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 #37858C Early Triple Etched Panther Head Sword with Dedication – Carl Eickhorn
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 #37333 Scharnhorst Pattern Panther Head Sword
The hilt of this sword is a very heavy solid brass. I don't see and gilding remaining on this piece, but the thickness of the brass and the quality of designs really doesn't need it. It is a great looking hilt, featuring a panther cat with hand enhanced details to the lower jaw area, whiskers, brow, and to the fur that runs partially down the backstrap. This feline is fitted with faceted stone eyes. The backstrap has high relief oak leaves and acorns with extensive hand detailing; the same is true of the “P” guard. The ferrule has a pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns.
The crossguard has a series of “dash” marks separated by two rows of dots, and ends in a curled quillon. The reverse has a raise seal to accept a monogram. The obverse langet features a Wehrmacht style eagle with half-opened wings; the detail throughout this eagle is outstanding. Above and behind the bird are a series of lined rays.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has good original black paint. There are some signs of usage, especially towards the lower area, but overall the paint is still excellent and rates at about 95% intact.
The blade is a beauty, being in Mint condition. It has mirror-bright finish and is 32 inches long. It is interesting to note that this heavy brass sword was made after 1941 as indicated by the “Over the Shoulder” Eickhorn squirrel trademark. One would think that aluminum would have been used but I guess that the war effort was demanded more aluminum than brass at that time, or perhaps the hilt was left over from an earlier day. Either way it is what it is. The brown leather washer is in place.
A good, solid Scharnhorst Pattern Sword here.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
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 #35247 Freiherr Von Stein Pattern Sword
This Freiherr Von Stein Pattern Sword is about as nice as they come, and still would have been worn during the period. It is an aluminum hilt, which literally has near 100% of the original, gilded finish. The Von Stein pattern can be seen in the Angolia sword book, on page 79. The pattern consists of a dovehead motif, which has raised out oak leaves and acorns which run down the pommel section continuing throughout the backstrap,as well as the grip tabs. The same motif is also raised out of the "P" guard. The crossguard has engravings of "X" patterns. The langette features a Wehrmacht eagle. This eagle has half open wings, and looks to the viewer's left, clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. The detail throughout the eagle image is spectacular. The reverse langette is plain, having a raised, shield like figure.
The grip is a fine wood carved base, having black, celluloid covering. The celluloid is shiny and in perfect condition, being tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted. No doubt this sword is "ges. gesch" marked or "drp" marked underneath, but it has an original, officer's portepee tightly wrapped about the crossguard, and I don't want to disrupt the knot to look for this stamping. The knot is in choice condition throughout, having fine green leather strapping featuring dual aluminum stitches which run the length. The slide is woven leather, being highlighted with bullion, and the stem below is the flat type, having a crochet like bullion covering over it. The oval aluminum ball is in excellent condition, having stuffing of textured aluminum. An ex fine hilt here! The scabbard is straight as an arow. It has beautiful, original black paint showing only the most mild of usage. This scabbard paint is still nice and bright, and is at least 99%, even to include the lower chape.
The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It features outstanding, nickel plated surfaces and is easily in full mint condition. The ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The original, new like, brown leather washer is in place. An outstanding Von Stein Pattern sword here.
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
SWDSFMEK #32652 Scharnhorst Pattern Sword
This Scharnhorst Pattern Sword is an all-brass sword that has recently come from the veteran family. The sword hilt has some of the original gilding still in the recesses of the beautiful designs. The high surfaces are mostly down to the brass base metal. The detail, though, is still exceptional throughout the pommel depiction. This leopard style cat has excellent details to his lower jaw, whiskers, brow and mane which flows backwards partially. This feline is fit with faceted blood red glass eyes. The back straps presents oak leaves which are slightly overlapping each other and on the two grip tabs there are also oak leaves. The ferrule has the same type of oak leaf design as does the “P’” guard. The langet features a Wehrmacht style eagle which has a head pointing toward the viewer’s left and half-open wings. The bird clutches a mobile swastika in its talons.
The grip is a fine celluloid over carved wood base. This black celluloid is in perfect condition and is triple-wrapped with aluminum wire, the center example being twisted. The under section of the hilt is marked with the initials, indicating that Eickhorn held patent on this design “D.R.P.” The scabbard is nice and straight throughout and does have original black paint. The paint does show some chipping and some age, but still is pretty good and would clean up a lot better with a little wax. This scabbard has approximately 85% of the original paint.
The blade measures approximately 33.5” in length. It has an outstanding nickel plated surface which is mirror bright. This blade is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1935-41 featuring a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the word “original” and below the animal is the firm’s name and location “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. A fine Scharnhorst sword here which will clean up very nicely.
SWDSFMEK #32077C Eickhorn Showroom Model 89 Degen
This Model 89 Degen is made in the Grosser pattern, and was produced as a showroom tool to demonstrate some of the extra cost details that were available through this prestigious firm. The hilt is in the design of a model 89 which of course was still available for officers to order in the event that they may have lost or misplaced their original imperial degen. As stated above this example is in the large grosser pattern. The hilt is of all brass construction basically being a plain type with a gilded finish. Only about 25% remains of the gilding. The basket hilt of course displays the Prussian eagle with the crown on his head and the cipher of Wilhelm II on the breast. The bird clutches a scepter in one claw and a sword in the other. This bird is extremely well detailed with hand engravings as well as nice pebbling accenting some of the features. There is a number “3” which has been applied to the reverse of the pommel backstrap. This “3” appears to be the same style insignia that was used to apply to shoulder boards. It is possible that this number was used to designate the number in the Eickhorn showroom sword grouping or it is also possible that the application was used to demonstrate that purchasers could have a number like this applied to their sword at extra cost.
The grip is a sharkskin variety showing some cracking which has occurred along the seam which runs down the back of the grip. There is also some wear to the sharkskin on the high sections of the ribs. This sharkskin is wrapped with triple brass wire being twisted and larger in the center. The leather finger hold has broken off but the original portion is still seated between the ferrule and the lower basket hilt. The blade is a large proportioned style measuring 34 inches in length. It is nickel-plated and does show some age freckling in the surfaces but it is not bad and will clean out if someone wanted to do this. The blade is the style that has dual fullers and both fullers run almost to the tip. The upper obverse portion of the blade has a large frosted panel. The panel at the end has a pointed design motif. Raised out on the panel is a large size 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel logo. The squirrel holds a downward pointing sword and above the animal is the word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. Below this are the raised out words in Gothic style lettering, “Original Eickhorn Blanke Waffen”. This of course would mean original Eickhorn weapon blade. There are some hints of gilding which remain on the raised surfaces of the trademark and the lettering. I would estimate this gilding is about 10-20%. The original blade washer is still in place showing some age but is still all there.
The Eickhorn showroom swords can be seen in Volume VI of Johnson’s reference series and there is also a picture of an Eickhorn showroom illustrated in the Kundendiendienst. This particular sword though is not shown in either of the references quoted. All that this means is that it was apparently made as a sample but was not included in the showroom window. This example does show some age but if someone wanted to work with cleaning it up and having the grip recolored as well as regilding the trademark and the lettering I’m sure that this piece could be extremely improved. Some of the Eickhorn showroom swords had scabbards and some did not. This example did not as it is not accompanied by a scabbard. Probably if there were a scabbard the blade would still be in a mint state. At any rate, a great sword for the ultimate Eickhorn collector. The chances of finding showroom swords still in existence or available on the collector market are almost nil.
SWDSFMEK #31776 “Blücher” Pattern Lion Head Sword
This Blücher Pattern Lion Head is the aluminum base type. The gilding is slightly worn on this example, giving it a rather silvery look, but I'm sure it was a much more golden color during the period. I would say that the gilding here is maybe 50% throughout. The depiction of course is a highly detailed lion head having hand enhancing throughout his lower jaw, whiskers, brow and mane. The cat has been fitted out with red faceted eyes. The reverse backstrap has oak leaves and in the center has a plain area which was left for the use of a monogram. Below this area there is a little fine hand done checkering. The "P" guard has raised out oak leaves in the standard manner. The crossguard features an Art Deco open-winged eagle which faces to the viewer's left. This bird has fairly good detail remaining to his eye, breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The quillon end is in a curl. The grip of this example is a black celluloid over a carved wood base. The celluloid remains in perfect condition and it is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted.
The nickel-plated blade of this example measures 32 inches. The plating is still mostly bright and rates in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso has the stamped 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel trademark. Beneath the hilt it is stamped, "D.R.P." which means there was a patent on this design. The scabbard is nice and straight and has excellent plus, plus original black paint. This paint is at least 98% and still has a good brightness to its finish and looks very nice. This is quite a good Blücher Pattern Sword, with a somewhat unusual look given the light plated gilt finish.