E-231 Army Officer’s Dovehead Sword, Model 1693
(Wrangel) by Carl Eickhorn
This is a VERY NICE example! The hilt design is illustrated in
the Angolia Sword Book, page 77, upper left. The hilt has an aluminum base with
a gilded finish, grading 99%! This pattern hilt has the raised-out oak
leaves with good enhancement throughout the veining. What detail here!
The obverse langet features the open-winged, Army eagle clutching a wreathed
swastika. This style eagle is the stylized type eagle introduced by Albert
Speer at the 1934 Nuremberg rallies and was featured atop the grand stand
platform. The reverse langet is unadorned. The underside of the hilt
is stamped “Ges. Gesch”. The black celluloid grip is in perfect
condition being tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire. The center
strand is larger and twisted while the outer two stands are smaller and smooth.
Beautiful hilt here! The nickel plated blade measures 32.5” in overall
length. The plating grades 100%, while the runner marks are almost
non-existent. The edges and tip is factory crisp. The blade easily
grades mint-! The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Eickhorn 1935-41
Squirrel trademark with the company location below Solingen. The brown
leather washer is present. The scabbard shell is straight to all sides.
The factory black paint is extremely FINE and COLLECTIBLE, easily grading 98%.
There are a few common age spiders in addition to a couple of faint storage
scratches, but nothing to be concerned over! This scabbard is probably
better than 98% of the sword scabbards that are on the market today! A
very worthwhile acquisition! Would look outstanding mounted on someone’s
wall, or as a centerpiece! Near mint.