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 #49887C Large Czech Hunting Cutlass
Unfortunately the scabbard looks to have a repair consisting of unmatched leather wrapped around the center, presumably to cover a hole or bolster and bust seam.
The brass pommel is a slim oval with decorative lines on the upper portion and edges. The ferrule is conventional and is also scribed with lines. The crossguard is quite outrageous, with an accordion-like center and quillon arms in the shape of leaves topped with acorns. It's a wild design and I like it very much!
The grip is a piece of antler, lighter in color than those we typically see on German examples. It curves to the left and has good color.
The scabbard has some interesting mounts, the upper with provision for a skinning knife that has been long ago lost. The mount has scribed lines running across it with a bifurcated acorn / oak leaf lug. The lower mount is brass, with the usual offering of oak leaves and acorns.
The blade is 17 inches long with a wide fuller that runs about two-thirds of the length of the blade. It is not etched and has very nice nickel plating. The reverse of the blade is marked "A. Preis / Prag".
A very interesting and eye-catching cutlass here.
CUTLASS #49844 Large Imperial Hirschfanger by Ewald Kleff
The hilt has a conventional design, made of brass. The pommel is scribed with lines on the side and topped with a boss that retains the tang. The ferrule is also scribed with lines and is stamped "6". The guard has a rectangular center block with plain deer leg quillons. There is a standard clamshell.
The antler grip is quite nice, perfectly fit with a leftward curve and fine colors. The grip has been fitted with three smooth oval nuts.
The black leather scabbard is in the ubiquitous black leather type with twin dual trim lines at the edges and sewn up the back. The mounts are brass and retained by staples, with the staple missing on the lower mount. The upper mount is designed to accept a skinner but of course the skinner is long ago lost. It also has an acorn lug.
One of the the scabbard mounts has a seven line dedication on the reverse. It appears to read, "i / C. Oberjager / Kroger / die Eing-Frein / Hach. Hamann / Lutter. Mosle / Vofs Windus / 1886-7". I can only speculate as the meaning of this dedication.
The blade measures 16 inches long and has a false edge. It is triple etched and the etches have to be the deepest I have ever seen; you can't mistake any of the characters in the etch with this kind of depth. The obverse depicts three doe and a stag pursued by a hunter and his dog. The reverse has a large stag in a wooded glade and his harem of three doe. The spine is etched with oak leaves and "Ewald Kleff, Solingen". Kleff is also stamped on the reverse ricasso.
The blade has some edge nicks but they aren't too awful. The original blade buffer is in place.
A very desirable piece here despite the flaws.
CUTLASS #49935C Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass by J. A. Henckels
The mounts of the cutlass are all done in a dark finish which remains 100% intact. The pommel has a simulated acorn that acts as a tang nut. The ferrule is plain while the guard has a fine dotted pattern and opposed deer leg quillons.
The grip is a very beautiful piece of antler that curves to the left. It has very fine brown tones and lots of eye appeal. Below the guard is a standard dark toned clamshell.
The scabbard is made of black leather with a skinner pouch; unfortunately the skinner has been lost in the mists of time. The scabbard mounts having a matching dark tone and scalloped edges. The upper mount is fitted with a fine lug fashioned in the likeness of an acorn. Fitted to the scabbard is an outstanding brown leather frog. A frog is a very rare sight to see on these cutlasses, especially on the ones with the provision for a skinning knife. The frog has a retainer loop and snap which shows an old repair, but it remains largely sound.
The 9 inch long slab sided blade is one of the best you will see, with a false edge that runs about a third of the way back down the blade spine. The obverse is beautifully etched and retains 100 percent of the frosting. It depicts a fox sitting among some oak leaf branches, topped with more sprigs of oak leaves. On the reverse there is a majestic stag standing just up from the ricasso and capped off with sprigs of oak leaves. These etches are extremely beautiful and among the best you will see. The blade spine bears yet another spray of oak leaves. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the famous Twins trademark of the Henckels firm atop the firm's name and "Zwillingswerk". The original green felt washer shows wear but it is still present.
A very elegant cutlass here that will add much spice to the savory stew of your hunting collection.
Mint Minus. $1,895.00
CUTLASS #49785C Imperial Hunting Cutlass
The pommel has a peening on the top, which acts to retain the tang. The ferrule is decorated with a pattern of lines, while the guard is plain until you get to the opposed deer leg quillons.
The dark brown antler grip of this cutlass is very good looking. It was obviously hand picked as it fits the pommel and ferrule with almost no extra trimming. The clamshell below is the standard type.
The black leather scabbard is in good shape, with the usual pair of trim lines at the edges of both sides and sewn up the back. The scabbard mounts match the hilt in terms of toning and have scalloped edges. The lug is shaped like a plain acorn.
The triple etched blade is 15 inches long and remains in mint condition. The obverse features a hunter holding a shotgun, a stag and deer in a wooded glade, and finishes with a cutlass piercing a stag's head over a hunting bag. At the top are a pair of birds on a branch. The reverse of the blade has a large stag, a pointing hound on the tail of some foxes milling about a log, and then some hunting implements. The top etch is a doe and a stag under a pair of fir trees. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. It is marked "20" on the reverse ricasso and the original red felt buffer is in place.
A very fine Imperial era hunting cutlass here.
Mint Minus. $1,295.00
CUTLASS #48934C Hunting Cutlass by Alcoso
The grip is a nice antler example with a curve to the left and good color tones. There are three acorns set into the obverse grip.
The scabbard is made of nice black leather with the usual twin accent lines at the edges and sewn up the rear. The brass scabbard mounts are plain with scalloped edges. The upper mount is equipped with a lug shaped like an acorn.
The 13 ½ inch slab sided blade of this cutlass is double etched. The etches are mostly floral patterns with a drum on the obverse and a cuirass / lobster tail helmet ensemble on the opposite side. The obverse etch is quite light and has pitting; the reverse is better but also has some minor pitting. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso Scales trademark and the original washer has been lost to the mists of time.
Good Plus. $495.00
CUTLASS #48481C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass with Eagle/Swastika in Ferrule - No Maker
This fine Forestry Cutlass has a gild covering over the aluminum hilt base finish. The gild remains in perfect condition throughout with no wear-thru to the aluminum base. The "D" guard features overlapping raised oak leaves and acorns on each side. The center cross guard portrays an acorn surrounded by oak leaves on both sides. The obverse ferrule features a raised open-wing eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. The eagle's wings reflect fine hand-enhancing. The clamshell below is the style with the left end portion rising upward to a teardrop, while the right quillon is finished with a deer's hoof with fine detail to the hair on the leg. The grip plates are stag. The obverse has a light brown color with darker sections on the grain. The reverse is slightly darker also with nice raised grain. Both grips are equipped with three acorn nuts, which are an unplated steel finish, except for the center reverse example which appears to be a replacement and is the standard brass type acorn. A very fine hilt here.T
he scabbard shell has excellent black leather having the trim lines running the length of the edges on both sides. The scabbard mounts are brass, with the upper example being plain and fitted with a retaining acorn lug. The acorn cap is nicely detailed. The lower mount is plain on the reverse, but the obverse depicts fine engravings of stacked oak leaves and acorns, all with hand embellishment. The two mounts are retained by staples in the reverse. There is an original-to-the-piece black leather frog being similar to a bayonet style accouterment. The frog is in very fine condition. Attached to the frog is an Army NCO troddel, being the style with green strapping having two rows of triple bullion stitching. The slide and stem are bullion with green "V" designs. The lower ball has a green cap with bullion speckles and the lower portion of the ball is all bullion having a stuffing that matching the strapping. I have seen many Forestry pieces over the years with these Army troddels. I do not know the purpose here, but they were period done in this fashion. Perhaps the original wearer's were also members of the Army?
The unmarked, 10 inch long blade is a beauty, being mint but for a couple of mild age marks on the obverse ricasso area. It is a triple-etched example retaining full frosting behind the raised etches. The obverse features dogs attacking a boar, while the reverse depicts a stag and a doe leaping over a fallen tree in the forest. The spine has the usual etched oak leafing. The original felt blade buffer is in place showing some mild wear around the edges.
A very nice original example here. These pieces featuring the eagle and swastika were only produced late in the period, so they are quite rare and go well to complete an advanced Hunting/Forestry collection.
Mint Minus. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #49501 High Quality Hunting Knife By J. A. Henckels
This hunting knife is in really fine condition and would have been the highest quality available during the time. The knife has a outstanding narrow handle which is covered with stag grip plates on each side. The stag is masterfully cut and is exactly matching on both sides. The grains are very enjoyable to study being slightly more golden at their peaks. The edges have also turned golden. Since it is a knife there is no pommel area as it is covered with the stag.
The scabbard is quite beautiful being a brown pigskin. The scabbard is all leather with no metal parts. It has a small strap with retainer button to keep the knife in place. The full mint blade is a real beauty of master craftsmanship having a single edge with a false edge that runs about halfway up the backstrap.
This beautiful blade appears to have been nickel plated and the finish is still mirror. On the reverse upper area there is the stamping of the two Egyptian like twins with the firm's name J. A. Henckels Zwillingswerk.
An extremely nice hunting knife which would have cost the original purchaser a pretty penny. Highest quality here!
Mint Minus. $695.00
CUTLASS #49490 National Rifle Association Cutlass by E. & F Hörster
This fine, original example has a perfect, intact grip, which is very rare to see on these pieces. Frequently the wood base beneath the celluloid covering shrinks which inevitably causes cracking and chips. This example has escaped this fate.
The pommel and guard remain crisply detailed throughout. The guard clamshell is decorated with patterns of oak and laurel leaves, with an applied National Hunting Association insignia, held in place by means of bent over prongs.
The long black leather scabbard is sewn up the rear, with twin accent lines on the edges. The lower fitting shows some freckling on the plating but is not pitted.
The nearly mint blade measures nearly 16 inches long. The finish is somewhat matte and has been engraved with hunting and marksmanship images on both sides. The "grain" on the blade runs a opposite for about 5 inches then returns to the normal direct, as is often the case with these blades. I've never been able to figure this quirk out but it seems universal to these shooting pieces. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Hörster nested H trademark and the original felt washer is in place.
A fine example here, made exceptional by the intact grip.
Mint Minus. $2,395.00
CUTLASS #48945 Imperial Hunting Cutlass By W. K. & C
This hunting cutlass is quite a beautiful item. It is all done in silver mounts which have completely black patinaed and have even shine throughout. A very nice look here and of course something that someone should never clean. The pommel is a nice example with umbrella-like design on the flat upper top and a fine acorn with hand enhanced cap which also acts as a tang retaining nut. The ferrule below also has lines which match those of the pommel. The crossguard is plain in the center and the two quillon arms have deer hair engravings and end in deer's hooves. The clamshell below is quite beautiful with its striking design.
The grip is extremely beautiful being a very dark brown color throughout having very fine attractive grains. The grip turns to the left as it rises upward.
The scabbard is in very fine condition also having black leather and being sewn up the rear. It has the punch at the obverse which contained a skinner which alas is now missing. The upper scabbard mount has the skinner slot with the lug at the forefront being an acorn with good enhanced cap. The mount is further enhanced with lines at the upper portion. The lower mount also has matching style lines with scalloped edge. The leather shows little age and is in fine condition.
The 16 inch blade is the best you will see. It is in full mint condition being factory bright. The blade appears to be a nickel plated example triple etches. The etches are quite interesting as they run perpendicular rather than horizontal. The obverse features a hunter holding a rifle looking pensively into the woods and further on are a stag and doe with lots of trees hunting implements and so forth. The reverse portion also features a hunter blowing a large hunting horn standing under fir trees. Further etches reveal a pair of rabbits in the bushes. There are also hunting horns and a stag head in the etch. The background frosting remains perfect really showing off the fine detail of the raised etches. The spine has oak leaves running down its length. This beautiful mint blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso with the king and knight figures as well as W. K. & C. This trademark puts this cutlass at about the turn of the last century.
The original red buffer is in place. Quite a nice example here.
Mint Minus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #48637C Immens Dog Head Motif Hunting Short Sword - Johann Stroblberg, Munchen
This very elaborate hunting short sword measures almost 30 inches in overall length. It reflects some of the finest craftsmanship and artistry that I have seen to date. The mounts are all done in a silvered nickel base metal. The pommel is extremely enticing, featuring the large head of a "pointing-style" hunting dog looking to the viewer's left. The detail to the animal's head with his long ears, snout, nose and mount are outstanding and have much appeal. The area at the mount's lower collar area is lined, giving a nice effect. The ferrule below the grip features raised curls running around the mount and decorated with dual lines above and below. The cross guard is a work of art with the obverse center block portraying a series of three standing oak leaves and acorns, all being hand-enhanced. The reverse center area portrays a raised plain oval. The quillon arms are further decorated with raised tongue-like designs. On each quillion end are further hunting dog heads displayed, the left side looking downward and the right side looking up. The clamshell is also extremely lovely with all of the flutes alternating with plain surfaces and engraved overlapping standing leaf designs. These mounts present the ultimate in hunting scene mount artwork. The grip is a fine genuine stag being of the same dimension at the upper and lower, having fine brown color grains.,The obverse is fitted with two hand-enhanced silver acorns. A more enticing hilt for the Forestry/Hunter collector-admirer can not be found.
The 24 1/2 inch long scabbard matches the spectacular views of the hilt. It features a perfectly-conditioned leather shell. The leather is still in near mint condition, having the usual twin line decorations on each side which run the length. The scabbard is sewn-up at the rear and also still appears new-like. The long shell is equipped with three silvered nickel scabbard mounts. The upper mount has a raised twin-lined floral decorated theme and below is a square open design which leads to the open pouch area meant to accept a skinning knife. Unfortunately, the skinner is gone to time. The lower section are of the mount is further enhanced with fine floral designs and in the center, there is an elaborate carrying lug consisting of dual overlapping oak leaves with an acorn below. The center scabbard mount has a similar floral motif and is also beautifully executed. The lower is quite long and features two choice designs in raised panels. The upper presents a hunting horn surrounded by floral designs. The lower panel portrays a hunting bag with crossed rifles and swords portrayed behind the sack. The mounts must be retained by old horse glue as was done during the time, as there are no retaining hardware materials visible.The reverse of the upper scabbard mount is engraved in three lines with the maker of this cutlass, "Johann / Stroblberg / München''. I have a great piece in my personal collection that was also produced by this expert Bavarian magician.
The fun continues, however, as the mint-conditioned blade is extraordinary. It measures about 24 inches in length. The blade is nickel-plated and etched throughout 3/4's of its length. The etching on both sides features a blue panel gilded floral design on the center portion and preceded and followed by a further blue panel. In between are panels of frosted floral designs. The spine is also blue color with gold trim. When first viewed, this blade is absolutely breathtaking being almost unbelievable in its beauty. Just the finest Bavarian craftsmanship imaginable. The scabbard covers the entire blade as it inserts in full into a cavity built-into the lower cross guard. This would be one of the reasons the blade remains in such fine preservation.
Well, if you Hunting /Forestry collectors are looking for a piece that literally could be a collection in itself, I think this is the one. A very exciting cutlass probably being circa 1890. None better.
Excellent Plus. $7,495.00
CUTLASS #48635C Imperial Damascus Hunting Cutlass Presented by Kaiser Wilhelm - H. Rabella, Berlin
This special Hunting Cutlass is extremely rare and would have been personally presented by Kaiser Wilhelm. The mounts are of gold-plated brass. The pommel cap has the umbrella-like flair-out lines on the upper surface, being topped with a simulated acorn which acts as a tang nut. The edges of the pommel top are decorated with dual lines at the upper and the lower section. The cross guard is in the traditional shape of deer's hooves and legs, having fine hand-detail to the hair of the deer's legs. Nice work here. The genuine stag grip is quite beautiful and curves upward to the left. It has fine prominent grain with varying shades of brown tones. The obverse grip is decorated with three oval-shaped smooth nuts. Below the cross guard is a fine clamshell device. It is bordered with a rim and all center areas have been pierced with decorative holes. In the center is a raised Imperial crown resting over the Kaiser's cypher being an intertwined, "WR" (Wilhelm Rex).
The scabbard shell is a very fine black leather showing little age and still having its original fine finish. The leather has the traditional decorative lines which run along the edges of both sides. The shell is fitted with matching gold-plated brass mounts. The upper mount is the style with a built-in pouch for the containment of a skinning knife. Unfortunately, the skinner has gone to time. The mount is fitted with a carrying lug in an acorn shape and having very fine enhancing to the acorn cap. The matching lower mount is plain, having scalloped edges where it meets the shell. Both mounts are retained by a single gild brass rivet positioned into the right side of the mount's edge.
The 16 inch long blade is hand-forged in an impressive "band" pattern Damascus. There are a few minor age pits in the Damascus steel, but nothing too detractive. The "band" pattern is rarely-seen and is prominent throughout the blade. The obverse blade has the raised etch of floral arrangements with a large trophy stag in the center. Past the stag etch is more raised floral designs and there is game bird at the upper area resting on a tree branch. The entire ricasso is gold-plated as are the raised areas portraying the etch. The gild all appears to be still in place. The reverse blade further has a gild ricasso and an additional raised floral motif portraying a panel in the center. The panel has a blue background. Raised out and gilded in the panel center is "Rominten / 30 September 1913". The blade spine has the gilded and raised name of the retailer through which the cutlass was purchased, "H. Rabella, Hofbucsenmacher, Berlin". Assumedly, this retailer was a supplier to the royal family. The original brown leather washer is intact.
Rominten was the sumptuous hunting estate owned by the Kaiser. In 1891, he acquired the 100 square acres of forest ground and built the splendid hunting estate-lodge on the site. The Kaiser visited the estate each fall for the hunting of deer. He and his hunting party would stand on a platform and deer would be driven in front of him for the "sport" shooting. After 1913, the Kaiser no longer visited Rominten, as the Great War had begun. After the war, while the Kaiser was exiled in Holland, Reichjägermeister Hermann Göring wanted to use the hunting estate himself, however, the Kaiser refused Göring access. After the Kaiser's death in 1941, however, Göring was able to acquire Rominten and used it for his own purposes after that time.
This historic cutlass would have been given as a gift by the Kaiser during the last visit he would ever make to Rominten. The recipient is not known, however. This is a fine opportunity to acquire a very rare royal present given by the Kaiser himself. A one-of-a-kind artifact.
Excellent Plus. $14,995.00
CUTLASS #48123 Senior Forestry Cutlass By Puma
We very seldom see a forestry cutlass made by Puma so it is pleasure to offer this example to some of you out there that may collect these cutlasses by producer. The cutlass has very fine gilded brass mounts.
The blade is a 13 inch long example. It is in full mint condition and has most unusual etches on it. The obverse etch depicts three hunters in a forest with a dog who all appear to be chasing down a rabbit. There is a pheasant on a branch ending the scene. The reverse scene shows a hunter running with rifle looking to get a shot at three deer in a forest glen one being a stag. The etch finished up with a turkey like bird. The spine has oak leaf etched and then what is really interesting to me is that it has the etched name of of W. Machovious Cottbus. I have seen this distributor many many times on Eickhorn but this is the first Puma example that I have seen with their name on the blade. Apparently Machovious had a relationship with Puma also. This mint blade is stamped with the diamond with puma cat inside and the firm’s name Puma below the head. Solingen is below the diamond. The original green buffer is in place.
A most interesting cutlass here an example that I am sure few of us have ever seen. A great piece for those of you out there collecting forestry types.
Excellent Plus Plus. $2,995.00
CUTLASS #48270C Gaucho Hunting Knife by Richard Abwehr Herder
This hunting knife is obviously German made but was produced for the gaucho marketplace in Argentina or close by areas in South America. The Herder company did produce these types of knives and had a large marketplace in this area of the world. The knife is quite beautifully made having a grip which appears to be made of nickel having a matching nickel pommel cap. The cap itself is thin and is held in place with a rivet which probably connects it to the tang. There is a small hallmark which is unidentifiable next to the rivet on the pommel. The edges of the pommel have floral type decorative images. The grip tapers downward from the pommel to a thinner size where it connects with the ferrule. The grip itself has raised out floral style images on both sides having a Spanish look to them. The ferrule is a fairly thick steel which looks in the form of a squared off mount but is actually a portion of the blade itself. The blade is a single edged type which is rather thick having no ricasso. The spine has decorative images cut into it. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the Herder diamond and the firm’s name Rich. Abr. Herder Solingen next to the diamond. The scabbard is of black leather having decorative lines which run down the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are the same nickel material as the grip. They also have very similar floral designs with a Spanish look. The bottom mount has a small chape image that runs around the tip to protect it. Both mounts have a decorative edge where they meet the leather. The upper mount on the reverse has a sleeve-like fitting that appears to have been used to hang the dagger over the wearer’s waist or possibly to put over a belt. This lug also has the same hallmark as appears next to the tang. This is a very well made piece and is particularly interesting for those collectors out there that may have an interest in the knives used by the gauchos in South America in particular or German export knives in general. Not a common item and quite attractive. The knife measures overall a little more than 14 inches.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
Excellent Plus Plus. $595.00
CUTLASS #47931 Bavarian Hunting Cutlass No Maker
This Bavarian hunting cutlass is in all black tone mounts. It has the traditional lion head acting as the pommel. The detail throughout the lion head is exquisite and remains in choice mint condition. The ferrule below has three decorative cut in enhancement lines. The crossguard is relatively plain in the center and it has quillon ends consisting of deer’s hooves the left side going upward and the right side going downward. The right side is also slightly shorter than the left. There is a traditional clamshell below. This stag grip is a beautiful piece of antler having golden and coffee tone colors. It is in very very nice condition having a small hole which was purposely drilled for placement of something in the past. The scabbard shell has good black leather. The leather is trimmed with the two lines that run the length of the edges of both sides. The scabbard is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts having scalloped ends the upper having a acorn lug and the lower having dual line enhancement. Both mounts are retained by staples and there are visible numbers beneath. The plain single edged blade with no fuller and ricasso is most impressive. This blade is 17 inches long and as bright as the day it was made. This blade remains in mint condition. The original green felt buffer is in place. Bavarian hunting cutlasses are very good looking and everyone should have one in their hunting forestry collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #35187 Imperial 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. The blade 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. $3,995.00
CUTLASS #48122 Triple Etched Ivory Grip Deluxe Senior Forestry Cutlass By WKC
This forestry cutlass was the top of the line for WKC and I must say it is quite a beautiful design. The D guard is decorated with raised oak leaves on both sides which end at the pommel top in a hoof. The hoof is well defined as to the hair. The D guard continues through the crossguard and also ends in a quillon hoof with nice detail to the animal's hair. The ferrule has a number of accent lines and in the center has a large raised portion with straight lines engraved and running around its circumference. The clamshell depicts a hunting dog doing a point at the prey while settled within a forestry scene. The grip plates are a beautiful ivory which has turned a lovely golden color. These plates are in perfect condition and have beautiful graining running through them. They have the three nuts except in the case of the Alcoso deluxe example there is a large nut at the top of each grip followed by a smaller nut and then a much smaller nut finishing up the sequence. Wrapped about the hilt is an outstanding original forestry portepee. This portepee has fine textured aluminum strapping with two bold green lines that run the length of the straps. There is a slide which is composed of intertwined green and bullion weave and beneath this the stem is the flat type having a crochet like appearance revealing the metal below. The lower ball is of all bullion and it has cat’s anus green stuffing. A very fine hilt here. The scabbard is also a nice example. The leather shows some mild surface age but is still in nice condition. This leather shell is fitted with matching gilt brass mounts the type having scalloped edges. The mounts are retained by staples and the number 17 is quite clear beneath the staples. The original to the piece mint condition brown frog is in place. This frog is the style with notch that retains itself beneath the acorn shaped scabbard lug. The triple etched blade is a 12 inch long example. The observer etch portrays a hunting dog pointing at two foxes which are playing around a fallen tree. The reverse etch depicts four deer running throughout a wooded area the first three are does and the chaser is of course a stag. The spine also has oak leaves etched on it. The blade is in nice condition being near mint. The obverse ricasso is marked with the knight head trademark with the firm’s initials beneath “WKC”. The blade buffer has gone to time. A very nice difficult to find cutlass.
Excellent Plus Plus. $1,895.00
CUTLASS #47737 Triple Etched Ivory Grip Senior Forestry Cutlass By WKC
This WKC cutlass is in nice condition showing some usage but still very collectible. The all brass hilt has a nicely formed D guard which is decorated with raised oak leaves running the length and throughout the crossguard with deer hooves ending at the upper and lower area. The ferrule has lots of accent lines around it and the center has a raised section featuring a lined decoration running around the circumference. The clamshell depicts a pointing dog aiming his noise at future prey. The left quillion end of the clamshell rises upward ending in a curl. The grip plates are of ivory and in beautiful condition both having nice golden tones throughout. The grip plates are decorated with the large to small type acorns only used by the WKC firm. The acorns all have oak leaves at the top of them. The scabbard shell is a fine black leather showing only nominal usage and decorated with twin lines that run the length of the edges of both sides. The scabbard is sewn up the rear. There are brass scabbard mounts with scalloped edges the upper having the acorn lug nut and the lower having double line decoration. The mountus are retained by staples having numbers beneath. The 13 inch blade shows some nominal age but still has good details to its etches. It features on the obverse and etch of a pointing dog sniffing out a couple of squirrels around a fallen tree. The reverse etch depicts four deer running through the forest glen having a stag being at the reverse. The blade spin has oak leaf decorations. This blade also has a few nicks in it where someone must have actually used it during the hunt. The obverse has a stamped knight head with the firm’s name and location below WKC Solingen. The original red buffer is in place showing a little minor age.
CUTLASS #47066 Triple Etched Weimar Hunting Cutlass By WKC
The pommel is retained by an acorn tang nut and the quillons are in the shape of deer legs. Below the guard is a fine clamshell. The grip is a nicely curved piece of antler that increases in width from bottom to top, and has three acorns set into it.
The leather scabbard remains in excellent condition throughout, with matching brass scabbard mounts and an acorn lug.
The blade measures 13 inches long and remains in mint condition. It is a most unusual blade with a very wide fuller and a single edge. It is beautifully triple etched. The obverse has a running stag harried by hunting dogs, as well as a boar battling another dog. The reverse is etched with two stags in different poses and a pair of foxes. The spine is quite wide and has a series of leaves etched on it. The obverse is stamped the knight’s helmet trademark of WKC. The original green felt buffer is in place.
A very fine hunting cutlass here.
CUTLASS #47730C 1938 Honor Prize Forestry Cutlass With Dedication - WKC
This Forestry Cutlass Cutlass remains in very choice condition and is one of the top-priced examples coming from the WKC firm. It is equipped with ivory grip plates and the large-to-small acorns usually only seen on this company's product. The brass hilt is a beauty, retaining its gild finish over brass base mounts. The "D" guard on both sides presents raised overlapping oak leaves and acorns. It flows through the cross guard area with a similar motif, terminating in a deer hoof. The ferrule is nicely enhanced, with grooves and a center raised area featuring line decorations. The clamshell below is the style with the left portion sweeping upward, ending in a curl design. The clamshell depiction is that of a hunting dog in a pointing position and lots of random decorative punches around the animal. As mentioned, the grip plates are ivory, both of which have toned over the years, but show no cracking, chips or any problems.
The scabbard retains perfect original black leather. It is decorated with twin accent lines that run the length of the edges on both sides. The brass mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples. The lower mount is enhanced with dual lines, while the upper mount features a fine acorn-shaped lug with nice detail to the acorn cap. The reverse upper mount has a four-line dedication. "Ehrenpreis / Hubertusjagd / 1938 / Gau Jâgermeister". To the left of the dedication is a fine applied silvered National Hunting Insignia featuring the stag head with rayed swastika in between the stag's horns. Basically, this is a Hubertus Honor Prize of 1938 presented by the local Gau Jägermeister.
The 12 inch long blade is in full mint condition, being as bright as the day it was produced. It is triple-etched with 100% frosting in the backgrounds of the raised work. The obverse presents the scene with hunter carrying rifle running after a boar being attacked by his dogs. The reverse portrayal is a kneeling hunter aiming his rifle at a fleeing buck and doe running through the forest. The spine has etched oak leaves.
This cutlass is not only in the best of condition throughout, but the dedication also gives it much importance to an advanced Hunting/Forestry collection. A great piece here!
Mint Minus $2,995.00
CUTLASS #47640 National Shooting Association Cutlass by Clemen & Jung
Clemen & Jung did not make a lot of shooting cutlasses so I am very pleased to offer this fine original example. The hilt mounts are made of nickel plated aluminum base metal and for once all of the plating is completely intact throughout. The pommel cap is similar to a hunting type having the umbrella like lines that go outward from the center at the top of the cap and there is a nickel plated screw which acts as a tang nut. The edges of the cap are lined for decoration. The ferrule below also has many lines. The crossguard is plain in the center areas having quillon arms which go outward the left side going up at the end and right side going downward at the end. Both ends are finished with acorn nuts. The line enhancing to the caps of the acorns is outstanding. Below the crossguard is a fine clamshell. The clamshell is decorated with a half wreath of oak leaves joining with a half wreath of laurel leaves and berries. The backgrounds of these wreaths is pebbled. In the center there is the shooting association button which is the type that is retained with two prongs in the back. The button portrays a black closed wing eagle with target on his breast. Around the edges of the button is the name of the organization Deutscher Schutzen Verband in between the words are enamel swastikas which are the only hakenkreuz which appears on these pieces. The grip is the usual carved wood base and is covered with white celluloid. This piece has a couple of cracks as most examples do however there is no material missing and this is a real plus with a shooting cutlass. In the center is applied a brass set of crossed shooting rifles. The scabbard shell is of black leather being decorated with dual lines running on the edges of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. The leather is in very fine condition showing only nominal age. The shell is equipped with nickel plated scabbard mounts having scalloped ends. Both are retained by staples having numbers under them. The lower mount is plain and the upper mount is plain except for a oval shaped lug for carrying frog usage. The double etched blade is a very fine example still being in mint condition. This blade measures 14 and 3 quarter inches. The obverse portrays a target between floral designs and then there is a etched segment dedicated to dogs smelling out game. On the reverse there is a series of floral designs with rifles hunting horn et cetera and then further down the blade is a running stag. These etches are different than we see on any other shooting cutlass types which makes this Clemen & Jung piece interesting. The reverse ricasso is marked with the crown over a seal device having a “Z” letter in the center. The original leather blade washer is in place. A very nice high quality shooting cutlass still in really nice condition.
Near Mint. $2,395.00
CUTLASS #46880 Triple Etched National Hunting Cutlass by Carl Eickhorn
All of the mounts are in beautiful silver and they have patinated very nicely throughout the areas although some of the frosting remains where they are brighter.
The pommel cap is a fine example having the umbrella-like struts that run outward from the matching silvered screw that retains the tang. Around the edges of the pommel it is line decorated. The ferrule also matches the line decoration of the pommel edges.
The crossguard features the plain center block area on both sides and the quillon arms go outward in the shape of deer’s hooves. The hair is simulated from the deer’s legs from hand enhancing into the metal. The left guard goes upward the right guard goes downward. Below is a fine clamshell.
The grip is a extremely appealing example being chosen for its size as it almost exactly fits the pommel and ferrule with little cutting required. This is what we like to see on period cutlassses. The grain in the stag is extremely attractive stemming from dark coffee colors to lighter tan colors. The stag gripi also rises upward and tilts to the left. Pin inserted in the center of the grip is the national hunting insignia which consists of the stag’s head with a swastika between being positioned between a sunburst. On either side of the deer’s head are the initials of the organization “DJ”. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is also a beautiful example being a composition base covered by very fine grained green leather. The leather shows only the most modest of usage and is decorated with the twin lines that run down the edges of both sides. The scabbard shell is fitted with matching silvered scabbard mounts. Both mounts are in perfect condition having scalloped edges. The lower mount is decorated with two sets of twin accent lines on the obverse. Both mounts are retained by staples and there are numbers beneath. The upper mount is fitted with a fine lug resembling an acorn with beautifully cut checkering to the acorn cap. The area surrounding the lug still has much of the original silver frosting.
The triple etched 13 inch long blade is exactly what collectors love to see. It is in mint condition still having its bright nickel finish with all of the frosting in the backgrounds. The obverse scene depicts the kneeling hunter aiming a rifle at a running stag and doe which are jumping over a log. In the end etch there is a panel showing a game bird tweeting on a branch of oak leaves. The reverse blade depicts the hunter running with a rifle in one hand and a cutlass in the other after his dogs who are battling to down a roaring boar. I’m not sure who’s getting the best of this battle as dogs are kind of flying all over the place but it is always an interesting scene and for it to happen for real must be quite exciting. On the top etch is a bird with long beak above an oak tree branch. The spine is etched with oak leaves. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Carl Eickhorn 1935 through 41 trademark. The original green blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice high quality hunting association cutlass. If you’re looking for the best this is a qualified example.
Excellent Plus Plus. $2,095.00
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 a cornwhich 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. $1,695.00
CUTLASS #45967 Immense Leather Frog for Large Hunting Cutlass
The frog is equipped with twin belt loops with a body section which is retained by woven leather cord. The belt loops still have their retainer straps and are equipped with bosses to adjust the length.
The frog measures 9 inches in length and is about 4 inches wide
Attached to the leather binding that retains the frog is a medallion which features the Iron Cross on a brass base decorated with crown FW oak leaves and the date 1813. The two leather straps have silver balled endings.
It’s possible that this frog was made for decorative purposes although it may have well been designed for large imperial cutlass. Either way a great item to help accent a hunting forestry collection. As I say in the above description I feel it comes from the imperial time.
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 #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.
This piece comes with an antique exception certificate pertaining to the ivory grip.
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.
This piece comes with an antique exception certificate pertaining to the ivory grip.
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.
This piece comes with an De Minimus exception certificate pertaining to the ivory grip.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
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!
This piece comes with an antique exception certificate pertaining to the ivory grip.
Near Mint. $4,495.00
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.
This cutlass comes with an exception certification regarding the ivory grip.
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.
This cutlass comes with an exception certification regarding the ivory grip plates.
CUTLASS #45586C Deluxe Short Hunting Cutlass by Carl Eickhorn
This hunting cutlass is a real beauty and it is more or less the deluxe model 1711 offered by Eickhorn as their top of the line. The difference between the standard features and this example is that the clamshell is different.
The fittings throughout this cutlass are all done in fine silver plate. The plating is in absolute perfect condition showing much frosting together with fine patination.
The pommel cap features overlapping oak leaves which extend outward from the acorn nut which serves as a tang keeper. The sides of the pommel are decorated with raised overlapping oak leaves. The ferrule below has twin edge lines made of raised dots and in the center are raised overlapping oak leaves.
The crossguard features a center block of raised oak leaves on both sides and the quillons end in deer’s hooves. The hair of the deer’s legs has been all hand accentuated.
The grip is a wonderful piece of stag having enticing colors of coffee brown in the backgrounds and being golden toned on the edges of the grain that rise outward. In the center of the grip is the national hunting insignia which features the deer head with swastika on a sunburst cross in the center. The initials DJ are on either side of the stag’s head signifying Duetsche Jagerschaft.
Below the crossguard is a fantastic clamshell which features a raised image of the head of a chamois. The silvering is perfect with beautiful patination. Surrounding the chamois head with his short antlers are raised floral designs. A very very beautiful hilt here seldom seen.
The scabbard shell is produced of fine grained green leather. The leather is decorated with twin lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are also silvered matching the hilt. The upper mount contains a lug for a hanger which is in the shape of a highly detailed acorn. The checkering to the cap is brilliant. The bottom mount has scalloped edges matching the upper mount and then on the obverse there is an engraved panel which features a bellowing large stag within a forest glen. The bottom chape ball is very interesting as it has miniature balls that run around its circumference. These mounts are retained by staples and there are numbers to be seen beneath them.
The blade on these deluxe short style cutlasses is only 10 inches long. This example is triple etched. The etch positions are slightly different than we see them normally but the etches remain the same. On the blade obverse it features the hunter carrying a rifle running after a boar who is being attacked by dogs. At the upper edge is a game bird with a long beak. The reverse etch pictures a hunter kneeling while aiming at a large stag and doe jumping over a long running towards the hilt. The edge is etched with laurel leaves. The blade still remains a mint state. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 1941 trademark. The original green felt buffer is in place.
A very beautiful original example here seldom seen with this clamshell motif.
Near Mint. $4,995.00
CUTLASS #45599C Hessian Imperial Forestry Cutlass by W. K. & C.
The Hessian forestry cutlasses are quite rarely seen and this example is in very fine collectible condition. The cutlasses are formulated with a lion head pommel. This beautiful brass pommel has a exquisite cat at the top with noble face and eyes being part of the casting. It has an impressive mane that runes partially down the backstrap. The rest of the backstrap has a series of raised floral devices. The D guard is basically plain having floral designs at the top where it enters the mouth of the lion and at the quillon end it has the head of a lion. The ferrule is decorated with twin accent lines and below is a fine clamshell depicting a raised out stag lying in a forest glen. There is nice detail to this clamshell.
This cutlass is equipped with beautiful ivory grip plates. The obverse plate is still a fairly white color being in perfect condition having some toning in spots and the reverse grip has toned to a golden ivory color throughout. Both grip plates are in perfect condition and are decorated with the original three acorns on each grip plate. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is of black leather still being in excellent condition showing only nominal age. The leather is enhanced with twin lines which run the length of both edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard shell is fitted with brass mounts having scalloped edges. The mounts are basically plain with the lower having two accent grooves and the upper having the lug fashion din the shape of an acorn. Both mounts are held by staples and there are numbers beneath.
The 16 inch long blade is still bright throughout being triple etched with hunting scenes. There are some age spots on the blade on both sides but they are not bad and the blade still grades at about excellent plus. The obverse blade depicts a beginning scene of a hunter carrying a rifle and then runs to a pair of deer resting in a forest glen and then finishes up with a scene of game bag with dagger et cetera. The reverse blade depicts a large stag at the bottom and then runs into the scene with a hunting dog sniffing out two foxes around a log and ends with another scene with a hunting bag hunting horn et cetera. The original red felt buffer is in place although it does show some age.
Overall a rarely seen forestry cutlass here and a good example to add much interest to haunting forestry collection.
This cutlass comes with an Antique Exception certification regarding the ivory grip plates.
Excellent Plus. $1,795.00
CUTLASS #45048 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass
This hunting cutlass is quite long measuring overall about 24 inches. Like we see with Bavarian imperial cutlasses the pommel is in the style of a fine lion head looking to the viewer's left. The details to the lion or outstanding with lots of hand enhancing and pebbling visible around the cat's jaws brow and also to the beautiful mane which stops at the grip plates.
There are ribs on both spines which feature oak leaf details. The ferrule is fine gilded brass with dual accent lines and the crossguard has a plain square center block with deers legs jutting upward to the left and downward to the right each equipped with a deer hoof on the end. There is also hand accenting to deer's leg hair.
The grip plates are some sort of a black horn. Both are in beautiful condition and both are decorated with two gilded round bosses.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout having excellent black leather. It is sewn up the rear and has the usual decorations of accent lines running down the edges of both sides. The matching gilded brass scabbard mounts have line decorations and are scalloped where they meet the leather. The upper example is fitted with a lug in the shape of a acorn. These mounts are retained by staples.
The long blade is a 19 inch length example. it has fine nickel plated surfaces which are still bright throughout. Other than just a little of the most mild age here and there this blade is in near mint condition. It is a little difficult to get in to the scabbard all of the way as the old leather has shrunk slightly over the years but this is something that perhaps could be repaired by getting inside of the scabbard and perhaps removing a little bit of leather to make make room for the blade itself. This blade is marked on the obverse ricasso with the king and knight trademark with the initials W. K. and C. beneath. This puts the circa of this piece somewhere around 1900. The original red felt buffer is in place.
A very nice Bavarian cutlass here.
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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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