The Hunting and Forestry organizations under the German monarchy were often controlled by aristocrats and well-heeled businessman. They were generally not organizations habituated by the common man. The purposes were generally formed for the conservation of game and forestry. Elaborate hunts were great occasions for the well-heeled, while the ladies used the hunting lodges for match-making and gossip. The cutlasses of these Imperial organizations were often extremely ornate, or they could also be utilitarian, made to perform the final killing thrust on game. Both types were often owned by a single individual. Many examples were used strictly for dressing up the beauty of a hunting/forestry uniform.
The German Hunting Association (Deutsche Jägerschaft) was headed by Reich Hunting Master Hermann Göring. The organization was formed to enforce the hunting regulations surrounding the advancement of conservation. The organization was a "must" for Germans interested in advancing their careers in business or the NSDAP. The Hunting Association was much like a country club membership today. The cutlasses worn by the organization were often quite elaborate. The hilt was silver with a stag grip. The scabbards were composed of green leather shells with silvered mounts. The cutlass blades were usually etched with hunting scenes. The insignia of the organization - a stag with a swastika between its antlers and the initials DJ - graced the grip of the cutlass.
The German Rifle Association was one of the last organizations to be nationalized by the NSDAP. The organization consisted of many shooting and target clubs positioned throughout the Reich, some centuries old. Members were all volunteers. The cutlass was a long example. It consisted of nickel plated hilt fittings with clamshell having the insignia of the organization - essentially a target within a rounded disk having black enameled organization name. The grip was an off-white, celluloid-over-wood affair. The scabbard was black leather with nickeled mounts. The long blade was double-etched, featuring forestry/hunting scenes and usually a target somewhere in the motif.
CUTLASS #35601C Deluxe Forestry Cutlass – Unmarked WKC
This very beautiful Deluxe Forestry Cutlass was the top of the line for WKC, being Model #1051. Although this cutlass is not maker marked, it is definitely a WKC piece. You can see the catalog listing for WKC's Forestry Cutlasses if you have a copy of Johnson's Volume 2, on page 143.
This cutlass is a very choice example, having solid brass fittings throughout, as well as gilded surfaces. The gilding appears to be nearly 100%. The design of the cutlass features a “D” guard, which runs from the pommel top, down through the crossguard, and ending with a deer hoof quillon. There is also a deer hoof at the top of the “D” guard where it meets the pommel area. The surfaces of the “D” guard are covered in raised out oak leaves and a mix of acorns. The ferrule above the crossguard has three sets of accent lines on either side of a center rim which has fluting running all around the circumference. The back strap and side strap of this cutlass also retain nearly all of the gilding.
An ornate clamshell was used on these Model #1051's. This clamshell is shaped in the design of a shield, and in the center has the head of a wild boar coming out of the woods, complete with lots of bristles and ivory tusks jutting up past his snout. The boar's head is surrounding by beautifully rendered oak leaves and acorns. The shield is bordered with what appear to be overlapping branches and boughs.
The grip plates are a beautifully toned celluloid. Ivory was also available, but obviously the original owner opted for the less expensive celluloid option. It would be difficult to tell the difference between the two, however this one is definitely celluloid. The grips are beautifully fit, and have a golden sheen to them in some of the areas. Decorating the grips are the “Large-to-Small acorns, having oak leaves on either side of them. These “Large-to-Small” acorns are only used on the deluxe cutlasses, and have very fine detail throughout. A beautifully crafted hilt here!
The short scabbard consists of fine black leather shell, which is still in new-like condition. This shell has twin decorative lines which run along the edges of both sides, and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are beautifully brass-based metal, having scalloped edges where they meet the surface of the shell. The upper mount is plain with the exception of a lug which has fine oak leaf decoration. This lug almost looks like a golden nugget sitting in place. The lower mount has very fancy oak leaf sprigs which have been engraved into the surfaces, having lots of handwork, including fine pebbling over the entire depiction to really give it stark relief against the brightness of the gilding. The chape is also kind of special, having a ball style decoration which runs around the circumference. This scabbard is a real beauty!
The blade measure slightly short of ten inches, being a typical hunting style with a single edge and a false edge at the top. This fine blade blade is a triple-etched example, still remaining in Mint condition. The hunting scenes have 100% of the dark backgrounds, which highlight the events depicted on both sides of the blade. The scenes on this blade run toward the tip. The obverse example depicts a hunter running with a rifle and dagger, in pursuit of a boar who is being brought down by several dogs. The mint-conditioned etching is really fabulous, and all details can easily been seen. The reverse blade is just as nice, featuring a kneeling hunter aiming a rifle at a running stag and doe who are leaping over a down tree. Beautiful work here!The spine of the blade is etched with oak leafing. This beautiful mint-condition blade is buffered by an in-place black leather washer.
This is simply one of the best Hunting and Forestry scenes that you will see on any cutlass, and is in demand by the sophisticated collector. This is really a great example, which appears to me to be in unissued condition. A great opportunity to acquire a highlight to your Hunting and Forestry collection.
CUTLASS #35514C Deluxe Senior Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This Senior Forestry Cutlass is the top of the line, and has all deluxe mounts, and is shorter than the normal types. The cutlass is equipped with an aluminum hilt, which has 100% of its original gilded finish. The "D" guard ends in hooves on both sides, and is decorated with overlapping oak leaves, to include the areas where it passes through the crossguard. The deer hoof areas have deer hair artificially scribed into the surfaces. The ferrule above the crossguard repeats the overlapping oak leaf motif. Below the crossguard is a beautiful clamshell which features the gamebird known as a capercaille. This bird is resting on a branch, and seems to be tweeting for his mate. There is lots of hand detailing to the bird's feathering. The hilt is equipped with genuine ivory grip plates. The ivory on the obverse has fine golden tones and grains, and on the reverse, it is a darker color gold with more graining. These grip plates are in perfect condition and are most beautiful. The plates are decorated three acorns on each side. These gilded acorns have two leaves above each of the caps.
The scabbard shell is composed of black leather. This leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated with twin accent lines which run the length of both sides. The scabbard mounts are a beautiful matching gilded brass base metal. The upper mount is plain, with the exception of the lug, which is in the shape of an acorn. The cap of this acorn/lug is nicely decorated. The lower mount features on the obverse a panel with a forestry scene, which has a very large stag baying to a mate off in the distance. The mount is finished off with a fancy chape, having bead detail which runs around its circumference. These mounts are scallop edged where they meet the shell, and they are retained with staples. The number "5" is visible below the staples.
Attached to the upper mount is the original leather frog. This frog is a fine dark green color having a notch in the obverse, which fits perfectly under the scabbard lug. The reverse of this frog is a tan color. The frog is fitted at the top with a closed brass box clip. Attached to the upper portion of the frog is is the original-to-the-piece troddel. This forestry troddel consists of bullion textured strapping having twin green lines which run the length of the str. The lower area has a slide, which is of bullion material highlighted in green. The stem is the flat type, having a crochet like covering, which reveals the green colored metal beneath. The ball is in an acorn shape, having yarn like bullion material, and the insert is of a green "cat's anus" type stuffing. This knot shows only age, with no fraying whatsoever.
The fine, short blade is the type which was sold by the large retail store, which had a relationship with Eickhorn, which is named, "W. Michovius Cottbus". Blades that have the retailer marking on the spine, such as this one, are very desirable by collectors, as this marking has never been reproduced. In addition to the Michovius marking, there are oak leaves which run down the blades spine. The obverse blade is featured with an etched scene of a hunter kneeling, aiming his gun at a stag and a doe, who are running through a forestry glen. On the reverse, the hunter is carrying a rifle and long dagger, while he runs after a boar which is being tackled by his dogs. This blade shows only minor age, but is still bright, with good, crisp, etched scenes. The blade easily grades in excellent plus plus condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1935-41. It consists of a seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the quality word, "Original". Below is the name of the firm's name and location, "EICKHORN/SOLINGEN." The original green felt buffer is still in place.
A really fine, original Deluxe Forestry Cutlass here, complete with all accoutrements.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,295.00
CUTLASS #35427 Skinning Knife with Fork Attachment
This Skinning Knife is the typical type that we see, being complete with stag grip, and leather scabbard. The stag grip is quite beautiful, having fine golden tones, contrasting with the many browns we see in the grains. The cap above is a standard flat nickel type, having lined edges, matching the ferrule below. The scabbard is a leather sewn style of brown color, being sewn up the rear, and decorated with twin lines, which run the length of both sides. This piece within the scabbard measures about 10" in length.
The blade is a typical, single etched type, having a beveled edge at the top. The blade shows only the most nominal of age, still being bright. It is marked on the reverse, "Solingen". However, the best part of this piece is still to come. When the skinning knife is removed from the scabbard throat, it interesting to note that there is another part contained within the throat. This part is actually a fork, which is threaded on the end. There is no handle on the fork, and one wonders how it could have been used. After some study, it is revealed that the lower chape button of the scabbard actually has a hole, and is threaded. The fork threads right into this chape, and son of a gun--you are all set to eat your dinner, after you have skinned it with your skinning knife.
This is really a very clever arrangement here, and is the first time I have seen this, especially on a knife which would have been produced in the 1930's, not the 1830's. A very interesting skinning knife to be sure.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00
CUTLASS #35192C Hunting/Skinning Knife - J&H
This Hunting/Skinning Knife measures about 9 inches in length. It is a high quality example, having very fine stag grip plates. The grip plates have attractive gold tones to the areas where they were trimmed, and the original grains feature beautiful, coffee color browns and tans. The high quality blade is quite thick at the spine, and is very substantial. The blade is single edged, with a beveled false edge at the top. There is sharpening to the blade, which is what one would expect with a skinning knife. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the letters "J&H", with a fish separating the letters. Beneath this marking is the word "PRIMA". The blade is still in fine condition, rating Near Mint.
The skinning knife is accompanied by its original scabbard. The leather scabbard has fine brown grain leather and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard is mounted with nickel upper and lower fittings. These nickel fittings have horizontal lined decorations. A high quality, very fine, skinning knife, probably produced in the 1920's, or thirties.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $395.00
This Deluxe Hunting Cutlass is the top of the line that was offered by the Eickhorn firm, being the model #1711. The cutlass is overall shorter than the standard pieces, being about seventeen inches in length. These cutlasses are really magnificent, having superb, silvered mounts featuring oak leaf motif. At the pommel cap, there is a pseudo acorn which acts as a tang nut. The cap of the acorn is all hand enhanced. The top of the pommel cap below features raised out oak leaves, which run around the upper surface, overlapping each other. A most attractive design! The sides of the pommel are also decorated with raised, overlapping oak leaves.
The ferrule below has more oak leaves in the center area, and they are bordered on both sides with raised beads that go around the circumference. The crossguard features oak leaf sprigs which come into the center, but leave the very center area blank for a nice contrast. The crossguard quillons are in the shape of deer hooves, having deer hair on the legs, which are hand enhanced, and both ending in a hoof, the left side jutting upward and the right side jutting downward in the traditional hunting cutlass style.
Below the crossguard is a beautiful clamshell with a design only featured on the Eickhorn deluxe model. It consists of a game bird which is known as a "capercaille". This gamebird is resting on a branch of oak leaves, and seems to be tweeting with its beak and head extended upward, with its wings downward. Again, there is evidence of hand enhancing throughout this impressive bird.
The grip of this piece is also a real eye-catcher. The size of the genuine antler was selected as its proportions nearly fit the pommel and ferrule with minimal trimming. Look out for cutlasses where you see an overabundance of trimming, as this is usually a sign of post war construction. This antler has very deep, coffee tones in the recesses, and has superb, raised, grains which are a golden color on their tips. In the center of the grip, just where it turns to the left, is applied a matching, silver hunting insignia. This insignia features the head of a large stag, having rays between the antlers, and in the center a mobile swastika. Next to the deer head are the initials of the organization, "DJ". These initials stand for "Deutsches Jager". A very impressive hilt here, in top condition!
The scabbard shell has a composition base which is covered in attractive, green, grained, leather. This leather is decorated with twin lines which run the length of both sides. The leather throughout still has its original grain, and remains in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are silvered, matching the hilt exactly. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather. The upper mount is decorated with an acorn, which acts as a lug to retain a frog. The lower mount has the panel only seen on deluxe version cutlasses. This panel features a scene within a wooded area with a large stag bellowing into the forest atmosphere. The ball below is also a deluxe feature, having beads which run around its circumference. This fine cutlass is equipped with its original, green frog. The leather on the obverse is still in fine condition. The reverse leather is a brown color, and is a little bit limp around the center, upper area. This is caused by the fact that the original belt loop and snap clip is also attached to the frog. This belt loop is also in green leather, having a gilded, pebbled, snap clip matching the gilded "D" ring attached to the frog. These accoutrements are very dear to collectors today, as they frequently were lost to time as the frogs have a tendency to slip down fom the lug./P>
The short blade measures about 10" in length with wide fuller. This blade is triple etched, featuring standard Eickhorn hunting scenes. On the pre-War pieces, the hunting scenes run in the direction towards the tip. Watch out for the Eickhorn pieces made after the War, as the hunting scenes on these pieces run away from the tip, being the wrong direction. The obverse blade features a kneeled hunter aiming his rifle at a large stag and doe, who are on the run, jumping over a fallen tree in a forest. The reverse scene features a hunter carrying a shotgun while he runs after a wild boar. His dogs are in the process of attacking the boar, and it is not too clear who is winning this battle. The spine features a series of oak leaves and acorns which are raised out. This blade still has all of the frosting in the backgrounds, and good sharp detail to the hunting scenes. There is evidence of some once present, mild sharpening, but it has been expertly removed, and is difficult to tell. Otherwise the blade would be in near full mint condition.
The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-1941 trademark. It features a seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word "Original", and below, the firm's name and location, "EICKHORN/SOLINGEN". The original, green, felt, buffer is in place, showing only mild age. A very beautiful cutlass here. Were it not for the once present sharpening, this cutlass would sell for far more than its current price. An excellent opportunity here to acquire one of the most beautiful cutlasses produced during the period, and for a reasonable price.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,695.00
CUTLASS #35364C Large Proportioned Imperial Shooting Prize Cutlass with Damascus Blade and Post-war Display Case
This Imperial shooting Prize Cutlass is a most impressive piece, being of large proportion mounts, and measuring in the scabbard just over 23 inches. The piece is composed of the finest brass mounts, with outstanding workmanship. The pommel has the outgoing, engraved lines, being umbrella like, and along the edges, there are two sets of twin lines. The acorn on the top of the pommel acts to retain the tang nut. The ferrule matches the pommel, in that it has twin lines running around the circumference. The crossguard is basically plain, having quillons which end in deer hooves. The left side goes upwards, and the right side runs downwards. The clamshell below is in the shape of a clamshell, thus the name, and has very nice fluting.
The grip is a most beautiful stag, curving to the left. The stag has outstanding, coffee color backgrounds, with lighter, golden grains in the raised out portions. This grip has a very classic, antique look to it, and is in pristine, perfect condition.
The scabbard shell has very fine, black leather, showing only modest age. The shell is decorated with twin accent lines on both sides, and it is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass, having scalloped edges. The upper mount is fitted with a lug in the shape of an acorn. The lower mount has dual accent lines, and the chape area ends in the shape of a clamshell. This tip makes for a very nice presentation.
On the reverse of the upper scabbard is a fine dedication. The dedication reads: "Für Hervorragende/Leistungen/beim/Konigspreisschiessen/von 18. August 1901/ v. Rorries/Major u. Kommandeur". This presentation basically means it was given for excellence in the King's shooting contest of 18 August 1901, by Von Rorries, who was major and commander of the shooting club. The dedication is surrounded by oak leaves, and there is a simulated target at the bottom, with crossed rifles.
The blade of this example is an extraordinary Damascus. This blade is about 15 1/2 inches in length, and is of very large proportion, being of the pattern called "DAMASTSTAHL". The pattern is extremely dominant, still being in near mint condition. There is an interesting ricasso that runs about a third down the edge of the blade. This was done so that the winner of this shooting prize could have his name within a panel on the reverse. This panel has the name, "Mueller". This blade is in near full mint condition, and is about as fine of a piece of Damascus that was produced during the period.
This impressive cutlass comes in a most beautiful, post war mahogany wood case, that has been furniture like finished with a fine, recessed area in the lower portion of the box. An outstanding opportunity here, to acquire a real showpiece for your Imperial collection. It is possible that the event for this prize could be researched, as we do have the two names of the principals involved. This identical cutlass appears in the Imperial Reference Book by Tom Johnson and Tom Wittman on page 275. This will be the fourth time over the last 30 years that I have had the honor to market this cutlass. A wonderful opportunity here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $9,995.00
CUTLASS #35302C Deluxe Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This Deluxe Forestry Cutlass is extremely rare, having a clamshell that is almost never seen. The cutlass is produced in gilded aluminum hilt, with gilded, brass based, scabbard mounts. The gilt throughout the hilt is all in perfect condition. The hilt has a standard "D" guard, which has ending quillons shaped in the form of deer hooves. The areas in between on both sides are covered in overlapping oak leaves. At the center area, the oak leaves become of larger size. The detail throughout is outstanding. The ferrule area has a series of raised oak leaves that act as a border running about the circumference matching the "D" guard.
The clamshell below is a great sight. It depicts either a small buck, or what I think is probably a chamois, which was also a game animal found in the German Alps. The chamois has a small antler rack, and good detail throughout its ears, eyes, and nasal area. The head is jutting out of what appears to be an assemblage of plants that act as a border running around the clamshell circumference. In the background is sky and what appears to be hills or mountains. A beautiful, subtle depiction here.
The grip plates of this example are an outstanding, genuine ivory. Both grip plates display a slightly golden tone and they also have some appealing grain in the surfaces. Both plates are in perfect condition and are set with three gilded brass acorns on each side. The acorns are all original and display fine quality detail.
Wrapped about the ferrule is an original-to-the-piece Senior Forestry portepee. This portepee consists of textured gold bullion thread being decorated with parallel twin green lines which run the length of the strapping. There is no fray to the strapping, only fine age toning. The slide is a woven texture of square designs, and the flat stem is covered in crochet-like bullion thread. The lower ball is covered in yarn-like bullion thread having a stuffing of bullion thread.
The scabbard shell is a pleasing brown color, not the usual black. It is decorated with twin lines which which run the length of the edges of both sides. The leather shows little age, still being in fine condition. The scabbard mounts are the deluxe type, having a mint gilded surface over brass base. They are retained by staples having numbers beneath. The mounts have fancy scalloped edges. The upper mount is fitted with an acorn that acts as a lug. The lower mount features a scene with a large baying buck in a forest clearing - beautiful detail here. The chape ends in a beaded ball.
The short blade is a triple-etched wonder, having the well-known distributor, "W. Michovious, Cottbus", etched into the blade spine along with oak leafing. This blade is in full mint condition. The obverse blade features hunting action running toward the blade tip. It portrays a stooping hunter aiming a rifle at a large stag and doe who are running away, while jumping over a log. The reverse portrays a hunter running after a boar being attacked by dogs. The hunter carries a rifle in one hand and a long cutlass in the other, and by the looks of this boar he will need both weapons! The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 trademark. It portrays a seated squirrel holding a downward-pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality conscious word, "Original" and below the name of the firm, "Eickhorn". The original green felt washer is in place showing only age toning.
A very rarely seen most-desirable cutlass in choice condition.
CUTLASS #35187 Imperial Jaegar Shooting Prize Cutlass with Damascus Blade and Skinner - W.K. & C w/ Distributor name.
This outstanding Imperial Hunting Cutlass is about 22 1/2 inches in length. The mounts are composed of most beautiful brass throughout the hilt and scabbard. The pommel area has a fluted nut at the top center of the cap which acts as a threaded tang nut. The pommel has a smooth upper surface with curved edges featuring line decorated sides. The ferrule below is also lined, having otherwise smooth surfaces. The cross guard is nearly straight across having deer hair which is hand-rendered into the surfaces of both sides. The quillons end in deer hooves, the left pointing upward and the right, downward.
Below is an interesting clam shell having scalloped edges. In the center area it features raised subjects of forest trees surrounding a dog threatening a stag. There is hand work evident to the renderings. The grip really ties in these interesting mounts. It is a thick stubby stag antler, having tan and brown colors to the raised grains. It tips slightly to the left and was obviously chosen for it specifications that almost exactly fit the ferrule and pommel cap with little trimming required. This weighty stubby grip is decorated with three smooth-finished brass oval bosses. A most fetching hilt here, much different in style than most.
The scabbard shell is composed of black leather being sewn up the rear. The leather is in excellent condition still being supple and decorated with twin lines which run the length of the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching smooth brass. The lower mount is scalloped on the edge where it meets the leather, while the upper mount edge is smooth and rounded. The upper mount is fitted with a pouch for the skinner, and also has a large, long acorn that acts as a carrying lug. The skinner is a fine example fitted with stag grip plates exactly matching the large grip. The upper portion on the obverse stag grip is fitted with an identical oval brass boss matching the large grip decorations. The blade is a short plain style with single edge. The blade remains bright and in good condition.
The reverse upper scabbard mount is professionally engraved with a 6-line dedication, " I Prämie,/ v. Schiessen/ d. geb.Jäger/ a.26.7.82./ W.Weigel,/ Oleg II Comp." This roughly translates, "Presented by Jäger Oleg II Company to W. Weigel as 1st prize in the shooting competition on 26 July 1882."
As impressive as the outside of this cutlass is, though, the blade is also a real head-turner. It is a massive 16 inch long "Damaststahl" damascus blade featuring a fine "maiden hair" pattern. When we first acquired the cutlass the blade's damascus patterns were beginning to fade, so we sent the blade out to be re-dipped. The acid did wonders, and the blade now portrays a mint-conditioned spectacle of enchanting patterns in the damascus This is a most stirring blade. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small knight head W.K. & C. logo used prior to the turn of the century. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the retailer that sold this cutlass to the Jäger group, "Jos. Meyer, Gorlitz". We installed a fine felt blade washer to finish the cutlass. A very majestic piece of stunning quality and the best-of-the best style and condition.
Near Mint. $4,495.00
CUTLASS #35084 Subordinate Forestry Cutlass with Dedication - Clemen & Jung
This Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is a good, heavy, piece by a producer we do not see very often for Forestry pieces. If there was a gilded surface, it does not appear to be visible, as this piece seems to be down to the brass. The brass has a nice,, dull patination, and is attractive the way it is. It features a "D" guard, which ends at the top in the shape of a hoof. The "D" guard runs through the crossguard area, having only double lined decoration on both sides. The quillon end after the crossguard is also in the shape of a hoof, having hand enhancing. The ferrule above appears to be built into the "D" guard design, and also has sets of lined decoration. Below the crossguard area is a clamshell with fluted surfaces. The left side of the clamshell angles upward and ends in a teardrop.
The grip plates on this cutlass are really exceptional, appearing to be larger and of better grade than we normally see. Perhaps Clemen & Jung went out of their way to use the best of stag. If you compare these grip plates with other cutlasses you will see what I mean. The obverse grip plate is a real beauty, having choice, high grains in the surfaces with a dark coffee background. The edges have long ago toned a gold color. The reverse grip plate is of less dramatic nature, but is still most attractive with its fine, rich, brown grains. Both of these grip plates have been decorated with matching, brass acorns. These acorns are the style without leaves, and they are slightly larger than the type we normally see. Thank goodness all of the acorns are intact on this piece, as I would feel it would be impossible to find a replacement acorn of this size and caliber. A really great hilt here!
The scabbard has outstanding, supple, black leather. This leather shell is decorated with twin lines which run the length of both surfaces, and is sewn up the rear. It shows very little age or usage. Attached to the leather shell are two matching, brass, scabbard mounts. These mounts are plain, except for decorative lines on the obverse only. The mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell, and they are retained with staples in the usual manner. The upper mount is equipped with an acornwhich acts as a lug. On the reverse of the upper mount is a two line dedication. The dedication has been done by a fine craftsman who was an expert engraver. It reads, "FUR die besten LEISTUNGEN 1933/FORSTSCHULE WITTLICH". This dedication would translate to, "For the best performance, 1933, Forestry School, Wittlich". In other words, probably the highest scoring participant in the class was given this cutlass. A very nice thing here!
The blade of this example measures about 13 3/4" in length. It is triple etched, and like we often see on Clemen & Young hunting pieces, the etches appear in a perpendicular layout, as opposed to the usual horizontal. The obverse starts out with a number of floral designs, and then portrays a large stag jumping in a forest glen. After this are more floral designs, and then there is a wolf, which appears to have a rabbit in his mouth, standing below a fir tree. The reverse blade has floral designs, and then depicts a dog trying to tackle wild boar below a tree. Further on, are more floral designs, and then finishing up with a stag and doe beneath two fir trees. The etch still has all of its frosting in the background, and is also nice and clear and concise. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The spine is etched with laurel leaves running down its length. On the blade's reverse is the logo of the Clemen & Jung firm. It consists of a stamped shield, having a crown above the shield. In the center of the shield is the letter, "Z". The original, green, blade buffer shows quite a bit of age, and is missing a little bit of the right edge area, but mostly it is still in place. An interesting forestry cutlass here, and certainly of high quality, being produced by a maker we do not see often for this type of weapon.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00
CUTLASS #34973 Imperial Forestry Cutlass with Skinner - Carl Eickhorn
This Imperial Forestry Cutlass is a very long weapon, measuring overall 22" in the scabbard. The hilt is a fine, brass example which shows a fine patination across the surfaces. The hilt is equipped with a "D" guard, which ends in a hoof at the upper quillon area, and at the lower area where it passes through the crossguard, it ends also in a hoof. The ferrule is combined with the crossguard, and this area features line decoration. Below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell, which is equipped with a quillon which rises upward to a teardrop shape at the left. The grip plates of this example are of genuine ivory. The obverse and reverse are both in fine condition, showing appealing, golden tones and grain throughout the surfaces. The grip plates both have three sets of original acorns in place. These acorns are the style without leaves, and all are in good condition, having well defined caps.
The scabbard shell is a black leather, being sewn up the rear and having twin line decoration on both sides. This scabbard shell is also fitted with a pouch for use of the skinning knife. The leather is in excellent condition throughout, still being supple. This scabbard leather is equipped with matching brass mounts. These mounts have scalloped edges. They are also line decorated on the bottom mount, which matches the ferrule motif. The upper mount has no decoration, but is equipped with a smooth finish acorn lug.
The upper mount also has the slot for the skinning knife. In the case of this example, the knife is still present. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. The skinning knife is a beauty, having matching ivory grip plates. There is one acorn mounted at the upper portion of the grip, and there are no acorns on the lower, as this area needs to be open for insertion of the knife.
The blade is a fine, bright example, being a slab side type, with small, false edge. This skinning knife is a very fine example, still having some of the original grain on the bright blade. The blade of the cutlass is slightly over 16" in length. It is a single edge, slab side type, having a false edge at the top. The blade is still mostly bright, but does show some age in the surfaces. The blade rates at excellent to excellent plus condition. The obverse etch portrays a regal stag in a glen at the bottom, followed by hunting implements consisting of horns, bag, and cutlass above the stag. Above this area, are a couple of rabbits and more floral designs. The reverse etch portrays a hunter at the bottom, with hunting implements above him, followed by an etch featuring a stag and doe in a forestry glen. The spine has laurel leaf decoration. The frosting still appears to be in the backgrounds of this etch, and although the etch is lightly done, it is still very discernable.
The reverse of the blade is stamped with the turn of the century Eickhorn trademark, which consists of back-to-back squirrels. Below the two animals are the initials of the firm, "CE". The original, red, blade buffer is in place. A nice looking Imperial forestry cutlass that would go well with a budding collection surrounding these beautiful weapons. It is rare to see an Eickhorn marked cutlass, and it is also outstanding to have the original skinner still complete with the weapon.
CUTLASS #34714 Imperial Hunting Cutlass with Skinner – F.R. Wellmann Hamburg
This Imperial Hunting Cutlass is of very large proportions throughout, and overall measures about 22 inches in length. The cutlass is fitted with all gilded brass mounts and I am pleased to say that most of the original gild is still in place. This is rare to see on something that is at least one hundred years old. The hilt has a conventional pommel being of gilded brass and having fluted top with the small round mount at the upper which also acts to contain a peened over tang. The edges of the pommel have dual accent lines. Except for the sharp edges of the pommel side the gild is still nicely spread throughout this mount. The ferrule is a tapered type which has two decorative lines running around the circumference. Below the ferrule is a conventional hunting crossguard being plain in the center and having quillon arms which extend outward and upward at the left and outward and downward at the right. There is also some handwork done to simulate the deer’s hair on the quillon arms. The quillon ends of course are in the shape of a hoof. Below the crossguard is a clamshell having a fluted surface. Like the pommel the gilt is nearly 100% throughout these mounts. The grip is quite beautiful having a fine antique look throughout its surfaces. It has lots of darker brown and coffee colors mixed with lighter shades at the tops of the grain. The edges have turned a golden color. This grip extends upward to the left and was obviously selected for its size, as there is very little trimming required for the insertion of this grip at the upper and lower portions of its respective mounts. The grip is decorated with three acorns. These acorns have a nice coppery look to them but they are also deeply patinated. There is not much gilt left on the acorns as this would have been the area that has had the most wear over the years. These acorns are the type that do not have leaves and there is good detail to the checkering of the caps. All three are original and set in place. A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is made of black leather. This leather shows some signs of usage over the years but overall it is still in fine supple condition. Like the gilded surfaces it is unusual to see leather in this condition after a century. The leather has the twin decorative lines on both sides and it is sewn up the rear. There is also a raised out pocket that was made to fit the enclosure of a skinning knife. The mounts for this scabbard exactly match the gilded finish of the hilt. These mounts are quite beautiful having scalloped edges where they meet the leather and they are retained by staples in the usual manner. The upper mount has the open slot for a skinning knife. At the center of the slot is a beautiful acorn which also acts as a lug. As luck would have it for once, the original skinning knife is still in place. This skinner is a beauty having stag grip plates which exactly match the grip of the hunting cutlass. Like the skinners usually are made, there is only one acorn at the top of the stag and this acorn exactly matches the other three except for the fact that because it was protected by the clamshell it still has most of the original gilded finish. The blade of this skinner is a single edge slap side type being in choice mint condition. This is really a great cutlass which you will admire too once you begin examining it piece by piece as I am doing.
The blade is a very long, 16 inch example and this blade will put a smile on your face also. It is a very large proportion slab side type being having single edge and false edge at the top that runs back a short way. This blade still has the original bright finish and is in new-like condition rating mint. There are some slight usage signs but they are extremely nominal. The blade is triple etched having choice frosted finish in the backgrounds. The obverse etch depicts a stag chasing after three doe who are all running through a wooded scene. At the end of the etch there is a game bird that looks like a turkey sitting up in an oak tree branch. The reverse etch depicts a perpendicular large stag at the area above the ricasso and then in the center area it goes horizontal showing a hunter kneeling aiming a gun at a big stag which is also being chased by his dog. Hopefully the round will go above the head of the dog as the two animal are pretty close together. The panel is finished by some sort of a duck bird which looks like it is just taking off from an oak leaf branch. These etches are slightly unusual and I don’t recall seeing them in the past. The spine has a series of oak-like leaves that run down most of its length. The reverse of the blade has a distributor name but there is no maker name on the blade. The distributor stamping is, “F.R. Wellmann Hamburg Goldene Medallum”. The original red felt blade buffer is in place. A terrific conditioned imperial piece here. If you’re looking for a nice old one that you can live with the condition this example should suit you.
Near Mint. $1,495.00
CUTLASS #34712 Imperial Hunting/Shooting Cutlass – W.K.& C.
This Imperial example could be a hunting Hirschfanger, but I think that it is a Shooting Cutlass because it is a relatively long thin weapon. The cutlass overall is 21 inches. The hilt is composted of all brass components. The pommel cap is a little bit more narrow than most having a fluted top with single accent line running around the sides. The tang goes through and is peened over a small mount attached to the top of the pommel. The ferrule matches the patinated brass of the pommel cap having twin accent decorative lines. The crossguard is a typical hunting type being flat in the center and having quillons in the shapes of deer hooves. The left example goes upward and the right example points downward. There are also hand done scribings of deer’s hair in the legs. The grip is a lighter color tan stag. This stag also has some golden tones around he edges and although there is grain it is not real high. The grip goes upward and turns to the left. The size of the grip was selected as it almost perfectly fits the pommel and ferrule with little cutting required. Below the crossguard is a matching fluted clamshell.
The scabbard shell has good black leather that could use a coat of polish but overall it is in good condition showing normal age. The leather is decorated with twin accent lines which run on the edges of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts have arched edges where they meet the leather. These mounts are plain and are retained by staples in the usual manner. The upper mount has an acorn which also acts as a holder for a frog. The original Imperial portepee is still affixed to the upper section of this mount. The portepee appears to be a green color although there is a lot of fading that has happened over the years. The strapping is also textured, and would be the same basically as we would see on a Third Reich period shooting knot. The slide and stem appear to also have been green at one time as does the cap of the brush style acorn at the bottom. The brush has turned mostly all brown but you can see it was green at one time if you look at the inside of the threads. So, examining this original Imperial troddel I would say that this is definitely a shooting cutlass.
The long thin blade is a 16 inch length having a slab side with single edge and a false edge at the top running back a short distance. Unfortunately the blade has turned gray and has much age on it. There is an etch being a military theme with floral designs but little of it is visible due to the age on the surfaces. The obverse ricasso is marked with a knighthead and the firm’s initials, “W.K.& C.” beneath. The original green buffer is in place showing age around the edges. A good piece to hang up on the wall above the fireplace.
Good Plus. $495.00
CUTLASS #34675 Imperial Saxon Hunting Cutlass
This fine Hunting Cutlass is a fairly long hunting weapon, measuring 20" overall. It is also fairly thin, which could be indicative of a shooting cutlass. The mounts throughout are all in a pleasurable, black finish, which is still just about 100% throughout. The black pommel cap has an acorn shaped nut on the top, with excellent detail to the cap on the end. This acorn also acts as a tang nut. The upper part of the pommel has the usual fluted areas, and the sides below are plain. The ferrule is also plain, matching the pommel very nicely. The crossguard below has plain center sections on both sides, and the quillons run outward in the shape of hooves. The right hoof goes downward, and the left hoof is positioned upward. The area below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell. This clamshell has an applied brass Saxon crest. It is quite striking, having a Saxon crown positioned over the oval shield having the "beehive" design. On either side of the shield, there are lions guarding its royal heritage. It is most interesting to note that the clamshell stays in place when the cutlass is removed, as the clamshell is part of the upper scabbard mount. I have seen this before on Imperial weapons, although it is quite rare to see, and most interesting for Hunting/Forestry collectors. The grip is a beautiful brown and coffee colored genuine stag. This grip curves to the left, as it goes upward. It has fine graining throughout, and it is lighter in tone on the reverse. It is also interesting to note that the stag was obviously picked for its proportion, as the pommel cap and ferrule almost fit exactly with very little trimming required. One of the things that collectors should look for on these hunting pieces is a stag grip that was picked for its dimension. When we see stag grips that are severely trimmed to fit a pommel, this usually points to a post war piece as of course, they were using up whatever stag they had on hand, rather than making selections by dimension, as was done prior to WWII.
The scabbard shell is a fine leather, which shows very little age. This leather is in choice condition, being black in color, and having decorative twin lines that run the length of both edges. The reverse center is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are a matching black finish, having a straight edge on the upper mount where it meets the shell, and on the lower mount the edge is scalloped. Both mounts are plain, and are retained by matching rivets. The number "12" is quite visible beneath the staples.
The blade measures 13 1/2". It is a plain blade, having a "slab-side" design, meaning that it is a single edge with ricasso. There is a short, false edge at the upper quillon area. This blade was finished in a matte finish, and it still is in choice condition, showing little age. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the turn of the twentieth century marking, having a king head next to a knight head. Beneath the pair are the firm's initials "W.K.& C.". On the reverse, the ricasso is stamped with the name and location of the distributor that sold this cutlass to this past Imperial time owner. It is stamped, "Carl Brundig/Hofbuchsenmacher/Dresden". Dresden of course, was the capital of Saxony, and nicely ties in with the Saxon crest on the clamshell. This fine blade is protected by a green felt buffer, showing only one small nip on the obverse edge, but otherwise remains perfect. An outstanding cutlass here, and if you are collecting Saxon pieces, this one should be very difficult to resist.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #34673 Subordinate Forestry Cutlass with Scabbard Dedication
This Forestry Cutlass is a fine Third Reich example, having genuine stag grip plates. These grip plates are most attractive, being dark, coffee colored tones, with attractive, raised grains. The edges have turned yellow, making for a pleasant contrast. The cutlass on the obverse has three acorns, being the type that are without leaves. It is extremely interesting to note that on the reverse grip plates, nickel plated rivets having dressed heads have been used without the acorn decoration. Examining the obverse acorns reveals that these rivets were pressed right through the acorns on the obverse, making for a last-for-lifetime installation: these acorns will never fall off ! This is the first time I have seen this method used on a Forestry cutlass, and I must say I like it a lot! The mounts of the hilt are all quality brass. The "D" guard ends in a deer's hoof at the upper portion, and at the lower portion, it goes through the crossguard area, and also ends in a hoof. These hooves have hand-enhanced deer hair leading up to the hoof. Most of the original gilt is still spread around these brass mounts, being about 80%. The ferrule area has sets of twin engraved lines running throughout its length. The lines continue throughout the circumference. Below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a small curl that ends at the right, and at the left it curls upward into a teardrop quillon. Attached to the ferrule area is the original troddel. This troddel is the Forestry subordinate type, being produced of textured cotton strapping. The slide and stem are a silk-like material, and the lower ball is green throughout, with stuffing matching the strapping. The strapping, slide, and stem are still in excellent condition, showing only modest wear. The lower ball has a couple of yarn strands that are missing, revealing the wood base beneath.
The scabbard shell is a black leather type, having twin decorative lines running the length of both edges. The reverse is sewn up in the standard manner. These mounts are basically plain, having an interesting, scalloped ending where they meet the shell. The upper mount has the traditional acorn shaped lug, having good hand enhancing to the cap. The lower mount has twin sets of raised lines running on the obverse, and at the lower there is a typical button-style chape. What is interesting about this cutlass though, is the fact that it was used as a prize in 1938. The reverse upper fitting is beautifully jeweler engraved, "FUR beste LEISTUNGEN/1938/FORSTSCHULE WITTLICH". This dedication basically translates to "The best achiever for 1938 in Forest School Wittlich". I took the liberty of looking up the town of Wittlich, and found that it is part of the Palatinate section of Germany. This was indeed a great area for hunting and forestry groups. The section of Eifel, which is a national nature park reserve, is also located in this area, so you can see that this would have been the perfect spot to have a Forestry school.
The blade of this example measures thirteen inches. I am happy to say that it is extremely fine, being mint, except for a small area at the tip, where some water must have gotten into the scabbard, and there is a little bit of pitting, but it is not bad. Other than this, the blade is completely bright, with choice, nickel polished finish and having triple etchings. The obverse etching is quite beautiful, with all the frosting in the background. It depicts a large stag chasing after two does, who are on the run through a forest. At the top of the etch, pictured horizontally, is a hunting dog in a pointing position. On the reverse blade, the scene portrays a hunter kneeling underneath a tree, and aiming his rifle at a stag who is chasing off into the forest. At the top of the etch is a chamois, which is one of the rarest game in Germany. The chamois looks very similar to a mountain goat, having a pair of curved horns. This is really a nice blade, having an etch that we do not see very often. The spine has etchings of laurel leaves running down most of its area. The blade is protected by a green felt buffer which shows some age, but the edges are still totally intact throughout this buffer. An outstanding Forestry cutlass here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00
CUTLASS #34596 Subordinate Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This subordinate Forestry Cutlass is the Eickhorn Model 1189. It is equipped with genuine stag grips, which are in outstanding condition, having very pleasing, brown, coffee colored surfaces with attractive grains. The edges have turned gold on the grip plates. These plates are equipped with six acorns, three on each side. The acorns are the type without leaves, and have excellent, crisp caps. The hilt of this cutlass is composed of fine, solid brass. The brass has some of the original gilding, but it only rates at perhaps, 50%. The "D" guard ends in a hoof at the top, and passes through the crossguard where it ends in an additional hoof at the bottom. The hair on the deer's legs has been hand enhanced. The ferrule has a series of decorative lines, which are engraved horizontally throughout the circumference. Below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell, having a small quillon that travels out to the right, and a larger quillon that goes upward, ending in a teardrop. The scabbard shell is a fine, black leather showing very little age. This leather has no scuffing, and still appears full of life. This black leather scabbard is decorated with twin lines which run the length of both edges, and it is sewn up the rear. An outstanding leather shell here! The scabbard mounts are matching gilded brass. They both have scalloped edges where they meet the leather. The gilding is about the same as the hilt, but it nicely matches. The upper mount has the usual acorn-like lug, and the lower mount is decorated with twin accent lines, and ends in a button chape. The mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner, and you can see numerals beneath the staples. The triple etched, thirteen inch long blade is about as nice as they come. Other than just the slightest of age on the reverse ricasso, this blade remains in full mint condition. The etches are still spectacular, having a fine, frosted background, which enhances the relief work. The obverse etch depicts the kneeling hunter, aiming his rifle at a stag, who is inherent on catching a running deer. Further up, ending the etch, is a game bird positioned on an oak leaf sprig. The reverse etch is the one with the hunter running with rifle and cutlass in his hand after an angry boar who is being attacked by dogs. These etches always remind me of those books we used to look at when we were little kids and the instructions were to find the number of hidden Indians in the design. In this case, the instructions are to find the number of hidden dogs that are shown in the etch. I think that there are six of them, but believe me, you have to look hard to see them all. The end of the etch has a game bird with a long beak coming in to land on an oak tree branch. The upper spine is etched with oak leaves and acorns. Beautiful designs here and nicely preserved. The trademark on this example is the logo used from 1933-1935. It is the small double ovals, which contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/Solingen". In the center of the ovals is a seated squirrel, having serrated tail, and holding a nut in his paws. The original, green, felt buffer is still in place, having a couple of nips on the edges, but otherwise still in good condition. A good, sound, original cutlass here.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
CUTLASS #32039C Senior Forestry Cutlass - Siegfried Wafffen
This maker is very seldom seen on Hunting and Forestry cutlasses and those that are interested in these collectibles will realize that cutlasses with this maker are extremely rare and therefore desirable. This cutlass is also in top condition. The hilt is composed of fine chiseled heavy brass with near 100% fire gilt finish. The D-guard is filled with raised floral-style work ending in a deer hoof at the quillon. The ferrule is also very nicely done, appearing to have a dog on the obverse. Since there is an original-to-the-piece portepee set in place, I cannot tell exactly what the figure is on the reverse ferrule. There is no question, though, that these designs all have extra hand- enhancing and are quite beautiful. There is a clamshell below featuring a shorter rounded edge on the right side and an upward pointing quillon on the left side ending in a swirl. The depiction of the clamshell is an extremely well done stag, having much hand-enhancement throughout his antler rack, eyes, fur and legs. He appears to be running through a forest glen. These designs are very seldom seen due to the rarity of this maker. The grip plates are outstanding, genuine ivory. These plates have turned a fine golden color -more so on the obverse than reverse – and they also have nice graining appearing in the surfaces. The ivory grips are in perfect condition throughout and are complete with the three original acorns on each side. These acorns are the style with two leaves above and have fine enhancing to the checkered caps. Wrapped about the ferrule, the D-guard and the quillon end, is the original forestry troddel. This knot is composed of aluminum bullion having twin green lines running the length. The strapping is still in fine condition, showing only a little bit of staining on the reverse and the slightest signs of wear. The slide is made up of a woven green and aluminum bullion material and the stem is covered in aluminum bullion. The lower acorn-style ball is of yarn-like bullion thread with an insert of green thread. An extremely nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is a black leather-type sewn up the rear. It is decorated with twin-lined detail on each side. This leather is still in excellent condition, showing very little age and only the slightest of runner push-out. The scabbard shell is fitted with gilded brass, plain style mounts. The mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell and are both retained with staples in the reverse, having a number visible beneath. The lug on the upper mount is fitted with a fine, extra-chiseled, acorn. The lower mount has two sets of twin-lined decoration and ends in a plain button style cap.
The blade of this example is triple-etched and is about as nice as you will see. It is done in a matte style finish. The etching is extremely precise and crisp. This blade is in full mint condition. The obverse etch starts out with a diamond figure around the head of a stag. Next comes a pointer dog sniffing at a couple of foxes who are also sniffing around a log. The panel ends with a capercaille bird tweeting. The reverse etch pictures another antler in a diamond at the ricasso area; then comes a stag chasing three doe jumping in a forest glen and also ends with an additional capercaille. Beautiful etch here! The spine is etched with laurel leaves. The reverse ricasso has the large Siegfried Waffen figure. This etch in between has an arch shape containing the details of the E. Pack firm. Inside is the hammering figure of Siegfried. The original green felt washer is in place. If you are looking for a superior conditioned cutlass, produced by a rarely seen maker, you will be pleased with this example.
Near Mint. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #32038C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass – Siegfried Waffen
This Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is produced by a rarely seen maker – the E. Pack Company – and can be seen in the catalog reprinted by Tom Johnson in his Volume II. This exact cutlass is shown as being model #19. The cutlass is a standard brass hilted example. The brass is fairly worn, not having much gilding remaining to the surfaces. This cutlass has a fairly plain design consisting of a D-guard, which begins in a deer’s hoof and flows through the crossguard area in to the quillon end, also into a hoof. The deer’s fur has been nicely hand added. The ferrule is a simple design, having three sets of twin lines running around the circumference. Below is a fluted style clamshell with the left quillon going outward and upward. The hilt grip plates are produced of genuine stag. They are masterfully cut and installed and feature very pleasing grays with colors of tan and brown. The reverse grip plate is a darker color than the obverse. Both grip plates reflect acorns, which are the type without oak leaves. There are three acorns on each side. The acorns on the obverse show a copper color and on the reverse, only the center example does. The upper and lower acorns still retain their original brass look.
The scabbard shell is composed of black leather, having twin decorative lines running the length of all four edges and the reverse center is sewn up the rear. This leather shows some mild age but is still in excellent condition. The shell is fitted with matching brass mounts, which have scalloped edges and are retained by staples in the reverse. There are numbers visible beneath the staples. The upper mount is equipped with a mount fashioned in the design of an acorn. This acorn also shows some mild surface wear. The lower mount has twin sets of double lines on the obverse only and ends in a plain style button chape.
The best part of this cutlass, though, has to be the blade. This blade is identical to the design shown on in the Siegfried Waffen catalog. It begins on the obverse with a stag head featured within a diamond. Next, is the etch of two foxes playing around a log with a pointing dog off in the distance. The blade ends with the capercaille tweeting bird. The reverse etch has the same stag and capercaille at the end and in the center, it features a stag chasing three does across some high grass in a forest. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark. Inside the trademark is an arch shape containing the essentials of the Pack firm. Inside is the hammering Siegfried figure. This blade is in near full mint condition. The spine has a series of laurel leaves running most of the length. There is a small flaw on the obverse of the blade that appears to have probably been there when the blade was originally manufactured. Probably the background frosting would have covered this and now that the blade shows some wear, this small flaw shows slightly. The blade, however, is still in near full mint condition. A very rare cutlass here and if you collect these things by maker, this one should be of real interest.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
CUTLASS #33777 Thuringen Hunting Cutlass – Clemen & Jung
This Thuringen Hunting Cutlass is one of the examples that comes from the Thuringen area where apparently they had their own hunting group using its own symbol. I have seen Thuringen examples before and they are quite rare. We will get to the seal further down in the description. This piece is in untouched condition being rather dirty throughout but it is still all there. The outside mounts could easily be cleaned by the next owner if desired. I myself kind of like the original patina as it tends to speak of the history of the cutlass. This example recently came from a yard sale from of all places Staten Island! The pommel has the fluted surfaces with a round ball on the top that acts as a tang nut. Below the cap the pommel’s edges are lined with four sets of accents. The ferrule below is interesting in that it matches the pommel with the line decorations except it has more lines than I have ever seen on a hunting cutlass and they all appear to be hand cut. There are nine lines that run around the circumference! The crossguard below is the standard type having deer-like hoof quillon ends having sculpted hair on the lower legs and hoof area. The left quillon arm tips upward and the right tips downward. The grip of this example is a fine piece of genuine antler. This antler has lots of dark brown, light brown and golden tones to its grain. The grip is a very nice example chosen for its curvature to the left. This grip is decorated with three oval bosses on the obverse side matching the other mounts. The clamshell below is the usual fluted type but different from others it has an applied crest from the Thuringen Gau. This crest consists of an upward standing lion clutching a mobile swastika in his right paw. The lion has a crown on his head and his tail is curved nicely. If you are not familiar with the Thuringen seal you can see an example in Johnson’s Volume II on page 294, upper left. The piece shown is from the Robert McCarthy collection. I have had other cutlasses with this insignia in the past.
The scabbard shell is a black leather. The leather has twin decorative lines on both sides of the edges and it is sewn up the rear. The leather shows some minor scuffing and age but all of this is easily done away with by just a little usage of some Meltonian shoe cream. Basically the leather on this cutlass is still in very good condition. The scabbard mounts are matching silvered surfaces with the same patination. The mounts are scalloped on the edges where they meet the leather shell. These mounts are retained by matching staples. The upper mount has a plain style acorn lug and the lower mount has dual line decoration with a plain leather chape button.
The slab side blade is a real beauty measuring 14½ inches. This mint conditioned blade features triple etched seams. The obverse depicts a perpendicular positioned hunter at rest holding a shotgun. The hunter’s details are extraordinary and he is wearing a fine mustache and has a pointer dog at his side. Further up the etch direction switches to horizontal depicting a stag and doe in a glen of trees happily eating away on the leaves and grass. Further down from this is a stag head having a cutlass between his antlers and below is a hunting game bag, a hunting horn and crossed oak leaf sprigs. The scenes end with a pair of game birds sitting in grass staring at each other. On the reverse side the blade depicts a perpendicular positioned grand stag in some trees and then it becomes horizontal again with a dog sniffing after a couple of foxes around a log. Further down the scenes become perpendicular once again and they depict a game bag with hunting horn, cutlass, a smaller hunting horn and what looks to be a bottle of schnapps. Above the game bag is a stag and a doe standing together beneath two fir trees. The spine is etched with laurel style leaves running nearly the full length. This beautiful blade is plain on the obverse but on the reverse has the logo of the Clemen & Jung firm deeply stamped into the surface. It consists of a crown over a shield. In the center of the shield is the letter, “Z”. The red felt buffer is in place showing little usage. A very fine cutlass here that would really clean up nice if someone wanted to do so. Cutlasses with the Thuringen seal are very desirable.
CUTLASS #33821 M-1871 Jäger Bayonet – W.K. & C.
This Jäger Bayonet is a substantial example measuring overall 25½ inches. The hilt is an all polished steel affair. The steel still appears free of rust but does not look as though it ever had a plated surface. The pommel is in the shape of a bird’s head with beak pointing to the left. There is a mortise button and lock that is fitted into the pommel area and all parts work as per factory specs. The lower portion of the bayonet has a crossguard which has an upward pointing quillon end at the left and at the right it is circular where it was designed to clear the barrel of a rifle. The grip plates are black checkered bake-o-lite. They are still in good condition showing some minor wear but no breaks or problems. The grip plates are retained by five rivets, two being on each end and one in the center. All heads on both sides are dressed. The scabbard is a long leather shell. The shell shows quite a bit of age and cracking in the surfaces but it does have some nurturing material on it to preserve it. Other than the fact that some of the stitching is split on the reverse the leather is still fairly sound. The scabbard mounts match the hilt having instead of steel surfaces, a nickel-plated surface. The upper mount is a short style example with scalloped edge and a lug fashioned in an oval design with twin line decoration in the center. The lower mount is also scalloped and has staples holding it on both sides.
The most impressive blade is 19¾ inches in length. It is a real beauty having a quill back edge. This blade has a wide fuller that runs about three quarters of the length. The blade’s tip is still factory like and perfect. This blade shows only the most nominal of age and is nearly in full mint condition. It is triple etched. The obverse area depicts a perpendicular positioned large stag at the beginning and then there are designs of a pointing dog looking at a couple of foxes around a log. Further down is a hunting bag with various hunting implements and above at the end is a stag and doe below two fir trees. The reverse design features a hunter with shotgun standing at the beginning with a dog at his legs. Next comes a doe and stag eating leaves from a tree and then a stag head with cutlass above being positioned over a hunting bag with hunting implements. The design ends with two game birds in grass. The substantial spine is very wide having crisp edges. There is a series of laurel leaves that are etched halfway down the blade until the spot where the quill back begins. These Jäger bayonets were worn by personnel who were military people and were skilled at shooting and hunting. Jäger personnel for instance made great marksmen as well as other specialties. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the king head on the left and a knight head on the right. Below this is the firm’s initials, “W.K.&C.”. This trademark was used during the 1890s. These Jäger bayonets are a popular item to add to a hunting forestry collection. Lots of beef here for the money!
CUTLASS #27342 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Alcoso
This is a fine quality forestry cutlass with top-notch quality brass fittings. The d guard also acts as a cross guard and it has quillons which end in deers hooves. The hooves have had hair hand-engraved into the brass surfaces. The ferrule is a line design type. Below the cross guard area, there is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a flared teardrop at the right side and also another flared teardrop which goes up much further on the left side. This fine cutlass still has most of the original gilding across its surfaces. It looks to have about 95%. The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. These plates have good looking brown and tan colors in the surface grains. The edges are a golden antique color. The grip plates have been cut and installed by a master. They are decorated with the three original acorn nuts. These nuts are the type which do not have leaves on their edges and they have fine checkering to their acorn caps. Tied about the ferrule and d guard is an original-to-the-piece forestry cutlass troddel. This troddel is for a senior cutlass, but, nonetheless, it appears to have always been on this example. The strapping consists of aluminum textured bullion have twin grain lines which run the length. There is a slide which consists of green and bullion v weaves and the stem is the flat type having crochet-like bullion covering its metal surfaces below. The ovaled bullion ball is of yarnlike aluminum material and it has a green cats anus style cloth stuffing. There is no fraying to this forestry knot and it is in near mint condition. The shell of this example is a standard black leather type having twin line decoration to both of the obverse and reverse edges. The reverse center is sewn up. The scabbard mounts are brass, having fine gilding nicely matching the hilt. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather and the lower example is twin-line decorated with button style chape. The upper example has an acorn which doubles as a lug. These scabbard mounts are staple held. Attached to the upper mount is an original-to-the-piece green leather frog. The leather on the reverse is a brown color. This frog is in excellent condition and it has a d ring at the top. The d ring appears to be nickel plated and is retained by a sewn green leather flap. Nice to see these cutlasses complete with the accouterments! The slab sided blade of this example is triple-etched and measures 13 inches in length. The blade is still nice and bright, having its original frosted backgrounds. This blade is in near full mint condition. The obverse etch portrays a pointer dog who is sniffing at two foxes playing around a log. The etch ends with two game birds sitting in a grassy knoll. The reverse etch has three doe running through a forest glen closely trailed by a young stag. The deer are in the middle of a forest glen having trees on both sides. There is overlapping laurel leaves which complete the spine etch. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1937-39. It consists of a set of scales having the firms initials ACS interspersed. Above the scales in an arch is the block-lettered name of the firm Alcoso. Below is the firm name of Solingen. The blade is protected by an in-place green felt buffer. This buffer shows only mild age. An excellent cutlass here and, as most collectors know, for some reason there are more senior cutlasses than there are subordinate examples. Also, Alcoso is not a commonly seen type. Fine example here.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
CUTLASS #28019 National Hunting Association Cutlass - Unmarked E. & F. Hörster
This hunting cutlass does not appear to have been cleaned since the war and it is in first rate condition throughout. The hilt fittings are plated silver types. The pommel cap is an extremely large example because the stag grip beneath is also a large proportioned piece of antler. This cap has the usual flutes which go outward from the center area and there is a simulated acorn at the top which also acts as the blade tang nut. The detail to the acorn cap is all hand-rendered. The sides of the pommel have the usual twin line decoration. The ferrule below is plain with two sets of twin lines. The cross guard is the standard up-and-down variety, having a left quillon pointing upward and a right quillon pointing downward. Both end in deer’s hooves and there is lots of simulated hair which has been hand-rendered. Below the cross guard is a fluted clamshell. All of these fittings are black with patination and look terrific. Setting them off, though, is a huge stag handle. This antler is extremely beautiful, having brown and tan colors in the surfaces as well as beautiful knobs and grains. The antler is so large that it is almost out of proportion to the piece. I like this look a lot though, and as is typical with the original producers, the piece of antler is almost the same size as the mounts, requiring little trimming. (Be careful of the stag grips that are highly trimmed, as usually this is a post-war giveaway.) The scabbard shell is a soft material base being covered with fine grained leather. The leather work is so well done that I really do not even see a seam. This scabbard shell does not have the usual twin decorative lines which run up the edges of both sides – sometimes the Alcoso pieces do not have them either. The shell is complete with the upper and lower mounts. These mounts are the style which have scalloped ends where they meet the leather. The lower mount has two sets of twin decorative lines on the obverse only and the chape button is nicely formed at the bottom. The upper mount has the usual acorn depiction which acts as a lug for a carrying frog. Unfortunately, the frog has gone to time. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. The overall length of this fine cutlass is just about 20 inches. The stone mint blade measures 13 inches. This beautiful blade has triple-etched hunting scenes. The obverse scene depicts the boar being attacked by dogs with the hunter close behind grasping a rifle in his right hand and a dagger in his left. The end panel is finished off with a humming-like bird. The reverse blade depicts the scene of the hunter kneeling while aiming a rifle and there is a large stag and deer jumping over a log. The panel ends with a capercaille sitting on an oak leaf sprig whistling. The frosting behind the etch is absolutely 100% and really highlights the relief. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. A very beautiful blade here and the best you will see. The blade is buffered by the original green felt washer. This is an outstanding hunting cutlass which, judging by the fittings and blade, was definitely produced by the E & F Hörster Company. It would have been sold through a hunting shop thus the lack of manufacturer on the blade. I forgot to mention above, but the center of the grip obverse has a matching silver patinated insignia which is that of the Deutsche Jägerschaft. It depicts a stag’s head which in between his antlers is a raid cross and an inscribed swastika in the center. On either side of the deer’s head are the initials of the organization “D.J.”. This is a very fine insignia. If you are looking to have just one hunting cutlass in your collection, it would be very difficult to upgrade this beautiful impressive example.
Uncleaned. Near Mint. $2,495.00
CUTLASS #30547 Deluxe Short Forestry Cutlass – Unmarked WKC
This is a very interesting Forestry Cutlass that was apparently ordered specially, as it is a combination of WKC’s Model 92 and Model 1051. The piece is identical to the 1051 model, except for the clamshell. This piece, though, is identical to the No. 1051, except for this clamshell. The hilt is an outstanding example having gilded brass mounts. The “d” guard is decorated with overlapping oak leaves and acorns and ends in a deer’s hoof. Where it goes through the cross guard area, it has a crossed ribbon. After this, there is a short quillon area and once again, it ends in a deer’s hoof. The ferrule above has four lines and in the center there is a band section which has lines running perpendicular through its circumference. These lines were all applied by hand. The clamshell is the type that depicts a pointing dog positioned in a forest glen. The right side of the clamshell has a small swirl quillon, whereas, the left side example also has a longer quillon ending in a swirl. The gilded surfaces throughout this hilt are about 85% - 90%. The grip plates are of genuine ivory. They have toned nicely to a golden color and both are in perfect condition. This piece has the leaf style acorns which are the large to small variety that we only see on WKC pieces. The top acorn is the largest and the lower acorn is the smallest. This provides a great effect to the eye. The scabbard is formed of a black leather shell. This shell shows little age, being sewn up the reverse and being decorated with twin lines on both the obverse and the reverse. The scabbard mounts are gilded brass, exactly matching those of the hilt. These scabbard mounts are quite elaborate, having a decorated lug on the upper mount which resembles a gold nugget. Actually, it is a series of overlapping oak leaves that really does give the nugget effect. The lower mount is stamped with crossed sprigs of oak leaves at the bottom panel and the panel above has one sprig of oak leaves and acorns. These panels are separated by a series of two twin lines. The reverse of the fitting is plain and the chape is the style that is pearled around a lower ball. These beautiful mounts are retained by staples and it is possible to see the number “70” beneath the staples. The outstanding short blade is only 9½”. It is triple-etched and has its full factory brightness. Other than a couple of minor age marks on the reverse ricasso, this blade is still in mint condition. It has 100% of the silver backgrounds highlighting the raised etch. The obverse panel depicts the running hunter with shotgun in one arm and cutlass in the other. He is chasing a wild boar which is in the process of shaking off a number of dogs. There are animals flying all over in this depiction. The detail to the trees, leaves and grass around the action is outstanding. The reverse blade is the style which depicts the kneeling hunter firing at a stag who is in chase of a doe as both jump over a falling tree. Once again, the shrubbery, fir trees, grass and oak leaves really look good on this etch. The etch is so crisp you can see the determination in the hunter’s face as he aims his rifle. The upper spine is nicely etched with what looks to be laurel leaves. There is no maker mark on this blade but as indicated above, this piece was made by WKC. There is a thick brown leather washer in place which appears original to this fine cutlass. If you are a hunting forestry collector, I am sure that you do not have this combination. I do not remember seeing this mix of WKC pieces in the past. It shows you, though, that the factories would virtually do anything that a customer required. Assumedly, there would have been an extra charge levied for this piece. An outstanding cutlass here and in nice condition to boot.
Excellent Plus Plus. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #27467 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This example is constructed of fine quality brass mounts. It is the Model No. 1189 which appears in the Eickhorn catalogue. The d guard is of fairly smooth surfaces having lined borders and at the beginning and end there is a simulated deer hoof. The hair of the hoof is hand-chiseled at the areas just above. The ferrule area is simply line decorated. Below the cross guard area formed by the d guard, there is a clamshell. This clamshell has a fluted surface and at the left side, it has a flared quillon end which goes upward in a teardrop. The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. This antler has most attractive dark brown and tan grains with good surfaces. The edges of the stag have turned a pleasing golden color. These grip plates were cut and installed by a master craftsman. The grip plates are decorated with three leafless nuts. These nuts have fine checkered caps and all six are present and are original to this cutlass. The leather shell is a black color and is in excellent condition, showing little to no age. This shell has decorative twin lines on the obverse and reverse and the reverse is sewn tight. Mounted to the shell are brass upper and lower fittings. These fittings have scalloped ends where they meet the leather and they are retained by staples in the usual manner. There are numbers visible beneath the staples. The lower fitting has twin line decoration with a distinct chape button at the lower, and the upper mount is fitted with an acorn style lug. The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It measures 13 inches and is triple-etched. This blade is still bright and has all of its frosting in the backgrounds. The blade is in a mint condition. The obverse etch features a hunter kneeling and aiming his rifle at a large stag chasing after a doe jumping over a log. At the upper portion of the etch is a capercaille bird which is sitting on an oak branch chirping. The reverse blade is the etch featuring the hunter running after a boar who is being pounced upon by dogs. The hunter carries a rifle and a cutlass. There are six dogs which are trying to bring this boar down. Some are succeeding, while others are being thrown on their heads. The etch ends up with a humming-bird like which is hovering above an oak-leafed branch. The spine is etched with overlapping oak leaves. The blade of this example is stamped with the early double oval trademark which traps the firms name and location, Carl Eickhorn Solingen. Inside is a rabbit-like squirrel eating a nut with serrated tail. This trademark was used from about 1933-35. The green felt washer is still in place. A fine cutlass here in excellent, collectible condition.
Near Mint. $1,695.00
CUTLASS #32802 National Rifle Association Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This Shooting Cutlass is in extremely fine condition. It does have the usual crack around the grip but this is more or less a “given” with these daggers and as long as there is no material missing, it is quite acceptable. Other than this flaw, this cutlass is really in outstanding condition throughout. The pommel cap is the style having a fluted surface and then there is a screw at the top which acts as a tang nut. The edges of this pommel are dual lined for decoration. The nickel plated surfaces are perfect throughout. The ferrule is also lined with four engravings and it is tapered downward. The cross guard center block area and quill on arms are smooth and at the left side the arms go upward and at the right side the arms go downward with both ending in nicely decorated acorn quillons. The plating is also perfect on these mounts. The clamshell is a very fine example, having decorations of overlapping oak leaves and acorns on the left and laurel leaves with berries on the right. In the center is the applied insignia of this organization. It is a round medallion which features a black eagle in the center with a target on his breast area. Around the border of the medallion in black is written the name of the organization “DEUTSCHER SCHÜTZEN-VERBAND”. These words are separated by swastikas which are the only swastikas that appear on these cutlasses. This medallion is pinned into place as is the norm on Eickhorn cutlasses. The two pins are bent over on the reverse. The grip is a fine fluted celluloid over a carved wood base. The celluloid has turned a nice ivory-like color. As mentioned above, there is a crack in the celluloid which runs around the upper area but, fortunately, there is no material missing. This is a common occurrence, as the wood below the celluloid dries out and causes an eggshell-like situation. In the center of the grip is a set of crossed target rifles which are gilded. A very fine hilt here will full plated surfaces. This is unusual to see as the base metal is aluminum. The scabbard leather is also in very fine condition. It is of black color, having twin decorative lines on both sides and sewn up the rear. This leather only shows nominal age and is still nice and supple. The scabbard shell is fitted with an upper and lower mount. These two mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather and they are retained by staples in the reverse. The obverse upper mount is equipped with a round lug which acts to hold a frog. Unfortunately, there is no frog and these accouterments have to be amongst the rarest of all as they always seem to be missing. The blade of this example measures nearly 16” in length. It is a beauty though, being triple etched. The blade has a very fine etch with all background frosting intact. This blade is in full mint condition. The obverse etch consists of a floral section starting it out and then there is a target with shooting hat on the top and crossed rifles behind it. Ending the scene is a shooter aiming at a buck and a doe jumping over a log. There is more floraling after this. On the opposed side, the beginning area features the floral motif and then there is a scene in oak leaves consisting of a boar’s head over a hunting bag with cutlass, shotgun and hunting horn below. After this comes a hunting dog chasing a large stag over a fence. The panel is finished with more floral motif. The spine is etched with fine laurel raised figures. A really beautiful blade here. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel. This squirrel has a downward pointing sword and above the animal is the word “original.” Below is the firm’s name and location “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original green leather blade buffer is in place. If you are looking for a fine shooting cutlass, this example really fills the bill.
Near Mint. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #32043C National Rifle Association Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn
This National Rifle Association Cutlass is a long weapon, measuring overall about 22½ inches. It is also lightweight as the hilt mounts are an aluminum base material, being nickel-plated. The pommel cap has a fluted top with a screw device that also acts as a tang nut. The edges of the pommel are decorated with twin lines running around the circumference. This motif is followed on the ferrule below. The ferrule has four decorative lines. The crossguard has a plain center area and there are quillons going upward at the left and downward at the right, ending in the shape of well-formed acorns. Below the crossguard is a clamshell. This clamshell has a wreath decoration of oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. In the center is a copper colored button, having the name of the organization in enamel around the outside border. Inside features a black, half-open winged eagle with a target in the center of the bird. This button shows some age and a few taps here and there, but most of the enamel is still there and there are the usual two swastikas between the words spelling out the organization, “Deutscher schützen verband.” This, of course, is “German Shooting Association.” The grip of this example is the usual fluted, wood base, coated with off-white celluloid. The celluloid has the usual crack and in this case, it runs completely around the center area. This is somewhat good in that the pinned crossed brass rifles tend to hold the celluloid in place. There is also a small crack above the rifles, but it its very minor and there is no material missing. It is extremely difficult to find one of these grips totally intact. Most collectors can be satisfied with the cracking, as is normal. The scabbard of this example is a black leather shell equipped with decorative twin lines running the length of the edges. The reverse of the scabbard is sewn up the center. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel-plated mounts. These mounts are scalloped on the edges where they meet the leather. They are retained by staples in the usual fashion and there are numbers visible beneath the staples. The leather of this scabbard is in choice condition, showing only the most modest of age. The blade of this example is extremely nice. It has a fine nickeled base with long etched panels on each side. The obverse, which is unique to the Eickhorn patterns, is etched with a set of crossed rifles, a target and a shooting hat above it. After this, there is a hunter positioned to shoot his rifle at a stag and doe jumping over a log. The pattern ends with floral designs. The reverse blade has a scene featuring a boar’s head over a hunting bag with rifle and cutlass. In the center there is a dog chasing a stag jumping over a fence. The end of the etch has more floraling. The spine has a series of laurel leaves running throughout. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel. The original leather buffer is in place. A good, solid example here; certainly not in mint condition, but very collectible as these cutlasses are difficult to find. They were made late in the period and not many were produced. Further, this example really has a nice blade.
CUTLASS #30047 Imperial Hirschfanger with Skinner
This imperial hirschfanger is an early piece and is quite unusual in that it is finished in silver fittings instead of the usual brass for imperial pieces. The silvered fittings appear to have had some old lacquer put on them to preserve their finish but the patination has long ago covered the silvering. The pommel cap is kind of an interesting piece in that it is flared up to the rim and the upper portion is smooth. There is one decorative line around the edge. This pommel is retained by a peened over tang. The ferrule below nicely matches the silvering of the pommel having twin line decoration. The crossguard is a straight type which has quillon arms that go outward in a square shape and then become rounded in the shape of acorns at the quillons. The center blocks of both sides are plain. Below the crossguard is a small style fluted clamshell. The grip of this example exactly fits the pommel and the ferrule. The fitting process was extremely well done. The grip is a nice shape which rather than being rounded has almost three square sides. The antler has nice grain to it and varies in colors from tan to darker brown. The scabbard shell is made of black leather having decorative lines on the edges and sewn up the rear. This leather shows age throughout but is still in sound condition. The scabbard mounts are matching silvered type. The mounts have scalloped style edges where they meet the shell and the upper scabbard has the bulged area which is meant for making a pocket to secure the skinning knife. The original skinning knife is still in place. Its flat stag grip plates exactly match that of the current stag grip above. The knife shows some old sharpening and is a plain finish style. It also has a false edge at the top. A nice original skinner here! The upper scabbard fitting is complete with wire ears, one on each side, which would have acted to hold a thonged style hunting frog. The blade of this example is a plain type having single edge and fairly large fuller. This blade measures about 14-inches overall and shows some signs of sharpening along the edge. Overall though the blade is in pretty good shape still being mostly bright and rating at about excellent plus. There is a green felt original buffer protecting the blade. The blade does not go all the way into the scabbard as the leather has shrunk slightly. There is about one inch which remains out of the scabbard.
Excellent Plus. $995.00