This leopard-head sword looks great and incorporates all the best features of the period, great quality, evil red ruby eyes set into a fierce animal and an iconic Wehrmacht style eagle. The plated blade rates Mint- being bright and clean with absolutely no reason to make excuses. The blade is stamped with the correct mid-period Eickhorn maker mark and retains it's factory buffer. This pattern is illustrated in Angolia's reference pg 78. The black enamel painted scabbard is dent-free. It has good original paint with evidence of wear. The paint is better than 97%. This has some wear to the high areas revealing some of the brass base material but other than that all the gilt remains. The top of the hilt expertly covers the tang. The grip is black celluloid and is in perfect shape without chips or cracks. It is wrapped with triple aluminum wire that really stands out against the black celluloid. A few strands are loose. A nice example.
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