Beautiful Imperial German Hussar sword. Inset into the grip is the skull and crossed bones representing the elite Hussars. It is often forgotten that before WWI this symbol was the proud symbol of Germany's elite fighting force, namely the heavy cavalry know as Hussars. Detail on this is superb. Handsome, silver lion head handle is really a nice one. Lion's flowing mane trails to the backstrap. Red ruby eyes go very well with the toned silver of the handle. Langet shows crossed sabers representing cavalry use and ferrul also ends in a lion head. Excellent blade is engraved with the initals "RA". Deep below the langet the squirrel is evident, representing the firm of Carl Eickhorn. The sword knot is a real beauty. It features a strap of metallic silver, woven with designs, and two blue stripes on each side. Behind this is a maroon backing. Strap ends in a metallic suspension ring which is attached to the stem and acorn. The stem is silver billion interwoven with blue matching the blue on the strap. The acorn is all siver bullion and the tip is a very soft off-white velvet. Scabbard rates excellent with no dents and only minor spots of paint wear. A beautiful sword that, when you hold it, almost makes you hear the pounding feet of charging Hussars. Neat.