Product Description: This Dove Head Eickhorn Sword is a very impressive object. This pattern of sword was intended for wear by officers of the German Army (Heer). This one has an overall length of 37 inches, with a 31 inch blade. The blade is extremely nice, with bright shine, and normal runner marks throughout from having been in and out of the scabbard. The ricasso has the commercial style maker mark of Carl Eickhorn, a maker known for high quality pieces. This pattern of sword is listed in their catalog as the Wrangel Field Marshal pattern. The hilt of this sword is also very nice, with great finish to the brass fittings. The German Army eagle and swastika emblem on the guard has a bold look. The original buffer pad is intact. The hilt is marked “Ges. Gesch.” indicating a legally trademarked design. The grip has a single crack, and retains the correct grip wire. The scabbard of this sword is nice overall, with about 85 percent of the black paint intact. It shows slight wear and age. This is a great example of an attractive Dove Head Eickhorn Sword, that remains in excellent condition.
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 cross guard 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 workmanship used in the traditional craft of sword manufacture, makes these extremely interesting to collect and to study.
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