SMGL-2846 1932 Damascus presentation sword to Knights Cross Winner General Lt. Siegfried Hass (Hahs)
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This sword is just in from an advanced collection. This sword being early Third Reich era, is void of any national socialist symbols. The sword is a standard Eickhorn Dove Head model with 100% hand engraving. This would have been a very expensive upgrade by itself. The shields, D guard and entire hilt are all hand engraved, displaying stunning workmanship.
The blade is also the “Best of the Best”. It pretty much had every option you could order from Eickhorn at the time. The blade measures 36.5 inches with an over all measurement of 41.70 inches. So it’s longer then most sabers. The blade is triple etched. The inside panel shows a center motif of 3 crossed sabers with elaborate floral panels to the right and left. The outside panel has a center inscription panel which reads “Ehrenpreis fur Herrorrangende Schiesslestungen 1932”. Under that reads “Oblt. Hahs, J.R. 2.”. This translates to “Honorary award for outstanding shooting performances. 1st Lieutenant Hahs, Jager Regiment 2.” Some interesting and EXPENSIVE details in this panel are noticeable. First, the “Blue Panel” does not saturate the negative spaces and backgrounds. It merely boarders and shadows the letters and floral pattern in the center. On the panels to the left and right, the bluing was only done on the inner portion of the design and does not extend into the border area. These features are very hard to do, requiring even further detailed masking of the areas not intended to be blued. The result is an exquisite 3D effect that is almost never seen! The added bonus to this feature is that the maiden hair Damascus can easily be admired at the same time as the letter detail. The full Damascus blade is also stepped on the spine about 3/4 down. This elevates the look of the sword even further! To top it all off, the blade spin is also etched with the makers name and city “Carl Eickhorn Soligen”, AND it’s blue paneled as well! Oh, lets not forget the GOLD highlighting on all three panels! It was almost like they had a high budget for the sword, and needed to make it as awesome as possible. I mean this is truly a high level piece!
At the time of the award (1932), Siegfried was a 1st Lieutenant. He eventually rose up to the rank of Generalleutnant! I would imagine this was still one of his most impressive pieces, as the expense is actually befitting a general rank! The spelling of his last name changes a few times due to German variant spellings of Hass, Hahs and Haß. He was awarded all the usual suspects along with a German cross in 1942 and the Knights Cross in 1945. He died in 1987 and two years later this sword shows up to the MAX show in 1989! You can find more info about him on www.tracesofwar.com but we will also include a bunch of photocopied pages out of German Rangliste dating back to 1930 which were compiled by the famous pre-internet researcher Robert E. McDivitt.
As far as condition is concerned, you will quickly notice there is a bend to the D guard which intern caused the black celluloid grip to chip off at the top. The one observation i made, was that the D guard appears to have this bend in the photo copies that were sent to McDivitt in 1989. If the sword only surfaced 2 years after Hass’s death in 1987 then the damage must be something Hass did himself by accident. To me, this type of damage could have been done from falling vertically off a wall. You can see the wood underneath is very worn and aged. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hass damaged the sword early on when he was young an perhaps a bit more careless. It’s all speculation of coarse. Another interesting thing is that the original portepee seems to have been factory installed through the tang as the sword was being assembled. I’ve never seen this before, but from the pictures you can tell it’s original to the piece. We only see the remnants of he portepee, but not doubt that what was there at one point. It’s technically not a regulation sword so i guess it could have been common practice on pieces like this? Again, I’m sure this cost more. There are two holes in the top of the dove head so that you can disassemble the piece, and perhaps this was done with the assumption that the portepee would need to be changed or removed at some point. You don’t normally see this on swords. Usually the plug is hammered over and blended into the top and is not made to be easily removed. In truth, this would be an excellent restoration project. All you would need is a cheap donor dove head grip and a skilled metal smith to get it back to 100%.
The blade looks great for it’s age and the fact that it isn’t protected by chrome as most standard blades. The maidenhair Damascus steel blade is gorgeous, showing only the slightest bit of superficial oxidation. This could be restored a bit if desired with no detriment to the piece. The blue highlighting is outstanding with only the smallest signs of lightening. The Gold highlighting on the raised areas and some recessed areas has a fair amount of wear. This type of wear is simply from cleaning the sword with a cloth over years and years. I can only imagine how much more impressive this sword would be if it was perfect! The scabbard actually shows the mark of a smart person and I’m not sure when it was done, but the scabbard throat was removed. This saves a TON of wear over the years and is likely the reason this sword is in as good of shape as it is. The scabbard is remarkably dent free with most of the pain intact and minimal oxidation.
So, if you are looking for a sword that is LOADED and you can attribute it to a GENERAL then look no further.
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