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    Hi Larry, A public "thank you" for all your advice and assistance to date!!!
    With thanks, regards and very best wishes Michael Ryan


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    Hi All, The following swords are again by Carl Eickhorn and all are from the Field Marshal series under the Model Number 1714 von Stein. Heinrich Friedrich Karl Reichsfreiherr vom und zum Stein or Baron von Stein was a proficient Politician, Minister and Statesman but not a Field Marshal. The sword pattern bearing his name is probably one of the commonest of the Field Marshal series, ergo, a popular sword with officers of the army. Whilst the Land Customs were not authorised a special pattern sword, apparently, they were permitted to carry the Eickhorn pattern dove head nickel sword, the von Stein and the Blucher Field Marshal swords all with standard Army pattern scabbards

    Regards Michael Ryan

    Sword 28 (130) The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel holding a sword over "Eickhorn Solingen".
    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded alloy and the backstrap attached using a pair of rivets. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap. On the underside of the cross guard are the stamped words "GES.GESCH." or patent pending.
    b. Obverse Langet. Military eagle looking to its right superimpsed over what appears to be rising sun rays all on a plain outlined styalised shield.
    c. Reverse langet. Vertical escutcheon on a patterned field and outlined on a styalised shield.
    d. Pommel. Patterned dove head comprising an oak leaf design.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite common.

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    Sword 29 (172) The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel holding a sword over "Eickhorn Solingen".
    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded brass and the backstrap attached using a pair of rivets. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a silver alloy wire wrap. The hilt of this sword is noticeably heavier than the previously described sword. On the underside of the cross guard are the stamped words "GES.GESCH." or patent pending.
    b. Obverse Langet. Military eagle looking to its right superimpsed over what appears to be rising sun rays all on a plain outlined styalised shield.
    c. Reverse langet. Vertical escutcheon on a patterned field and outlined on a styalised shield.
    d. Pommel. Patterned dove head comprising an oak leaf design.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.

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    Sword 30 (168) The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel holding a sword over "Eickhorn Solingen". This sword is basically identical to sword 28 but has been "fiddled" with and is shown for comparison purposes and to show what can happen to decent swords.
    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded alloy and the backstrap attached using a pair of rivets (removed and lost). The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap. The grip wrap is home made and fitted and is not consistent with an Eickhorn quality sword. On the underside of the cross guard are the stamped words "GES.GESCH." or patent pending. To compound the damage and to effectively prevent repair, the backstrap has been glued in position. A bit of a "Botch up".
    b. Obverse Langet. Military eagle looking to its right superimpsed over what appears to be rising sun rays all on a plain outlined styalised shield.
    c. Reverse langet. Vertical escutcheon on a patterned field and outlined on a styalised shield.
    d. Pommel. Patterned dove head comprising an oak leaf design.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite common.

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    Hi All, The following two swords are again by Carl Eickhorn and first is from the Field Marshal series under the Model Number 1716 von Roon. Promoted to the rank of Field Marshal in 1873 Albrecht Theodor Emil Graf von Roon also held a number of very senior political appointments including Minister of War and Minister President of Prussia. The sword pattern bearing his name is one of the less common of the Field Marshal series, ergo, perhaps not such a popular sword with officers of the Army. Whilst the Bahnschutz or railway protection force were authorised a special pattern sword, its use was prohibited in 1935, the force were then permitted to carry either the Eickhorn pattern Wrangel or the Roon Field Marshal sword with standard Army pattern scabbards.

    The second, is an export model for the pre WWII Dutch Army. Whether this particular pattern sword was ever worn by the German Army is not known.

    Regards Michael Ryan

    Sword 31 (158) The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel looking over its shoulder all over the wording "Original Eickhorn Solingen".
    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded brass and the backstrap attached using a pair of rivets. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Military eagle looking to its right stamped into a plain field.
    c. Reverse langet. Plain outlined shield.
    d. Pommel. Patterned dove head comprising an oak leaf design.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.


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    Sword 32 (116) The trade mark on the blade of this Dutch Army sword is a stamped single squirrel over the initials "CE" all within a vertical oval.
    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded brass with the backstrap without flaps attached directly to the blade tang. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Plain.
    c. Reverse langet. Plain.
    d. Pommel. Lion head.
    e. Blade. Plain blued natural steel with single full size fullers and the word "Yzerhouwer" meaning "Eisenhaur" denoting a "Eisenhaurklinge" or iron cutting blade etched within a ribbon 0n the obverse side of the blade in an upper central location. And what appears to be "Louis Sha_____" in a pannel on the reverse side. The blade on this sword is one of the longest that I have encountered at 39.5 inches.
    f. Scabbard. Missing and pattern not known.
    g. Rarety. Quite rare.

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    Hi All, The following swords are again by Carl Eickhorn and the first item is from the Field Marshal series under the Model Number 1765 Prinz Eugen. Although French by birth, Prince Eugene of Savoy was not accepted into the French Army so moved over to Austria where he seved under three Holy Roman Emperors and in time was appointed Commander In Chief of their army. His major credits include his rise to high command, his defeat of the armies of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and of his native France. The sword pattern bearing his name is probably one of the most sort after of the Field Marshal series with not one but two Eagle and Swastika National Emblems incorporated within its design. Whilst the sword was designed for use by Army personnel, it was apparently, also favoured by officers of the SS.

    Regards Michael Ryan

    Sword 33 (132) The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel looking over its shoulder over the wording "Original Eickhorn Solingen".
    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded alloy and the backstrap attached using a pair of rivets. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Political Eagle looking to its right superimpsed over a plain outlined shield with a pointed rather than a rounded base.
    c. Reverse langet. Plain outlined shield with a pointed rather than a rounded base.
    d. Pommel. Patterned dove head design featuring the Military Eagle surmounting a swastika.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite rare.

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    Sword 34 (135) The second item is also from the Field Marshal series under the Model Number 1710 Blucher. Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Fürst von Wahlstatt was nicknamed "Marschall Vorwärts" ("Marshal Forwards") by the soldiers he commanded because of his aggressive approach in warfare. In the UK, he is most famously remembered for his partisipation in the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon. The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel holding a sword over the wording "Eickhorn Solingen".

    a. Hilt. There appear to be two variations of the back strap employed on this pattern sword which are hardly noticeable and are unlikely to warrant two Pattern numbers?
    (1) Cast in gilded brass and the backstrap attached directly to the blade tang. The grip is of wood with black plastic covering and a silver alloy wire wrap.
    (2) Identical but with the backstrap retained using a pair of rivets. Please see lowest photograph for variation backstrap flaps.
    As a consequense, the backstrap flaps on the riveted (2) hilt are larger than those on the example shown below.
    b. Obverse Langet. Political Eagle looking to its right superimpsed oak leaves within an outlined shield with a staggered rather than a rounded base.
    c. Reverse langet. Vertical escutcheon within foliage leaves all within an outlined shield with a staggered rather than a rounded base.
    d. Pommel. Lion head with red glass eyes.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite scarce.

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    Sword 35 (144) The third sword in this batch is something of a mystery. The trade mark on the blade of this sword is a stamped single squirrel within a vertical oval ribbon on which is the wording "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". However, I do not believe that the Eickhorn blade is contemporary with the sword hilt which bears little resemblance to other Eickhorn pattern hilts. The blade appears to have been "married" with the hilt post 1945. Although it is almost certainly a "Parts" sword and as such unlikely to be of interest to a purist collector, to me it has some very interesting attributes and as I have previously stated, I would rather have a poor specimen than no specimen. To further complicate the issues with this poor old sword, at some time in its dark and distant past, the hilt has been painted black which is very heavily worn???

    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded brass and the backstrap retained by a pair of rivets. The grip is a replacement of solid plastic with a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. A quite prominent Military Eagle of almost Facist Italian style looking to its right within a plain outlined shield.
    c. Reverse langet. A plain shield within an outlined shield.
    d. Pommel. Patterned dove head in the form of a floral cap.
    e. Blade. Etched and attributed to "Artillerie Regiment No5" , plated with single full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard black steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Probably unique given its amalgamation??

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    Last edited by Michael Ryan; 09-06-2014 at 08:24 PM.

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    Sword 36 (97) Again by the firm of Eickhorn, this sword is a Model M1889 Wurttemberg Infantry Officers sword. There are two basic patterns of this sword, fixed and folding guard. The fixed guard has three vertical guard bars covering the knuckles whilst the folding guard type only employs two. However, there are likely to be variations. Additionally, higher quality and presentation swords tend to include far more hilt decoration. Although almost identical to its Prussian M1889 cousin, there are several subtle variations between the two swords. The most major of which is the guard cartouche which features the Wurttemberg Imperial Arms rather than the Imperial Prussian Eagle etc. A further variation is in the Royal Cypher and its location. On the Wurttemberg sword, the Royal Cypher is positioned within a vertical oval depression on the reverse side of the pommel assembly rather than as a badge positioned on the grip.

    a. Hilt. Cast in gilded brass, the hilt comprises seven parts,
    (1) Oval tang nut.
    (2) Pommel cap.
    (3) Knuckle bow and cross guard. On the fixed guard model, this item includes the cartouche.
    (4) Cartouche. Not a separate item on the fixed guard sword.
    (5) Furrule
    (6) Finger support. This is usually an optional item so may/may not be present. In this case present but cut.
    (7) Grip assembly. This includes the wooden former, cover and wire wrap. In this case shagreen with a brass wire wrap.
    b. Obverse Langet. Not Applicable.
    c. Reverse langet. Not applicable.
    d. Pommel. Plain oval tang nut and cap assembly.
    e. Blade. Plain, plated with double full size fullers.
    f. Scabbard. Standard polished steel scabbard with a single ring suspension fitting and no loop to the reverse side of the scabbard.
    g. Rarety. Quite rare.

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