1920's Carl Eickhorn Hirschfanger German
Hunting Short Sword, sold
In very good condition, a rare early 1920's Hirschfanger German
Hunting Short Sword by Carl Eickhorn.
The squirrel above CE in a plain ovoid was the TradeMark used by
Carl Eickhorn in the very early 1920's. Although Carl Eickhorn Hirschfangers
are quite common items, although always at a price premium, the
date makes this one very rare indeed, as it was made shortly after
WW1 when Germany was is a deep recession and suffering immense social
The 41cm blade is in very good condition, the etching still very
clear. There is a band you can see in the photos, where the band
section closest to the ricasso / hilt is brighter than the blade
below it down to the point. This is because the blade has been in
the scabbard for such a long time. The copper top locket of the
scabbard keeping all moist air away from the blade, hence that section
is bright. The lower section having been protected by the slightly
porous leather section of the scabbard has discolored a little.
I suspect very careful cleaning with a good metal cleaner would
balance things out, if required.
The blade is firm in the hilt. The staghorn grip with three acorns
is in very good condition. The hilt overall is excellent for its
age. The scabbard is a little aged, the leather with some surface
loss, but still very good. The sword sheathes and draws very well.
Check out what other specialist sellers of these items demand for
their hirschfangers and you will see our price of £1000 is
exceptionally good value indeed. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Please quote item number C98 (731).