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Title Imperial German naval officer's sword
Nationality German
Period c 1914
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This is an interesting example, inasmuch as, unlike most of those currently on the market, it has a composition grip as opposed to bone or ivory. It is probably made by Eickhorn, although not marked as such. The back of the blade is marked 'Chr. Ahlers, Kiel', probably the name of the retailer - this is very faint (see below), though still legible.

The scabbard leather is in good shape, with the seam intact; the mounts have lost virtually all their gilt. The hilt retains perhaps 40% or so of its gilt finish on the outside of the guard. The blade has been overcleaned at some stage and the engraving, though still legible, has suffered somewhat. There is a fouled anchor (without a crown) on both sides of the blade. The background engraving on the blade is of the art nouveau variety of scrolling convolvulus. Some of the secondary grip wire is missing on the hilt binding, but, taken in all, not in bad condition for its age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : German : 20th Century]


Picked up the dirk this morning and actually waited until I got back home before unwrapping the package. It really exceeded my expectations...whilst the photos were good, to see and feel it in three dimensions was very exciting. A beatutful piece Chris, and worth the wait.

C C, Australia, 20.08.2010

The buckle arrived today in good order. Many thanks. I will keep an eye on your website for other buckles that may interest me...

A N, UK, 30.09.2008