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Title Prinz Eugen sword
Nationality German
Period c 1941
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This is an Eickhorn product, popular with Waffen SS officers and almost certainly a wartime manufacture on account of the hilt being made of pot metal with a fairly light gilt wash, most of which has survived. It is one of only two Eickhorn models with the army eagle in relief on the pommel and is one of the scarcest of the army sword designs.

These swords never survived in any quantity because of the fragility of the pot metal hilt, which was liable to fracture with age. This particular piece has replacement screws at the throat, some epoxy resin consolidation at the top of the grip where the plastic had started to split, and the hilt has been carefully secured at the pommel, having suffered a breakage at the top of the knuckle bow. The repair is an extremely strong one, secured by steel pins attached to a metal plate rivetted to the tang.

The blade has lost approximately 15% of its EPNS finish and the scabbard has been pretty much completely repainted, but the feature which tempted me to purchase it in the first place is the splendid state of the gilding - in much better shape than most examples of this pattern where, generally speaking, the gilding has vanished and only the blue-grey pot metal can be seen.

One of these in really good shape is worth about 750, so I have discounted it considerably on account of the damage, but it is still an interesting and rare sword.

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Third Reich : Army]


Pistol arrived safely, thanks for the prompt service.

M W, UK, 26.03.2008

The packet has arrived safely and the content is very nice!

R P, Italy, 08.02.2008