Original German WWII Field Marshal Dove Head Prince Eugen Officer Sword by Eickhorn
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fine example of the very desirable "Prince Eugen" variation of the Field Marshal series of German "Dove Head" officer swords. It was made by famed firm Carl Eickhorn of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. The Field Marshal series was quite popular, and had many different variations. The Prince Eugen style was very popular among SS officers before their own M36 Officer's degen sword was introduced.
The blade on this sword is an incredible example. It measures 32 inches and has the highest quality nickel plating. This plating is completely mirror bright with only a few spots of wear. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 ORIGINAL EICKHORN SOLINGEN squirrel logo. The original red bakelite washer is in place.
The hilt of the sword has areas of beautiful gilt over brass alloy base metal. This combination of hilt metals was sometimes susceptible to plating loss, and unfortunately only around 40% of the gilding remains. The Prince Eugen design features a less ornate pommel than many others, with simple leaf designs, back strap, "p"-guard and ferrule. The cross guard has an "SS-Style" 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 black bakelite grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted. There is a crack near the pommel on the grip, but otherwise it it is intact and in great shape.
The scabbard of this example is in very good condition, having the original black paint present. This black paint is 85% throughout and still has a bright finish towards the top. Most of the body has some degree of finish checking and lifting, and the expected wear of age.
This is a wonderful looking sword, from a very prestigious maker. If you are looking for an excellent example to hang on the wall, this one should do it!
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