the center being of larger proportion. The sword is stamped on the lower hilt with the patent pending marking, “Ges. Gesch.”. The scabbard is straight throughout.
This scabbard has good original black paint. The paint is still bright and shows only a little minor spidering and some minor usage signs but overall this paint is at least 98%. The 32-inch blade is of highest quality. It is nickel-plated and is mirror bright being in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the over-the-shoulder trademark that we see after 1941. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A good, sound von Stein sword.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
SWDSFMEK #33843 Third Reich Naval Depot-Marked Sword
This Carl Eickhorn Naval Saber is a choice example as its trademark using the Eickhorn logo of 1933-1935 absolutely puts it into the Third Reich period. Naval swords in general do not have swastikas on their outside appearance so the only way that we can really date them emphatically is by using trademarks in which the dates of usage are known. This example is the Carl Eickhorn model number 1670. As luck would have it it is identical to a piece I show in color in my Naval Book on page 849. The sword features a fine gilded brass hilt with lion head pommel. The model number 1670 featured a lion head without glass eyes which is the case with this one. The detail to the cat is spectacular having lots of hand done enhancing throughout the cat’s teeth, whiskers, eye, brow and mane. The cat’s mane flows throughout the length of the backstrap. There is much handwork in this area also. The “D” guard has the usual naval motif and floral designs with a random pattern in the lower center area. The obverse clamshell is the folding type which was done for storage purposes. This clamshell has a fine motif featuring fouled anchor in the center raised out. Bordering around the anchor are waves on the right and left side with floraling above and some type of acanthus leaves below. The areas immediately around the anchor are random pebbled. The reverse langet is also folding and is equipped with a hole which mounts up with a male brass knob on the scabbard upper mount for locking. The folding langet is property stamped, “N 1346”. To the left of the property stamping is the German marine stamping used during this early period which was a carryover of the Weimar eagle over a Gothic styled “M”. This exact stamping can be seen in the color picture of my book on page 489. It is interesting to note that the number of this sword in the book is 1363 and this one is 1346. Obviously these swords may have been stored in the same naval arsenal at the same time. The gilt throughout this hilt looks to be about 90%.
The grip is an off-white celluloid over a carved wood base. The celluloid has turned to a fine deep ivory color and is very attractive. The reverse is in perfect condition throughout while the obverse has a hairline crack that runs basically through the beginning areas of all of the ribs. The good part is, there is no material missing and the crack can not widen any as the grip wire is extremely tight holding everything in place. This grip wire is the triple twisted type with the center being twisted opposite for effect. A very nice hilt here! The scabbard shell is the traditional black leather type. This leather shows very little age and is in very fine condition being decorated with twin trim lines on the edges of both sides with a sewn center on the reverse. A very nice shell here. The scabbard shell is equipped with gilded brass mounts which exactly match the hilt. These mounts are engraved in the usual style. It is interesting to note that the lower chape seems to have some extra engraving which looks like three heart shaped leaves stacked up with a three leaf plant on the top. I don’t remember seeing this decoration before and perhaps it was discontinued at a later date. These mounts are in perfect condition throughout and are retained by the large size staples, the same as is shown on page 469. The reverse upper scabbard mount is deeply stamped, “N 1346”.
As we would hope, the blade is a real killer. It is a quillback style and is plain having brilliant nickel surfaces. This beautiful blade is easily in full mint condition. The 31 inch length is rather rare for naval sabers as usually the length is shorter than this. A nice thing to see here! The depot marked swords generally are found with plain blades, not etched, as this extra work was usually reserved for officers. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the early logo used from 1933 through 1935 definitely placing this sword in the Third Reich period. The ovals trap the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside of the ovals is a seated squirrel with a nut in his paws having a serrated tail. The original tan felt blade washer is still in place and still in fairly good condition. A really great naval sword here. It is a shame about the crack in the grip but I believe that this is very livable if you are not the ultimate fuss pot out there. If you are you’ll have to look further for another example but believe me with the amount of gilt, markings, details and fantastic blade this sword is very, very desirable.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00