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 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 and hunting scenes; usually a target somewhere in the motif.
CUTLASS #43852 Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass
The pommel is the style with umbrella-like ribs that radiate outward from a center screw on the top. There are double accent lines on the edges; these are also seen on the ferrule below.
The crossguard is smooth at the center, with detailed opposed deer leg quillons and a fine clamshell.
The grip is a very fine piece of antler which almost exactly fits the pommel and ferrule. This grip has very attractive brown and gold tones and is fitted with three leafless acorns.
The black leather scabbard remains in very fine condition, with the standard trim lines on the edges of both sides. The matching brass scabbard mounts have crisply scalloped ends, the upper mount being fitted with a acorn shaped lug. Both mounts are retained by staples with numbers are visible beneath them.
The blade measures 13 ½ inches long and is triple etched with hunting scenes. The obverse depicts a hunter taking aim at a running stag and doe and a tweeting bird on a branch. Close to the bottom it is marked "Gesch Geschutzt". The reverse features a boar being harried by hunting dogs with a hunter close behind, a small stag, and a game bird. The spine of the blade is etched with oak leaves. These etches are quite light but are still visible. The blade shows no wear but is starting to try a bit gray. The reverse ricasso has the interesting Eickhorn trademark used circa 1929, with a serrated tail Squirrel and the initials, "C. E.". The original deep red blade buffer is in place, showing mild age.
A good, untouched cutlass here.
CUTLASS #37649C Small Skinning Knife
We get many, many hirschfangers that were originally paired with a skinning knife, but over the years have lost their smaller companion for one reason or another. Maybe this piece is your opportunity to replace a wayward skinner.
This knife measures 5 ½ inches long. It has a short blade, measuring about 2 ½ inches, with a 3 inch hilt. The hilt has a nice nickel pommel cap and dual trim lines. The ferrule matches the cap.
The antler grip is nicely age toned, with fine golden edges and brown hues. This grip slants to the right.
The blade is a single edged type with a ricasso. It shows some surface age but does not look to have been cleaned in many years. It is interesting to note that the reverse of the blade is marked with the Little Knight trademark of the Anton Wingen firm.
A rarely offered piece here.
CUTLASS #43787C Short Deluxe Senior Forestry Cutlass with Swastika Ferrule
This is one of the rarely seen Forestry Cutlasses made with an eagle and swastika in the ferrule. This addition did not come until late in the period, probably around the outbreak of the war, and as such they are rarely seen and quite dear.
The hilt is constructed from aluminum that retains nearly 100& of the original gilding. The "D" guard has fine, raised oak leaves and acorns on both sides. It continues into the crossguard, which has a sprig of oak leaves and acorns in the center. The quillon ends in a downward pointing deer hoof. There is lots of handwork evident throughout the fine detailing on this guard.
Below the guard is a fine clamshell with large, flared teardrop on one side and a smaller one on the other. In the center is a large stag standing in a forest glen.
The ferrule is plain on the reverse, with only a simple border, while the obverse features an open-winged Political style eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. The detailing is quite good throughout the bird, especially on the wings. There is some pebbling around this bird to add some visual interest.
The grip plates are the deluxe type, toned to a fine shade of gold. Both remain in perfect condition, decorated with three acorns on each side. These acorns are the type with a pair of tiny leaves at the top.
Wrapped about the hilt is a Senior Forestry portepee. It is made of fine gold bullion with twin green stripes running the length of the strapping. The lower area has a bullion and green slide and bullion stem with exposed base metal. The ball is a bullion oval stuffed with green felt. Usually the green felt indicates the Johnson reproduction knots, as the originals normally had a "cat's anus" stuffing. In any event the knot looks terrific and the tie is set in place.
The black leather scabbard is in fine condition, with the usual pair of accent lines running along the edges of both sides. The leather remains in very good shape, showing only modest age and being sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are made of steel as this is a wartime piece. The steel was originally gilded but much of this finish has worn away. The upper mount is plain with a fine acorn lug. The lower mount is quite beautiful, having three oak leaf springs and a large acorn at the top, with pebbling and hand enhancement. The original gilding is visible in the recessed areas of this mount. Both mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.
There is a very fine frog which looks original to the piece. This brown leather frog remains in choice condition, with a "V" slot to accept the lug. The upper portion has a gilded box clip.
The fine blade measures just short of 10 inches. It is bright throughout and has triple etched hunting and forestry scenes. This blade remains in mint condition. The obverse depicts hunting dogs chasing a wild boar, although the hunter which is normally there is not shown. The reverse depicts a stag and doe leaping over a log in a forest. The upper portion of the blade is etched with oak leaves, and all of the original frosting is intact throughout the etched areas. The original dark green felt buffer is in place.
A very fine, complete original example here, with a very scarce ferrule.
Excellent Plus. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #43780 Senior Forestry Cutlass
This fine Senior Forestry Cutlass has gilded brass mounts. On the hilt the gilding is about 50% intact. The "D" guard is relatively plain, with only raised borders. The deer leg quillons have fine enhancing to the fur.
The clamshell is the standard type, with a large, upturned teardrop flare on the left side. The right side is shorter and ends in a teardrop as well. The ferrule is a plain, lined example.
The deluxe grip plates have toned to a fine golden color and have lots of "grain" in the surfaces. They remain in perfect condition, further enhanced by three applied acorns on each side. These acorns are the leafless style and are fairly large.
Wrapped about the hilt is the original portepee. This portepee has the knot completely set in place and looks to have never been untied. It is a black leather example with triple stitches of aluminum that run the length of the strapping. The slide is a braided leather type with silver bullion highlights while the stem has the metal base with a bullion covering. The lower ball is bullion and has a gray "cat's anus" stuffing. I don't know what the purpose of this knot as this type is not normally seen on this type of cutlass, but there is no question it has been in place for a very long time.
The black leather scabbard shell remains in excellent condition, showing little wear and with the usual trim lines on the edges of both sides. The gilded brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges where they butt the leather. The upper mount has decorative lines and a fine acorn lug. The lower mount also has accent lines. These mounts are retained by staples and have numbers slightly visible beneath them.
The mint blade is fairly long at 14 ½ inches. It remains bright and has triple etchings that retain 100% of the frosting. The obverse etch depicts a hunter with a shotgun and his hunting hound, a stag and doe grazing in a glen, and a stag head topped with a cutlass and various hunting implements, and a pair of game birds. The reverse has a large stag, a hunting dog tracking some foxes near a log, and a stag and doe atop a hunting bag and other hunting implements. The original green felt buffer is in place.
This cutlass comes directly from a veteran family. It is a very nice looking example and in highly collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #43711C Deluxe Imperial Hunting Cutlass with Skinner - Carl Eickhorn
The gilded brass pommel depicts a raised dog and a pair of birds. There are some serrations going out from the raised designs. This is a very unusual motif. The center is has an acorn that acts as a tang nut. The edges of the pommel are nicely serrated, giving a good look. The ferrule also has three serrated lines that match the pommel.
The crossguard is most interesting, made in the shape of a pair of opposed stubby logs. These qullions are quite pretty and the design has a lot of subtle appeal. Below the guard is a small clamshell with a raised hunting horn design in very fine detail.
The grip is a choice piece of hand picked antler which almost exactly fits the ferrule and the pommel, which is something we like to see. The grip has fine tones of dark and light brown throughout and a slight curve to the left.
The scabbard is an extremely fine brown leather example. This leather remains new-like, with almost no trace of age and totally free of flaws, and sewn up the back. In the center of this fine leather is a pouch for the accompanying skinner. The gilded brass scabbard mounts remain very nice, with a plain upper mount with a nugget-style lug. The lower mount has the deluxe Eickhorn design also used on Third Reich cutlasses, featuring a panel with a stag in the woods. The chape is circular with raised circular buttons. I'm sure Third Reich collectors will recognize this Eickhorn design, but, like me, did not realize that it dates all the way back to the Imperial era. The mounts are retained by staples with numbers beneath them.
The accompanying skinner is a very choice example, with fine antler plates that match the grip of the cutlass. The single edge blade is a unique design; the areas above the blade are shaved inward and there is a false edge running about a third of the way back down the top edge. The blade itself is only 3 inches long.
The blade of the cutlass is also quite interesting. To me it looks the same as the style used during the Third Reich although it is plain and not etches. It has large grooves and a single edge, remaining bright and still in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the back-to-back squirrels trademark used by Eickhorn a this time, and the original green felt buffer is in place. It shows mild age but is intact.
If you like Hunting Cutlasses this example cannot fail to excite you.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
CUTLASS #38927C National Hunting Association Cutlass
The cutlass is fitted with silvered hilt mounts in the usual manner. The pommel cap has fluted slots that run outward across the top surface, and there is a round, peened ball that acts as a tang lock. The edges of the pommel have been enhanced with a pair of decorative lines; the ferrule below also has this treatment. The crossguard is the style which features quillon arms in the form of opposed deer legs, complete with hooves. Below the guard is a fine clamshell. These silvered mounts have a very pleasing patina with some frosting still visible.
The grip is a most beautiful antler example. It was chosen for specially for its size, as there is no sign of carving to make the fit to the pommel cap and the ferrule. The antler has very nice brown tones, ranging from light tan to dark coffee, and a medium grain. In the center of the grip, positioned just to the left of the natural curve of the antler, is a National Hunting Insignia. Attached to the hilt of this cutlass is a fine, textured green troddel. This troddel would normally be used on a Subordinate Forestry Cutlass, but it appears as though this knot has always been on this piece and apparently it was properly worn at the time. The knot is in very fine condition, being completely set in place and with no frat anywhere. The knot is complete with a matching slide, stem and acorn ball. The ball insert matches the color of the strapping.
The scabbard shell is of leather with the usual pair of accent lines running down the edges of both sides. The obverse leather has turned a tan color, while the reverse has visible signs of the original green coloration. Apparently when this cutlass was new the leather had been lightly dyed green, but the years have taken a toll and turned this shell into the pleasing tan seen on the obverse. The scabbard mounts are scallop edged and look to be of steel that has been silver plated to match the hilt. It is interesting to note that while these mounts are numbered “42” on the reverse staples where not used to secure them. These mounts are affixed by means of headless screws on either. The upper mount is complete with an acorn shaped carrying lug.
The slab-sided blade is 13 inches long, with a false edges that runs part of the way back down the spine. It is interesting to note that the etch on this blade is in a perpendicular arrangement, as opposed to the normal horizontal layout. I don't ever recall seeing a Third Reich etch laid out in this manner; obviously this firm had a mind of their own in terms of their cutlass design. The obverse etch has three scenes. The first is a that of a dog trying to down a wild boar. The central etch depicts a stag and a doe in a forest glen, and the final pattern is that of two game birds in a patch of grass. The reverse etch has two distinct panels; the first depicts a stag leaping over a fallen tree and the second is a a wolf (or savage looking dog) with a rabbit clenched in his jaws. The spine is decorated with a pattern of laurel leaves. This piece has no maker markings, and the original black leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are a cutlass collector that is interested in rare variants this attractive piece will not disappoint.
Excellent Plus. $2,295.00
CUTLASS #38501C Early Third Reich Shooting Cutlass – Alcoso
This Shooting Cutlass was probably made right before the German Shooting Association examples came out in 1939. This piece has all brass mounts and is quite long at 22 inches, which is typical of the type.
The pommel is a very fine example, with an umbrella-like top and a round device that has been peened through to the tang. The sides of the pommel decorated with a lined pattern. The ferrule most likely has the same treatment, but the original-to-the-piece knot is so tight I can't peek inside.
The crossguard is a fine brass example with opposed quillons that end in deer hooves.
The grip is a very beautiful piece of antler which curves upward and to the left. It has very pleasing large grains on the left edge and is smoother on the right edge. This stag antler is a very nice coffee brown color. This grip has been fitted out with three acorns, the type without leaves. These insignia have very precise caps. The fine clamshell below is of brass and is in excellent condition.
As mentioned above this cutlass is equipped with the original shooting troddel. This troddel is constructed of textured green fabric and has a matching stem. The cap and ball are of matching green material and the stuffing matches the strapping. This troddel is extremely tight around the cutlass and definitely appears to be original to the piece. It is in perfect, unfrayed condition.
The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. It has the usual line decoration along the edges of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass and have scalloped edges where the meet the leather. They are retained by staples in the usual fashion and have stamped numbers on the inner surfaces.
The blade of this cutlass is identical to those used for the German Hunting Association Cutlass. It is 16 inches long and is in full mint condition. There is a floral etch on the obverse which then turns into a target with crossed rifles. Beyond this we see a wooded glen with a few hunting dogs and then more floral designs. The reverse blade is mostly more of these floral patterns but also has a stag leaping over a fence in the center. The spins of the blade is not etched. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1937-39 Alcoso Scales trademark and the original green blade buffer is in place. It has a few nips to the edges but is basically sound.
A very fine cutlass here, one that would make a great asset to any collection.
Near Mint. $1,275.00
CUTLASS #39384C Early Third Reich Shooting Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn
The pommel features a set of oak leaves which taper upward to the peened-over nut tang; this piece cannot be taken down. These leaves are nicely done and very pretty The sides of the pommel have two sets of dual lines on the edges. The ferrule is similarly decorated.
The crossguard is in the usual opposed dear leg style. Additionally the hair on these legs has been expertly hand-enhanced. The guard is decorated with a shooting hat and target superimposed over a target, surrounded by springs of oak leaves. A beautiful guard here, with all of the original fire-gilded finish.
The grip is a very fine antler, being a coffee color fading to a lighter shade where the grains are raised. It is thinner at the bottom, gradually growing thicker and curving to the left as it runs out. Decorating the hilt are three leafless acorns with finely checkered caps.
The grip is a fine leather example. This leather shows some mild age, but nothing bad, and is decorated with twin lines on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples. There is a tiny ding on the reverse lower portion of the bottom fitting, and the top mount has a stylized acorn lug.
The shooting-style blade is quite long, measuring 17 inches, and slab-sided but fairly thin. It is lightly etched with military motifs. It remains bright and is very nice, nearly mint condition. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Eickhorn trademark used from 1933 to 1935; the seated squirrel holds a nut in his paws, and has a serrated tail. The original green blade buffer is in place.
A very nice cutlass here that would certainly dress up a hunting collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
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. $315.00
CUTLASS #43450 Small Hunting Knife
This period hunting knife overall is 9 inches long. The grip plates are very fine stag, with both matching each other perfectly. They display a fine grain with pleasing brown and gold tones. The ferrule and cross guard are part of the blade. The cross guard also has a built-in ricasso.
The blade is a 4 inch long example with single edge. The blade has a couple of minor pits, but is still bright having good original shape and some mild period sharpening along the edge.
The sheath is a leather type having a matching nickel mount at the upper area. Apparently the lower mount has gone to time, and the previous owner has put black tape around the area. Still, a nice example of a period small hunting knife.
CUTLASS #43546 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass - W. K. & C.
I have had a number of these lion head Bavarian Hunting Cutlasses over the years, but can't remember one in the condition of this example. The entire outside is almost new-like. Really nice piece here. The fittings throughout are all steel base with a luxurious blue finish. The blue finish is 100% throughout - very rare to see on a cutlass some 120 years old. The pommel is quite striking being a lion head shown from the left side. The cat is beautifully rendered with very pleasing feline face equipped with a flowing mane which is is all highly hand-enhanced. Great stuff here!. The matching ferrule has triple decorative horizontal lines. The plain center panel cross guard is a beauty having up and down quillons shaped as deer legs. The legs are enhanced with hair and nice detail to the hooves. Below is a matching clam shell device. The stag chosen for the grip is also very handsome, having dark brown colors to the grain and slightly lighter in some of the raised grain surface areas. You won't see a better hilt on one of these cutlasses.
The leather scabbard shell is also in unbelievable condition. Its black finish is perfect, and new-like throughout, The leather is sewn-up the rear and decorated with twin lines which run the length of the edges of both sides. The shell is equipped with matching blue steel base mounts. They too, are easily in mint condition. The upper mount is equipped with an acorn lug with finely chiseled cap. Both mounts have twin decorative enhancement lines and the ends that meet the shell are scallop-shaped. The mounts are retained with staples, and assembly numbers are visible beneath.
The plain-style blade measures a long 16 1/2 inches. It retains its original bright mirror finish and would be in mint condition were it not for a few minor age spots, mostly along the spine. The blade is a single edged type with ricasso. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the turn-of-the-last century trademark of a king's head and knight's helmet together, over the firm's initials, "W.K. & C". The original green felt washer is in place and looks like it was installed yesterday. This long cutlass measures 23 inches overall in the scabbard.
If you are looking for a premier Bavarian Hunting Cutlass for your collection, I am sure you will enjoy this example. Magnificent preservation here!
Mint Minus. $995.00
CUTLASS #43518 National Hunting Association Cutlass - E. Pack
It is very rare to see a cutlass that was produced by the Pack organization. They certainly did produced them though and if you have a copy of Tom Johnson's volume 2 he reproduces the Pack catalog in that volume and they show this exact hirschfanger as well as the exact etching that appears on the blade.
This piece is equipped with silvered mounts. The pommel is a little different than the usual in that top portion cantilevers slightly over the edges. The top portion has the usual umbrella-like run outs and in the center is a very nicely detailed acorn which acts as a tang nut. The ferrule is decorated with accent lines that run around matching the edges of the pommel.
The crossguard features a set of antler legs and hooves the left side pointing upward and right side pointing downward. This crossguard is relatively plain however with no details to the legs of the deer. Below is a clamshell having good format throughout.
The grip is a real beauty absolutely chosen for its closeness to fit for the pommel and ferrule. This grip has outstanding grains which rise upward throughout the entire grip. The grip turns to the left as it goes upward. Affixed to the obverse is fine DJ insignia. The insignia is slightly smaller than most featuring the stag head with sunburst in between the antlers and in the center is engraved mobile swastika. The organizations initials "DJ" appear on either side of the head. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It has fine leather covering and quite honestly I can just about see where the seam is. Extremely nice work here. The leather is put over a composition base and it remains in perfect condition throughout. Attached to the scabbard shell are matching silvered mounts which have a scalloped style edge where they meet the shell and they are retained by staples.
Attached to the upper mount is slightly abbreviated style frog being in brown leather but it appears to work very well with a notch cut in which hooks beneath the acorn lug.
Attached to the grip is a fine green style Forestry type troddel. The troddel has textured green cotton strapping with a slide and stem with matching covered silk cover and the lower ball is of green style yarn throughout.
The blade is quite impressive on this example being in mint condition except for a couple of minor spots of age on the ricasso area but they are nothing. The bright blade features 100% frosting highlighting the hinting scene etches. The obverse blade features a hunting dog sniffing out a couple of foxes who are gathered around a fallen log. On the reverse blade the scene features three does running through a wooded area with a stag hot on their tail. Again the frosting is perfect in the backgrounds. The edge of the blade has laurel style etching. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Siegfried waffen hammering stamp and to his right is the name and location of the firm E. Pack & Söhne Solingen. The original blade buffer is in place showing some age but still being all there.
As indicated above it is very rare to see an E. Pack cutlass and for those in the know this is an outstanding piece to secure for an advanced collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
CUTLASS #43325C Imperial Hirschfänger - Clemen & Jung
The pommel cap is the standard "umbrella" type with a round boss that acts as a tang nut. The sides of the cap are decorated with lines, as is the ferrule.
The crossguard is the standard hunting type, with opposed deer leg quillons and a clamshell.
The grip is a piece of very fine stag antler, with almost no cutting involved in the fitment to the pommel and ferrule. It has fine tones of brown and gold and is fitted with three leafless acorns.
Wrapped about the hilt is a textured green troddel. This knot shows some age but is free of fraying.
The scabbard shell is a standard black leather type, with the usual lined edges and sewn up the back. This leather shows some wear but is generally in good, sound condition. The scabbard mounts are plain except for accent lines on the lower fitting, and both have scalloped edges. The are retained by means of staples with numbers beneath them.
The blade of this example is triple etched. The etches remain outstanding, with all of the frosted backgrounds intact. Unfortunately this blade was sharpened at one point, although it is confined to the edge and does not effect the etching. There is also some minor damage to the blade tip, probably inflicted by the sharpening. The obverse is etched with a mustachioed hunter and dog, a horizontally etched stag and doe in a forest glen, and a stag head, cutlass, and hunting implements, and a pair of game bird in some tall grass. The reverse features a large stag, a hunting dog track a pair of foxes near a log, a collection of hunting implements, and a stag and doe under two trees. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. The obverse ricasso is marked with the Crowned Z trademark of the Clemen & Jung firm, and the original red blade buffer is in place.
A nice cutlass here, with some sharpening but priced accordingly.
Good Plus. $795.00
CUTLASS #43324C Imperial Hirschfänger
The pommel cap is the standard "umbrella" type with a round boss that acts as a tang nut. The sides of the cap are decorated with lines, as is the ferrule.
The crossguard is the standard hunting type, with opposed deer leg quillons and a fine clamshell.
The grip is a piece of very fine stag antler, bending to the left and with almost no cutting involved in the fitment to the pommel and ferrule. It has fine tones of brown and gold and is fitted with smooth brass oval bosses.
There is an NCO's portepee wrapped about the hilt of this piece. This knot is the style with green strapping and triple aluminum stitches on the edges of both sides. The slide and stem are aluminum bullion, with a green cap and bullion ball. The insert matches the strapping.
The scabbard shell is a standard black leather type, with the usual lined edges and sewn up the back. This leather is in good, sound condition. The scabbard mounts are plain except for accent lines on the lower fitting, and both have scalloped edges. The upper mount as a plain acorn lug. It is retained by a staple; the staple on the lower mount has been lost to time.
Unfortunately the blade of this example is not in good condition. It is triple etched but most of the etch has been worn off and there is rust and age spread evenly throughout the surfaces. It has no maker's mark but the original leather blade buffer is in place.
A decent Imperial piece here, with some condition problems but priced accordingly.
CUTLASS #43321C Deluxe Imperial Hunting Cutlass with Skinner - Julius Voss
The pommel is just outstanding, featuring a resting hunting dog at the top. The dog is highly detailed, with all of his fur visible and I must say he looks very comfortable. The dog occupies the majority of the upper surface of the pommel cap. The edge of the cap is beveled, giving a nice effect. Additionally the sides are all decorated with curlicue engravings.
The crossguard is equally elaborate, with raised floral designs separated by curlicues on the quillon arms. The quillons end in wolves heads, each with keen detailing to the fur of the beast. The ferrule is a nice cone shape and has an elaborate diamond pattern.
Below the guard is a very fine clamshell, with floral designs and curls around the edges. In the center of the clamshell is a wild boar being harried by hunting dogs. The detailing throughout this vignette is highly detailed.
The grip is an outstanding stag antler example which bends slightly to the left at the end. This piece of antler was masterfully fit as there are barely any signs of trimming to fit the pommel and ferrule mounts. The antler is has fine brown tones and is fitted with a large silver acorn with leaves on either side.
The scabbard shell is black leather with a built in pocket for the skinner. This leather shows age and wear but is basically sound. The scabbard is sewn up the rear and has the usual trim lines at the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are just spectacular. The upper mount has beaded borders with clumps of raised oak leaves and acorns on both sides.
There is a fine acorn lug nut and a raised out hunting horn and dagger. This depiction is surrounded by raised floral designs. The lower mount is extremely elaborate, featuring a large sword, hunting horn, and boar spear, all surrounded by floral patterns and with a scalloped edge. The reverse of the lower fitting is completely plain. There is a fine, notched leather frog that fits tightly under the acorn lug.
The skinner itself is a beautiful little piece of cutlery. The blade is slab sided with a false edge at the top. It remains bright and has good crossgrain. The pommel is really interesting, having a separate border of woven, beaded metal. The top of the pommel has a raised sunburst surrounding a Prussian eagle, and the ferrule repeat the elaborate woven metal work. The grip of the skinner is another fine piece of matching stag antler.
The blade of this example is 16 inches long. It is completely plain with a deluxe nickel plated surface that remains in new-like condition. It is single edges and has a large fuller. It could not be any nicer. It marked "Julius Voss Solingen", and the original green felt blade buffer is in place.
This cutlass must have been quite expensive when it was new. It would be hard to find another of the elegance of this piece.
Excellent Plus. $3,295.00
CUTLASS #43323 Third Reich Thuringen Hirschfanger - Clemen & Jung
This Hirschfanger is fitted with silvered mounts. The cap has the standard "umbrella" struts that run outward and a central boss that acts as a tang nut. The sides of the cap have accent lines, as does the ferrule.
The crossguard has a plain center and opposed deer leg quillons. Below the guard is a fine matching clamshell. Applied to the clamshell is the seal of Thuringen; a crowned lion rampant to the right of a mobile swastika. This symbol was used on Third Reich cutlasses that were purchased in the Thuringen area.
The grip is a fine piece of stag antler that curves to the left. It has very nice brown tones and is fitted with three silvered oval bosses.
The scabbard shell is brown leather with the standard trim lines on the edges of both sides. It shows some age but remains in nice condition and is sewn up the rear. The matching scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples with numbers beneath.
There is an accompanying green textured cotton troddel with this piece, with a matching slide, stem, and ball. The slide shows wear but the rest remains in good condition.
The blade is a real beauty in fully mint condition. It is slab sided and triple etched. The obverse etch features a mustachioed hunter and his faithful hound, a large stag and a grazing fawn, and a stag head, cutlass, and hunting implements. The etch ends with a pair of game birds in grass. The reverse etch features a large stag, a hound tracking a pair of foxes near a fallen log, and more hunting implements. The ricasso is marked with the Crowned Z trademark of the Clemen & Jung firm, and the original red felt blade washer is in place.
A very nice, complete Third Reich example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,795.00
CUTLASS #32043C German Shooting 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, and 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 #27467 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This piece was listed as Model No. 1189 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 decorated with lines.
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", and edges of the stag have turned a pleasing golden color. 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 scabbard is black 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. $1,295.00
CUTLASS #43200 High Quality Imperial Hirschfanger - J. A. Henckels
This Imperial piece is a beautiful, high quality example has never been in a collection and was recently purchased from a family. It was made by Henckels, who was, in my opinion, the foremost producer of these magnificent pieces. Their quality exceeds even that of Eickhorn or Alcoso.
The cutlass measures 20 1/32 inches long overall. The mounts are deeply patinated silver.
The pommel cap has accent lines around the edges and the standard, umbrella-like design on the upper surface. The pommel is topped with an acorn tang nut with outstanding checkering on the cap. The ferrule is also decorated with accent lines.
The crossguard somewhat interesting in that it has rectangular area on both sides, marked with concentric circles. The area around the circles is pebbled, and the whole affair looks something like an old box camera. This is the first time I can recall seeing this interesting design. The opposed quillon arms are the deer leg type often seen on this pieces, ending in crisp hooves.
Below the guard is a fine clamshell.
As nice as the mounts are the genuine antler grip is awe inspiring. This grip is the darkest piece of antler I can ever recall seeing, so dark a brown that it is almost black. It has beautiful "grain" throughout, with those on the obverse running lengthwise and leaving a space in the center. There are some golden points where it was slightly trimmed to fit the cap. The overall look is outstanding, and those of you that know hunting cutlasses will agree this grip is extremely desirable.
The scabbard shell has outstanding black leather; considering that this piece is well over one hundred years old it is amazing how well it has held up. It is in nearly new-like condition, with the standard trim lines along the edges of both sides and sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are deeply patinated silver finished examples, with scalloped edges where they meet the shell. It is interesting to note that the lower mount has both accent lines on the obverse and is stamped "12". I suspect the upper mount is also stamped with this number but I don't want to take off the frog to see. The upper mount is fitted with a fine acorn lug with crisp checkering on the cap.
Attached to the scabbard is the original dark brown leather frog. This frog remains in nice condition and is a high quality, riveted example. It is interesting to note that the reverse of the belt loop area is stamped "K. A. 1906". This stamping, of course, dates this hirschfanger to the time of the Kaiser.
As nice as the outside of the cutlass is, it is overshadowed by the blade and its quality, elegance, and rarely seen etches.
It measures about 13 inches long, and is single edged with a short false edge at the top. It is triple etched and remains extremely bright, with all of the original frosting. The obverse etch is one I have never seen before and is really neat. It depicts the head of a boar between crossed boar-hunting spears and wooden device that I can't quite make out. This fine pig is flanked by oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. The reverse of the blade has an even more exciting etch. It depicts a rider at full gallop carrying a whip in his right hand, adorned with a hunting horn and cutlass. Ahead of the horseman are a pair of hunting dogs in pursuit of a large stag with a full rack of antlers. The detailing throughout this scene is simply outstanding, the entire scene being highlight with branches of oak leaves. The spine also has a fine etch of laurel leaves.
The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the famous "Zwillingswerk" Twins trademark of the Henckels firm. I've always thought they seem sort of Egyptian they way they are posed, looking almost like a hieroglyph. The original green felt blade buffer in intact and in place.
If you are looking for a highest quality example that you will never tire of admiring I'm sure you will like this piece as much as I do!
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
CUTLASS #43196C Period Hunting Knife & Fork
The pommel cap is flat and plain on the top, with accent lines running around the edges. The same design is seen on the ferrule.
The curved stag antler grip has a fine, dark color, golden highlights, and nice "grain".
The scabbard shell is a fine brown leather which remain in good condition. It is sewn up the rear and has trim lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard is slightly wider than we normally see, as the scalloped throat fitting contains a slot that accommodates a fork.
Examining the fork we see it is threaded, matching the threads seen in a hole in the lower chape. One merely needed to screw it in to use it.
The blade measures 4 ½ inches long and single edged. It is in choice condition, still being bright and mint. The reverse of the blade is marked "Solingen".
A very fine combination utensil here, looking to date from the 20's or early 30's. It is rare to see these things completely intact.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
CUTLASS #43195C Post-war DJV Shooting Hirschfanger - Carl Eickhorn
It is kind of a combination hunting/shooting cutlass. It measures about 19 inches long overall, and has the hilt of a hirschfanger. The blade, however, is narrow and etched with shooting scenes.
The hilt has a conventional pommel cap with edges accented with lines. The top has umbrella-like lines that run outward from the screw that retains the tang. The ferrule also has accent lines. The guard is smooth and is the style with deer leg quillons.
The grip is a genuine antler example which curves to the left. It is light tan example and remains in perfect condition. Affixed to the center of the grip is a modern DJV insignia. This is nearly identical to the Third Reich example but omits the swastika.
The scabbard shell is a green leather example, thinner than we typically see and with deeper trim lines on the edges of both sides. The leather remains in nice condition throughout. The scabbard mounts match the silvering on the hilt and retain much of the original lacquer. These mounts have arched shaped edges were they meet the scabbard leather. The upper mount is fitted with a round lug. A single small screw in the reverse retains each mount.
The thin blade measures about 13 inches and is double etched. The original owners name is etched on the reverse. The obverse etch features a set of crossed rifles, a target, and a hunting hunt, as well as a hunter taking aim at a stag and doe. The reverse features hunting implements and a panel that reads, "H. A. Maeurer". The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, which they carried on using after the war, and the original green felt blade buffer is in place.
A nice, post-war German hunting piece here, certainly worth the considerations of the Hunting/Forestry collector.
Mint Minus. $695.00
CUTLASS #43191C Imperial Shooting Cutlass with Military Dedication
The pommel is the standard cap style, with umbrella-like lines that run out on the upper surface and topped with a ball that acts as a tang nut. The sides of the pommel are decorated with a line pattern. The ferrule has the same line design.
The crossguard arms are in the shape of deer legs, with fine hooves and fur.
The grip is a high quality piece of stag, with attractive brown and tan tones, as well as good "grain" throughout. This grip is perfectly fit to the ferrule and cap, with very little evidence of cutting. The obverse of the grip is fitted with three leafless brass acorns, each with a detailed cap. They show some mild wear but nothing serious.
The scabbard shell is constructed of black leather and is sewn up the rear. It has the standard twin accent lines on the edges of both sides, and shows some mild age. The scabbard mounts are plain, having an arch shape where they meet the scabbard shell. This design is typical of a W. K. & C. piece. The upper mount has a large acorn lug, while the lower is accented with lines.
On the reverse of the upper mount is a two line dedication. It reads, "2nd Hannoverian Dragoon / Regiment No 16". This dates the piece all the way back to the Franco-German war of 1870!
The blade is long and thin, measuring 16 inches. It has a standard military themed etching, with martial scenes on both sides of blade. These etches run almost to the tip but there is nothing on the spine. These blade were not highly polished or plated, so this one is in nearly mint condition for a piece of this vintage. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the King & Knight trademark used by W. K. & C. at this time, and the original leather blade buffer is in place.
A very nice military cutlass here.
CUTLASS #42612 Weimar Honor Hunting Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This Hunting Cutlass is a very long weapon, measuring about 23 inches overall. It is extremely impressive. It has never been cleaned and remains in a natural, untouched state. A little cleaning would make it truly amazing.
The hilt fittings are gilded brass. The pommel is a real beauty, with the a flared center area rising from umbrella-like oak leaves to an acorn tang nut. The tang nut has very fine hand work on the head, and the oak leaves are vaulted and also hand enhanced. The edges of the pommel cap have two raised, rope-like borders, and the ferrule has similar designs.
The crossguard is a special example only rarely seen. it features a plain area in the center of both sides. The left quillon arm is in the form of a large, rising stag head with separate antlers, while the right is fashioned to look like the head of a hunting dog, pointing down in opposition to the stag. Both animals are enhanced by oak leaves. The crossguard is shield shaped, featuring a large boar being harried by hunting dogs. The grip is a magnificent piece of antler which bends to the left as it extends outward. This stag grip has very fine tones of brown throughout and shows almost no fitting cuts, having been perfectly selected. Set into the grip are three leafy acorns.
The scabbard shell is constructed of black leather. This leather remains in nice condition, showing only minor age. It is formed to have pouch that retains a skinning knife. This knife nickel matches the hilt of the cutlass and has beautiful stag grip plates which are nearly identical to those on the main grip. The grip is decorated with a matching Eickhorn acorn. The blade of the skinner remains bright, being a plain, single edged type with a false edge running about halfway back down the length.
The brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges were they meet the shell. The upper mount is relatively plain, with an acorn lug. The lower mount has a panel depicting a hunting dog lurking in the brush, along with a stuffed game bag. The mounts are retained by staples.
As nice as the outside is, the blade is a real head-turner. It measures 16 inches long and is triple etched. The etches include hunting scenes, a large stag with oak leaves, and a tweeting game bird on an oak branch.
Raised out of the oak leaves are three gilded ribbons. The ribbons have blue backgrounds and feature a dedication in gold lettering. It reads "Ehrengeschenk der / Uniform Fabrik / W. Parsiegla, / Oels, Schlesien 1. VIII 25", or "Honorary Gift of / Uniform Factory / W. Parsiegla, / Oels, Silesia 1st VIII 25 " It appears to me that this hunting cutlass was a sponsored honor gift during some sort of even or the life, sponsored by a uniform company.
The reverse has more hunting etches, including a stag and a hunter and his dogs harrying a large boar and something that looks like a hummingbird. The spine is etched with oak leaves and acorns. The blade remains in very fine condition throughout, with the gilding and blued areas really jumping off the blade. The reverse of the blade is marked with the 1920's Eickhorn trademark; a single circle around a squirrel, along with the initial of the firm. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.
A very, very fine Hunting piece here, one that would easily be the highlight of a collection.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
CUTLASS #42769 Imperial Saxon Cutlass with Damascus blade and Skinning Knife - W.K. & C.
This hunting cutlass is state-of-the-art work from the Imperial period having absolute highest quality workmanship and tremendous eye appeal. The cutlass hilt is all in heavily silvered mounts, which do not appear to have been cleaned in many, many years having very impressive even patination. The hilt back strap and front strap curve around the top pommel area and meet to form a ferrule at the bottom. The ferrule has three sets of dual accent lines which also appear to have the original factory darkening in their recesses. The cross guard center block below is rounded, featuring three overlapping and raised oak leaves and acorns. On the reverse, the rounded center area is plain. The clam shell below, features the raised Prussian crown positioned over the royal Saxon cypher of Freidrich August III, who ruled from 1865 through 1932. The monogram is "FA" with the letters intertwined. Surrounding the cypher on both sides are oak leaf sprigs. The grip plates are gorgeous extra-cost, off-white material which is in perfect condition and has turned to golden tones on the surfaces. The plates curve around the upper pommel area. They are fitted in the centered areas with three smooth oval decorative knobs. On the reverse, the lower grip knob has gone to time. A very impressive hilt here.
The scabbard is also extremely pleasing being of brown pigskin leather. The leather remains in perfect condition belying the rigors of time. The leather is equipped with a pocket which contains the original matching skinning knife. The knife has matching extra-cost golden white plates with a matching single grip loop. The blade of the skinner is 4 1/2 inches in length. It is a very fine damascus, hand-forged steel with nice "maiden hair" pattern and remaining in mint condition. The scabbard mounts are matching patinated silvered brass. The mounts have two sets of dual decorative accent lines and the edges are scalloped where they meet the scabbard shell. Both mounts are retained by staples, having numbers below, stamped into the metal. The upper mount is equipped with two hanging rings, indicating that this cutlass was once suspended from a frog device equipped with a pair of hanging straps.
The cutlass blade is 14 inches in length. It is made of hand-forged damascus steel having a fine pattern that mixes circular images with a maiden hair design. The blade shows little age, and easily grades in near mint condition. A very impressive damascus blade here. The blade has a short ricasso and slab side single edge with partial false edge at the end area. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the side-by-side King and Knight Head trademark and the initials, W. K. & C. placing the vintage of this cutlass at the turn of the last century.
If you have been looking for the ultimate Imperial cutlass, this Saxon example with both blade and skinner being damascus, is just hard to beat. A real stunner here!
Near Mint. $4,495.00
CUTLASS #42603C Luftwaffe Forestry Bayonet - Waffen-Loesche Berlin
This bayonet has two masterfully cut stag grip plates mounted to steel central ribs. These plates remain in perfect condition, with appealing grain and colors ranging from dark coffee to pale tan. The edges are toning to a golden color. The crossguard is a simple steel oval.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The paint shows some mild attic crazing but overall remains at about 95% intact. There is an attached brown leather frog, which shows wear but remains sound. Attached to the frog is a green Forestry troddel, with textured strapping and a yarn-like lower ball with stuffing that matches the strapping.
The blade is in choice, bright condition, with a narrow fuller and a stepped end. The original crossgrain is visible and is in in nearly mint condition. The obverse ricasso is not marked "Ch Aw" (which we believe represents the Chromolite firm) that we normally see, the the distributor, Waffen-Loesche Berlin", is stamped into the reverse. The spine of this piece is plain, with the "H" stamp we typically see being absent. I do not know why this piece is marked differently, but it is nevertheless absolutely original.
A very interesting Luftwaffe example here, in very fine, collectible condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,795.00
CUTLASS #42408 Hunting Watch Fob with Stag Teeth
Suspended from the chain are a pair of stag teeth. These are peculiar, splayed looking things, split down the center with a lobe on either side. They apparently be used as whistle; I have no idea how to manage this, but that's what I've been told.
A fine, high quality Watch Fob here, dating from the 1930's. It is guaranteed to be a conversation piece!
Excellent Plus. $175.00
CUTLASS #42270C High Quality Folding Hunting Knife - Ernst Rommers Winkel
This folding Hunting Knife measures about 10 inches long with the blade run out. The body of the knife is style to look like a deer leg, using actual deer fur and with a hoof acting as a pommel! The fur remains mostly intact after all of these years.
Built into the upper portion of the knife is a corkscrew; unfortunately the first turn of the screw looks to have broken off at some point.
The blade is 4 ½ inches long and single edges, with a notch to release it from the body. It is held in place by a stout locking device. In order to close the blade this device must be lifted. The blade shows age but remains in excellent shape. It is maker marked "Ernst Rommers Winkel / Grafrath". The opposite side of the ricasso is marked "Germany" but I'm sure this is a pre-war example simply offered for export.
An interesting pocket knife here, and a perfect accent for a Hunting/Forestry collection.
CUTLASS #42271C Commercial Hunting Knife with Sheathe
This Hunting Knife measures about 10 ½ inches overall. The grip is fashioned into a deer's leg and hoof. It is nicely rendered, showing a little age and wear but the design is effective. The crossguard of the knife has opposed quillon ends.
The blade is double edged and has a center ridge. It shows quite a but of age, so much that the maker's name has been obliterated.
The brown leather sheathe remains in fairly good condition. It has a nickel chape and a belt loop. There is a retainer strap but it is broken at one end.
A decent period Hunting Knife here.
CUTLASS #42031 Weimar Shooting Cutlass
This Shooting Cutlass is in outstanding condition; in fact, it is nearly new-like but because the brass mounts were not gilded they have toned over the years. Overall it measures a whopping 25 inches long.
The pommel has a simulated acorn on top which acts as a tang nut. The cap of the acorn is highly detailed. The pommel has the umbrella-like struts which flare out from the center, with a lined pattern on the edges. The ferrule below also has these lines.
The crossguard is smooth in the center with only a simple lined pattern, while the qullions are the usual opposed deer leg type. Below this is a fine clamshell.
Fitted to the hilt is a really outstanding stag grip. This grip does not appear to have been cut to fit at all. This piece of antler was obviously hand picked, not only for the dimensions but also for the interesting "grain" pattern. There are hundreds of tiny specks which point upward, with lighter colors that contrast agains the main piece. It is a tremendous looking grip! The obverse of the grip has been fitted with three acorns, each with fine simulated caps.
The long scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather. This leather is in new-like condition, decorated with deep lines on the edges of both sides and sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are plain, with an acorn lug on the upper example. They both have scalloped edges and are retained by means of staples.
The outstanding blade measures 19 inches. It is truly one of the best blades I've seen on one of these cutlasses, with a high quality polished nickel finish and double etching on both sides. These etches are in a military motif, with crossed cannons, drum, flags, and the like. The backgrounds of the etches are also all intact, giving a deluxe treatment to the raised portions. This blade is easily in mint condition. The original green felt blade buffer is in place.
If you're looking for a special addition to your Hunting/Forestry collection, please consider this example. I have had many of these over the years and this one is a real stand out.
Near Mint. $795.00
CUTLASS #41979 Senior Forestry Cutlass with Eagle & Swastika Ferrule
The cutlass has a "D" guard which is decorated with raised oak leaves on both sides. These continue on to the crossguard, which ends in a stylized and detailed deer hoof.
The ferrule has been enhanced with a fine, stubby winged Political eagle which looks to the viewer's left. The detailing on this bird is quite good and it grasps a wreathed mobile swastika. The reverse of the ferrule has what appears to be a long-eared rabbit decorating the surface.
The clamshell has a bullion on the left side, which curls upward. The clamshell bears the image of a large stag with his head lowered.
The grip plates are the deluxe, extra-cost type. They have beautiful golden tones and grain running throughout the surfaces.
The blade measures nearly 12 inches long. It is doubled etched and remains in bright, mint condition. It is decorated with hunting scenes laid out on the perpendicular. The obverse has a large stag under a tree, a hunting bag with a number of horns and a cutlass, a dog with a rabbit in his mouth, and ends in floral designs. The reverse blade is interesting, with another stag running beneath a try, a game bag with a shotgun and a cutlass, the head of a large stag and ends in floral designs. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. A beautiful blade here, with a very unusual motif. The original green felt washer is in place.
Cutlasses with the eagle and swastika in the ferrule are very difficult to come by as they are they to have been produced after the start of the war when hunting was a very low priority. Few of them were sold and originals are very, very scarce.
Excellent Plus. $3,395.00
CUTLASS #41485C Hunting Cutlass Watch Fob with Removable Blade
The fob consists of a miniature hunting cutlass which measures about 3 ½ inches long. It looks to be made of brass, with hilt fittings, scabbard mounts, and a clamshell made of this material. The grip is also brass, but is painted brown to simulate stag antler.
The scabbard shell is also made of fine brass, painted black and with the same twin edge lines on both sides we see on a full size scabbard. Attached to the upper rings of the scabbard is a delicate chain with a gilded fitting. Attached to this fitting is a matching gilded snap clip used to retain a watch.
The fascinating part is that the cutlass can be drawn from the scabbard and has an actual 2 inch blade! This blade is in perfect condition and is nickel plated, with a wickedly sharp tip.
A very fine accoutrement for those of you who like Hunting and Forestry items, or if you happen to have a pocket watch! A real conversation piece here.
Excellent Plus. $450.00
CUTLASS #41937 Third Reich Shooting Cutlass - WKC
The scabbard mounts are constructed of brass. The upper portion of the pommel is decorate with an umbrella-like line engraving and has a peened ball that retains the tang. The circumference of the pommel is decorated with twin lines, a pattern seen again on the ferrule.
The crossguard is a plain, opposed quillon type in the shape of deer legs. Below the guard is a fine clamshell in matching brass.
The grip is fashioned of antler and curves to the left. This antler is a fine dark brown with lighter tones on the high spots. This grip is fitted with three acorns, each having nice detailing to the caps and stems.
The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. This shell remains in excellent condition, showing only minor traces of wear. It has the standard pair of decorative edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are constructed of matching brass. They are plain, although the lower mount has two sets of dual lines as an embellishment. These mounts are retained by staples.
The 16 inch blade of this cutlass is triple etched. The obverse features some sort of bird or prey near the ricasso and a drum and standartes at the center. The reverse repeats the center military motif, surrounded by floral patterns. This blade remains in nearly mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the fine green felt blade buffer is in place.
A nice Shooting Cutlass here, representative of the period.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
CUTLASS #40905 Imperial Forestry Cutlass - W. K. & C.
This Imperial Forestry Cutlass outwardly resembles a Third Reich piece. The trademark, however, dates it to the turn of the 19th century. The mounts are gilded brass. Amazingly this gilding remains in nearly perfect condition, even after 100 years! In fact there are very few places were the brass even shows through. Whoever owned this cutlass didn't use it much, or was very careful with it.
The "D" guard has simulated deer legs at the end. The are only lightly enhanced but still have a fine look. The ferrule is decorated with four sets of dual accent lines. Beneath the guard is a fine clamshell with a large, upturned curled quillon on the left side.
The grip plates are the deluxe, extra cost type. They are very beautiful, with a fine golden tone and lots of grain in the surfaces. The plates are set with the six original acorns. They are the style without oak leaves and have finely detailed caps.
The scabbard shell has excellent black leather, showing normal wear but not much age. The leather has the usual dual accent lines on the edges of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The brass scabbard mounts also retain most of the original gilding. They have scalloped edges and twin decorative accent lines. The mounts are retained with numbered staples. The upper mount also has a rather long and unusual lug, slightly fancier than we normally see.
The 14 inch blade is a typical slab-sided type with a short false edge at the top. It is triple etched with hunting scenes. The etch is starting to go a bit light but remains visible. The obverse etch includes a deer and a deer in a glen and a hunting dog sniffing for game. The reverse etch depicts a grazing doe and a bellowing stag and a hunting setup with a stag head, cutlass, and hunting bag. Two game birds complete the etch. Laurel leaves decorated the upper edge of the blade. The obverse ricasso is stetted with the Knight Head & King trademark of W. K. & C. This is the trademark that was used in the late 19th century.
A small amount of the original green felt blade buffer remains but most has been lost to time. It is interesting to note that the areas revealed by the missing buffer are stamped "41".
A decent cutlass here, with a better outside than blade. Nevertheless it would display well, and is priced accordingly.
CUTLASS #40855C Senior Forestry Cutlass - Alcoso
The "D" guard is in the standard shape, with deer legs and hooves on the upper portion and the lower quillon. The ferrule has a series of raised line designs. The clamshell is nicely shaped, with a protruding, upturned teardrop quillon on the left hand side.
This piece has deluxe, extra-cost grip plates. These plates are quite beautiful, having toned to a golden hue over the years and having a pleasing surface grain. The six original acorns remains set on the grip. The are the type without leaves and retain fine detailing on the caps.
The scabbard shell has outstanding black leather. This leather shows virtually no age. The edges have the usual dual accent lines on the edges of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. The mounts are of matching brass and have scalloped edges. The lower mount is decorated with accent lines while the upper mount has a fine, acorn shaped lug which retains the original frog.
The brown leather frog is an interesting example. The reverse has been postponed downward to act as a belt loop. Looking at this frog I can see this is the way the original owner chose to suspend his cutlass, for whatever reason. There is also some period felt on the reverse of this frog that has stayed intact despite this strange rig-up.
The 14 inch blade is triple etched. The etching is a bit light and there is some age in the blade, but overall it is not too bad. The etchings include a pair of foxes around a log and pursued by a hunting dog, a couple of game birds in the grass, and two deer and a stag running through a glen. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark used prior to 1936, and the original green felt blade buffer remains in place.
A decent Forestry example here, with beautiful grip plates.
CUTLASS #40836C Exquisite Boar's Head Skinning Knife with Damascus Blade
The pommel of the knife is terrific, being fashioned into a boar's head and looking to be silver. The boar has the usual vicious look to it and, as an added wow factor, the artist added two wicked tusks. It's a great look, the kind of thing that the German cutlass collector couldn't help but love.
Below the boar head is a fabulous piece of antler. It curves upward and to the left, curving as it goes downward. The antler has very fine coffee brown tones and grow lighter in color towards to the top. The fine silvered ferrule has a peened surface and rings with a striking line of hand worked oak leaves at the top.
The scabbard is constructed from brown leather and is sewn up the back. The leather remains in very fine condition and shows little age. The two scabbard mounts match the design of the ferrule, with peened lower areas and a full line of oak leaves around the upper portions. The lower fitting has rope-like design that follows the "V" shape of the mount, with a sprig of raised oak leaves.
The blade is even better. It is a beautiful Damascus example, an extreme "Maiden Hair" design with large swirls. The blade is slab sided with a false edge running a third of the way back up the spine.
In addition to the choice Damascus pattern, the reverse of the blade has been etched with an attractive design. The vignette depicts a line of fences in the woods, with a large stag leaping over them.
An amazing example here, perfect for the Hunting / Forestry collector who like the best of the best.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #40835C Stunning Handmade Hunting Skinner with Matching Powder Horn
The skinner measures about 10 inches long, with fine, handmade silver mounts that are marked "800". The pommel is staggeringly beautiful, worked into the likeness of a proud hunting pointer. The workmanship to the head of dog is brilliant, with beautifully rendered fur. Below the dog's head is a sprig of hand enchanted oak leaves. The patination on this piece really brings out the beauty. The lower portion of the pommel is a notched design along the lower seam. Above this is a line of hand enhanced oak leaves and acorns that run completely around the circumference. The silver parts are marked "800" on the lower edge.
The ferrule matches the pommel motif, also having notch-design at the upper edge, and below is a raised setting of hand-done oak leafing. The bottom of the ferrule has a built-in cross guard with single qullion at the left. The grip is a splendid rare horn having vertically-running grain and also having spaced natural ripples in the surfaces. The horn curves upward to the left and is almost black in color. I believe that this horn comes from a chamois, a small goat hunted in the Alps.
The scabbard is composed of a fine dark-brown leather having the decorative impressed lines that run the length of the edges of both sides. The sheath is sewn up the rear. The silver scabbard mounts are match-decorated with raised oak leaves which follow around the entire surface - astounding beauty and detail.
The blade is a slab side style with single factory-sharpened edge. The blade remains bright, showing a little modest age here and there, but still easily rating at near mint. The reverse blade is stamped, "A.W. Jr." and "Solingen", with the little armored man in the center. This monogram represents the Anton Wingen firm, a great producer of fine hunting and forestry edged weapons.
Accompanying the skinning knife is a matching powder horn - a gorgeous thing here. The horn body is made of the same matching horn used on the skinner, retaining its natural curved and pointed tip on the end. The upper portion of the powder horn is fitted with a silver fitting matching those of the skinner. It too, is decorated with a hand-done series of oak leaves and acorns running around it circumference. The edge of the mount is beaded and at the top surface it is decorated with raised oak leaves. In the center of the cap is a removable acorn. The acorn pulls loose to reveal the center of the horn, which, of course retained the hunter's powder.
This remarkable set is one of the finest hunting artifacts I have handled, just for its sheer beauty and elegance. If you are a fan of the art expressed in these German edged weapons, I do not know how one could resist the site of this set. Fortunately, it has been properly preserved all of these years and is set for its continuing life in the 21st century with its next appreciative owner.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
CUTLASS #40465C Imperial Forestry Cutlass - W. K. & C.
This Imperial Forestry Cutlass is equipped with gilded brass mounts. The hilt has the usual "D" guard that ends in a deer hoof at either end. There is a lined ferrule on the piece, as well as a fine clamshell. The clamshell is the style with an elongated "foot" projecting out to the left.
The grip plates are the deluxe, extra cost type. The obverse plate is in perfect condition, with fine veins in the surfaces. It is fitted with three acorns, each with a cap and a stem. The reverse grip plate is missing the lower acorn and has a crack in the center. It looks like it was patched around the crack.
The scabbard shell is constructed of black leather which remains in good condition, showing little age. It has the standard decorative edge lines and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass, having scalloped edges where they meet the leather. The upper mount is equipped with a long lug designed to retain a hanging frog.
The 14 inch blade is etched on both sides. The blade remains bright and has no pitting,
The etch is quite light but it is possible to still make it out. I'm not sure why it it so lightly done, but as the blade is in good condition I assume it was made in this way. It begins with a hunter holding a shotgun. Next is a stag and a deer in a forest glen, winding up with a deer head set atop a hunting bag. The reverse etch features a large stag, a scene of a hunting dog tracking a couple of foxes under a log, and ends with a stag and doe.
The obverse of the blade is marked with the King & Knight trademark used by W. K. & C., dating the piece to the beginning of the last century. There is a fine green felt blade buffer in place.
A good cutlass here, despite the crack in the grip. It is priced accordingly.
CUTLASS #40589 Pre-war Hunting Knife - Pumawerk
The grip is very cleverly outfitted with various useful implements, including a corkscrew, a knife, and a working saw blade. The saw is done so well I'm sure it would make short work of a small branch. The regular blade is single edged type, in fairly good condition albeit with some sharpening. It is marked "Pumawerk / Solingen" and "Waidmesser", or "Hunting Knife".
The knife is complete with a fine leather sheathe. It has a replica of a Puma head embossed into the obverse, along with "Puma" below. The reverse is stamped "Made in Germany" and "DRGM 1865". This does not mean it is post-war, but rather speaks to Puma doing business abroad. This is a pre-war knife.
A great, high quality knife here, showing usage and age but in good condition.
CUTLASS #39180C Imperial Forestry Cutlass
The cutlass is equipped with gilded brass mounts. The “D” guard is the standard type, with lined decorations and simulated deer hooves at the top and bottom quillon. The hooves have enhancing on the leg hair. The ferrule has a simple lined pattern.
Below is a nicely shaped clamshell. On the shell is a hunting horn topped with a Prussian crown. At the lower borders of the clamshell are raised sprigs of oak leaves and acorns.
The grip is a very fine piece of antler, with deep coffee colored tones topped with tips of a lighter shade. The grip is decorated with two acorns on each side.
The scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather, decorated with the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. It shows some attic crazing and some signs of age. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass with scalloped edges The lower example is marked with two sets of dual lines and a standard chape button. The upper mount is plain with a mounted acorn lug. The checkering to the cap of this acorn is very well done.
The blade of this example is 10 inches long, with a single edge and a wide fuller. It is nice and bright, showing a few age spots but nothing bad. The green felt blade buffer is in place.
A fine Imperial piece here.
CUTLASS #39762 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass – W. K. & C.
This Bavarian Hunting Cutlass is quite long measuring 24 inches overall. It has the typical Bavarian pommel being that of a lion which was part of the Bavarian state coat of arms. The lion looks to the viewer’s left and is highly detailed throughout his mouth nasal area brow area and mane. The lion is finished in a dark black color which matches the rest of the fittings on this cutlass. The ferrule is a smooth design having three parallel cut in decorative lines.
The crossguard is the usual hunting type going up on the left side and down on the right side and the quillons depict deer hooves having simulated hair cut in to the edges.
The grip is a very beautiful example being of very old stag. This stag has turned to a dark coffee color being extremely attractive on the reverse and the obverse having very fine high graining. The colors lighten at the tops of the grains.
Beneath the crossguard is a clamshell device which is a bit smaller than most that we see.
The scabbard shell is of black leather having dual decorative lines on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. This leather is in excellent plus plus condition showing little age and no bulge out areas. The shell is equipped with matching black mounts, The mounts are decorated with dual decorative lines running around their circumference.
There is an original to the piece frog. This frog is of a dark green color leather and it is an interesting example as it equipped with two belt loops which also have adjustment buckles and straps to keep them in shape. The buckles are actually made of leather. Very nice work here!
The fine blade is about 16 inches in length. It is a side slab side type blade with a fairly short false edge at the top. The blade has no fuller and it flat throughout. It has a factory edge which has never been sharpened. This blade has been nicely nickel plated. Considering that this cutlass goes back to prior to the turn of the last century the blade is exceptionally nice still being bright throughout and having a couple of minor age spots here and there but even though the blade still grades easily at excellent plus condition. The blade is buffered by a green felt washer.
This is a very nice Imperial cutlass here having a great look about it its length also adds its desirability.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #39821C Imperial Shooting Cutlass
The pommel is the standard type, with the “umbrella” style upper cap. The blade is retained by means of an acorn-shaped device that has a very nice, hand-enhanced cap. The sides of the pommel are decorated with twin lines, a pattern seen again on the ferrule.
The crossguard has plain, opposed qullions that each end in acorns. Below the guard is a standard clamshell.
The leather scabbard shell is in choice condition, having the typical decorative pattern of dual lines on the edges of both sides and being sewn up the rear. This leather shows very little age and remains in exceptionally nice condition, with no bulging or bends. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated and are plain with scalloped ends. These mounts are retained by means of staples, and the top mount is fitted with a small lug.
The blade is about 19 inches long and is triple etched. It remains in exceptionally fine condition, still bright and with very fine plating. There is almost no age on this blade beyond a few tiny spots near the ricasso. The obverse etch consists of floral patterns topped with military flags. There is a central panel containing a dedication which reads, “F. Kuglmann Nebraska, / Dem Shützenverein Warva”.
Apparently this cutlass was presented to a Mr. Kuglmann, who apparently was from Nebraska! I can’t see any other possible meaning here; there is no way it could be a part his name unless he was an Omaha, Sioux or Iowan Indian, which seems unlikely. “Warva” was most likely a town but I can find no mention of it anywhere. The reverse panel of the blade bear more floral patterns and various military implements such as crossed cannons, flags, swords, et cetera. A very fine blade here, with a bold, completely frosted etch pattern. The blade is buffered by a brown felt washer.
An interesting Imperial Shooting Cutlass, with the potential from some research.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #39820 Deluxe Hunting Cutlass with Skinner - F. Dula (Unmarked)
This example has the nickel plated hilt mounts consisting of smooth eagle shaped pommel with flat rounded crossguard. The plating is immaculate and mint.
The grip plates are outstanding matched stag, having very dark coffee colors and being slightly lighter on the upper grains. The edges have turned a fine gold color. These gorgeous plates were cut and installed by a true master - just the best workmanship you will see. The grips plates are retained by three spanner-like rivets being the same on both sides.
The unique Dula blade is a Bowie shape, but much more impressive than the similar-shaped RAD blades. The blade has a short ricasso and features a raised ridge in the center. It is in pure new-like condition, easily rating full mint. In the case of this cutlass, the blade is not maker-marked, as it was made for a retail supplier whose name appears on the leather scabbard, "F.W. Stock" from the town of "Eisenbach". (I have seen this supplier name in the past associated with 3rd Reich weapons).
The scabbard is also a very impressive work, made of a green-colored fine leather. The scabbard remains in perfect condition. There is also a retainer strap with button hole and aluminum boss. Further, it is also fitted with a belt loop and attached within is a nickel-plated "D" ring. Built into and sewn to the obverse of the scabbard is a matching pouch which accommodates the matching-shaped skinner. The skinner is almost an exact duplicate of the cutlass, having the same matching highest quality stag grips and retained in the same riveted manner. The Bowie shape of the skinner blade is not quite severe as that of the cutlass, being more conventional shape. The blade is bright with all of the original grain. No advanced hunting/forestry collection is complete without a Dula piece. A similar F. Dula piece can be seen in Johnson's Volume 4, Page 159.
So, if you want to top off your hunting/forestry collection with one of the highest quality weapons made during the period, I suggest you have a good think about this example. There is no finer cutlass made and this one is sure to bring a smile to your face each time look at it.
CUTLASS #39180C Imperial Forestry Cutlass
The cutlass is equipped with gilded brass mounts. The “D” guard is the standard type, with lined decorations and simulated deer hooves at the top and bottom quillon. The hooves have enhancing on the leg hair. The ferrule has a simple lined pattern.
Below is a nicely shaped clamshell. On the shell is a hunting horn topped with a Prussian crown. At the lower borders of the clamshell are raised sprigs of oak leaves and acorns.
The grip is a very fine piece of antler, with deep coffee colored tones topped with tips of a lighter shade. The grip is decorated with two acorns on each side.
Attached to the cutlass is a Third Reich Forestry Troddel. It is of aluminum bullion strapping with twin green lines running the length. The slide is intertwined green and bullion while the stem is crochet-like material over a flat base. The lower ball is of aluminum bullion with a “cat’s anus” stuffing in green.
The scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather, decorated with the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. It shows some attic crazing and some signs of age. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass with scalloped edges The lower example is marked with two sets of dual lines and a standard chape button. The upper mount is plain with a mounted acorn lug. The checkering to the cap of this acorn is very well done.
The blade of this example is 10 inches long, with a single edge and a wide fuller. It is nice and bright, showing a few age spots but nothing bad. The green felt blade buffer is in place.
A fine Imperial piece here.
CUTLASS #39033 Imperial Hunting Association Honor Gift Cutlass
Imperial Cutlass is a long weapon, measuring 22 inches long in the scabbard. It is in “as found” condition; if someone out there wanted to delicately clean this piece I have no doubt that it would come up magnificently.
The mounts throughout are of gilded brass, heavily patinated with what appears to be dirt and perhaps some old nicotine. It is fitted with a traditional pommel cap with an “umbrella” flare at the upper portion. A nicely form acorn acts as the nut that retains the blade tang.
The “D” guard is decorated with lined borders and begins and ends in deer hooves. These hooves have had nicely simulated hair engraved on each. It appears as if much of the original gilding remains on this guard. The ferrule has the same decorations as the side of the pommel cap. Beneath the guard is a fine fluted clamshell.
The grip is an outstanding piece of antler, dark brown in color with slightly lighter grains. It was obviously chosen for it fine proportions as it perfectly fits the pommel and ferrule with little evidence of cutting. The grip is decorated with three smooth brass nuts on the obverse.
Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original portepee. It looks like an Imperial Senior Forestry example to me, constructed of textured gold fabric and having two sets of green lines running the length. The slide and stem are of woven gold bullion. The lower ball is also of bullion with a green “cat’s anus” stuffing. This knot, other than being slightly soiled, looks to be in fine condition with no fray anywhere.
The scabbard shell is also a fine example, constructed of black leather with a pocket for a skinning knife. It has the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the shell and are retained by staples in the usual fashion. The upper mount has the pocket for a skinning knife as well as an acorn lug.
The skinning knife is in place. It is the type with antler grip plates on both sides, both in excellent condition and retained by three rivets. The short blade is a deluxe variety, with a little age smudging in the surfaces but still mostly bright. It is triple etched, which is a rarity. The obverse etch includes a stag and doe in a forest glen, while the reverse has a perpendicular design of hunting implements set against a floral background.
The long blade of this cutlass measures 14 ½ inches. It is still bright throughout, showing only modest age and nearly mint. The obverse blade is etched with a stag running through forest glen. In the center is a floral decorated ribbon with two line dedication. It reads, “Ehrengeschenk das Allgemeinen Deutschen Jagdschutzen Vereins”, or “Honorary gift of the General German Hunting Association”. The reverse of the blade is etched with a large stag, rearing up under a tree and topped with hunting implements such as a cutlass, horn, game bag, et cetera. The spine of the blade is etched with laurel leaves and is marked with the name of the well known Berlin distributor “G. Laute Berlin/Hoflieferent”. Hoflieferent means “court supplier”, indicating this company supplied the Royal Family. The original blade washer is in place.
This cutlass has the makings of something very beautiful for the right person who would like to clean it up. It would be a labor of love but I know the end result would nothing short of remarkable.
CUTLASS #38928C Imperial Long Shooting Cutlass – D. David, Berlin
This Imperial Shooting Cutlass is quite long, having a blade that measures 18 ½ inches. The hilt is quite striking, being constructed of solid brass and having a grip that curves further to the left than any I can ever recall seeing in the past.
The pommel is the usual style with fluting at the top and an acorn-shaped lug that acts to retain the tang. The edges are decorated with a line pattern. The ferrule has the same pattern of raised decorative lines.
The crossguard is in the form of opposed deer legs, complete with hooves. The legs and hooves have plain surfaces. Below the guard is a standard clamshell.
The antler grip is the central feature of this fine cutlass. It is a very dark brown with lighter shades appearing in the grains, and decorated with three plain bosses on the obverse. This grip is very interesting in that it almost makes a 90 degree turn! Imperial collectors should greatly admire this piece as we do not see dramatic grip like this very often.
The scabbard is typical of the type, with decorative lines running the edges and sewn up the rear. The leather is in fine condition, showing little age. The plain scabbard mounts are of matching brass and have scalloped edges. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.
The long blade is the thinner type and, believe it or not, remains in mint condition. It has outstanding nickel plating and beautiful triple etched surfaces. The etches are military in nature, with standartes, pikes, drums and the like. The spine is decorated with a pattern of laurel leaves. The frosting behind these etches remains 100% intact. The reverse ricasso is stamped with what is probably a distributor marking, “D. David / Berlin”. There also appears to have been additional text beneath this, most likely an address, but it has worn away.
If you've been thinking of adding a shooting cutlass to your collection, this dramatic example will not fail to please you. The grip is bent further than any you will ever see!
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
CUTLASS #38479 German Shooting Association Cutlass – Alcoso
The pommel appears to have all of the plating throughout. It features an umbrella-like flare at the top with a screw device that acts as a pommel and line decorations along the edges; the ferrule below has a similar pattern of lines.
The crossguard is smooth, having two branch-like quillon arms in an opposed configuration. The quillons end in fine acorns with hand-enhanced caps.
Below the crossguard is a fine clamshell. This clamshell features a wreath of oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. In the center is the insignia of the German Shooting Association.
The grip of this cutlass is in great condition, especially when you consider they way we normally see them. Because these grips are made with a coating of celluloid over a base of carved wood they are usually heavily cracked and chipped from the almost inevitable shrinkage of the wood. This grip, however, has only a single crack on the upper area and is hardly noticeable. The reset of the grip has fine flutes and is an attractive off-white color. Pinned to the center of the grip is a brass insignia in the shape of crossed set of hunting rifles.
The scabbard shell is a fine leather example, showing a little mild age in the surfaces but remaining in good, supple condition. This scabbard has been sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel and have scalloped edges where they meet the leather. These mounts are retained by staples and in in pristine condition.
The long blade of this cutlass measures 16 inches. This blade is double etched and is still in mint condition. The obverse etch begins with a floral pattern and moves to a target with crossed rifles. We then see a hunting scene, complete with dogs, and then more floral patterns. The reverse blade has floral designs with a center panel that depicts a stag leaping over a fence. This blade is stamped with the Alcoso Scales trademark used from 1937 to 1939. The original blade buffer is missing from this piece.
This is a fine cutlass in a condition that we do not see very often any more. As stated above most of them have god-awful broken grips and this example has almost completely avoided this flaw.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00
CUTLASS #24735 Weimar Hunting Cutlass
This 1920's period cutlass is fitted with all brass mounts. It is unmarked and therefore was probably produced by a smaller maker. The fittings have a different look than what we usually see which is indicative of smaller producers. The pommel cap has the segmented top area with a round ball which acts as a tang blade retainer. The edges of the pommel are decoratively lined. The crossguard is quite different being plain surfaces but having a flared and rounded look to each of the crossguard arms and quillons. The ferrule above is lined to match the pommel. There is a standard style clamshell beneath. The grip is a large original piece of stag which rises upwards slightly to the left. The stag has a tannish color with the tops of the grains being lighter. A very nice grip here. There is a metal stub left in the center obverse which is indicative of some sort of insignia which was once decorating this grip.
The crossguard has a troddel which appears original to this piece. The troddel has green textured strapping with green stem and ball. Normally a troddel like this would be associated with the shooting association rather than a hunting piece. It is also possible that this piece acted as a decorative item on a shooting uniform. The troddel strapping is in good shape however the colored material is worn from the slide and also has wear spots in the stem. The lower ball has the typical yarn-like material and has a lower stuffing which matches the strapping.
The scabbard shell is a black leather. It is in excellent condition showing only nominal age. It has the usual twin decorative lines that run down both of the edges and is sewn up the rear. The mounts both have scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The upper mount has a lug which consists of a plain surfaced acorn. The lower mount is decorated with twin sets of lines just on the obverse. These mounts are retained by staples in the normal fashion.
The unmarked blade is 14 inches in length. It has a ricasso with single edge and short false edge at the top. The obverse panel has excellent etching still retaining the frosted backgrounds. The etch consists of hunting scenes with a stag in a forest glen at the lower and a hunting bag with cutlass, horn and shotgun above. The reverse theme is very similar to the obverse with the figures slightly changed. The spine is etched with floral type devices. This blade only shows nominal age and still retains its original tip. The etches are extremely easy to see and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the number “20”. The original off-red felt buffer is in place showing some wear to the edges but not bad.
A fine cutlass here, made by a small producer having a unique look throughout.
CUTLASS #37566C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass – WKC
This very substantial Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is of all fine quality brass construction. The “D” guard is basically plain but for a lined border. Both ends of this guard terminate in stylized deer hooves. The fur on these hooves has good hand-enhanced detailing. The ferrule has a series of similar line decorations.
Below the crossguard area is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a set of curved and arching teardrop shaped lobes that project out of it, the left lobe being a long, graceful affair and the right quite short.
The grip plates on this cutlass are of fine stag antler. This antler is a dark coffee color speckled with lighter color grains. The areas where the grips were trimmed have turned to a golden tone. Both plates have three applied acorns on each side. These acorns are the type that have caps on the top and no leaves.
Wrapped about the ferrule is the original-to-the-piece troddel. This troddel is constructed of textured green silk-like strapping, and has a stem of silk wrap and a lower ball in a matching green color. The insert is the same as the strapping. The little slide is missing from this troddel.
The scabbard shell is of very fine black leather which shows little age. The leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated with twin accent lines that run down the edges of both sides. The matching brass scabbard mounts are relatively plain except for scalloped edges where they meet the shell. The upper mount is equipped with a fine lug in the shape of an acorn with a detailed cap. The lower mount is decorated with twin lines. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual fashion, and there is a matching number that can be seen beneath both of them.
The slab sided blade of this cutlass is 11½ inches in length. This blade is a beauty, being in nearly full Mint condition and having triple etching. The obverse etch depicts the familiar hunter, outfitted with a rifle and a cutlass, running after a wild boar which is being harried by his hunting dogs. Next we see a game bird flying around a spray of oak leaves. This etch could not be any better, having beautiful frosted backgrounds.
The reverse etch is in the same fine condition; it depicts a kneeling hunter taking aim with his rifle at a stag and doe who are leaping over a log. The etch ends with another game bird who sits chirping on a branch of oak leaves. The spine of the blade is etched with more oak leaves. The obverse ricasso of the blade is deeply stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A nice cutlass here, showing only the most minor traces of usage.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00
CUTLASS #37469 Imperial Hunting Cutlass – Alcoso
This very large Imperial Hunting Cutlass measures about two feet long overall in the scabbard. It is in outstanding condition throughout, and has gilded mounts. The bass metal is brass and the pommel features a duplicate of an acorn which acts to retain the tang. This acorn has very impressive hand-done checkering on the cap. The pommel has the usual flared sections, and the edges are decorated with raised lines.
The ferrule also features raised lines; they are quite interesting as they are not totally straight, having some curvature as they run around the circumference.
The crossguard is very beautiful, having raised floral designs around the center which feautures a raised deer. There are also curlicues around the animal. The reverse center of the guard has a wild boar standing in a field as well as the same type of floral decoration as the obverse. The golden quillons which extend outward are also decorated with subtle enhancements, all done by hand. The left quillon (which points upwards) ends in a wolf's head and the right, downward quillon ends in the head of a hunting dog. A great looking design here!
The clamshell is in the shape of a shield and is also extremely deluxe. This clam has a border around it, rendered to look like sticks and branches. There are two stags on the shell which appear to be in a fight for life. They are highly raised off the surfaces and are set against a fine, randomly pebbled background being the same as the crossguard motif. This is a exquisitely rendered piece.
The grip is a beautiful piece of stag which curves upward and to the left. The stag was undoubtedly hand selected for the its size as there was very little trimming needed to secure the pommel and ferrule. The stag has tan colored upper grains, darkening to a coffee color in the lower areas.
The leather scabbard shell shows some usage but it is still in good condition and quite supple. It has the usual twin trim lines which run the length of the edges but the are beginning to go slightly faint from the passage of time. The reverse of the scabbard is sewn up in the usual fashion. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass and match the hilt. They both have scalloped edges as well as tow sets of twin lines that act as trim. The upper mount is equipped with a finely done acorn lug.
The long, 14 inch slab-sided blade remains in Mint condition. It is a real beauty, with bright, nickel-plated surfaces and fine frosting to the triple etches. The etches run both vertically and horizontally The obverse features a hunter standing, rifle in hand. Next we see a horizontal forest scene complete with a stag and doe munching on greenery. Lastly we see a vertically aligned stag head with a cutlass at the top and a hunting bag being held in the mouth of the animal. There is also a hunting horn in the scene.
The reverse blade features a vertical stag in a forest glen, moving to a horizontal hunting dog sniffing out two foxes which are playing around a fence. Next we see a hunting bag with horns and a cutlass. The scenes end with a stag and doe below two trees. The spine of the blade is etched with a pattern of laurel leaves. A very impressive Mint blade here.
The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the early Alcoso trademark; a set of scales with the firm's initials, “ACS” interspersed. The original blade buffer is in place. It is a green felt example, having a break on one side but overall still in pretty good condition.
This is a fine opportunity to acquire a really lovely large size Imperial Cutlass.
Near Mint. $2,295.00
CUTLASS #37290 Small Skinning Knife
The grip is constructed of a fine piece of very dark brown antler. There is a flat pommel at the top, and a lined ferrule at the bottom. The guards have the “up-and-down” configuration.
The scabbard is a fine leather example which is sewn up the rear. It is equipped with nickel upper and lower mounts which both have scalloped edges.
The short blade has is single edges with a false edge that runs almost the entire length. It has a small center ridge. The nickel-plated surface shows age and usage and obviously served as a hunter's tool, as it is still nice and sharp and in good working order. This would be a nice item to display with other hunting implements.
CUTLASS #37006C Unusual Imperial Hunting Cutlass
This Imperial Hunting Cutlass is a well made weapon, and measures overall in the scabbard at 19 inches. It is unusual in that there is no false nut or peened-over tang at the pommel top for takedown, but rather the entire grip assembly is threaded and turns off the tang. I don't recall ever seeing this method of takedown in the past. It is possible that this cutlass may not be German, as the blade is also slightly odd. If it is not German I am at a loss as to where it does come from, as it has many German qualities about it.
The hilt of this cutlass has a front and rear sideplate to which have been applied stag grip plates. These grip plates are of very dark antler and are extremely well cut and shaped, exactly fitting the area. Both grip plates are retained by two rivets to which both ends have been nicely cut but not dressed. Below the plates is a ferrule which is also integral to the front and back plate. The crossguard is a separate mount, featuring the up and down deer legs with hooves. The leg hair has been hand-enhanced and is very nicely done. In the center is a rectangular area which, on the obverse, depicts the head of a boar also having hand-enhanced detail. The reverse center block depicts a sprig of oak leaves with acorns. There is a butt plate in place below the crossguard.
The scabbard is of leather, black in color and having the traditional twin decorative lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard is apparently sewn or attached in some way in the rear, but I do not see any stitching which, as most collectors would know, which would be the usual German way. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, and they are scalloped where they meet the shell. These mounts do not show any staples show they must be pressed and glued into place. The upper mount has an acorn which acts as lug, however the acorn is slightly more bulbous than the normal German types. It does have a nicely rendered cap. The lower mount is plain, ending in a chape button.
The blade is about 17 inches in length. It differs from the usual German slab-sided, single edge designs, being is rounded in the center with double edges and a tip. It is nicely etched with hunting scenes on both sides. There are floral details with a stag centered on the obverse, while the reverse has more floral designs and something that resembles a cornucopia with flowers bursting out of it The etchings have nice, frosted backgrounds and appears just slightly different than we normally see but have a German quality. This blade is still bright, showing minor age but overall it is still excellent. It has a very short ricasso, and a green felt buffer protects the blade.
If you like unusual things or if you would like to try to figure out where this cutlass comes from and add it to your collection I'm sure it will make a nice addition. It is a fine quality item, having features we do not see all the time.
CUTLASS #37083 Massive Imperial Hessian Oberförster Hirschfanger
This huge Oberförster Cutlass measures nearly 30 inches in length. It is a standard pattern for Oberförster rank in the Hessian state, and is show in both the Imperial Eickhorn and WKC catalogs. This piece is extremely impressive, and in nearly mint condition throughout.
The hilt features a most elegant lion head at the pommel. The lion has a kindly face, and is gripping the “D” guard in his closed mouth. There are hand punches to simulate whiskers, and lots of hand-enhanced fur in mane above the eyes, which runs downwards to the backstrap. The eyes of the great cat have been neatly engraved.
The backstrap has a series of floral designs which are raised out in the center area, with plain borders on the edges. The “D” guard is also plain, except for the top which has a raised floral design. It travels through the crossguard area to the quillon which ends in another lion head.
There is a fine clamshell which is integral to the crossguard. This clamshell depicts a resting stag with very large antlers positioned in a highly detailed forest glen. The ferrule is plain but for a decoration of dual lines.
The grip plates on this example are a most attractive bone. The bone is quite beautiful, in perfect condition. The outer grip plate is nice and white, while the reverse plate has garnered a beautiful golden tone to the dense grain in the surfaces. The obverse grip plates are decorated with three matching brass bosses which are all in place.
The gilding throughout this hilt appears to be almost all there, and adds much to the beauty of this cutlass.
The long scabbard shell is constructed of black leather. This leather is in nearly new-like condition, and has the pocket on the obverse which is reserved for the in-place skinning knife. The scabbard is with twin embossed lines and is sewn up the rear. The matching scabbard mounts are impressive, made of gilded brass and with scalloped edges. The upper mount has the provision for the skinning knife. The obverse portion of it has a lug in the shape of a highly detailed acorn. The cap of the acorn is very nicely rendered.
The skinning knife is about 7½ inches long. It has matching bone grip plates, both of which show attractive golden age toning. The obverse plates has much more grain than the reverse. The upper portion of the obverse grip plate has a matching brass boss. The ferrule and ricasso area of this skinning knife have been gilded to match the rest of the cutlass. The blade is in full mint condition, being a standard type with a single edge and a needle-like tip.
The original carrying frog is still with this magnificent example. It is constructed out of an outstanding brocade which is sewn to the original black leather on the reverse. It is constructed with the provision for two separate belt loops. The loops are also constructed of matching brocade, and are attached to the lower loops by means of brass wire. This brocade is of silver bullion with a green line running down the center. A very beautiful frog here, which is worth a good sum on its own.
The splendid blade is approximately 24 inches in length. It is very wide and has a good, thick spine. It is triple etched and remains in full mint condition. The obverse of the blade is etched in the center with a Prussian crown over the cypher “EL”. This cypher represents the Grand Duke of Hesse, Ernst Ludwig. Surrounding the crown and cypher are very fine floral engravings with a military theme at the lower portion.
The reverse blade features, in the center, the coat of arms of Hesse. Again it features a Prussian crown over a seal which depicts a standing, crowned lion holding a sword. There are more floral and military designs on this side of the blade. The nickel and frosting is absolutely 100% and new-like on this blade. The wide fuller runs almost all the way to the needle-like tip. Within a ribbon on both sides of the ricasso is a name and town which appears to be engraved. It looks like “H. Schorlemeir / am Darmastdt”. This is most likely the name of the retailer from Hesse that handled the original order. The red felt buffer is in place, showing one moth hole but otherwise in good condition throughout.
The Oberförster of Hesse was more than likely a one person job, and I would think that this professional was on hand for hunts that the Grand Duke would have participated in. One thing is for sure, he certainly took great care of his prize cutlass, and whoever has stored this piece for the last hundred years has also had it somewhere that it was completely protected.
If you are looking for a truly magnificent piece to highlight a Hunting/Forestry, this is a sound investment indeed. It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have handled over the years.
CUTLASS #37117 Shooting Prize Forestry Cutlass with Award Document – Clemen & Jung
The cutlass is equipped with all gilded brass hilt mounts. The “D” guard is relatively plain, having a deer-like hoof at the top where it meets the pommel, and another hoof at the lower area where the quillon goes through the crossguard and ends. The “D” guard is attractively lined on both sides. The ferrule also has a number of lines in relief.
Below the crossguard is a fine fluted clamshell. This clamshell has a left leg that extends upward in a teardrop shape. There is still about 60% of the original gilding on these brass mounts.
The most interesting part about this cutlass, however, is the prize engraving on the reverse upper mount. Beautifully jeweler engraved is a Prussian crown topped with a cross over the cypher “LB”. This cypher stands for the area of “Lauenburg”. Beneath this is the name of the winner who was a Obergfreiten and is listed as “O befr Pilch”. Pilch, of course, is a surname. Beneath this is “Ehren hirschfanger / mit 98 ringen / 3. Jul 1926”. Obviously Pilch shot 98 rings and was awarded this cutlass as a trophy in the contest held 3 July 1926. The document that accompanies the hirschfanger further states that the tournament was held in Lauenberg for Jaeger Battalion #9, and the honor hirschfanger was the gift. All of the calligraphy on the document is completely hand painted. It is a true work of art that it signed by the commander in chief as well as the general major of the Jaeger battalion. This would make this a military as opposed to a civilian award. A great presentation could be made showing the cutlass and the document side by side. As a matter of interest, at the top of the document is plainted the Prussian crown over the cypher “LB” with a oak leaf backgrounds. I also note that there is a raised stamp in the right corner. The document is still in the original frame, but I think there was probably some glass that has now gone to time; perhaps the next owner could have a new piece of glass installed. Best to get UV resistant glass, though, to protect the paper.
The grip plates are of beautiful bone and in perfect condition. The obverse plate has turned a nice golden color, and has an attractive grain running the vertical length. The reverse guard also has turned somewhat golden, but not as dark as the obverse. These grip plates are equipped with three acorn nuts on each side. The nuts are slightly different than we usually see, being slightly elongated and with good checkered caps. The center nut on the reverse looks like it could be a replacement, but if it is it appears to have been done during the period.
The scabbard shell is a very fine black leather, still being in mint condition. It is sewn up the rear and is decorated with twin lines running down the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts have an outstanding gilded finish; they are constructed with a base of brass and have scalloped edges. The lower mount has twin line designs, while the upper is equipped with the standard acorn lug.
The blade of this example measures about 13 inches, and is a slab-side variety. It is still mostly bright, but does show some minor age. The etching is fairly light on both sides. The panels feature perpendicularly placed scenes. On the obverse is a dog attacking a wild pig at the lower, and a stag and doe at the center area. A pair of birds make up the upper etch. The reverse etch also depicts perpendicular scenes, with a buck running through the forest at the lower portion, while the upper shows a fox who appears to have caught a rabbit in his jaws. The spine also has laurel leaf style etching.
The reverse ricasso is marked with a crown suspended above a shield with a “Z” in the center, the trademark of the Clemen & Jung firm. The green felt buffer is still in place.
A really nice item here, one that would fit well into an advanced collection.
Excellent Plus. $2,195.00
CUTLASS #36892 Large Imperial Forestry Senior Cutlass – Ewald Cleff
This Imperial Cutlass is most impressive, being of larger dimensions all around. I'm not sure of the vintage, but it is probably circa 1900. The Ewald Cleff firm went out of business out of the Imperial time, which is strange to me as they made excellent swords and cutlasses which are very much cherished today by collectors in the know.
This grand piece is of all quality gilded brass. The cutlass is mostly plain, without much added decoration which somehow seems to give it an even classier look. The hilt features a “D” guard and crossguard area which end in deer hooves. Normally the legs are enhanced with the hair of the animal, but in the case of this example, only the shapes of the hooves are simulated. The “D” section of the guard is also basically plain, only having a set of twin lines that run down the front edges of both sides. The ferrule has a little more in the way of decorative touches, having two sets raised lines and panels within.
The clamshell is the style that has one upward quillon arm at the left, and at the right the arm is shorter and positioned straight. The design is that of a clamshell on the surfaces, this the common name.
The grip plates are really sensational. These plates have long ago tones to a appealing gold color. The obverse example has some grain in the finish, while the reverse facing is loaded with graining. Both plates remain in perfect condition, and are beautifully fit. The plates are decorated with gilded brass oval bosses, three on each side.
The scabbard shell is thicker than most we see, as it accommodates a very large proportioned blade. This shell shows some moderate age in the surfaces of the leather, but overall it is still in good condition, still supple. The leather shell is sewn up the rear, and has twin decorative lines on the edges of both sides. The leather shell is equipped with matching gilded brass mounts. The mounts are plain, except for a series of twin line engravings which are identical to both and are only on the obverse side. The edges of the mounts are in a scalloped design. The upper mount has a very long lug, which would have accommodated a frog. These mounts are retained by staples in the normal fashion.
The overall length of this cutlass is about 21 inches, and the impressive blade is 16 inches in length. This blade is triple etched, and is in near Mint condition throughout most of the surfaces, barring the very tip where there is some mild pitting. Apparently some moisture got into the lower scabbard at one time, causing this flaw. The main blade, though, is still in fine condition, having the nice frosting behind the etches and some very interesting raised-out work that we normally do not see.
The obverse etch runs toward the hilt, and features a hunter kneeling down in a wooded glade, with his rifle aimed and his dog next to him looking most interested at the upcoming prey. The hunter is aiming at four deer who are running through a glen, the first three being does and, bringing up the rear, is a young buck with small antlers. The reverse blade depicts a very large stag beneath two trees looking over his bevy of beauties, being four does who are munching on the grass and leaves in the forest ahead of him.
The spine of the blade is etched with laurel leaves, and also has the name of the producer “Ewald Cleff Solingen”. On the reverse ricasso the name and location is also deeply stamped. The original red felt buffer shows some wear around the edges, but most of it still remains in place.
This is a very fine cutlass, which contains outstanding quality throughout, and is a fine example of the weapons that were carried at the turn of the last century.
CUTLASS #36495C Imperial Presentation Shooting Cutlass – Alcoso
Normally the Imperial Shooting Cutlasses are not very elaborate, usually found with a stag grip. In the case of this example, it is much more elaborate than most, and is also equipped with what appears to be a bone grip.
This cutlass measures about 23½ overall. The mounts are of gilded brass. The pommel top has the traditional decoration of oak leaves, which flare outward from the center. These oak leaves are raised out and have nice detail. In the center area is an acorn which acts as a tang nut. This acorn has a nicely pebbled cap. The lower portion of the pommel is decorated with a set of double lines that run about the outside. The ferrule also bears this set of twin lines.
Below the ferrule is a fine crossguard which simulate a pair of stag hooves; the left flaring upward and the right angled downward. The hide of the hooves has been hand scribed. In the center of the guard is the raised head of a nasty looking boar. The reverse guard is plain. The clamshell below features dogs tackling what appears to be a wolf, or some other large predator. The scene is raised out, with a sort of fan design over the top.
As mentioned above, the grip appears to have been constructed out of bone. It has a fine, dark patina about the surfaces, and other than a n extremely minor surface chip at the top right edge remains in perfect condition. This grip is decorated with three acorns, of the style with a spray of leaves above them. The topmost acorn has a more coppery look than the lower gilded acorns, so it is possible it is either a replacement, or perhaps the gilding wore off.
The scabbard is a fine black leather. The leather shows very little age and is still quite supple. It is decorated with a set of twin lines running along the edges, and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of a matching gilded brass. They have rounded edges where they meet the shell, and are retained by staples in the usual manner. The upper mount is plain, except for an acorn lug, while the lower is decorated with a set of twin lines on the obverse facing.
The slab-sided blade is a 15½” long example. It is a triple etched variety. Unfortunately there is some age graying spread evenly throughout the surfaces of the blade. The obverse blade depicts crossed cannons beneath a flag. The rest of the areas are filled with floral designs, with a drum, helmet, and flag above to round it out. The reverse blade bears more floral designs, as well as a wagon-wheel device on one side and a series of axes and pikes on the other.
The center area is left plain, and has a raised, two line dedication. It reads, “In Treue fest gewidmet von der / Schutzengesllschaft Ambrust, Apolda”. This translates to something like, “In firm faith dedicated to the / Crossbow Shooting Society, Apolda". This is quite interesting, as we see many inscriptions pertaining to firearms-related clubs, but this is the first I can recall seeing that involves crossbows! Germany does have a tradition of crossbow use that dates back to medieval times, however, and apparently some of them never gave up the craft! In any case this is quite an interesting wrinkle. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar scale logo of the Alcoso firm, and there is a red felt blade buffer in place.
This is a nice looking Shooting Cutlass with an unusual pedigree, one which would go very well with a collection of similar Imperial items.
CUTLASS #32085 Senior Forestry Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn
This Senior Forestry Cutlass is the Model #427. The hilt is an aluminum base which is covered nicely with gilt. The gilt still is there at 100% throughout. The hilt features a “D” guard which has an upper and lower quillon ending in the shape of a deer’s hoof. The ferrule is decorated with three sets of dual lines. The clamshell below features a quillon end at the left that rises upward into a teardrop shape and at the lower the clamshell ends with a quillon which is parallel to the clamshell.
The grip plates are simply fantastic. They have outstanding grains in both sides and have turned a fine golden color. These grip plates are perfect throughout. They are decorated with acorns having nicely beaded caps. These are the acorns that are without the leaves. The lower acorn on the reverse appears to possibly be a replacement but is not too noticeable. A nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is black leather. It shows some age and usage signs but is still in excellent condition. This leather features the twin decorative lines which run the length of the edges on both sides. The mounts are a brass variety. The upper mount features a fine acorn with checkered cap. The edge is scalloped where it meets the scabbard shell. The same is true of the lower mount and it has two sets of twin decorative lines that tend to tie in with the motif of the ferrule. The gilding throughout these brass mounts is still all there. The scabbard mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.
The 13 inch blade is a beauty having a single edge with ricasso and short false edge at the top. The blade is triple etched and is still completely bright throughout. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The obverse scene depicts a kneeling hunting aiming his rifle at a pair of deer that are jumping over a log. The etch is finished with a game bird sitting on an oak leaf branch tweeting. The reverse etch depicts the hunter running with cutlass and rifle and with his dogs chasing after a wild boar. The dogs are finely detailed as is the snarled look of the boar. This etch is finished with a hummingbird-like animal at the top panel. The spine is engraved with oak leaves and acorns. This choice blade is stamped with the trademark used from 1935-1941. It features a seated squirrel looking to the viewer’s left 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 washer is still in place showing only nominal age.
A good, sound cutlass here; perfect to add to a budding Hunting/Forestry collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
CUTLASS #35819 Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This is a fine, traditional Weimar era hunting cutlass, being in full size, measuring overall about 21 inches. The hilt mounts and scabbard mounts are all fine quality, brass base metal. The the cutlass has some of the original gilt finish spread throughout and in the recesses. It is probably about 50%. The pommel cap has line decorations on its sides, and at the upper area has the umbrella like engravings which go outward from the center screw, which acts as a tang nut. The ferrule below has matching twin grooves, which go around the circumference. The crossguard center block is rectangular, and on the obverse, it features a highly raised set of oak leaves with an acorn in the center. This is a very nice depiction. The reverse of the crossguard rectangular block is engraved with diamonds, having a dot in the center-a very common German pattern. The crossguard arms are in the shape of deer legs and hooves. The left example points upward, and the right example points downward. These quillon arms have been heavily enhanced to resemble the hair on a deer leg. The grip is a pleasing, large piece of stag, which curves upward to the left. The stag is colored with lighter tan and darker brown tones, having good graining throughout. The obverse of the antler grip is decorated with three acorns. These acorns are the style without oak leaves, and they have very fine, pebbled caps. Below the crossguard is an outstanding clamshell. This clamshell depicts a bellowing stag of huge dimension. The stag is positioned in a forest glen, and is highly raised out. A beautiful scene here, and extremely decorative. A nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, being composed of black leather. This leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated twin accent lines which run the length of the four edges. There is a small area on the reverse scabbard where the stitching has given out slightly, but there does not seem to be any threat of expansion. The scabbard mounts are matching brass, having scalloped ends, and retained by staples. The obverse section of the lower mount is decorated with twin lines, whereas the upper mount is plain throughout, with the exception of the lug carrying hardware, which is in the shape of a large acorn with checkered cap.
The blade is a 13 inch long example, having ricasso with a single edge, and a false edge going back to about 1/3 of the blade. This blade is triple etched, and has begun to turn slightly gray. The etchings however, can still be seen, and there are no pits or problems in the blade. The obverse etch has a bellowing stag standing in a forest glen off of the ricasso area. Next is the standard hunting scene of a hunter aiming a rifle at a running stag and doe. The final scene has the capercaille, the hunting bird, sitting on an oak leaf sprig. On the reverse side, on the ricasso area, is a young stag with his right foot up in the air, being curled, getting ready to run somewhere. After this, is the commonly seen, scene of a hunter chasing his dogs who are attacking an angry boar. At the end of the blade, is a bird with a very long beak, flying over an oak leaf branch. The spine has oak leaves which run down most of the length. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single oval, which depicts a squirrel holding a nut in his mouth with the firms initials, "C.E.", beneath the animal. This trademark was used by the Carl Eickhorn firm during the 1920's. The blade is buffered by an in place, brown leather, washer.
A very nice looking, hunting sidearm here, which would be a great start for a new collector. The workmanship throughout this piece is outstanding throughout.
CUTLASS #35918 Imperial Damascus Hunting Cutlass w/ Skinner and Original Belt - W. K & C
This turn-of-the-last century hunting cutlass is a magnificent weapon representing the splendor and keen workmanship of the times. All mounts are silvered and have a most-attractive even patination throughout. The pommel is a rounded cap having fluted sections which flow downward to the lower edge from a small round center point at the top. The silvered ferrule tapers downward butting the cross guard. It is decorated having three raised sections. The silvered cross guard is plain, having quillion ends in the form of deer hooves . There is hand-enhancing to bring out the portions of the simulated deer's hair above each hoof. Below the cross guard, the clam shell device is formed with fluted sections with a curled end at each side.
The grip of this cutlass is rounded on the obverse and reverse surfaces and straight on the edges. The grip reflects pleasing grains and golden tones on both sides. It remains in perfect condition, having no chips or age cracks.
The scabbard shell is made of pigskin reflecting attractive grains and being of a lighter brown color. The shell is constructed with a pocket on the obverse to accomodate the skinning knife. The pigskin leather is in excellent condition, showing little age. The matching silvered scabbard mounts are decorated with a series of lined sections matching the look of the ferrule. The lower mount has scalloped edges, while the upper mount is shaped to accommodate the opening for the skinning knife having extended rounded lower edges. Attached to both sides of the upper mount are plain eyelets with carrying rings. Both scabbard mounts are retained with silvered staples.
The blade of the cutlass and the skinner are forged in matching "Maiden Hair" pattern damascus steel. The skinner is equipped with grip plates matching the tones and grain of the cutlass grip. The grip plates are retained by three rivets with dressed silvered heads on both sides. The damascus blades of both pieces are quite beautiful featuring impressive bold designs, and both blades being in mint condition. The skinner blade is a standard type with no ricasso and single edge. The cutlass blade has a short ricasso, slab-side edge and false edge at the top end. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the side-by-side knight and king logo used circa 1900 by the Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie firm. At the blade spine is the raised name of the distributor that sold this fine weapon to its original owner, "J. F. Bock Hoflieferant Berlin". The title "Hoflieferant" was bestowed upon retail shops that served the Imperial family. Obviously, this retail firm, J. F. Bock, did a lot of business with W.K. & C., thus earning the extra feature of having their name etched into the damascus blade spine. The original green felt blade buffer is in place showing minor age.
Accompanying this great Hunting Cutlass is the original belt rigging. The belt is composed of a rich green leather measuring about 1 1/4 inch wide. The belt leather is accented with two twin decorative lines that run the length of the edges. The belt is equipped with twin leather hanging straps. The straps are attached to the belt via brass "D"rings. Each strap folds over the corresponding carrying ring on the cutlass scabbard and is retained to the cutlass with a brass boss which is held with a button hole. The buckle is a round silvered example. It has raised oak leaves that decorate the border. In the center of the buckle is a raised Prussian crown positioned over the monogram, "W". The catch on the opposite end is decorated with oak leaves matching the buckle. There is an adjustment section of leather complete with the original leather slide. The belt leather is extremely sound and supple throughout, showing little age.
This is an opportunity to acquire a true investment-quality Imperial hunting weapon. It remains in mint condition throughout and will bring many years of extreme pleasure to its next owner, as well as continue to grow in value as the years go by. An extremely desirable artifact. I sold this cutlass to its previous owner in 1999. He was good enough to offer it to me, now that he is considering retiring and his needs in life are changing. I was proud to pay him a nice profit on his original investment and that is the way should be in this great hobby we share. Don't miss out on this example if you are a hunting/forestry enthusiast or if you are looking for something to add to your retirement package.
Mint Minus. $7,495.00
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 really exceptional. 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 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 #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 #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 #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 #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% to 90%.
The grip plates on this cutlass are just fantastic. 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 #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