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Title Third Reich prison officer's sword
Nationality German
Period c 1936-41
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This is an Eickhorn example (the 1936-41 mark under the ecusson), which has a double-sided eagle and swastika, typical of this unusual hilt. The gilt finish indicates prison officer status as opposed to the silver finish of the justice official's sword, which otherwise had an identical hilt. Of the two, the prison officer's is considerably scarcer.

The hilt has virtually all the original gilding on an aluminium base. There have been copies of this hilt made, but in cast brass. The Eickhorn pieces were always made in aluminium with a gilt or silver finish (see above).

It has all its original aluminium grip wire, virtually all its black enamel scabbard paint and the original leather washer at the base of the blade. There is some minor scarring on the reverse ecusson, where the aluminium shows through (an old test for gold perhaps?). The gilding on the inside of the knuckle bow is bubbling a little with age. The obverse eyebrow of the eagle has worn down to the copper plating, a good sign, as aluminium has to be copper plated before it can receive a decent gold wash. There is about 12 inches' worth of assorted edge nicks down towards the point, where some clown has been fooling around with it.

Overall, the piece is in excellent shape for its age. (The Eickhorn squirrel mark is clearly visible, but it isn't possible to take a photograph of it, because of its position under the ecusson.)

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

[Edged Weapons : Swords : Third Reich : Other]


Just received the sword today. Thank you very much, very happy with it. Excellent service.

S H, UK, 12.01.2011

Bayonet arrived safely today. Thanks very much indeed, I'm very pleased with it.

N M, UK, 30.12.2009