Lovely Imperial German Fire Official sword by Eickhorn. The hilt is a lovely silvered lion head example by Eickhorn which shows deep and detailed casting with extra hand tooling through the lion's mane. Everything is done deluxe from the red gemstone eyes, quality fish skin grip with triple twisted wire wrap. The knuckle P-guard shows especially attractive oak leaves and acorns foliage which stands out vibrantly as it is cast with extra depth. The oak tree of course was considered a strong tree and representative of the German character. The front langet shows nicely detailed crossed lances and sabers with further oak sprigs intertwined. The reverse side langet is a nicely framed lozenge, raised to receive an engraved monogram but which remains blank. The quillon A lovely full sized Imperial knot ends in another lion head, also nicely represented. Attached to the handle is a lovely full sized Imperial sword knot in perfect condition. The knot is silver throughout but with two 1mm pastel green stripes on each side as well as a green center to the tip of the large acorn. Under the langet is the double back to back squirrel Eickhorn logo (Unfortunately too far covered to photograph). This logo began use in 1904 and the single squirrel logo received patent in 1920. This sword definitely shows the detail and quality of earlier pieces but the scabbard definitely leans my mind toward the earlier end of the spectrum. It is a leather base with the three silvered fittings held in place by staples which are matching in finish. The leather is in excellent shape and while about four inches of stitching are out from the inside seam it holds its place very solidly. The blade is a finely engraved example with the centerpiece of the engraving being a four inch hooked ladder overlain by a fire helmet and poleaxe. The reverse side engraving is centered by a stand of arms heavy with fire tools and axes all apparently wrapped in a hose. Besides the specialized engraving details the rest is filled out by more typical floral patterns and stands of arms. Blade length is 78cm and the whole piece in the scabbard 93cm. There is some light plating wear to the last four inches but I do not see any actual plating loss. This is really a lovely sword with many characteristics that I find very pleasing. Not an easy one for me to sell.