Original German WWII Officer Lion Head Zeiten Pattern Sword by Eickhorn
Original Item: The Zeiten Pattern is a very difficult Field Marshall example to find. It is particularly desirable due to the flat knuckle bow as well the great Art Deco look. This piece is also a real treasure as it is not constructed from the usual aluminum, but rather is made of solid brass. It really looks magnificent, retaining much of the finely gilded finish.
This sword features a great looking leopard or lion head with brows that jut out well over the faceted red eyes. It also has a hand-enhanced mane, whiskers and muzzle; a great looking cat. The mane runs a good distance down the backstrap and is also deeply hand-enhanced. The remainder of the backstrap has a pebbled border which runs into the grip tabs.
The flat knuckle bow of the P guard is exceptionally interesting as it has a series of swirls on the outer areas and raised floral patterns in the center.
The crossguard and quillons have a unique raised, pebbled design. This pebbling runs around the curlicue on the quillon end and the reverse langet, which is plain. The obverse langet features a raised Wehrmacht eagle and swastika. This bird is also enhanced with pebbled designs. The ferrule has scribed lines and thin oak leaves which decorate the center area.
The grip is of carved wood covered in black celluloid. This celluloid is in perfect condition and remains very shiny. The grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand. The underside of the hilt is stamped DRP.
The accompanying scabbard is also a beauty. It is completely straight and has nearly mint paint that is 100% intact throughout.
The impressive blade of this sword has a mint mirror-finish. This blade measures 31 inches long and is marked on the reverse with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A tremendous and rare sword here, especially if you are a collector of the Field Marshall series.
The German Army (German: Heer, was the land forces component of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces, from 1935 to 1945. The Wehrmacht also included the Kriegsmarine (Navy) and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). During World War II, a total of about 15 million soldiers served in the German Army, of whom about seven million became casualties. Separate from the army, the Waffen-SS (Armed SS) was a multi-ethnic and multi-national military force of the Third Reich. Growing from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, it served alongside the army but was never formally part of it.
Only 17 months after Hitler announced publicly the rearmament program, the Army reached its projected goal of 36 divisions. During the autumn of 1937, two more corps were formed. In 1938, four additional corps were formed with the inclusion of the five divisions of the Austrian Army after the Anschluss in March. During the period of its expansion by Adolf Hitler, the German Army continued to develop concepts pioneered during World War I, combining ground (Heer) and air (Luftwaffe) assets into combined arms teams. Coupled with operational and tactical methods such as encirclements and the "battle of annihilation", the German military managed quick victories in the two initial years of World War II, prompting the use of the word Blitzkrieg (literally lightning war, meaning lightning-fast war) for the techniques used.
The German Army entered the war with a majority of its infantry formations relying on the horse for transportation. The infantry remained foot soldiers throughout the war; artillery also remained primarily horse-drawn. The motorized formations received much attention in the world press in the opening years of the war, and were cited as the main reason for the success of the German invasions of Poland (September 1939), Norway and Denmark (April 1940), Belgium, France and Netherlands (May 1940), Yugoslavia (April 1941) and the early campaigns in the Soviet Union (June 1941). However their motorized and tank formations accounted for only 20% of the Heer's capacity at their peak strength.
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