4/10/08 12:51 am
Wehrmacht Officer's Sword by the Carl Eickhorn firm.
Rare model with the original portapee.
This sword is a textbook example that remains untouched by the collecting community in the same condition it was in when it was first brought home by the capturing vet. The aluminum hilt is anodized with a gold wash that remains 95% intact with minor wear and remnants of the original lacquer clear coat. The underside of the cross guard features the correct "GES. GESCH." stamping set into the casting. Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected"...as in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending". The red glass eyes are both original to the piece and still bright. Correctly tied around the hilt is the original Officer's portapee. It is very obvious that this knot has been tied to the sword since day 1. Plenty of wear in all the right places with very minor age cracking to the green leather and just a few broken wires in the borders. The Knot it's self is in beautiful condition with a spongy wire "cat's anus." The black enamel scabbard is dent free with minor age spidering with subtle thin flaking that show very faint rust. The blade is awesome! Near mint with a bright mirrored finish and the correct 1935 style Eickhorn trademarked stamped under the hilt. Overall a perfect example of a rare model sword by the highly collectable Eickhorn firm.