PRESENTATION HUNTING SWORD PURPORTEDLY PRESENTED TO HERMAN GOERING
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PRESENTATION HUNTING SWORD PURPORTEDLY PRESENTED TO HERMAN GOERING:
When I bought this sword many years ago I was told by the owner that it had been looted by an American from a house that had belonged to Herman Goering. Pure speculation, but it set me on a hunt to find out more. I visited the Deutsches Klingenmuseum in Solingen Germany and had coffee with the then Director. Looking at the sword he told me it was a 19th century blade and had been re-worked into what I now owned. He told me it was of the Bavarian style and was of a very high quality workmanship and only a few makers would have had the skills, one of them being Carl Eickhorn. He suggested that I took it to the Eickhorn factory in Solingen.
I arranged a meeting with the son of Carl Eickhorn and took the sword with me. I asked if it could have been made by them. The sword was then taken to his father. After 20 minutes I was told by him that he had not made it as it would not have passed his quality inspection due to a very small flaw on the cross guard. He said that WKC were the only other company at the time that would have had the expertise. I thanked them both and left.
Over the next few years I searched the internet for pictures with no success. I phoned and emailed WKC but they would not help me. I had been told that their archive is still in existence and I was hoping to find the order and design for the fittings. This is not something you can just pluck from a shelf; it is of a jeweller’s quality. I posted for information on many sites and I received two emails from separate sources stating that during a visit by HG to a manufacturing plant in Munich their fathers had recounted a story of HG being presented by the factory owner with a hunting sword that had been in the family for many years (I assume the blade) It was remembered because HG was wearing full Lederhosen and had rouged his cheeks. I cannot prove any of this and it is all speculation.
Later I questioned why the sword did not have HG’s armoured fist seal on it and was told that only he could order it’s inclusion on an item and it would have been an insult to use it without his permission. What I like about this is like most stories it has elements that hint at it being “just possible” especially when you see the workmanship. This is a labour of skill and expertise that not many were capable of. There is a chance that WKC still have the order and design paperwork and if it links to a Munich factory owner’s family then we are a little closer. In my mind this is exactly the kind of item that would help seal deals and would have been appreciated. If only I could have found a photograph, there must have been some taken for such a high profile visit.
Even as a Bavarian Hunting sword it is a rare and unique item of a very high quality. All the fittings are silver even the suspension rings. It is not hallmarked or stamped but I have never attempted to take it apart. The gilded clamshell is fantastic and well defined with some wear (I suspect because of cleaning) the price reflects what it is, not what it might have been. Had I found more concrete evidence? Well, the new owner can take up the mantle……………