Product Description: This is an extremely attractive, deluxe Army Officers Leopard Head Sword by Eickhorn, with a lot going for it. The German Army officer who purchased this sword during the Third Reich spared no expense when selecting this extremely appealing example. The blade on this one is stunning and nearly perfect, with a length of 33 inches from tip to hilt. At the top of the blade, under the crossguard, is the manufacturer marking of Carl Eickhorn in Solingen, one of the most prestigious of the Third Reich edged weapon manufacturers. The handle fittings on this Army Officers Leopard Head Sword are absolutely gorgeous, the deluxe metal crossguard and pommel retain nearly all of the original thick plating. These fittings show only very minor age and patina, and appear to be completely uncleaned, with a few very small specks of verdigris in a few spots. The handle has no chips or cracks, and the original wire wrap is intact. The Leopard head pommel features extremely attractive and desirable inset red “ruby” eyes. The detailing on the crossguard is fantastic, the German national eagle and swastika emblem is bold and striking. You will notice the eagle head is facing right rather then left. A very interesting variant on the eagle head. Wrapped around the crossguard and grip is an original officer portepee which is still intact. The leather of the portepee in a couple areas are weak from age and is starting to break. The original leather buffer pad is intact. The original scabbard is complete and has no damage. The original glossy black lacquer coating on the scabbard is about 95 percent of the original paint. The overall length of this sword is 39 inches. An outstanding Army Officers Leopard Head Sword by Eickhorn, very desirable, and hard to upgrade.
Historical Description: The traditional sword was part of the regalia of many of the Third Reich’s military and paramilitary branches, including the Wehrmacht, Polizei, and SS. Wear of the sword was typically limited to dress occasions, and was generally reserved for officers and NCOs. Each soldier or official had to purchase his own sword. These were made by a variety of manufacturers, and made available through distributors. Although the overall pattern and appearance of Third Reich swords was regulated by the government or military, there were countless options that the wearer of the sword could choose from, depending on his personal taste, and how much money he wanted to spend. Blades were available with or without etchings. Some swords bore German national symbols on the handle, such as an eagle and swastika on the crossguard or grip, or an organization emblem or swastika on the pommel. Other swords were manufactured without these emblems. Swords could be personalized with engravings or etchings identifying the owner. In wear, they were suspended from a sword hanger worn under the uniform. The wide variety of Third Reich swords, and the generally extremely high level of worksmanship used in the traditional craft of sword manufacture, makes these extremely interesting to collect and to study.
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