James F. Carroll Collection

James F. Carroll Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: James F. Carroll Collection
Dates: 1930s-1940s
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 sword, 1 dagger)
Coll. Number: ms2377.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

Nazi Germany had a clear fascination with swords and daggers, even as the Third Reich desperately sought new technology. Most members of the Army, Airforce, and Navy were given such weaponry as a part of their dress uniform, though they also brought them into battle. Likewise, a significant number of civilians took edged weaponry. The main area of production of swords in Nazi Germany was the City of Solingen, a place with a long history of blade production.

Scope and Content Note

1. The Army Officer's Light Dress Sword has a 30.5 inch steel blade and a single vertical guard made of brass. This weapon was a dress weapon from the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany. It is a variation of types that were manufactured throughout the Solingen area from the mid 1930s through the early 1940s. It is characterized by a sharpened blade, is complete with a leather dress strap and a silver-gilt acron, and a garnet-eyed lion surmounting the pommel. Both the pommel and hilt have been gilded. There is a maker's mark at the hilt on the blade as follows: (Left to right) a four-lobed rose surmounted by a Crown; a crested helmet; all appearing over the initials W.K. & C. This sword is also acompanied by a nickel-plated steel scabbard.

2. The Standard Model Dress Dagger has a 8.75 inch steel blade. This was the standard dagger issued to Nazi Storm Troopers (Sturm Abteilung, or SA). This particular dagger bears the RZ contrl number assigned to Carl Eickhorn of Solingen (M 7/ 66). It was manufactured in 1941. Etched lengthwise along the blade are the following words: "Alles fur Deutschland" or All for Germany. The grip bears the SA insignia and is of wood. The scabbard is of sttel, and is brown and nickel-plated.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

James F. Carroll Collection. MS 2377. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Army Officer's Light Dress Sword, 1930s-1940s
2Standard Model Dress Dagger, Nazi Storm Trooper, of Carl Eickhorn of Solingen, 1941