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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 #45644C “Scharnhorst” Pattern by Carl Eickhorn

This Scharnhorst pattern has a fine brass hilt still with quite a bit of the original gilt remaining. The Scharnhorst pattern features a excellent stylized panther head. The panther has fine hand enhancing to the jaw area as well as the brows nasal and mane which runs slightly down the backstrap. The cat is equipped with faceted pinkish color eyes. The backstrap features raised out oak leaves and acorns which extend into the grip tabs. The P guard features raised out oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule has oak leaves and acorns around its circumference.

The crossguard area has a series of dot decorations and on the reverse has a raised blank seal. The obverse features the Wehrmacht style eagle which is a half open winged bird clutching a swastika. The detail to the eagle is outstanding throughout. The bottom hilt of the sword is marked “DRP”.

The grip is of carved wood covered with celluloid. There are a couple of small chips to the celluloid just at the upper area where it meets the cat’s head. It is nothing serious and probably a little black paint would cover the flaw. The rest of the grip is in fine condition and is tightly wrapped with triple twisted brass wire the center being of large proportion.

The scabbard is in excellent straight condition and has fine original paint. There is only minor crazing in the paint and overall this paint is at least 98 percent. It still has its mostly bright finish.

The high quality blade has excellent nickel plating still being bright throughout and remains in mint condition. This blade is a 30 inch long example. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935 through 41 Eickhorn logo.

The original brown blade washer is in place.

A nice Scharnhorst example here.

Excellent. $550.00

SWDSFMEK #45394 Lion Head Model 1695 by Carl Eickhorn

This model 1695 sword is a very early example having the 1933 through 35 trademark.It is of highest quality being of all brass construction.

It features a fine lion head having hand enhancing to the jaw area whiskers and brow. The cat’s name flows partially down the reverse backing. The rest of the backing features raised out oak leaves and acorns which continue into the grip tabs. The cat is equipped with two red faceted eyes.

The P guard features raised out oak leaves and acorns and flows through the crossguard with a dot pattern on both sides. The reverse guard features a wing simulation which includes a raised oval for a possible monogram surrounded by oak leaves and acorns. The obverse features the art deco style eagle with outward stretched wings looking to the viewer’s right. The breast is nicely hand enhanced as is the wreath and raised swastika. The ferrule features overlapping oaks and acorns.

The grip is a carved wood covered with black celluloid. The celluloid remains in perfect condition throughout. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted.

The section beneath the hilt is stamped gesch gesch.

The scabbard remains straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. The paint shows only the most modest of usage and still grades at least at 98 percent.

Attached to the U bracket at the back of the scabbard is an 8 inch long brown leather teardrop hanger. The hanger shows quite a bit of usage but is still all there with a closed bracket at the top and two retainer leather loops which keep the hanger together with the use of a boss and buttonhole.

The blade is a high quality nickel plated example still being nice and bright and in mint condition. This blade is an early example which is marked on the ricasso with the early ovals used from 1933 to 1935. The ovals contain the firm’s name Carl Eickhorn Solingen and inside is the squirrel logo. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A good model 1695 sword here of earliest construction.

Excellent. $695.00

SWDSFMEK #45381C Zeiten Field Marshall Pattern by Carl Eickhorn

This Zeiten pattern is in nice overall condition and is a fairly difficult sword to find. It is an aluminum base but has excellent gilded finish. There is only a small spot where the ear ear sticks out that I see any wear to the gild.

The cat’s head is a stylized panther with nice hand enhancing to the jaw area and the brows. The mane flows downward throughout the backstrap. The brow tends to extend over the eyes giving the cat an interesting look and the eyes are red faceted. The reverse backstrap has a pattern design featuring a pebbled border. The P guard has interesting “C” style connected letter that run at the beginning and end areas with the center having two oak leaves back to back. On the Zeiten pattern this P guard is a flat type. These pebbled designs run throughout the crossguard and reverse langet area with the center area left blank for a monogram. The obverse langet features a very fine raised closed wing Wehrmacht style eagle. The detailed are outstanding to this bird’s head breast feathering talons wings and swastika.

The sword is stamped DRP on the bottom of the hilt area.

The grip is a carved wood base having fine black celluloid covering. The celluloid is in perfect condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire the center being twisted.

There is a interesting black leather knot That is wrapped about the hilt of this example and it appears original to the piece having a rather unique tie to it. The knot shows some wear but overall it is still in ok condition and really looks great on this sword.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has still extremely bright black paint. It is possible that this may be an old repaint but if it is it was very well done. The paint is nearly 100 percent and would be perfect except for a little bit of crazing on the reverse center area.

The blade is quite long being 33 and a half inches. It has highest quality nickel plated surfaces and is still in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 41 Eickhorn squirrel. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice Zeiten sword here and if you are collecting the field marshal series this would be a good one to gran as they are not all that easy to find especially in this nice condition.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SWDSFMEK #43867 Prinz Eugen Pattern Sword

This Prinz Eugen sword has nearly 100% of the original gilding on the hilt. The gilding has only worn from a couple of the high areas and remains at least 98% intact. This pattern has pot metal hilt construction, and this metal does not accept plating very well. It is rare to see a Prinz Eugen with this much gilding intact.

The hilt has the fine, dramatic look that has always attracted collector attention, with a closed wing Wehrmacht style eagle raised out of the pommel top. The backstrap is plain, with only an oak leaves on the grip tabs and on the area where it connects to the ferrule. The ferrule has a pair of connected oak leaves on the right side only, with the tips towards the center.

The "D" guard is also plain, with only a pair of large raised oak leaves in central panel. The obverse langet has an outstanding Casberg eagle, looking to the viewer's left and with terrific detailing throughout. The reverse langet is plain on this pattern, and the quillon ends in a curl.

The grip is carved wood covered in black celluloid. It remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with a skein of brass wires, with a thicker gage strand in the center.

The scabbard of this sword is very fine. It is completely straight and the original paint is excellent, showing only minor age here and there.

The blade is bright and shows only minor age. It measures 32 inches long, with nickel plating throughout. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the post-1941 "Over the Shoulder" Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The sword is complete with a leather blade washer.

A good Prinz Eugen sword here.

Excellent Plus. $1,250.00

SWDSFMEK #43095C Wrangel Pattern Sword

This Wrangel Pattern sword is a brass example, with about 50% of the original gilding intact. The Wrangel has a rounded pommel with a large raised oak leaf at the center. The backstrap features oak leaves and acorns which extend out on to the grip tabs and "P" guard.

The ferrule also has fine oak leaves and acorns. The reverse of the guard has a plain oval area to accept a monogram, while the obverse has an open-winged, "Art Deco" style eagle. The detailing remains outstanding throughout the bird and wreathed swastika.

The grip of this example had some problems with the celluloid at the top which we have since repaired. The rest of the grip is in good condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wires.

The scabbard is straight throughout. The original paint is not too bad, although most of it is missing from the chape. Overall the paint is about 90% intact.

The 31 inch blade has high quality nickel plating and remains in mint condition. It is stamped with the "Over the Shoulder" Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, indicating that this sword was made after 1941.

A good, basic, entry-level sword here.

Excellent. $495.00

SWDSFMEK #43087 Freiherr Von Stein Pattern Sword

This pattern is a relatively simple one as Field Marshal examples go. It is of brass construction and retains gilding on the lower portions of the hilt, the rest lost to hand wear.

The dove head 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 hand enhanced, closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle clutching a swastika which retains fine detailing. The reverse of the guard is patterned in dots and has a blank langet to accept a monogram. The under portion of the quillon is marked “Gesch Gesch”.

The grip is the usual carved wood affair covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in good condition and is wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being a thicker gage.

The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It has good original black paint which shows only mild evidence of carrying time. It is at least 95% intact and would clean up nicely if so desired.

The 34 inch blade is a quality example with fine, high quality 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 solid von Stein Pattern here.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

SWDSFMEK #43084C Prinz Eugen Pattern Sword

This Prinz Eugen is unusual in that it has no maker mark stamped into the blade. The blade measures 32 ½ inches long, much larger than a normal Eickhorn example. It is the type that is often seen on an Army Cavalry NCO's sword, in perfect, mint condition, with bright nickel plating, a wide fuller, and a needle-like tip.

As it is not marked (and should be) I think that this blade was once attached to a Dove Head Hilt and subsequently changed due to a promotion which granted access to an officer's sword. The sword was absolutely re-hilted at the factory and not something some collector rigged up in his basement.

The scabbard is sized to accommodate the large, Grosser pattern blade. It is straight throughout and has fairly good original paint, although there is a bit missing on the reverse center and the chape. It is not bad at all, though, and does not detract from the looks of this impressive sword.

The Prinz Eugen hilt is in nice condition throughout. There is not a lot of gilding left on the hilt; frankly it is mostly silver, but enough remains (perhaps 10%) as evidence that it was once covered. The hilt has the fine, dramatic look that has always attracted collector attention, with a closed wing Wehrmacht style eagle raised out of the pommel top. The backstrap is plain, with only an oak leaves on the grip tabs and on the area where it connects to the ferrule. The ferrule has a pair of connected oak leaves on the right side only, with the tips towards the center.

The "P" guard is also plain, with only a pair of large raised oak leaves in central panel. The guard has an outstanding Casberg eagle, looking to the viewer's left and with terrific detailing throughout.

The grip is carved wood covered in black celluloid. It remains in excellent condition and is tightly wrapped with a skein of brass wires, with a thicker gage strand in the center.

A most interesting sword here, and certainly desirable by true sword collectors.

Excellent. $1,295.00

SWDSFMEK #43093C Lützow Pattern Sword

The Lützow Pattern Sword is the rarest of all the Eickhorn Field Marshall Series. It is the key piece in a Field Marshall collection and no collection is truly complete without one.

This example is very fine, with an excellent gilded finish on the solid brass hilt. The gilding throughout the sword is nearly 100% intact and really looks great. The Lützow Pattern has the same Wehrmacht eagle and swastika on the pommel as the Prinz Eugen Pattern. The backstrap is engraved with oak leaves and acorns that run the length and extend into the grip tabs. The "P" guard also has a panel engraved with oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule consists of oak leaves with a cross between the pair, and acorns on either side of the cross. This pattern is repeated on the opposite side.

The crossguard is interesting in that it has back-to-back acorns that run all the way out to the curlicue quillon end. The reverse langet is plain, with a "seal" designed to accept a monogram. The opposite side has the characteristic Lützow motif, consisting of a sword piercing a mobile swastika, with oak leaves on either side.

When we received this sword the celluloid on the grip was slightly damaged, but we has since repaired it and it is unnoticeable. The grip is tightly wrapped with a skien of aluminum wires, with a twisted center strand.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with good, original paint. The paint shows some mild wear but overall is about 95% intact and still bright.

The 31 inch blade has outstanding nickel plating and is in bright, mint condition. The 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark is stamped on the reverse, and the original leather blade washer is in place.

A fine Lützow Pattern here, and very desirable.

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00

SWDSFMEK #43094C Roon Pattern Sword

This Roon Pattern Sword is a very fine example, having a brass hilt. It is interesting to note that while the Roon pattern was the most expensive in the Eickhorn catalog (priced at 18 Reichsmarks and 65 pfennigs) it was also one of the most simple designs. If you look closely at one, however, you will notice the oak leaves throughout the sword are elaborately engraved and not simply cast.

The amount of work that went into one of these swords was considerable and justified the cost. I always wondered why the Roon pattern was used so often for fancy presentation swords with Damascus blades, blue panels, and the like, and this labor intensive hand work is why.

The pommel is simple round affair. The backstrap, "P" guard and crossguard are flat types, all festooned in elaborate engraving. The reverse langet has a plain area to accept a monogram, while the obverse langet is engraved with a finely detailed Wehrmacht eagle and swastika.

The grip is carved wood covered in perfect celluloid, tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires with a twisted center strand.

The scabbard is a very fine example, being straight and having extremely nice, bright original paint. This paint is in mint condition.

The 33 ½ inch blade is a real marvel, being totally mint with bright, highest quality nickel plating The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice and hard to find Roon Pattern Sword here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

SWDSFMEK #43092C Freiherr von Stein Pattern Sword

This Freiherr von Stein Pattern Sword is constructed with all all-brass hilt, with excellent gilding on the crossguard and ferrule. The upper portions of the pommel and "D" guard show some minor wear.

This pattern is relatively simple. 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 hand enhanced, closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle clutching a swastika which retains fine detailing. The reverse of the guard is patterned in dots and has a blank langet to accept a monogram. The under portion of the quillon is marked “Gesch Gesch”.

The grip is the usual carved wood affair covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in good condition and is wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being a thicker gage.

The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows only mild evidence of carrying time. It is at least 90% intact and would clean up nicely if so desired. The bottom portion of the chape is missing but this is not very noticeable.

The 33 ½ 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 solid von Stein Pattern here.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

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 #41240C Personalized SA Feldjäger Officer's Sword with Etched SA Motto

This early SA Feldjäger sword is one of the rarest of all 3rd Reich period examples. Researcher Jim Brown has the original Eickhorn sales book that lists 50 of these swords ordered from Eickhorn by Ernst Röhm early in 1934. The sword was needed by SA officers who were enlisted in the newly-formed Feldjäger Police Korps in Prussia under Göring's supervision as Prussian Minister. These forces were needed as the German police was not yet nationalized. Many of the personnel chosen for Feldjäger duty were borrowed from the SA, thus the need for this sword to be worn by officers. By late 1935, the Feldjäger was disbanded, so this sword was only worn a short time.

The sword's brass hilt is an early dove head style, later discontinued by Eickhorn when new designs were approved with proper 3rd Reich motif. The sword's pommel is round and plain, with a decorative engraved line around it. The back strap and grip tabs feature raised oak leafing and acorn designs, as does the "P" guard. The ferrule is a standard type with oak leaf design.The reverse languet has a raised oval design for engraved personalization purpose. In the case of this sword, the langet is engraved with the monogram of its original owner, "Dr. LD". The engraving is professionally accomplished, and possibly research could be initiated, but a difficult task here. The obverse langet most likely featured a floral design, but in the case of these swords, a Weimar-style, six-sided Police insignia was used. It features a Prussian eagle in the center surrounded by sun rays. The insignia is pinned through the langet with the prongs at the reverse appearing to be countersunk into the brass - nice. The grip is a wood-carved base being covered by black celluloid. The celluloid is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple-twisted brass wire, the center wire being slightly larger.

The bright blade has fine nickel plating and measures 32 1/2 inches in length. The blade shows some minor wearing signs, but basically, remains in near full mint condition. The obverse blade has an etched panel with both sides of the etch ending with the typical Eickhorn fleur-de-lis points. Eickhorn also used these fleur de lis design ends on their bayonets and other etchings used throughout the 3rd Reich time. Raised out in the panel is the SA logo, "Alles für Deutschland". The frosted backgrounds remain at 100%. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the early logo used during 1933-34, consisting of twin ovals containing the factory name and Solingen location. A seated squirrel is positioned in the center. The original brown leather blade washer is in position. The scabbard is straight throughout having original black paint. The paint shows some even age in the surfaces, but basically it is all there. If the next owner wanted to clean it up some, I am sure a little car wax would do wonders.

A very rare sword here and a great addition to an advanced SA collection. I have only seen two or three of these swords over the years and as a result, they very seldom come up for sale. A great opportunity here to acquire something very rare.

Excellent. $6,495.00

SWDSFMEK #40743 Army Ordnance Sword

These Army Ordnance Swords were made for use by enlisted man for use in parades and the like. Because they were issued items they remains the property of the German army, and, in typical German fashion, were profusely stamped with all manner of codes.

This sword has plain brass mounts. All of the surfaces of this sword are unembellished, with a dove head pommel and a backstrap with small grip tabs. There is a spanner screw which holds the sword together at the top of the pommel. Just looking at it I'm thinking this sword was not taken down in modern times.

The standard "P" guard flows through a guard with plain langets on both sides. The ferrule on this example looks to be cracked on the obverse. It does not really detract from the sword, however, and could easily be covered with a portepee.

The grip is a carved wood example, covered in celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and is wrapped with a pair of twisted brass wires. There is a leather finger loop attached and intact.

The lower hilt has a number of stampings. These include the Eickhorn marking "C. E. / G", as well as a serial number, "3755", and two stickbird "82" waffenmant.

The scabbard is in good condition, with no dings and a nice blued finish that is nearly 100% intact. Near the throat of the scabbard is the serial number "3753" and Eickhorn marking "C. E. / G.", as well as matching waffenamt marks.

The blade is fine, sturdy example, measuring 32 inches long. it has good nickel plating with just a a hint of sharpening, although this does not really show. The reverse ricasso of the blade is marked with the early 1933-35 Eickhorn trademark. There are is a waffenamt and a "2" stamped on the spine of the blade.

If you are collector that enjoys stamps, codes, and the like, this is the sword for you. These swords, while reasonably common, make for a well rounded collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $550.00

SWDSFMEK #40292C Zeiten Pattern Panther Head Sword

The Zeiten Pattern sword has always been popular with collectors; oddly there were not a lot sold to German officers during the period.

This pattern has a unique panther head pommel, with the distinctive short mane running in a circular manner after the jaw of the cat and partially down the backstrap. The remainder of the backstrap is mostly plain, with a border of tiny dots. These dots also spill out on to the grip tabs. The whiskers, brow, and chin of the cat are hand enhanced, and it is fitted with pink faceted glass eyes.

The "P" guard is also unusual as it is flat. It is decorated with a series of curls on both sides The dot pattern we see on the backstop ad grip tabs is repeated on the crossguard, going around the langet. The langet features a closed-wing Wehrmacht eagle and swastika. The quillon is curled and dotted as well.

The lower area of the hilt is marked "DRP".

The grip of the sword is constructed of wood covered in celluloid. It is i perfect condition except for a couple of minor cracks on the lower rib. These could be easily covered with a portepee, but there is nothing missing in the area. This grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, with a twisted center strand.

The scabbard is in choice condition with no dents. The original paint remains bright and is at least 98% intact. A very nice original scabbard here!

The blade is an outstanding nickel-plated example that is in full mint condition. This blade measures 33 ½ inches long. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.

A very fine brass Zeiten Pattern Sword here.

Near Mint. $1,150.00

SWDSFMEK #39613C Blücher Pattern Sword

This Blücher Pattern Sword is an early brass example. None of the original gilding remains on this brass but the detailing is mostly intact.

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.

Excellent. $695.00

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 #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.

Excellent. $695.00

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.

Excellent. $695.00

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 #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 #38485 Scharnhorst Pattern Field Marshall Sword

This Scharnhorst Pattern Sword has the desirable brass base construction. It still has quite a bit of the original gilding on the surfaces, rating at about 85 to 90% intact.

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 #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.

Excellent. $1,695.00

SWDSFMEK #30397C Personalized Army Leopard Head Sword Model 1695

The Army Model #1695 Leopard Head Sword was not a popular model, and therefore, we do not see too many of them.

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 #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.

Mint. $995.00

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 #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