Product Description: This is an extremely attractive, deluxe Army Officers Leopard Head Triple Etched Sword, 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 custom example. The blade itself is 33 inches long, and is in excellent condition with no damage. The blade features extensive, intricate etching on both sides, and even on the spine of the blade, an expensive custom option at the time. The rear etch features crossed cannons, suggesting the original owner served in the Artillery branch of the German Army. 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 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, though loose in one spot. 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. The original leather bushing is intact. The rear of the crossguard is neatly hand engraved with the initials of the original owner, “H.B.” The original scabbard is complete and has no damage. The original glossy black lacquer coating on the scabbard is about 90 percent intact. The overall length of this sword is 39 inches. An outstanding Army Officers Leopard Head Triple Etched Sword, 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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