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 #39132C Exquisite Hand-made Silver Hunting Skinner & Powder Horn
TThis remarkable set of two pieces is of the highest quality to be seen. Both pieces are absolutely beautiful and are works of art. They are in their original state and do not look to have ever been cleaned.
The skinning knife is fitted with a hand-made pommel of singular elegance. The pommel is stamped "800", indicating the mounts throughout are of silver. The upper portion of the pommel top is graced with an applied hunting dog head, the type that we call a "pointer". The detail throughout the canine head is the best you will see, featuring long ears, intelligent well-formed eyes and long snout. Below the head, is a wreath of hand-formed, applied oak leaves also with outstanding detail. The silver edges of the pommel also feature a complete row of applied oak leaves and acorns - beautiful detail. The pommel edges have a scallop shape. The silver ferrule below has matching scalloping of the upper edge. In the center is a row of raised matching oak leaves.
The grip is made of a rare horn which I believe is that of a chamois, an agile goat-like antelope found in the mountainous regions of Europe. The dark brown color grip has natural raised ribs and a vertical pattern running the length; it is quite striking indeed. The grip is curved to the left as it rises upward.
The small scabbard shell is made of supple dark brown leather. It has the typical accent lines that run the length of the edges on both sides. Both the upper and lower scabbard mounts have the same beautiful raised matching oak leaves and acorns running around their perimeter.
The short blade is about 4 1/4 inches in length. It has a built-in style guard/ricasso. The blade is single edged and remains bright with minor age signs at the ricasso area. The reverse is marked with the small knight logo. Atop the knight are the firm's initials, "A.W. Jr." (for Anton Wingen) and below is the location town of "Solingen".
Accompanying the skinning knife is a matching powder horn. The upper portion of the horn is decorated with matching applied silver oak leaves and acorns. At the top of the cap is an acorn device which also acts as the removable "stopper" for the powder. The body of the powder horn is also made from a chamois horn having the identical color, grain and ribs as is seen on the skinning knife. The horn ends in a natural dramatic, upwardly curved tip.
What a remarkable two-some this offering is. Just beautiful and absolutely the highest quality of workmanship and materials.. If you have ever wanted to treat yourself to something you can personally enjoy for a lifetime, it is this hunting set. It will make you smile every time and is elegance personified!
Near Mint. $2,995.00
CUTLASS #39180C Imperial Forestry Cutlass
The cutlass is equipped with gilded brass mounts. The “D” guard is the standard type, with lined decorations and simulated deer hooves at the top and bottom quillon. The hooves have enhancing on the leg hair. The ferrule has a simple lined pattern.
Below is a nicely shaped clamshell. On the shell is a hunting horn topped with a Prussian crown. At the lower borders of the clamshell are raised sprigs of oak leaves and acorns.
The grip is a very fine piece of antler, with deep coffee colored tones topped with tips of a lighter shade. The grip is decorated with two acorns on each side.
The scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather, decorated with the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. It shows some attic crazing and some signs of age. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass with scalloped edges The lower example is marked with two sets of dual lines and a standard chape button. The upper mount is plain with a mounted acorn lug. The checkering to the cap of this acorn is very well done.
The blade of this example is 10 inches long, with a single edge and a wide fuller. It is nice and bright, showing a few age spots but nothing bad. The green felt blade buffer is in place.
A fine Imperial piece here.
CUTLASS #39762 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass – W. K. & C.
This Bavarian Hunting Cutlass is quite long measuring 24 inches overall. It has the typical Bavarian pommel being that of a lion which was part of the Bavarian state coat of arms. The lion looks to the viewer’s left and is highly detailed throughout his mouth nasal area brow area and mane. The lion is finished in a dark black color which matches the rest of the fittings on this cutlass. The ferrule is a smooth design having three parallel cut in decorative lines.
The crossguard is the usual hunting type going up on the left side and down on the right side and the quillons depict deer hooves having simulated hair cut in to the edges.
The grip is a very beautiful example being of very old stag. This stag has turned to a dark coffee color being extremely attractive on the reverse and the obverse having very fine high graining. The colors lighten at the tops of the grains.
Beneath the crossguard is a clamshell device which is a bit smaller than most that we see.
The scabbard shell is of black leather having dual decorative lines on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. This leather is in excellent plus plus condition showing little age and no bulge out areas. The shell is equipped with matching black mounts, The mounts are decorated with dual decorative lines running around their circumference.
There is an original to the piece frog. This frog is of a dark green color leather and it is an interesting example as it equipped with two belt loops which also have adjustment buckles and straps to keep them in shape. The buckles are actually made of leather. Very nice work here!
The fine blade is about 16 inches in length. It is a side slab side type blade with a fairly short false edge at the top. The blade has no fuller and it flat throughout. It has a factory edge which has never been sharpened. This blade has been nicely nickel plated. Considering that this cutlass goes back to prior to the turn of the last century the blade is exceptionally nice still being bright throughout and having a couple of minor age spots here and there but even though the blade still grades easily at excellent plus condition. The blade is buffered by a green felt washer.
This is a very nice Imperial cutlass here having a great look about it its length also adds its desirability.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #39821C Imperial Shooting Cutlass
The pommel is the standard type, with the “umbrella” style upper cap. The blade is retained by means of an acorn-shaped device that has a very nice, hand-enhanced cap. The sides of the pommel are decorated with twin lines, a pattern seen again on the ferrule.
The crossguard has plain, opposed qullions that each end in acorns. Below the guard is a standard clamshell.
The leather scabbard shell is in choice condition, having the typical decorative pattern of dual lines on the edges of both sides and being sewn up the rear. This leather shows very little age and remains in exceptionally nice condition, with no bulging or bends. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated and are plain with scalloped ends. These mounts are retained by means of staples, and the top mount is fitted with a small lug.
The blade is about 19 inches long and is triple etched. It remains in exceptionally fine condition, still bright and with very fine plating. There is almost no age on this blade beyond a few tiny spots near the ricasso. The obverse etch consists of floral patterns topped with military flags. There is a central panel containing a dedication which reads, “F. Kuglmann Nebraska, / Dem Shützenverein Warva”.
Apparently this cutlass was presented to a Mr. Kuglmann, who apparently was from Nebraska! I can’t see any other possible meaning here; there is no way it could be a part his name unless he was an Omaha, Sioux or Iowan Indian, which seems unlikely. “Warva” was most likely a town but I can find no mention of it anywhere. The reverse panel of the blade bear more floral patterns and various military implements such as crossed cannons, flags, swords, et cetera. A very fine blade here, with a bold, completely frosted etch pattern. The blade is buffered by a brown felt washer.
An interesting Imperial Shooting Cutlass, with the potential from some research.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #39834 Stag Grip Hunting Knife – F. W. Backhaus
This Hunting Knife measures about 13 inches long. The grip is constructed from a single piece of antler. This antler doesn’t have a great deal of surface grain and there is also quite a bit of the white coloration we see when this occurs. The grip is topped off with a pommel of thin, silvered metal.
The crossguard is a simple affair with opposed quillons, which are flared slightly at the ends and have a plain, almost rough look to them.
The sheathe of the knife is made of leather and has no mounts. The leather is brown and looks to have once had dual lines running down the edges of both sides. It sewn up the rear, and has a bracing strap around the throat to keep everything secure.
The blade is a standard short style with a fuller and stepped end. It shows a little minor graying, although this could be cleaned up some with a little effort. The reverse of the blade is stamped “F. W. Backhaus Ohligs-Solingen”. The original leather blade buffer remains in place.
A good hunting knife here that was most likely used to deliver a swift coup de grâce to the prey.
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 #38077C National Hunting Association Cutlass – E. & F. Hörster
The pommel is the usual type, with a round screw at the top with a thread in it. This retains the pommel cap, which has a flared upper area. The edges of the pommel are decorated with a pair of raised lines that run about the circumference. The ferrule below is decorated in a similar fashion.
The crossguard is the usual type, with opposed deer legs at either end. The hair on the legs has been nicely rendered. Below the guard is a fine clamshell that remains in perfect condition.
The grip is a pleasing piece of antler, thin at the bottom and growing gradually thicker towards the end. This piece of antler was perfectly chosen; there was almost not cutting in involved in fitting it into the pommel and the ferrule. This is always a good sign of a period cutlass, particularly with Hörster, who continued to make cutlasses after the war. Usually the post-war pieces have a lot more cutting to fit the mounts.
In the center of the grip is a fine hunting insignia; fine deer skull set against a sunburst, with a cut-in swastika between the antlers. The initials of the organization, “D” and “J” can be seen to the left and right, respectively.
The scabbard shell is an outstanding green leather example. The leather remains in perfect condition, with all of the grain and decorated with twin lines on the edges. This leather shell is finished off with two matching scalloped mounts, each nicely patinated. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by staples in the usual manner.
Wrapped about the scabbard lug is the period green frog. The leather is in perfect condition on this frog, the reverse facing being in untreated, natural brown. It is fitted with a “D” ring to facilitate hanging.
The 13 inch blade is a beauty and is in fully mint condition. It is mirror-bright and retains full frosting in the backgrounds of the etchings. The obverse etch features a hunter chasing after a boar that is being harried by his hunting hounds. Behind the hunter is a game bird, sitting in a glen. The reverse of blade depicts a hunter taking aim at a large buck who is leaping over a log in pursuit of a doe. A chirping game bird sits on a branch behind the hunter. The spine of the blade is etched with laurel leaves and high-quality squared edges. A very beautiful blade here!
The obverse is stamped with the Hörster trademark used in the mid-30’s; it features the interlocked initials of the firm pierced by a sword. You have to be careful of this mark if you see it etched, as this is a sign of a post-war piece. When you see it stamped, as this one is, you can be sure it dates from the 1930’s. The fine green felt blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice Hörster hunting example here.
Mint Minus. $2,595.00
CUTLASS #39384C Early Third Reich Shooting Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn
The pommel features a set of oak leaves which taper upward to the peened-over nut tang; this piece cannot be taken down. These leaves are nicely done and very pretty The sides of the pommel have two sets of dual lines on the edges. The ferrule is similarly decorated.
The crossguard is in the usual opposed dear leg style. Additionally the hair on these legs has been expertly hand-enhanced. The guard is decorated with a shooting hat and target superimposed over a target, surrounded by springs of oak leaves. A beautiful guard here, with all of the original fire-gilded finish.
The grip is a very fine antler, being a coffee color fading to a lighter shade where the grains are raised. It is thinner at the bottom, gradually growing thicker and curving to the left as it runs out. Decorating the hilt are three leafless acorns with finely checkered caps.
The grip is a fine leather example. This leather shows some mild age, but nothing bad, and is decorated with twin lines on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples. There is a tiny ding on the reverse lower portion of the bottom fitting, and the top mount has a stylized acorn lug.
The shooting-style blade is quite long, measuring 17 inches, and slab-sided but fairly thin. It is lightly etched with military motifs. It remains bright and is very nice, nearly mint condition. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Eickhorn trademark used from 1933 to 1935; the seated squirrel holds a nut in his paws, and has a serrated tail. The original green blade buffer is in place.
A very nice cutlass here that would certainly dress up a hunting collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00
CUTLASS #35364C Large Proportioned Imperial Shooting Prize Cutlass with Damascus Blade and Post-war Display Case
This Imperial shooting Prize Cutlass is a most impressive piece, being of large proportion mounts, and measuring in the scabbard just over 23 inches. The piece is composed of the finest brass mounts, with outstanding workmanship. The pommel has the outgoing, engraved lines, being umbrella like, and along the edges, there are two sets of twin lines. The acorn on the top of the pommel acts to retain the tang nut. The ferrule matches the pommel, in that it has twin lines running around the circumference. The crossguard is basically plain, having quillons which end in deer hooves. The left side goes upwards, and the right side runs downwards. The clamshell below is in the shape of a clamshell, thus the name, and has very nice fluting.
The grip is a most beautiful stag, curving to the left. The stag has outstanding, coffee color backgrounds, with lighter, golden grains in the raised out portions. This grip has a very classic, antique look to it, and is in pristine, perfect condition.
The scabbard shell has very fine, black leather, showing only modest age. The shell is decorated with twin accent lines on both sides, and it is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass, having scalloped edges. The upper mount is fitted with a lug in the shape of an acorn. The lower mount has dual accent lines, and the chape area ends in the shape of a clamshell. This tip makes for a very nice presentation.
On the reverse of the upper scabbard is a fine dedication. The dedication reads: "Für Hervorragende/Leistungen/beim/Konigspreisschiessen/von 18. August 1901/ v. Rorries/Major u. Kommandeur". This presentation basically means it was given for excellence in the King's shooting contest of 18 August 1901, by Von Rorries, who was major and commander of the shooting club. The dedication is surrounded by oak leaves, and there is a simulated target at the bottom, with crossed rifles.
The blade of this example is an extraordinary Damascus. This blade is about 15 1/2 inches in length, and is of very large proportion, being of the pattern called "DAMASTSTAHL". The pattern is extremely dominant, still being in near mint condition. There is an interesting ricasso that runs about a third down the edge of the blade. This was done so that the winner of this shooting prize could have his name within a panel on the reverse. This panel has the name, "Mueller". This blade is in near full mint condition, and is about as fine of a piece of Damascus that was produced during the period.
This impressive cutlass comes in a most beautiful, post war mahogany wood case, that has been furniture like finished with a fine, recessed area in the lower portion of the box. An outstanding opportunity here, to acquire a real showpiece for your Imperial collection. It is possible that the event for this prize could be researched, as we do have the two names of the principals involved. This identical cutlass appears in the Imperial Reference Book by Tom Johnson and Tom Wittman on page 275. This will be the fourth time over the last 30 years that I have had the honor to market this cutlass. A wonderful opportunity here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,000.00
CUTLASS #39361 Imperial Bavarian Lion Head Hunting Cutlass
The pommel features a great looking lion’s head that faces the left. The detailing throughout this cat is outstanding, with a fine eyes, whiskers, brow and muzzle. His mane flows backwards, ending where the grip begins.
The ferrule has matching brass and is decorated with a pair of raised-out lines.
The crossguard has a plain center block with a lined border on both sides. The quillons are the usual opposed deer hoof types, with lots of obvious hand work on the fur.
The grip is constructed with a pair of ebony plates which are decorated with raised brass side panels. These panels are decorated with raised oak leaves and overlapping acorns. In the center of the obverse grip are two oval shaped brass bosses. These plates are in excellent condition, as is the fine clamshell.
The scabbard shell is of black leather, sewn up the rear and with the usual decoration of twin lines on the edges of both sides. The leather shows some mild age, but in the main it is in good condition and somewhat supple. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass with scalloped edges. The mounts are retained by staples. The upper mounts is fitted with an acorn lug.
The blade is 19 inches long. It has a single edge, no fuller, and sharp edges on the quill-back. It is double etched with hunting scenes but unfortunately age has taking a toll and these are beginning to fade. They are still visible, however. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.
A good Hunting Cutlass here for someone who would like to clean it up a bit; I’m sure it would look extremely nice with a minor amount of work.
CUTLASS #39178C Imperial Hirschfanger
The pommel is most interesting, having a flared up top on the cap and, instead of the “umbrella” lines there are a series of oak leaves. There is an acorn which acts as a tang nut. The lower portion of the cap is tapered inward and features two rows of overlapping oak leaves. The ferrule has a row of dual oak leaves bordered with beading on both sides.
The crossguard is a deer hoof type, smooth throughout with no enhancing. Below the guard is a nicely designed clamshell, decorated with a curled hunting horn topped with a Prussian eagle. Around the horn are two sets of oak leaf and acorn sprigs.
The grip is a very fine piece of antler, curved to the left as it runs out from the blade. It is nicely grained, with deep coffee colored tones topped with tips of a lighter shade
The scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather, decorated with the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. It has matching brass mounts which have straight edges where they meet the scabbard leather. These mounts are retained by staples, the lower mount having a staple on both sides. The upper mount has a bayonet-like lug numbered “9316”.
Attached to the scabbard is what appears to the original to the piece frog. It is quite large, with a sturdy belt loop at the top as well as a retainer strap with a buckle and hasp, to keep the weapon in place while on the move.
The blade 11 ½ inches long and of simple design, with smooth surfaces and a wide fuller. The edge has factory sharpening. It shows some age but remains in excellent condition. The original green felt blade buffer is in place.
A good looking Imperial example here.
CUTLASS #39180C Imperial Forestry Cutlass
The cutlass is equipped with gilded brass mounts. The “D” guard is the standard type, with lined decorations and simulated deer hooves at the top and bottom quillon. The hooves have enhancing on the leg hair. The ferrule has a simple lined pattern.
Below is a nicely shaped clamshell. On the shell is a hunting horn topped with a Prussian crown. At the lower borders of the clamshell are raised sprigs of oak leaves and acorns.
The grip is a very fine piece of antler, with deep coffee colored tones topped with tips of a lighter shade. The grip is decorated with two acorns on each side.
Attached to the cutlass is a Third Reich Forestry Troddel. It is of aluminum bullion strapping with twin green lines running the length. The slide is intertwined green and bullion while the stem is crochet-like material over a flat base. The lower ball is of aluminum bullion with a “cat’s anus” stuffing in green.
The scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather, decorated with the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. It shows some attic crazing and some signs of age. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass with scalloped edges The lower example is marked with two sets of dual lines and a standard chape button. The upper mount is plain with a mounted acorn lug. The checkering to the cap of this acorn is very well done.
The blade of this example is 10 inches long, with a single edge and a wide fuller. It is nice and bright, showing a few age spots but nothing bad. The green felt blade buffer is in place.
A fine Imperial piece here.
CUTLASS #39182C Commercial Hunting Knife – Herm Kunejung
The grip is completely constructed from a large antler. It has slight curve to the left and, at the top, is a cap that acts as a pommel. The antler is beautifully grained, lighter brown on the surface and a rich coffee color in the recessed areas. It has been nicely trimmed to fit into the lined ferrule.
There is a small opposed crossguard, constructed from steel with flat quillons.
The scabbard is a simple leather sheathe, sewn up the rear. There is no throat on this scabbard and there appears that it once had a belt loop, but that has been lost to time. The lower portion of the sheathe has a mount held in place with a staple.
The 8 ½ inch blade is a bayonet type with a narrow fuller and a stepped end. It is fully mint and quite beautiful, marked with “Herm Kunejung” and a trademark in the form of set of spectacles on the reverse. The original green blade buffer is in place.
An excellent period hunting knife here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $250.00
CUTLASS #39183C Commercial Hunting Knife – J. A. Henckels
There is a traditional pommel on this knife, having a smooth upper surface and lined edges. The ferrule below matches this design.
The is a simple crossguard with opposed teardrop quillons.
A nice piece of antler serves as the grip, with colors of dark brown and lighter gold on the opposite edge. It curves to the left and has impressive grains.
The scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather, decorated with the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts match the nickel finish of the hilt mounts. The upper mount has twin lines on the edges and a small set of rings attached to each edge; presumably a leather thong was run through these rings to suspend the knife. The lower mount has matching lines and ends in a fine rounded ball.
The blade of the knife is about 7 ¼ inches long, constructed of high quality, nickel-plated steel that remains in fully mint condition. It has a single edge with a false edge running about a third of the way back down the blade. It is deeply stamped with famous Henckels Twins logo on the reverse, and the original green leather blade buffer is in place.
An outstanding, highest quality piece here, and a fine addition to any Hunting collection.
Near Mint. $325.00
CUTLASS #39033 Imperial Hunting Association Honor Gift Cutlass
Imperial Cutlass is a long weapon, measuring 22 inches long in the scabbard. It is in “as found” condition; if someone out there wanted to delicately clean this piece I have no doubt that it would come up magnificently.
The mounts throughout are of gilded brass, heavily patinated with what appears to be dirt and perhaps some old nicotine. It is fitted with a traditional pommel cap with an “umbrella” flare at the upper portion. A nicely form acorn acts as the nut that retains the blade tang.
The “D” guard is decorated with lined borders and begins and ends in deer hooves. These hooves have had nicely simulated hair engraved on each. It appears as if much of the original gilding remains on this guard. The ferrule has the same decorations as the side of the pommel cap. Beneath the guard is a fine fluted clamshell.
The grip is an outstanding piece of antler, dark brown in color with slightly lighter grains. It was obviously chosen for it fine proportions as it perfectly fits the pommel and ferrule with little evidence of cutting. The grip is decorated with three smooth brass nuts on the obverse.
Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original portepee. It looks like an Imperial Senior Forestry example to me, constructed of textured gold fabric and having two sets of green lines running the length. The slide and stem are of woven gold bullion. The lower ball is also of bullion with a green “cat’s anus” stuffing. This knot, other than being slightly soiled, looks to be in fine condition with no fray anywhere.
The scabbard shell is also a fine example, constructed of black leather with a pocket for a skinning knife. It has the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the shell and are retained by staples in the usual fashion. The upper mount has the pocket for a skinning knife as well as an acorn lug.
The skinning knife is in place. It is the type with antler grip plates on both sides, both in excellent condition and retained by three rivets. The short blade is a deluxe variety, with a little age smudging in the surfaces but still mostly bright. It is triple etched, which is a rarity. The obverse etch includes a stag and doe in a forest glen, while the reverse has a perpendicular design of hunting implements set against a floral background.
The long blade of this cutlass measures 14 ½ inches. It is still bright throughout, showing only modest age and nearly mint. The obverse blade is etched with a stag running through forest glen. In the center is a floral decorated ribbon with two line dedication. It reads, “Ehrengeschenk das Allgemeinen Deutschen Jagdschutzen Vereins”, or “Honorary gift of the General German Hunting Association”. The reverse of the blade is etched with a large stag, rearing up under a tree and topped with hunting implements such as a cutlass, horn, game bag, et cetera. The spine of the blade is etched with laurel leaves and is marked with the name of the well known Berlin distributor “G. Laute Berlin/Hoflieferent”. Hoflieferent means “court supplier”, indicating this company supplied the Royal Family. The original blade washer is in place.
This cutlass has the makings of something very beautiful for the right person who would like to clean it up. It would be a labor of love but I know the end result would nothing short of remarkable.
CUTLASS #39191C Prussian Garde Oberjäger Hirschfanger – Carl Eickhorn
This Imperial Hirschfanger is one of the most impressive pieces made during the period, offered as Model #554 in the 1908 Eickhorn catalog. This huge hirschfanger was worn by an Oberjäger that was a member of the Kaiser’s Garde unit and as such is extremely rare. It measures 23 inches long in the scabbard.
This piece has a most impressive eagle head pommel which looks to the viewer’s right. The head is huge and has outstanding hand enhancement throughout the feathering that runs around the backstrap and the obverse hilt area. Also the eye and brow of the bird are extremely well done. The beak is plain and is halfway open, providing a nice contrast to the hand-enhanced areas. The pommel retains almost all of the original gilding.
The hilt is shaped very much like a Naval Applicanten Dirk, as the handhold is round and smooth, gradually opening to a pair of “bowling pin” quillons with rounded ends. The original gilding remains in the protected areas as well as around the Garde Star. This star is marked “Suum Cuique”, or “To Each His Own”. Some of the enamel is broken from this center medallion but it is not bad.
I can’t overemphasize how spectacular this hilt is, with its beautiful design and huge size.
The scabbard shell is constructed of good, sound black leather. It has the usual pattern of twin line decorations on the edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are the traditional Hunting/Forestry types, being of matching gilded brass with scalloped edges. The lower mount has twin line decoration on the obverse and a standard chape button., while the upper mount has a fine acorn lug. The gilding on the mounts shows some mild wear and is about as intact as the hilt area.
The blade is a 16 inch, triple etched hunting example. The obverse etches include a stag chasing two doe through a forest glen, a wild boar snarling at the viewer, and a chirping game bird perched on an oak bough. The reverse etches feature a large and impressively pointed stag, a hunter shooting at a stag with a hunting dog in hot pursuit, and a duck-like bird on an oak bough. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the back to back Squirrels used by Eickhorn as a trademark during this period. The original green felt washer is in place.
If you have a copy of the Imperial Book put out by Tom Johnson and myself there is an almost identical piece pictured on page 301. The Oberjäger group during the Imperial time was staffed by skilled hunters and marksmen; the “Garde” title signifies the wearer was a member of the Kaiser’s personal Jäger unit.
This is an extremely rare piece, a must for a serious Hunting/Forestry collector and an amazing opportunity to acquire something only very rarely seen these days.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $14,995.00
CUTLASS #38927C National Hunting Association Cutlass
The cutlass is fitted with silvered hilt mounts in the usual manner. The pommel cap has fluted slots that run outward across the top surface, and there is a round, peened ball that acts as a tang lock. The edges of the pommel have been enhanced with a pair of decorative lines; the ferrule below also has this treatment.
The crossguard is the style which features quillon arms in the form of opposed deer legs, complete with hooves. Below the guard is a fine clamshell. These silvered mounts have a very pleasing patina with some frosting still visible.
The grip is a most beautiful antler example. It was chosen for specially for it's size, as there is no sign of carving to make the fit to the pommel cap and the ferrule. The antler has very nice brown tones, ranging from light tan to dark coffee, and a medium grain. In the center of the grip, positioned just to the left of the natural curve of the antler, is a National Hunting Insignia.
Attached to the hilt of this cutlass is a fine, textured green troddel. This troddel would normally be used on a Subordinate Forestry Cutlass, but it appears as though this knot has always been on this piece and apparently it was properly worn at the time. The knot is in very fine condition, being completely set in place and with no frat anywhere. The knot is complete with a matching slide, stem and acorn ball. The ball insert matches the color of the strapping.
The scabbard shell is of leather with the usual pair of accent lines running down the edges of both sides. The obverse leather has turned a tan color, while the reverse has visible signs of the original green coloration. Apparently when this cutlass was new the leather had been lightly dyed green, but the years have taken a toll and turned this shell into the pleasing tan seen on the obverse. The scabbard mounts are scallop edged and look to be of steel that has been silver plated to match the hilt. It is interesting to note that while these mounts are numbered “42” on the reverse staples where not used to secure them. These mounts are affixed by means of headless screws on either. The upper mount is complete with an acorn shaped carrying lug.
The slab-sided blade is 13 inches long, with a false edges that runs part of the way back down the spine. It is interesting to note that the etch on this blade is in a perpendicular arrangement, as opposed to the normal horizontal layout. I don't ever recall seeing a Third Reich etch laid out in this manner; obviously this firm had a mind of their own in terms of their cutlass design.
The obverse etch has three scenes. The first is a that of a dog trying to down a wild boar. The central etch depicts a stag and a doe in a forest glen, and the final pattern is that of two game birds in a patch of grass. The reverse etch has two distinct panels; the first depicts a stag leaping over a fallen tree and the second is a a wolf (or savage looking dog) with a rabbit clenched in his jaws. The spine is decorated with a pattern of laurel leaves. This piece has no maker markings, and the original black leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are a cutlass collector that is interested in rare variants this attractive piece will not disappoint.
Excellent Plus. $2,295.00
CUTLASS #38928C Imperial Long Shooting Cutlass – D. David, Berlin
This Imperial Shooting Cutlass is quite long, having a blade that measures 18 ½ inches. The hilt is quite striking, being constructed of solid brass and having a grip that curves further to the left than any I can ever recall seeing in the past.
The pommel is the usual style with fluting at the top and an acorn-shaped lug that acts to retain the tang. The edges are decorated with a line pattern. The ferrule has the same pattern of raised decorative lines.
The crossguard is in the form of opposed deer legs, complete with hooves. The legs and hooves have plain surfaces. Below the guard is a standard clamshell.
The antler grip is the central feature of this fine cutlass. It is a very dark brown with lighter shades appearing in the grains, and decorated with three plain bosses on the obverse. This grip is very interesting in that it almost makes a 90 degree turn! Imperial collectors should greatly admire this piece as we do not see dramatic grip like this very often.
The scabbard is typical of the type, with decorative lines running the edges and sewn up the rear. The leather is in fine condition, showing little age. The plain scabbard mounts are of matching brass and have scalloped edges. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.
The long blade is the thinner type and, believe it or not, remains in mint condition. It has outstanding nickel plating and beautiful triple etched surfaces. The etches are military in nature, with standartes, pikes, drums and the like. The spine is decorated with a pattern of laurel leaves. The frosting behind these etches remains 100% intact. The reverse ricasso is stamped with what is probably a distributor marking, “D. David / Berlin”. There also appears to have been additional text beneath this, most likely an address, but it has worn away.
If you've been thinking of adding a shooting cutlass to your collection, this dramatic example will not fail to please you. The grip is bent further than any you will ever see!
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
CUTLASS 38923C Imperial Hunting Saufanger Cutlass with Damascus Blade
It measures overall in the scabbard about 16 inches in length. All gild brass mounts are oversize and wonderfully executed with a wild boar theme. I believe this cutlass to be specifically designed and built for use of boar hunting. The large pommel cap is of standard shape, having a fluted-line top surface and capped off with a tang nut in the shape of a well-defined acorn. The cap has hand-done checkering and is still crisp to the touch. The sides of the pommel have two sets of dual decorative lines. The matching ferrule below has four sets of matching dual lines.
The crossguard is in the usual shape having simulated deer leg quillions that end in well defined hooves. The left side quillion rises upward, and the right side downward. At the guard center on both sides is a fine boar's head, being well hand-enhanced and sporting a nasty tusk coming out of his mouth. Below the guard is a fine matching clam shell. The clam shell is in the form of a shield around the edges, and in the center, features a large hairy boar being attacked by four good-sized hunting dogs. There are four dogs; one on the back of the boar, one on his back under the boar and one in front and one behind the boar both in challenging positions - amazing how much hunting lure can be shown on the surfaces of just one clam shell. Both the cross guard and the clam shell are internally numbered, "64".
As great as these mounts are, though, they are paled by the beauty of the huge antler grip. This grip was chosen especially for its size, as there is no outside signs of cutting anywhere on this antler where it meets the pommel and the ferrule; this a sure sign of the highest quality construction, normally only seen on these cutlasses coming from the Imperial time. The antique grip has pleasing high grains running throughout, and its colors vary from lighter tans at the tops of the grains to a deep coffee color in the recesses.
The scabbard is a short stubby type, custom-made to accommodate the great blade of this piece. The leather shell is black having the decorative lines running down the edges of both sides. The leather shows only the most nominal of age, being sewn up the rear. The shell has matching gild brass mounts. The mounts have fine scalloped edges and are retained by staples in the rear.
But, as great as the outside of this cutlass is, it is the blade that draws the immediate attention of the viewer. This blade is of wide proportion with very thick spine. It has a short ricasso and is slab-sided having a single cutting edge with a false edge that rises upward on the spine slightly. It is produced of hand-forged damascus steel. The pattern is spectacular, seeming to simulate lots of clouds running across a sky. It is very, very impressive indeed. The blade appears in near full mint condition. When we first received the cutlass, the blade had some age and stains across the surfaces, so we had it professionally cleaned. The results were better than our wildest dreams, and now the beauty of this treasure can be fully appreciated by the viewer. The tang of the blade is deeply stamped, "M + D / M + D", which was the signature of the master damast smith, Max Dinger. No wonder this blade looks so striking, as Dinger was held to be one of the best, if not the best smith of his time. The original off-red felt buffer remains in place.This superb piece was sold through the retail store of "Carl Stahl, Cassel", whose name appears raised on the blade's spine.
If you are a hunting/forestry advocate, this is one of the best cutlasses I have seen. It will truly be a highlight of any advanced collection. Ownership of an artifact with this beauty and quality is sure to provide years of satisfaction. Whenever you may be feeling a little glum, just pull this cutlass out of its scabbard, and it will immediately make you feel better. A real treasure here!
B>Excellent Plus. $4,995.00
CUTLASS #38479 German Shooting Association Cutlass – Alcoso
The pommel appears to have all of the plating throughout. It features an umbrella-like flare at the top with a screw device that acts as a pommel and line decorations along the edges; the ferrule below has a similar pattern of lines.
The crossguard is smooth, having two branch-like quillon arms in an opposed configuration. The quillons end in fine acorns with hand-enhanced caps.
Below the crossguard is a fine clamshell. This clamshell features a wreath of oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. In the center is the insignia of the German Shooting Association.
The grip of this cutlass is in great condition, especially when you consider they way we normally see them. Because these grips are made with a coating of celluloid over a base of carved wood they are usually heavily cracked and chipped from the almost inevitable shrinkage of the wood. This grip, however, has only a single crack on the upper area and is hardly noticeable. The reset of the grip has fine flutes and is an attractive off-white color. Pinned to the center of the grip is a brass insignia in the shape of crossed set of hunting rifles.
The scabbard shell is a fine leather example, showing a little mild age in the surfaces but remaining in good, supple condition. This scabbard has been sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel and have scalloped edges where they meet the leather. These mounts are retained by staples and in in pristine condition.
The long blade of this cutlass measures 16 inches. This blade is double etched and is still in mint condition. The obverse etch begins with a floral pattern and moves to a target with crossed rifles. We then see a hunting scene, complete with dogs, and then more floral patterns. The reverse blade has floral designs with a center panel that depicts a stag leaping over a fence. This blade is stamped with the Alcoso Scales trademark used from 1937 to 1939. The original blade buffer is missing from this piece.
This is a fine cutlass in a condition that we do not see very often any more. As stated above most of them have god-awful broken grips and this example has almost completely avoided this flaw.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00
CUTLASS #38501C Early Third Reich Shooting Cutlass – Alcoso
This Shooting Cutlass was probably made right before the German Shooting Association examples came out in 1939. This piece has all brass mounts and is quite long at 22 inches, which is typical of the type.
The pommel is a very fine example, with an umbrella-like top and a round device that has been peened through to the tang. The sides of the pommel decorated with a lined pattern. The ferrule most likely has the same treatment, but the original-to-the-piece knot is so tight I can't peek inside.
The crossguard is a fine brass example with opposed quillons that end in deer hooves.
The grip is a very beautiful piece of antler which curves upward and to the left. It has very pleasing large grains on the left edge and is smoother on the right edge. This stag antler is a very nice coffee brown color. This grip has been fitted out with three acorns, the type without leaves. These insignia have very precise caps. The fine clamshell below is of brass and is in excellent condition.
As mentioned above this cutlass is equipped with the original shooting troddel. This troddel is constructed of textured green fabric and has a matching stem. The cap and ball are of matching green material and the stuffing matches the strapping. This troddel is extremely tight around the cutlass and definitely appears to be original to the piece. It is in perfect, unfrayed condition.
The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. It has the usual line decoration along the edges of both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of matching brass and have scalloped edges where the meet the leather. They are retained by staples in the usual fashion and have stamped numbers on the inner surfaces.
The blade of this cutlass is identical to those used for the German Hunting Association Cutlass. It is 16 inches long and is in full mint condition. There is a floral etch on the obverse which then turns into a target with crossed rifles. Beyond this we see a wooded glen with a few hunting dogs and then more floral designs. The reverse blade is mostly more of these floral patterns but also has a stag leaping over a fence in the center. The spins of the blade is not etched. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1937-39 Alcoso Scales trademark and the original green blade buffer is in place. It has a few nips to the edges but is basically sound.
A very fine cutlass here, one that would make a great asset to any collection.
Near Mint. $1,595.00
CUTLASS #24735 Weimar Hunting Cutlass
This 1920's period cutlass is fitted with all brass mounts. It is unmarked and therefore was probably produced by a smaller maker. The fittings have a different look than what we usually see which is indicative of smaller producers. The pommel cap has the segmented top area with a round ball which acts as a tang blade retainer. The edges of the pommel are decoratively lined. The crossguard is quite different being plain surfaces but having a flared and rounded look to each of the crossguard arms and quillons. The ferrule above is lined to match the pommel. There is a standard style clamshell beneath. The grip is a large original piece of stag which rises upwards slightly to the left. The stag has a tannish color with the tops of the grains being lighter. A very nice grip here. There is a metal stub left in the center obverse which is indicative of some sort of insignia which was once decorating this grip.
The crossguard has a troddel which appears original to this piece. The troddel has green textured strapping with green stem and ball. Normally a troddel like this would be associated with the shooting association rather than a hunting piece. It is also possible that this piece acted as a decorative item on a shooting uniform. The troddel strapping is in good shape however the colored material is worn from the slide and also has wear spots in the stem. The lower ball has the typical yarn-like material and has a lower stuffing which matches the strapping.
The scabbard shell is a black leather. It is in excellent condition showing only nominal age. It has the usual twin decorative lines that run down both of the edges and is sewn up the rear. The mounts both have scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The upper mount has a lug which consists of a plain surfaced acorn. The lower mount is decorated with twin sets of lines just on the obverse. These mounts are retained by staples in the normal fashion.
The unmarked blade is 14 inches in length. It has a ricasso with single edge and short false edge at the top. The obverse panel has excellent etching still retaining the frosted backgrounds. The etch consists of hunting scenes with a stag in a forest glen at the lower and a hunting bag with cutlass, horn and shotgun above. The reverse theme is very similar to the obverse with the figures slightly changed. The spine is etched with floral type devices. This blade only shows nominal age and still retains its original tip. The etches are extremely easy to see and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the number “20”. The original off-red felt buffer is in place showing some wear to the edges but not bad.
A fine cutlass here, made by a small producer having a unique look throughout.
CUTLASS #37566C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass – WKC
This very substantial Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is of all fine quality brass construction. The “D” guard is basically plain but for a lined border. Both ends of this guard terminate in stylized deer hooves. The fur on these hooves has good hand-enhanced detailing. The ferrule has a series of similar line decorations.
Below the crossguard area is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a set of curved and arching teardrop shaped lobes that project out of it, the left lobe being a long, graceful affair and the right quite short.
The grip plates on this cutlass are of fine stag antler. This antler is a dark coffee color speckled with lighter color grains. The areas where the grips were trimmed have turned to a golden tone. Both plates have three applied acorns on each side. These acorns are the type that have caps on the top and no leaves.
Wrapped about the ferrule is the original-to-the-piece troddel. This troddel is constructed of textured green silk-like strapping, and has a stem of silk wrap and a lower ball in a matching green color. The insert is the same as the strapping. The little slide is missing from this troddel.
The scabbard shell is of very fine black leather which shows little age. The leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated with twin accent lines that run down the edges of both sides. The matching brass scabbard mounts are relatively plain except for scalloped edges where they meet the shell. The upper mount is equipped with a fine lug in the shape of an acorn with a detailed cap. The lower mount is decorated with twin lines. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual fashion, and there is a matching number that can be seen beneath both of them.
The slab sided blade of this cutlass is 11½ inches in length. This blade is a beauty, being in nearly full Mint condition and having triple etching. The obverse etch depicts the familiar hunter, outfitted with a rifle and a cutlass, running after a wild boar which is being harried by his hunting dogs. Next we see a game bird flying around a spray of oak leaves. This etch could not be any better, having beautiful frosted backgrounds.
The reverse etch is in the same fine condition; it depicts a kneeling hunter taking aim with his rifle at a stag and doe who are leaping over a log. The etch ends with another game bird who sits chirping on a branch of oak leaves. The spine of the blade is etched with more oak leaves. The obverse ricasso of the blade is deeply stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A nice cutlass here, showing only the most minor traces of usage.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00
CUTLASS #37469 Imperial Hunting Cutlass – Alcoso
This very large Imperial Hunting Cutlass measures about two feet long overall in the scabbard. It is in outstanding condition throughout, and has gilded mounts. The bass metal is brass and the pommel features a duplicate of an acorn which acts to retain the tang. This acorn has very impressive hand-done checkering on the cap. The pommel has the usual flared sections, and the edges are decorated with raised lines.
The ferrule also features raised lines; they are quite interesting as they are not totally straight, having some curvature as they run around the circumference.
The crossguard is very beautiful, having raised floral designs around the center which feautures a raised deer. There are also curlicues around the animal. The reverse center of the guard has a wild boar standing in a field as well as the same type of floral decoration as the obverse. The golden quillons which extend outward are also decorated with subtle enhancements, all done by hand. The left quillon (which points upwards) ends in a wolf's head and the right, downward quillon ends in the head of a hunting dog. A great looking design here!
The clamshell is in the shape of a shield and is also extremely deluxe. This clam has a border around it, rendered to look like sticks and branches. There are two stags on the shell which appear to be in a fight for life. They are highly raised off the surfaces and are set against a fine, randomly pebbled background being the same as the crossguard motif. This is a exquisitely rendered piece.
The grip is a beautiful piece of stag which curves upward and to the left. The stag was undoubtedly hand selected for the its size as there was very little trimming needed to secure the pommel and ferrule. The stag has tan colored upper grains, darkening to a coffee color in the lower areas.
The leather scabbard shell shows some usage but it is still in good condition and quite supple. It has the usual twin trim lines which run the length of the edges but the are beginning to go slightly faint from the passage of time. The reverse of the scabbard is sewn up in the usual fashion. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass and match the hilt. They both have scalloped edges as well as tow sets of twin lines that act as trim. The upper mount is equipped with a finely done acorn lug.
The long, 14 inch slab-sided blade remains in Mint condition. It is a real beauty, with bright, nickel-plated surfaces and fine frosting to the triple etches. The etches run both vertically and horizontally The obverse features a hunter standing, rifle in hand. Next we see a horizontal forest scene complete with a stag and doe munching on greenery. Lastly we see a vertically aligned stag head with a cutlass at the top and a hunting bag being held in the mouth of the animal. There is also a hunting horn in the scene.
The reverse blade features a vertical stag in a forest glen, moving to a horizontal hunting dog sniffing out two foxes which are playing around a fence. Next we see a hunting bag with horns and a cutlass. The scenes end with a stag and doe below two trees. The spine of the blade is etched with a pattern of laurel leaves. A very impressive Mint blade here.
The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the early Alcoso trademark; a set of scales with the firm's initials, “ACS” interspersed. The original blade buffer is in place. It is a green felt example, having a break on one side but overall still in pretty good condition.
This is a fine opportunity to acquire a really lovely large size Imperial Cutlass.
Near Mint. $2,295.00
CUTLASS #37290 Small Skinning Knife
The grip is constructed of a fine piece of very dark brown antler. There is a flat pommel at the top, and a lined ferrule at the bottom. The guards have the “up-and-down” configuration.
The scabbard is a fine leather example which is sewn up the rear. It is equipped with nickel upper and lower mounts which both have scalloped edges.
The short blade has is single edges with a false edge that runs almost the entire length. It has a small center ridge. The nickel-plated surface shows age and usage and obviously served as a hunter's tool, as it is still nice and sharp and in good working order. This would be a nice item to display with other hunting implements.
CUTLASS #37006C Unusual Imperial Hunting Cutlass
This Imperial Hunting Cutlass is a well made weapon, and measures overall in the scabbard at 19 inches. It is unusual in that there is no false nut or peened-over tang at the pommel top for takedown, but rather the entire grip assembly is threaded and turns off the tang. I don't recall ever seeing this method of takedown in the past. It is possible that this cutlass may not be German, as the blade is also slightly odd. If it is not German I am at a loss as to where it does come from, as it has many German qualities about it.
The hilt of this cutlass has a front and rear sideplate to which have been applied stag grip plates. These grip plates are of very dark antler and are extremely well cut and shaped, exactly fitting the area. Both grip plates are retained by two rivets to which both ends have been nicely cut but not dressed. Below the plates is a ferrule which is also integral to the front and back plate. The crossguard is a separate mount, featuring the up and down deer legs with hooves. The leg hair has been hand-enhanced and is very nicely done. In the center is a rectangular area which, on the obverse, depicts the head of a boar also having hand-enhanced detail. The reverse center block depicts a sprig of oak leaves with acorns. There is a butt plate in place below the crossguard.
The scabbard is of leather, black in color and having the traditional twin decorative lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard is apparently sewn or attached in some way in the rear, but I do not see any stitching which, as most collectors would know, which would be the usual German way. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, and they are scalloped where they meet the shell. These mounts do not show any staples show they must be pressed and glued into place. The upper mount has an acorn which acts as lug, however the acorn is slightly more bulbous than the normal German types. It does have a nicely rendered cap. The lower mount is plain, ending in a chape button.
The blade is about 17 inches in length. It differs from the usual German slab-sided, single edge designs, being is rounded in the center with double edges and a tip. It is nicely etched with hunting scenes on both sides. There are floral details with a stag centered on the obverse, while the reverse has more floral designs and something that resembles a cornucopia with flowers bursting out of it The etchings have nice, frosted backgrounds and appears just slightly different than we normally see but have a German quality. This blade is still bright, showing minor age but overall it is still excellent. It has a very short ricasso, and a green felt buffer protects the blade.
If you like unusual things or if you would like to try to figure out where this cutlass comes from and add it to your collection I'm sure it will make a nice addition. It is a fine quality item, having features we do not see all the time.
CUTLASS #37174C Senior Forestry Cutlass with Eickhorn Squirrel in Ferrule – Carl Eickhorn
This Forestry Cutlass is a fine conditioned example having gilded aluminum hilt. The gild throughout the hilt remains in 100% condition and is nice and bright. The "D" guard portrays oak leaves in relief on both sides, extending throughout the cross guard area and ending in a deer's hoof. The details throughout have been all hand-enhanced. The ferrule above portrays the Eickhorn logo of 1935-41, being a squirrel facing to the viewer's left having a bushy tail; this is very desirable to collectors. The reverse ferrule depicts a leaping doe.
Below is a clamshell having a left quillion that rises upward, ending in a teardrop. The clamshell is decorated with oak leaves surrounding a stag having his head in a downward position appearing to butt a tree withhis antlers. The senior grip plates are a most beautiful bone being in perfect condition. The obverse plate is nicely gold-toned having a few attractive short age cracks in the upper curved area, while the reverse example is slightly lighter in tone. All three of the original acorns are in place on both grips.
The black leather shell shows little age, having the twin decorative accent lines running the length of both sides. The shell is sewn-up the rear. The scabbard mounts are matching gilded brass. Both mountshave scalloped edges where they meet the shell. The upper mount is fitted with a fine acorn lug. The lower mount is decorated with two sets of horizontal accent lines. The mounts are retained with staples in the usual manner, with numbers appearing below.
The original-to-the-piece brown leather frog is in place. It has the "V" notch styling and equipped with a fold-over belt loop. The boss is missing from the button hole link. The frog remains in excellent condition.
The 13 inch, triple-etched blade is a real beauty. The frosting behind the etches remains at 100%. The obverse etch features the hunter aiming his rifle at a stag and a doe running through the woods and jumping over a log. The etch ends with a game bird positioned in an oak tree. The reverse depicts the hunter armed with rifle and cutlass chasing after a boar being attacked by hunting dogs. This etch ends with an additional game bird in a tree. The blade spine is etched with a row of overlapping leaves. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the trademark used from 1935-1941. It features a squirrel seated to the viewer's left holding a downward-pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, "Original", and below respectively, is the manufacturer and the location town, "Eickhorn/Solingen". The green felt buffer is in place showing little age.
A fine example of the Eickhorn Model #1059.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
CUTLASS #37116C Deluxe Subordinate Forestry Cutlass (unmarked Clemen & Jung)
This Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is one of the best examples that I have handled over the years. It is the style with the swastika in the ferrule, and is of all brass construction. Although the piece is not maker marked, it is the work of the Clemen & Jung firm. The hilt is really fantastic, having the highest quality, deluxe brass mounts that you will see used during the Nazi period. The "D" guard has exceptionally done, raised out, overlapping oak leaves, which decorate both of its surfaces. the guard ends in a hoof at the top, and where it goes through the cross guard, ends in an additional deer hoof. Each of the the oak leaves, and the hair in the hooves, has all been deeply hand rendered.
The clamshell below is also an outstanding example, featuring a pointing dog raised out in the center. The dog is looking forward with one paw upward, and his tail is pointing straight out. He is positioned in a forest glen, surrounded by hand engraved oak leaves. There is a small quillon that goes outward at the right side, and at the left side, there is a larger quillon going upward, and ending in a curl. The ferrule of this example though, is extraordinary. It features a highly detailed, stubby, open-winged eagle looking to the viewer's left. This bird has all hand trreatment throughout his head area , breast feathering, talons, wings, wreath, and excellent raised swastikas. To enhance the image, the entire area around the bird has been randomly pebbled. On the reverse ferrule, there are two raised floral decorations, also having outstanding hand treatment with random pebbling. This bird is one of the best that I have seen on any forestry cutlass, mostly because this piece is cast in brass and not the usual aluminum that we often see on the later pieces.
The grip plates are also outstanding, being of genuine stag. The obverse has a beautiful, coffee colored tone to its depths, being lighter where the grain comes outward. the same is true of the reverse grip. These grips have turned to a fine, golden color on the edges, where they were trimmed to size. The grip is decorated with the style acorns which have oak leaves at the top. There were two acorns missing on the reverse, but we replaced them with the same type acorn, and it is doubtful that the replacement will be noticed. A great looking hilt here!
The scabbard of this example is also quite unusual, in that it is an all metal shell. I have seen this before on other Clemen & Jung pieces, and it may of been that since the piece was probably made after the war started, the metal may have been more available for such a task as opposed to leather. The scabbrd mounts are beautiful brass, having scalloped edges. It is interesting to note that these brass mounts have the number "5" stamped on both examples, just below the scalloping on the reverse. This indicates that originally, they may have been thought to be utilized with a leather scabbard. Since the scabbard is metal, no staples were used and the mounts are held in place by flathead flush mount side screws, one on each end. The upper mount is plain, except for a very fine, elaborate lug. At the bottom of the lug is a small droplet that adds to the look. The lower mount is plain on the reverse, and has an outstanding panel of oakleaves which runs down its length. These oak leaves have all hand scribed veins, and on top of this, they have had checkering done to the surfaces. There are some acorns too, in the mix, and the caps of each one have been carefully checkered. The lower chape button has been hand engraved around its circumference. Quite a beautiful thing here!
The blade is a smaller proportioned type, having a fairly long ricasso, and a false edge at the upper area. The blade is triple etched, depicting scenes on a perpendicular basis, instead of horizontal. The obverse blade depicts a scene of trees, with a dog attacking a boar beneath. Next comes a pair of deer looking at each other under two fir trees. The obverse design ends with two game birds sitting in high grass. The reverse blade features a jumping stag in a wooded glen, and at the top, is a wolf or fox, appearing to have a rabbit in its mouth. The spine is a very thick, quality variety, having choice, crisp edges. It features laurel leaves which run its length. This blade is done in a semi matte finish, and it remains in perfect mint condtion, with its needle like tip. The washer on this example is abrown leather type, which is in like new condition.
A fabulous Forestry Cutlass here that would grace even the most advanced collection. The condition is extraordinary. Those out there that know cutlasses will agree that this is an extremely rare piece. A great opportunity here to acquire a keystone piece.
CUTLASS #37083 Massive Imperial Hessian Oberförster Hirschfanger
This huge Oberförster Cutlass measures nearly 30 inches in length. It is a standard pattern for Oberförster rank in the Hessian state, and is show in both the Imperial Eickhorn and WKC catalogs. This piece is extremely impressive, and in nearly mint condition throughout.
The hilt features a most elegant lion head at the pommel. The lion has a kindly face, and is gripping the “D” guard in his closed mouth. There are hand punches to simulate whiskers, and lots of hand-enhanced fur in mane above the eyes, which runs downwards to the backstrap. The eyes of the great cat have been neatly engraved.
The backstrap has a series of floral designs which are raised out in the center area, with plain borders on the edges. The “D” guard is also plain, except for the top which has a raised floral design. It travels through the crossguard area to the quillon which ends in another lion head.
There is a fine clamshell which is integral to the crossguard. This clamshell depicts a resting stag with very large antlers positioned in a highly detailed forest glen. The ferrule is plain but for a decoration of dual lines.
The grip plates on this example are a most attractive bone. The bone is quite beautiful, in perfect condition. The outer grip plate is nice and white, while the reverse plate has garnered a beautiful golden tone to the dense grain in the surfaces. The obverse grip plates are decorated with three matching brass bosses which are all in place.
The gilding throughout this hilt appears to be almost all there, and adds much to the beauty of this cutlass.
The long scabbard shell is constructed of black leather. This leather is in nearly new-like condition, and has the pocket on the obverse which is reserved for the in-place skinning knife. The scabbard is with twin embossed lines and is sewn up the rear. The matching scabbard mounts are impressive, made of gilded brass and with scalloped edges. The upper mount has the provision for the skinning knife. The obverse portion of it has a lug in the shape of a highly detailed acorn. The cap of the acorn is very nicely rendered.
The skinning knife is about 7½ inches long. It has matching bone grip plates, both of which show attractive golden age toning. The obverse plates has much more grain than the reverse. The upper portion of the obverse grip plate has a matching brass boss. The ferrule and ricasso area of this skinning knife have been gilded to match the rest of the cutlass. The blade is in full mint condition, being a standard type with a single edge and a needle-like tip.
The original carrying frog is still with this magnificent example. It is constructed out of an outstanding brocade which is sewn to the original black leather on the reverse. It is constructed with the provision for two separate belt loops. The loops are also constructed of matching brocade, and are attached to the lower loops by means of brass wire. This brocade is of silver bullion with a green line running down the center. A very beautiful frog here, which is worth a good sum on its own.
The splendid blade is approximately 24 inches in length. It is very wide and has a good, thick spine. It is triple etched and remains in full mint condition. The obverse of the blade is etched in the center with a Prussian crown over the cypher “EL”. This cypher represents the Grand Duke of Hesse, Ernst Ludwig. Surrounding the crown and cypher are very fine floral engravings with a military theme at the lower portion.
The reverse blade features, in the center, the coat of arms of Hesse. Again it features a Prussian crown over a seal which depicts a standing, crowned lion holding a sword. There are more floral and military designs on this side of the blade. The nickel and frosting is absolutely 100% and new-like on this blade. The wide fuller runs almost all the way to the needle-like tip. Within a ribbon on both sides of the ricasso is a name and town which appears to be engraved. It looks like “H. Schorlemeir / am Darmastdt”. This is most likely the name of the retailer from Hesse that handled the original order. The red felt buffer is in place, showing one moth hole but otherwise in good condition throughout.
The Oberförster of Hesse was more than likely a one person job, and I would think that this professional was on hand for hunts that the Grand Duke would have participated in. One thing is for sure, he certainly took great care of his prize cutlass, and whoever has stored this piece for the last hundred years has also had it somewhere that it was completely protected.
If you are looking for a truly magnificent piece to highlight a Hunting/Forestry, this is a sound investment indeed. It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have handled over the years.
CUTLASS #37153 Huge Imperial Silvered Hunting Cutlass – F. A. Hermes
The pommel is a conventional design, having an upper cap which is fluted outward while the lower side edges have a pair of decorative raised lines. There is a ball on the top of the pommel which acts to retain the tang. The ferrule also has a smooth finish, with a decoration of twin raised lines.
This plain design evaporates, though, at the sight of the absolutely singular crossguard. The guard, on the left quillon, features a running stag being harried by dogs; one of the hounds is biting into his chest, and the suggestion of another can be seen coming in from the rear. The right quillon is in the shape of a wild boar, who is fleeing yet another hound who is nipping at his haunches. The center section of the guard has a renderings of almost mushroom-like trees, crafted with a deep relief and showing a great deal of hand checkering. Both animals show on the guard are crafted in three dimensions; they can be viewed from the side, obverse and reverse as they are cut into the quillon itself. These animals show a great deal of handwork to enhance the fur and other details. This is some very beautiful work. There is a clamshell below the crossguard which features a stag, with a doe beside him, resting in a calm forest glen.
The grip is a fine, old piece of stag, having dark, coffee colored backgrounds and lighter shades of tan shot through the grain of the upper portions of the grip. A magnificent grip here. This identical piece is shown in the Johnson/Wittmann Imperial book on page 289.
The scabbard shell is extremely wide, made to accommodate the massive dimensions of the blade. This shell is constructed of black leather, showing very little age and having a fine finish. It shows the typical decorative lines running down the edges of both sides, while the reverse center is sewn in the normal fashion. The scabbard mounts have a matching silver finish, both with scalloped edges. The mounts must be held in place by glue as I do not see any staples. The lower mount has two sets of decorative lines which run on the surface only. The upper mount has one of the best scabbard lugs I have ever seen. It consists of silvered acorns with checkered caps set between two large oak leaves which have tremendous relief and depth. A very nice touch here!
The extremely large blade measures 18 inches in length. This blade is very wide and has one of the largest spines I have ever seen. This spine is most impressive, imparting a sense of vast quality to the piece. The beautiful blade is in full mint condition, with an outstanding nickel-plated finish and triple etched designs. The obverse blade positions a forest scene in a perpendicular fashion. It depicts a grunting wild boar crouching behind a tree. The next panel is laid out on the horizontal, and depicts a stag and doe in a forest followed by yet another panel of floral designs. The reverse blade also has a perpendicular panel, which features a very large stag atop a log on a mound of earth. Above the stag, also in the perpendicular, are hunting implements along with a game bag. These etchings have 100% of the frosting in the backgrounds highlighting the beautiful nickel relief.
The spine is etched with oak leaves and also has fine frosting. The name of the producer or retailer is also visible within a ribbon. It reads “F. A. Hermes, Waffenfabrikamt Solingen”. The original red felt buffer is in place, showing some age around the edges by still intact for the most part.
This huge cutlass is in nearly full mint condition, and I cannot overemphasize how impressive it looks. This is a great piece to highlight any Hunting/Forestry collection. This caliber of weapon only comes around rarely and is a great investment piece.
Mint Minus. $3,995.00
CUTLASS #37117 Shooting Prize Forestry Cutlass with Award Document – Clemen & Jung
The cutlass is equipped with all gilded brass hilt mounts. The “D” guard is relatively plain, having a deer-like hoof at the top where it meets the pommel, and another hoof at the lower area where the quillon goes through the crossguard and ends. The “D” guard is attractively lined on both sides. The ferrule also has a number of lines in relief.
Below the crossguard is a fine fluted clamshell. This clamshell has a left leg that extends upward in a teardrop shape. There is still about 60% of the original gilding on these brass mounts.
The most interesting part about this cutlass, however, is the prize engraving on the reverse upper mount. Beautifully jeweler engraved is a Prussian crown topped with a cross over the cypher “LB”. This cypher stands for the area of “Lauenburg”. Beneath this is the name of the winner who was a Obergfreiten and is listed as “O befr Pilch”. Pilch, of course, is a surname. Beneath this is “Ehren hirschfanger / mit 98 ringen / 3. Jul 1926”. Obviously Pilch shot 98 rings and was awarded this cutlass as a trophy in the contest held 3 July 1926. The document that accompanies the hirschfanger further states that the tournament was held in Lauenberg for Jaeger Battalion #9, and the honor hirschfanger was the gift. All of the calligraphy on the document is completely hand painted. It is a true work of art that it signed by the commander in chief as well as the general major of the Jaeger battalion. This would make this a military as opposed to a civilian award. A great presentation could be made showing the cutlass and the document side by side. As a matter of interest, at the top of the document is plainted the Prussian crown over the cypher “LB” with a oak leaf backgrounds. I also note that there is a raised stamp in the right corner. The document is still in the original frame, but I think there was probably some glass that has now gone to time; perhaps the next owner could have a new piece of glass installed. Best to get UV resistant glass, though, to protect the paper.
The grip plates are of beautiful bone and in perfect condition. The obverse plate has turned a nice golden color, and has an attractive grain running the vertical length. The reverse guard also has turned somewhat golden, but not as dark as the obverse. These grip plates are equipped with three acorn nuts on each side. The nuts are slightly different than we usually see, being slightly elongated and with good checkered caps. The center nut on the reverse looks like it could be a replacement, but if it is it appears to have been done during the period.
The scabbard shell is a very fine black leather, still being in mint condition. It is sewn up the rear and is decorated with twin lines running down the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts have an outstanding gilded finish; they are constructed with a base of brass and have scalloped edges. The lower mount has twin line designs, while the upper is equipped with the standard acorn lug.
The blade of this example measures about 13 inches, and is a slab-side variety. It is still mostly bright, but does show some minor age. The etching is fairly light on both sides. The panels feature perpendicularly placed scenes. On the obverse is a dog attacking a wild pig at the lower, and a stag and doe at the center area. A pair of birds make up the upper etch. The reverse etch also depicts perpendicular scenes, with a buck running through the forest at the lower portion, while the upper shows a fox who appears to have caught a rabbit in his jaws. The spine also has laurel leaf style etching.
The reverse ricasso is marked with a crown suspended above a shield with a “Z” in the center, the trademark of the Clemen & Jung firm. The green felt buffer is still in place.
A really nice item here, one that would fit well into an advanced collection.
Excellent Plus. $2,195.00
CUTLASS #36892 Large Imperial Forestry Senior Cutlass – Ewald Cleff
This Imperial Cutlass is most impressive, being of larger dimensions all around. I'm not sure of the vintage, but it is probably circa 1900. The Ewald Cleff firm went out of business out of the Imperial time, which is strange to me as they made excellent swords and cutlasses which are very much cherished today by collectors in the know.
This grand piece is of all quality gilded brass. The cutlass is mostly plain, without much added decoration which somehow seems to give it an even classier look. The hilt features a “D” guard and crossguard area which end in deer hooves. Normally the legs are enhanced with the hair of the animal, but in the case of this example, only the shapes of the hooves are simulated. The “D” section of the guard is also basically plain, only having a set of twin lines that run down the front edges of both sides. The ferrule has a little more in the way of decorative touches, having two sets raised lines and panels within.
The clamshell is the style that has one upward quillon arm at the left, and at the right the arm is shorter and positioned straight. The design is that of a clamshell on the surfaces, this the common name.
The grip plates are really sensational. These plates have long ago tones to a appealing gold color. The obverse example has some grain in the finish, while the reverse facing is loaded with graining. Both plates remain in perfect condition, and are beautifully fit. The plates are decorated with gilded brass oval bosses, three on each side.
The scabbard shell is thicker than most we see, as it accommodates a very large proportioned blade. This shell shows some moderate age in the surfaces of the leather, but overall it is still in good condition, still supple. The leather shell is sewn up the rear, and has twin decorative lines on the edges of both sides. The leather shell is equipped with matching gilded brass mounts. The mounts are plain, except for a series of twin line engravings which are identical to both and are only on the obverse side. The edges of the mounts are in a scalloped design. The upper mount has a very long lug, which would have accommodated a frog. These mounts are retained by staples in the normal fashion.
The overall length of this cutlass is about 21 inches, and the impressive blade is 16 inches in length. This blade is triple etched, and is in near Mint condition throughout most of the surfaces, barring the very tip where there is some mild pitting. Apparently some moisture got into the lower scabbard at one time, causing this flaw. The main blade, though, is still in fine condition, having the nice frosting behind the etches and some very interesting raised-out work that we normally do not see.
The obverse etch runs toward the hilt, and features a hunter kneeling down in a wooded glade, with his rifle aimed and his dog next to him looking most interested at the upcoming prey. The hunter is aiming at four deer who are running through a glen, the first three being does and, bringing up the rear, is a young buck with small antlers. The reverse blade depicts a very large stag beneath two trees looking over his bevy of beauties, being four does who are munching on the grass and leaves in the forest ahead of him.
The spine of the blade is etched with laurel leaves, and also has the name of the producer “Ewald Cleff Solingen”. On the reverse ricasso the name and location is also deeply stamped. The original red felt buffer shows some wear around the edges, but most of it still remains in place.
This is a very fine cutlass, which contains outstanding quality throughout, and is a fine example of the weapons that were carried at the turn of the last century.
CUTLASS #36495C Imperial Presentation Shooting Cutlass – Alcoso
Normally the Imperial Shooting Cutlasses are not very elaborate, usually found with a stag grip. In the case of this example, it is much more elaborate than most, and is also equipped with what appears to be a bone grip.
This cutlass measures about 23½ overall. The mounts are of gilded brass. The pommel top has the traditional decoration of oak leaves, which flare outward from the center. These oak leaves are raised out and have nice detail. In the center area is an acorn which acts as a tang nut. This acorn has a nicely pebbled cap. The lower portion of the pommel is decorated with a set of double lines that run about the outside. The ferrule also bears this set of twin lines.
Below the ferrule is a fine crossguard which simulate a pair of stag hooves; the left flaring upward and the right angled downward. The hide of the hooves has been hand scribed. In the center of the guard is the raised head of a nasty looking boar. The reverse guard is plain. The clamshell below features dogs tackling what appears to be a wolf, or some other large predator. The scene is raised out, with a sort of fan design over the top.
As mentioned above, the grip appears to have been constructed out of bone. It has a fine, dark patina about the surfaces, and other than a n extremely minor surface chip at the top right edge remains in perfect condition. This grip is decorated with three acorns, of the style with a spray of leaves above them. The topmost acorn has a more coppery look than the lower gilded acorns, so it is possible it is either a replacement, or perhaps the gilding wore off.
The scabbard is a fine black leather. The leather shows very little age and is still quite supple. It is decorated with a set of twin lines running along the edges, and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of a matching gilded brass. They have rounded edges where they meet the shell, and are retained by staples in the usual manner. The upper mount is plain, except for an acorn lug, while the lower is decorated with a set of twin lines on the obverse facing.
The slab-sided blade is a 15½” long example. It is a triple etched variety. Unfortunately there is some age graying spread evenly throughout the surfaces of the blade. The obverse blade depicts crossed cannons beneath a flag. The rest of the areas are filled with floral designs, with a drum, helmet, and flag above to round it out. The reverse blade bears more floral designs, as well as a wagon-wheel device on one side and a series of axes and pikes on the other.
The center area is left plain, and has a raised, two line dedication. It reads, “In Treue fest gewidmet von der / Schutzengesllschaft Ambrust, Apolda”. This translates to something like, “In firm faith dedicated to the / Crossbow Shooting Society, Apolda". This is quite interesting, as we see many inscriptions pertaining to firearms-related clubs, but this is the first I can recall seeing that involves crossbows! Germany does have a tradition of crossbow use that dates back to medieval times, however, and apparently some of them never gave up the craft! In any case this is quite an interesting wrinkle. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar scale logo of the Alcoso firm, and there is a red felt blade buffer in place.
This is a nice looking Shooting Cutlass with an unusual pedigree, one which would go very well with a collection of similar Imperial items.
CUTLASS #32085 Senior Forestry Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn
This Senior Forestry Cutlass is the Model #427. The hilt is an aluminum base which is covered nicely with gilt. The gilt still is there at 100% throughout. The hilt features a “D” guard which has an upper and lower quillon ending in the shape of a deer’s hoof. The ferrule is decorated with three sets of dual lines. The clamshell below features a quillon end at the left that rises upward into a teardrop shape and at the lower the clamshell ends with a quillon which is parallel to the clamshell.
The grip plates are simply fantastic. They have outstanding grains in both sides and have turned a fine golden color. These grip plates are perfect throughout. They are decorated with acorns having nicely beaded caps. These are the acorns that are without the leaves. The lower acorn on the reverse appears to possibly be a replacement but is not too noticeable. A nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is black leather. It shows some age and usage signs but is still in excellent condition. This leather features the twin decorative lines which run the length of the edges on both sides. The mounts are a brass variety. The upper mount features a fine acorn with checkered cap. The edge is scalloped where it meets the scabbard shell. The same is true of the lower mount and it has two sets of twin decorative lines that tend to tie in with the motif of the ferrule. The gilding throughout these brass mounts is still all there. The scabbard mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.
The 13 inch blade is a beauty having a single edge with ricasso and short false edge at the top. The blade is triple etched and is still completely bright throughout. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The obverse scene depicts a kneeling hunting aiming his rifle at a pair of deer that are jumping over a log. The etch is finished with a game bird sitting on an oak leaf branch tweeting. The reverse etch depicts the hunter running with cutlass and rifle and with his dogs chasing after a wild boar. The dogs are finely detailed as is the snarled look of the boar. This etch is finished with a hummingbird-like animal at the top panel. The spine is engraved with oak leaves and acorns. This choice blade is stamped with the trademark used from 1935-1941. It features a seated squirrel looking to the viewer’s left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word “Original” and below the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original green felt washer is still in place showing only nominal age.
A good, sound cutlass here; perfect to add to a budding Hunting/Forestry collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
CUTLASS #35795 Senior Forestry Cutlass with Distibutor Marking - Alcoso
This Senior Foresrty Cutlass is an exceptional example, and has features on it I have not seen in the past. This piece was either a particularly expensive model offered by Alcoso, or perhaps the original purchaser ordered extra work to be done on the piece. Either way, it makes for a most beautiful and rarely seen cutlass.
The cutlass is of all quality brass construction, having outstanding, gilt finish. The majority of the gilt remains throughout this piece. The hilt configuration has the typical "D" guard, which features a series of dual overlapping oak leaves which run throughout the "D" guard and travel through the crossguard area of both sides. The gurad ends in a deer hoof at each side. Below the guard is a most beautiful clamshell. The clamshell features a fitting which rises to the left in an upward manner ending in a teardrop. The fitting has been highly enhanced with sunray type designs with markings that appear to be clouds above the rays. It is a design I have not seen before, and is most beautiful. The teardrop end has some floral type, raised out designs, which are also something I have not seen in the past. The ferrule above has a series of lined panels, with a fluted panel that runs around the surface at the upper portion.
The grip plates are a beautiful and are both in absolutely perfect condition, having some nice, golden tones running through their surfaces. Both grips are decorated with quality acorns, being three on each side. These acorns have two leaves at the top with a stem in the middle. The detail to the leaves is outstanding, and the checkering to the acorn caps is extremely deep, and well done.
This hilt is decorated with what I think of as an NCO Army portepee, but I have seen this same portepee many times in the past on forestry cutlasses. It is possible that Army personnel used their portopee to also decorate their forestry cutlasses, but I do not know for sure. Either way, it is original to the piece, as this example comes directly from a family. The portopee has textured, cotton strapping, which is decorated on both edges with triple bullion lines. The slide and stem below are quality, bullion weave with green mix, being in "V" designs. The round acorn ball below has a green, yarn like cap, speckled with bullion. The below portion is covered with bullion, yarn like material with a lower stuffing, being the same as the portopee material. A really lovely hilt here!
The scabbard shell is constructed of Mint condition black leather. This leather is completely new-like, having decorative lines which run down the edges of both sides. The leather shell is sewn up the rear in the usual manner. The scabbard mounts are a fine, gilded brass. Both mounts have 100% of the original, gilded finish. The mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather, and they are retained with staples in the usual manner. There are numbers stamped between the staples. The upper mount is fitted with a lug in the shape of an acorn. This acorn is also beautifully done. The lower mount though, is truly a work of art. The reverse is a simple plain surface with a twin cut line. The obverse though, features a panel having a series of oak leaves and acorns, which reflect hand chiseling. This motif is further enhanced by pebbling in the backgrounds. Although the oak leaf style design is seen on many cutlasses, this is the first time that I have seen this particular motif, which is also done in two separate panels. Very beautiful indeed!
The blade is approximately 12" long. It is a typical slab side with ricasso style that we normally see on hunting and forestry cutlasses. The blade has been quality nickel plated, and still is completely factory bright, and is in mint condition. Both sides of the blade as well as the spine have been etched. The obverse side begins with some beautiful floral designs, and then features a panel showing a pointing dog setting his sights on a pair of foxes, which are around a log in a in forest glen. This panel is ended with more floral designs, and then there is a small panel after this, with a pair of small game birds sitting in high grass. The reverse panel has the same floral style designs, and the center pictures a stag lustily pursuing three hard running does. The scene takes place between two large trees with a ground full of growing plants. The frosting of these backgrounds is in 100% condition, highlighting the raised, bright etches. The spine is etched with a laurel leaf pattern, but also has the name of a distributor. The name is, "G. ECKENHOFF. NACHF. BERLIN". Obviously, Alcoso did business with the Eckenhoff firm, who no doubt had a high-end retail shop in Berlin. Although this distributor name is not seen too frequently apparently the relationship with Alcoso must have been extensive enough for them to include the distributor name on the blade spine. A fantastic, mint, triple etched, blade here. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the trademark used by the Alcoso firm from 1937-1939. It consists of a set of scales that have the firm's initials, "ACS" interspersed. Above the scales in an arch shape is the firm's name, "ALCOSO", and below, in a straight line, is the location city of , "SOLINGEN". The original, green, felt blade buffer is in place, still appearing in excellent condition.
If you are a Hunting/Forestry collector, I doubt if you have this particular model in your collection. I believe it to be extremely rare, and because of the superb condition, this should be an outstanding, quality investment piece.
Mint Minus. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #35819 Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This is a fine, traditional Weimar era hunting cutlass, being in full size, measuring overall about 21 inches. The hilt mounts and scabbard mounts are all fine quality, brass base metal. The the cutlass has some of the original gilt finish spread throughout and in the recesses. It is probably about 50%. The pommel cap has line decorations on its sides, and at the upper area has the umbrella like engravings which go outward from the center screw, which acts as a tang nut. The ferrule below has matching twin grooves, which go around the circumference. The crossguard center block is rectangular, and on the obverse, it features a highly raised set of oak leaves with an acorn in the center. This is a very nice depiction. The reverse of the crossguard rectangular block is engraved with diamonds, having a dot in the center-a very common German pattern. The crossguard arms are in the shape of deer legs and hooves. The left example points upward, and the right example points downward. These quillon arms have been heavily enhanced to resemble the hair on a deer leg. The grip is a pleasing, large piece of stag, which curves upward to the left. The stag is colored with lighter tan and darker brown tones, having good graining throughout. The obverse of the antler grip is decorated with three acorns. These acorns are the style without oak leaves, and they have very fine, pebbled caps. Below the crossguard is an outstanding clamshell. This clamshell depicts a bellowing stag of huge dimension. The stag is positioned in a forest glen, and is highly raised out. A beautiful scene here, and extremely decorative. A nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, being composed of black leather. This leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated twin accent lines which run the length of the four edges. There is a small area on the reverse scabbard where the stitching has given out slightly, but there does not seem to be any threat of expansion. The scabbard mounts are matching brass, having scalloped ends, and retained by staples. The obverse section of the lower mount is decorated with twin lines, whereas the upper mount is plain throughout, with the exception of the lug carrying hardware, which is in the shape of a large acorn with checkered cap.
The blade is a 13 inch long example, having ricasso with a single edge, and a false edge going back to about 1/3 of the blade. This blade is triple etched, and has begun to turn slightly gray. The etchings however, can still be seen, and there are no pits or problems in the blade. The obverse etch has a bellowing stag standing in a forest glen off of the ricasso area. Next is the standard hunting scene of a hunter aiming a rifle at a running stag and doe. The final scene has the capercaille, the hunting bird, sitting on an oak leaf sprig. On the reverse side, on the ricasso area, is a young stag with his right foot up in the air, being curled, getting ready to run somewhere. After this, is the commonly seen, scene of a hunter chasing his dogs who are attacking an angry boar. At the end of the blade, is a bird with a very long beak, flying over an oak leaf branch. The spine has oak leaves which run down most of the length. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single oval, which depicts a squirrel holding a nut in his mouth with the firms initials, "C.E.", beneath the animal. This trademark was used by the Carl Eickhorn firm during the 1920's. The blade is buffered by an in place, brown leather, washer.
A very nice looking, hunting sidearm here, which would be a great start for a new collector. The workmanship throughout this piece is outstanding throughout.
CUTLASS #35918 Imperial Damascus Hunting Cutlass w/ Skinner and Original Belt - W. K & C
This turn-of-the-last century hunting cutlass is a magnificent weapon representing the splendor and keen workmanship of the times. All mounts are silvered and have a most-attractive even patination throughout. The pommel is a rounded cap having fluted sections which flow downward to the lower edge from a small round center point at the top. The silvered ferrule tapers downward butting the cross guard. It is decorated having three raised sections. The silvered cross guard is plain, having quillion ends in the form of deer hooves . There is hand-enhancing to bring out the portions of the simulated deer's hair above each hoof. Below the cross guard, the clam shell device is formed with fluted sections with a curled end at each side.
The grip of this cutlass is rounded on the obverse and reverse surfaces and straight on the edges. The grip reflects pleasing grains and golden tones on both sides. It remains in perfect condition, having no chips or age cracks.
The scabbard shell is made of pigskin reflecting attractive grains and being of a lighter brown color. The shell is constructed with a pocket on the obverse to accomodate the skinning knife. The pigskin leather is in excellent condition, showing little age. The matching silvered scabbard mounts are decorated with a series of lined sections matching the look of the ferrule. The lower mount has scalloped edges, while the upper mount is shaped to accommodate the opening for the skinning knife having extended rounded lower edges. Attached to both sides of the upper mount are plain eyelets with carrying rings. Both scabbard mounts are retained with silvered staples.
The blade of the cutlass and the skinner are forged in matching "Maiden Hair" pattern damascus steel. The skinner is equipped with grip plates matching the tones and grain of the cutlass grip. The grip plates are retained by three rivets with dressed silvered heads on both sides. The damascus blades of both pieces are quite beautiful featuring impressive bold designs, and both blades being in mint condition. The skinner blade is a standard type with no ricasso and single edge. The cutlass blade has a short ricasso, slab-side edge and false edge at the top end. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the side-by-side knight and king logo used circa 1900 by the Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie firm. At the blade spine is the raised name of the distributor that sold this fine weapon to its original owner, "J. F. Bock Hoflieferant Berlin". The title "Hoflieferant" was bestowed upon retail shops that served the Imperial family. Obviously, this retail firm, J. F. Bock, did a lot of business with W.K. & C., thus earning the extra feature of having their name etched into the damascus blade spine. The original green felt blade buffer is in place showing minor age.
Accompanying this great Hunting Cutlass is the original belt rigging. The belt is composed of a rich green leather measuring about 1 1/4 inch wide. The belt leather is accented with two twin decorative lines that run the length of the edges. The belt is equipped with twin leather hanging straps. The straps are attached to the belt via brass "D"rings. Each strap folds over the corresponding carrying ring on the cutlass scabbard and is retained to the cutlass with a brass boss which is held with a button hole. The buckle is a round silvered example. It has raised oak leaves that decorate the border. In the center of the buckle is a raised Prussian crown positioned over the monogram, "W". The catch on the opposite end is decorated with oak leaves matching the buckle. There is an adjustment section of leather complete with the original leather slide. The belt leather is extremely sound and supple throughout, showing little age.
This is an opportunity to acquire a true investment-quality Imperial hunting weapon. It remains in mint condition throughout and will bring many years of extreme pleasure to its next owner, as well as continue to grow in value as the years go by. An extremely desirable artifact. I sold this cutlass to its previous owner in 1999. He was good enough to offer it to me, now that he is considering retiring and his needs in life are changing. I was proud to pay him a nice profit on his original investment and that is the way should be in this great hobby we share. Don't miss out on this example if you are a hunting/forestry enthusiast or if you are looking for something to add to your retirement package.
Mint Minus. $7,495.00
CUTLASS #35192C Hunting/Skinning Knife - J&H
This Hunting/Skinning Knife measures about 9 inches in length. It is a high quality example, having very fine stag grip plates. The grip plates have attractive gold tones to the areas where they were trimmed, and the original grains feature beautiful, coffee color browns and tans. The high quality blade is quite thick at the spine, and is very substantial. The blade is single edged, with a beveled false edge at the top. There is sharpening to the blade, which is what one would expect with a skinning knife. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the letters "J&H", with a fish separating the letters. Beneath this marking is the word "PRIMA". The blade is still in fine condition, rating Near Mint.
The skinning knife is accompanied by its original scabbard. The leather scabbard has fine brown grain leather and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard is mounted with nickel upper and lower fittings. These nickel fittings have horizontal lined decorations. A high quality, very fine, skinning knife, probably produced in the 1920's, or thirties.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $395.00
CUTLASS #35187 Imperial Jaegar Shooting Prize Cutlass with Damascus Blade and Skinner - W.K. & C w/ Distributor name.
This outstanding Imperial Hunting Cutlass is about 22 1/2 inches in length. The mounts are composed of most beautiful brass throughout the hilt and scabbard. The pommel area has a fluted nut at the top center of the cap which acts as a threaded tang nut. The pommel has a smooth upper surface with curved edges featuring line decorated sides. The ferrule below is also lined, having otherwise smooth surfaces. The cross guard is nearly straight across having deer hair which is hand-rendered into the surfaces of both sides. The quillons end in deer hooves, the left pointing upward and the right, downward.
Below is an interesting clam shell having scalloped edges. In the center area it features raised subjects of forest trees surrounding a dog threatening a stag. There is hand work evident to the renderings. The grip really ties in these interesting mounts. It is a thick stubby stag antler, having tan and brown colors to the raised grains. It tips slightly to the left and was obviously chosen for it specifications that almost exactly fit the ferrule and pommel cap with little trimming required. This weighty stubby grip is decorated with three smooth-finished brass oval bosses. A most fetching hilt here, much different in style than most.
The scabbard shell is composed of black leather being sewn up the rear. The leather is in excellent condition still being supple and decorated with twin lines which run the length of the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching smooth brass. The lower mount is scalloped on the edge where it meets the leather, while the upper mount edge is smooth and rounded. The upper mount is fitted with a pouch for the skinner, and also has a large, long acorn that acts as a carrying lug. The skinner is a fine example fitted with stag grip plates exactly matching the large grip. The upper portion on the obverse stag grip is fitted with an identical oval brass boss matching the large grip decorations. The blade is a short plain style with single edge. The blade remains bright and in good condition.
The reverse upper scabbard mount is professionally engraved with a 6-line dedication, " I Prämie,/ v. Schiessen/ d. geb.Jäger/ a.26.7.82./ W.Weigel,/ Oleg II Comp." This roughly translates, "Presented by Jäger Oleg II Company to W. Weigel as 1st prize in the shooting competition on 26 July 1882."
As impressive as the outside of this cutlass is, though, the blade is also a real head-turner. It is a massive 16 inch long "Damaststahl" damascus blade featuring a fine "maiden hair" pattern. When we first acquired the cutlass the blade's damascus patterns were beginning to fade, so we sent the blade out to be re-dipped. The acid did wonders, and the blade now portrays a mint-conditioned spectacle of enchanting patterns in the damascus This is a most stirring blade. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small knight head W.K. & C. logo used prior to the turn of the century. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the retailer that sold this cutlass to the Jäger group, "Jos. Meyer, Gorlitz". We installed a fine felt blade washer to finish the cutlass. A very majestic piece of stunning quality and the best-of-the best style and condition.
Near Mint. $4,495.00
CUTLASS #35084 Subordinate Forestry Cutlass with Dedication - Clemen & Jung
This Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is a good, heavy, piece by a producer we do not see very often for Forestry pieces. If there was a gilded surface, it does not appear to be visible, as this piece seems to be down to the brass. The brass has a nice,, dull patination, and is attractive the way it is. It features a "D" guard, which ends at the top in the shape of a hoof. The "D" guard runs through the crossguard area, having only double lined decoration on both sides. The quillon end after the crossguard is also in the shape of a hoof, having hand enhancing. The ferrule above appears to be built into the "D" guard design, and also has sets of lined decoration. Below the crossguard area is a clamshell with fluted surfaces. The left side of the clamshell angles upward and ends in a teardrop.
The grip plates on this cutlass are really exceptional, appearing to be larger and of better grade than we normally see. Perhaps Clemen & Jung went out of their way to use the best of stag. If you compare these grip plates with other cutlasses you will see what I mean. The obverse grip plate is a real beauty, having choice, high grains in the surfaces with a dark coffee background. The edges have long ago toned a gold color. The reverse grip plate is of less dramatic nature, but is still most attractive with its fine, rich, brown grains. Both of these grip plates have been decorated with matching, brass acorns. These acorns are the style without leaves, and they are slightly larger than the type we normally see. Thank goodness all of the acorns are intact on this piece, as I would feel it would be impossible to find a replacement acorn of this size and caliber. A really great hilt here!
The scabbard has outstanding, supple, black leather. This leather shell is decorated with twin lines which run the length of both surfaces, and is sewn up the rear. It shows very little age or usage. Attached to the leather shell are two matching, brass, scabbard mounts. These mounts are plain, except for decorative lines on the obverse only. The mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell, and they are retained with staples in the usual manner. The upper mount is equipped with an acornwhich acts as a lug. On the reverse of the upper mount is a two line dedication. The dedication has been done by a fine craftsman who was an expert engraver. It reads, "FUR die besten LEISTUNGEN 1933/FORSTSCHULE WITTLICH". This dedication would translate to, "For the best performance, 1933, Forestry School, Wittlich". In other words, probably the highest scoring participant in the class was given this cutlass. A very nice thing here!
The blade of this example measures about 13 3/4" in length. It is triple etched, and like we often see on Clemen & Young hunting pieces, the etches appear in a perpendicular layout, as opposed to the usual horizontal. The obverse starts out with a number of floral designs, and then portrays a large stag jumping in a forest glen. After this are more floral designs, and then there is a wolf, which appears to have a rabbit in his mouth, standing below a fir tree. The reverse blade has floral designs, and then depicts a dog trying to tackle wild boar below a tree. Further on, are more floral designs, and then finishing up with a stag and doe beneath two fir trees. The etch still has all of its frosting in the background, and is also nice and clear and concise. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The spine is etched with laurel leaves running down its length. On the blade's reverse is the logo of the Clemen & Jung firm. It consists of a stamped shield, having a crown above the shield. In the center of the shield is the letter, "Z". The original, green, blade buffer shows quite a bit of age, and is missing a little bit of the right edge area, but mostly it is still in place. An interesting forestry cutlass here, and certainly of high quality, being produced by a maker we do not see often for this type of weapon.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00
CUTLASS #34973 Imperial Forestry Cutlass with Skinner - Carl Eickhorn
This Imperial Forestry Cutlass is a very long weapon, measuring overall 22" in the scabbard. The hilt is a fine, brass example which shows a fine patination across the surfaces. The hilt is equipped with a "D" guard, which ends in a hoof at the upper quillon area, and at the lower area where it passes through the crossguard, it ends also in a hoof. The ferrule is combined with the crossguard, and this area features line decoration. Below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell, which is equipped with a quillon which rises upward to a teardrop shape at the left.
The grip plates of this example are really exceptional. The obverse and reverse are both in fine condition, showing appealing, golden tones and grain throughout the surfaces. The grip plates both have three sets of original acorns in place. These acorns are the style without leaves, and all are in good condition, having well defined caps.
The scabbard shell is a black leather, being sewn up the rear and having twin line decoration on both sides. This scabbard shell is also fitted with a pouch for use of the skinning knife. The leather is in excellent condition throughout, still being supple. This scabbard leather is equipped with matching brass mounts. These mounts have scalloped edges. They are also line decorated on the bottom mount, which matches the ferrule motif. The upper mount has no decoration, but is equipped with a smooth finish acorn lug.
The upper mount also has the slot for the skinning knife. In the case of this example, the knife is still present. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. The skinning knife is a beauty, having matching grip plates. There is one acorn mounted at the upper portion of the grip, and there are no acorns on the lower, as this area needs to be open for insertion of the knife.
The blade is a fine, bright example, being a slab side type, with small, false edge. This skinning knife is a very fine example, still having some of the original grain on the bright blade. The blade of the cutlass is slightly over 16" in length. It is a single edge, slab side type, having a false edge at the top. The blade is still mostly bright, but does show some age in the surfaces. The blade rates at excellent to excellent plus condition. The obverse etch portrays a regal stag in a glen at the bottom, followed by hunting implements consisting of horns, bag, and cutlass above the stag. Above this area, are a couple of rabbits and more floral designs. The reverse etch portrays a hunter at the bottom, with hunting implements above him, followed by an etch featuring a stag and doe in a forestry glen. The spine has laurel leaf decoration. The frosting still appears to be in the backgrounds of this etch, and although the etch is lightly done, it is still very discernable.
The reverse of the blade is stamped with the turn of the century Eickhorn trademark, which consists of back-to-back squirrels. Below the two animals are the initials of the firm, "CE". The original, red, blade buffer is in place. A nice looking Imperial forestry cutlass that would go well with a budding collection surrounding these beautiful weapons. It is rare to see an Eickhorn marked cutlass, and it is also outstanding to have the original skinner still complete with the weapon.
CUTLASS #34675 Imperial Saxon Hunting Cutlass
This fine Hunting Cutlass is a fairly long hunting weapon, measuring 20" overall. It is also fairly thin, which could be indicative of a shooting cutlass. The mounts throughout are all in a pleasurable, black finish, which is still just about 100% throughout. The black pommel cap has an acorn shaped nut on the top, with excellent detail to the cap on the end. This acorn also acts as a tang nut. The upper part of the pommel has the usual fluted areas, and the sides below are plain. The ferrule is also plain, matching the pommel very nicely. The crossguard below has plain center sections on both sides, and the quillons run outward in the shape of hooves. The right hoof goes downward, and the left hoof is positioned upward. The area below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell. This clamshell has an applied brass Saxon crest. It is quite striking, having a Saxon crown positioned over the oval shield having the "beehive" design. On either side of the shield, there are lions guarding its royal heritage. It is most interesting to note that the clamshell stays in place when the cutlass is removed, as the clamshell is part of the upper scabbard mount. I have seen this before on Imperial weapons, although it is quite rare to see, and most interesting for Hunting/Forestry collectors. The grip is a beautiful brown and coffee colored genuine stag. This grip curves to the left, as it goes upward. It has fine graining throughout, and it is lighter in tone on the reverse. It is also interesting to note that the stag was obviously picked for its proportion, as the pommel cap and ferrule almost fit exactly with very little trimming required. One of the things that collectors should look for on these hunting pieces is a stag grip that was picked for its dimension. When we see stag grips that are severely trimmed to fit a pommel, this usually points to a post war piece as of course, they were using up whatever stag they had on hand, rather than making selections by dimension, as was done prior to WWII.
The scabbard shell is a fine leather, which shows very little age. This leather is in choice condition, being black in color, and having decorative twin lines that run the length of both edges. The reverse center is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are a matching black finish, having a straight edge on the upper mount where it meets the shell, and on the lower mount the edge is scalloped. Both mounts are plain, and are retained by matching rivets. The number "12" is quite visible beneath the staples.
The blade measures 13 1/2". It is a plain blade, having a "slab-side" design, meaning that it is a single edge with ricasso. There is a short, false edge at the upper quillon area. This blade was finished in a matte finish, and it still is in choice condition, showing little age. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the turn of the twentieth century marking, having a king head next to a knight head. Beneath the pair are the firm's initials "W.K.& C.". On the reverse, the ricasso is stamped with the name and location of the distributor that sold this cutlass to this past Imperial time owner. It is stamped, "Carl Brundig/Hofbuchsenmacher/Dresden". Dresden of course, was the capital of Saxony, and nicely ties in with the Saxon crest on the clamshell. This fine blade is protected by a green felt buffer, showing only one small nip on the obverse edge, but otherwise remains perfect. An outstanding cutlass here, and if you are collecting Saxon pieces, this one should be very difficult to resist.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00
CUTLASS #34673 Subordinate Forestry Cutlass with Scabbard Dedication
This Forestry Cutlass is a fine Third Reich example, having genuine stag grip plates. These grip plates are most attractive, being dark, coffee colored tones, with attractive, raised grains. The edges have turned yellow, making for a pleasant contrast. The cutlass on the obverse has three acorns, being the type that are without leaves. It is extremely interesting to note that on the reverse grip plates, nickel plated rivets having dressed heads have been used without the acorn decoration. Examining the obverse acorns reveals that these rivets were pressed right through the acorns on the obverse, making for a last-for-lifetime installation: these acorns will never fall off ! This is the first time I have seen this method used on a Forestry cutlass, and I must say I like it a lot! The mounts of the hilt are all quality brass. The "D" guard ends in a deer's hoof at the upper portion, and at the lower portion, it goes through the crossguard area, and also ends in a hoof. These hooves have hand-enhanced deer hair leading up to the hoof. Most of the original gilt is still spread around these brass mounts, being about 80%. The ferrule area has sets of twin engraved lines running throughout its length. The lines continue throughout the circumference. Below the crossguard is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a small curl that ends at the right, and at the left it curls upward into a teardrop quillon. Attached to the ferrule area is the original troddel. This troddel is the Forestry subordinate type, being produced of textured cotton strapping. The slide and stem are a silk-like material, and the lower ball is green throughout, with stuffing matching the strapping. The strapping, slide, and stem are still in excellent condition, showing only modest wear. The lower ball has a couple of yarn strands that are missing, revealing the wood base beneath.
The scabbard shell is a black leather type, having twin decorative lines running the length of both edges. The reverse is sewn up in the standard manner. These mounts are basically plain, having an interesting, scalloped ending where they meet the shell. The upper mount has the traditional acorn shaped lug, having good hand enhancing to the cap. The lower mount has twin sets of raised lines running on the obverse, and at the lower there is a typical button-style chape. What is interesting about this cutlass though, is the fact that it was used as a prize in 1938. The reverse upper fitting is beautifully jeweler engraved, "FUR beste LEISTUNGEN/1938/FORSTSCHULE WITTLICH". This dedication basically translates to "The best achiever for 1938 in Forest School Wittlich". I took the liberty of looking up the town of Wittlich, and found that it is part of the Palatinate section of Germany. This was indeed a great area for hunting and forestry groups. The section of Eifel, which is a national nature park reserve, is also located in this area, so you can see that this would have been the perfect spot to have a Forestry school.
The blade of this example measures thirteen inches. I am happy to say that it is extremely fine, being mint, except for a small area at the tip, where some water must have gotten into the scabbard, and there is a little bit of pitting, but it is not bad. Other than this, the blade is completely bright, with choice, nickel polished finish and having triple etchings. The obverse etching is quite beautiful, with all the frosting in the background. It depicts a large stag chasing after two does, who are on the run through a forest. At the top of the etch, pictured horizontally, is a hunting dog in a pointing position. On the reverse blade, the scene portrays a hunter kneeling underneath a tree, and aiming his rifle at a stag who is chasing off into the forest. At the top of the etch is a chamois, which is one of the rarest game in Germany. The chamois looks very similar to a mountain goat, having a pair of curved horns. This is really a nice blade, having an etch that we do not see very often. The spine has etchings of laurel leaves running down most of its area. The blade is protected by a green felt buffer which shows some age, but the edges are still totally intact throughout this buffer. An outstanding Forestry cutlass here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00
CUTLASS #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 #33821 M-1871 Jäger Bayonet – W.K. & C.
This Jäger Bayonet is a substantial example measuring overall 25½ inches. The hilt is an all polished steel affair. The steel still appears free of rust but does not look as though it ever had a plated surface. The pommel is in the shape of a bird’s head with beak pointing to the left. There is a mortise button and lock that is fitted into the pommel area and all parts work as per factory specs. The lower portion of the bayonet has a crossguard which has an upward pointing quillon end at the left and at the right it is circular where it was designed to clear the barrel of a rifle. The grip plates are black checkered bake-o-lite. They are still in good condition showing some minor wear but no breaks or problems. The grip plates are retained by five rivets, two being on each end and one in the center. All heads on both sides are dressed. The scabbard is a long leather shell. The shell shows quite a bit of age and cracking in the surfaces but it does have some nurturing material on it to preserve it. Other than the fact that some of the stitching is split on the reverse the leather is still fairly sound. The scabbard mounts match the hilt having instead of steel surfaces, a nickel-plated surface. The upper mount is a short style example with scalloped edge and a lug fashioned in an oval design with twin line decoration in the center. The lower mount is also scalloped and has staples holding it on both sides.
The most impressive blade is 19¾ inches in length. It is a real beauty having a quill back edge. This blade has a wide fuller that runs about three quarters of the length. The blade’s tip is still factory like and perfect. This blade shows only the most nominal of age and is nearly in full mint condition. It is triple etched. The obverse area depicts a perpendicular positioned large stag at the beginning and then there are designs of a pointing dog looking at a couple of foxes around a log. Further down is a hunting bag with various hunting implements and above at the end is a stag and doe below two fir trees. The reverse design features a hunter with shotgun standing at the beginning with a dog at his legs. Next comes a doe and stag eating leaves from a tree and then a stag head with cutlass above being positioned over a hunting bag with hunting implements. The design ends with two game birds in grass. The substantial spine is very wide having crisp edges. There is a series of laurel leaves that are etched halfway down the blade until the spot where the quill back begins. These Jäger bayonets were worn by personnel who were military people and were skilled at shooting and hunting. Jäger personnel for instance made great marksmen as well as other specialties. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the king head on the left and a knight head on the right. Below this is the firm’s initials, “W.K.&C.”. This trademark was used during the 1890s. These Jäger bayonets are a popular item to add to a hunting forestry collection. Lots of beef here for the money!
CUTLASS #27342 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Alcoso
This is a fine quality forestry cutlass with top-notch quality brass fittings. The d guard also acts as a cross guard and it has quillons which end in deers hooves. The hooves have had hair hand-engraved into the brass surfaces. The ferrule is a line design type. Below the cross guard area, there is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a flared teardrop at the right side and also another flared teardrop which goes up much further on the left side. This fine cutlass still has most of the original gilding across its surfaces. It looks to have about 95%. The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. These plates have good looking brown and tan colors in the surface grains. The edges are a golden antique color. The grip plates have been cut and installed by a master. They are decorated with the three original acorn nuts. These nuts are the type which do not have leaves on their edges and they have fine checkering to their acorn caps. Tied about the ferrule and d guard is an original-to-the-piece forestry cutlass troddel. This troddel is for a senior cutlass, but, nonetheless, it appears to have always been on this example. The strapping consists of aluminum textured bullion have twin grain lines which run the length. There is a slide which consists of green and bullion v weaves and the stem is the flat type having crochet-like bullion covering its metal surfaces below. The ovaled bullion ball is of yarnlike aluminum material and it has a green cats anus style cloth stuffing. There is no fraying to this forestry knot and it is in near mint condition. The shell of this example is a standard black leather type having twin line decoration to both of the obverse and reverse edges. The reverse center is sewn up. The scabbard mounts are brass, having fine gilding nicely matching the hilt. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather and the lower example is twin-line decorated with button style chape. The upper example has an acorn which doubles as a lug. These scabbard mounts are staple held. Attached to the upper mount is an original-to-the-piece green leather frog. The leather on the reverse is a brown color. This frog is in excellent condition and it has a d ring at the top. The d ring appears to be nickel plated and is retained by a sewn green leather flap. Nice to see these cutlasses complete with the accouterments! The slab sided blade of this example is triple-etched and measures 13 inches in length. The blade is still nice and bright, having its original frosted backgrounds. This blade is in near full mint condition. The obverse etch portrays a pointer dog who is sniffing at two foxes playing around a log. The etch ends with two game birds sitting in a grassy knoll. The reverse etch has three doe running through a forest glen closely trailed by a young stag. The deer are in the middle of a forest glen having trees on both sides. There is overlapping laurel leaves which complete the spine etch. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1937-39. It consists of a set of scales having the firms initials ACS interspersed. Above the scales in an arch is the block-lettered name of the firm Alcoso. Below is the firm name of Solingen. The blade is protected by an in-place green felt buffer. This buffer shows only mild age. An excellent cutlass here and, as most collectors know, for some reason there are more senior cutlasses than there are subordinate examples. Also, Alcoso is not a commonly seen type. Fine example here.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
CUTLASS #28019 National Hunting Association Cutlass - Unmarked E. & F. Hörster
This hunting cutlass does not appear to have been cleaned since the war and it is in first rate condition throughout. The hilt fittings are plated silver types. The pommel cap is an extremely large example because the stag grip beneath is also a large proportioned piece of antler. This cap has the usual flutes which go outward from the center area and there is a simulated acorn at the top which also acts as the blade tang nut. The detail to the acorn cap is all hand-rendered. The sides of the pommel have the usual twin line decoration. The ferrule below is plain with two sets of twin lines. The cross guard is the standard up-and-down variety, having a left quillon pointing upward and a right quillon pointing downward. Both end in deer’s hooves and there is lots of simulated hair which has been hand-rendered. Below the cross guard is a fluted clamshell. All of these fittings are black with patination and look terrific. Setting them off, though, is a huge stag handle. This antler is extremely beautiful, having brown and tan colors in the surfaces as well as beautiful knobs and grains. The antler is so large that it is almost out of proportion to the piece. I like this look a lot though, and as is typical with the original producers, the piece of antler is almost the same size as the mounts, requiring little trimming. (Be careful of the stag grips that are highly trimmed, as usually this is a post-war giveaway.) The scabbard shell is a soft material base being covered with fine grained leather. The leather work is so well done that I really do not even see a seam. This scabbard shell does not have the usual twin decorative lines which run up the edges of both sides – sometimes the Alcoso pieces do not have them either. The shell is complete with the upper and lower mounts. These mounts are the style which have scalloped ends where they meet the leather. The lower mount has two sets of twin decorative lines on the obverse only and the chape button is nicely formed at the bottom. The upper mount has the usual acorn depiction which acts as a lug for a carrying frog. Unfortunately, the frog has gone to time. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. The overall length of this fine cutlass is just about 20 inches. The stone mint blade measures 13 inches. This beautiful blade has triple-etched hunting scenes. The obverse scene depicts the boar being attacked by dogs with the hunter close behind grasping a rifle in his right hand and a dagger in his left. The end panel is finished off with a humming-like bird. The reverse blade depicts the scene of the hunter kneeling while aiming a rifle and there is a large stag and deer jumping over a log. The panel ends with a capercaille sitting on an oak leaf sprig whistling. The frosting behind the etch is absolutely 100% and really highlights the relief. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. A very beautiful blade here and the best you will see. The blade is buffered by the original green felt washer. This is an outstanding hunting cutlass which, judging by the fittings and blade, was definitely produced by the E & F Hörster Company. It would have been sold through a hunting shop thus the lack of manufacturer on the blade. I forgot to mention above, but the center of the grip obverse has a matching silver patinated insignia which is that of the Deutsche Jägerschaft. It depicts a stag’s head which in between his antlers is a raid cross and an inscribed swastika in the center. On either side of the deer’s head are the initials of the organization “D.J.”. This is a very fine insignia. If you are looking to have just one hunting cutlass in your collection, it would be very difficult to upgrade this beautiful impressive example.
Uncleaned. Near Mint. $2,495.00
CUTLASS #30547 Deluxe Short Forestry Cutlass – Unmarked WKC
This is a very interesting Forestry Cutlass that was apparently ordered specially, as it is a combination of WKC’s Model #92 and Model #1051. The piece is identical to the 1051 model, except for the clamshell. This piece, though, is identical to the #1051, except for this clamshell.
The hilt is an outstanding example having gilded brass mounts. The “d” guard is decorated with overlapping oak leaves and acorns and ends in a deer’s hoof. Where it goes through the cross guard area, it has a crossed ribbon. After this, there is a short quillon area and once again, it ends in a deer’s hoof. The ferrule above has four lines and in the center there is a band section which has lines running perpendicular through its circumference. These lines were all applied by hand. The clamshell is the type that depicts a pointing dog positioned in a forest glen. The right side of the clamshell has a small swirl quillon, whereas, the left side example also has a longer quillon ending in a swirl. The gilded surfaces throughout this hilt are about 85% to 90%.
The grip plates on this cutlass are just fantastic. They have toned nicely to a golden color and both are in perfect condition. This piece has the leaf style acorns which are the large to small variety that we only see on WKC pieces. The top acorn is the largest and the lower acorn is the smallest. This provides a great effect to the eye.
The scabbard is formed of a black leather shell. This shell shows little age, being sewn up the reverse and being decorated with twin lines on both the obverse and the reverse. The scabbard mounts are gilded brass, exactly matching those of the hilt. These scabbard mounts are quite elaborate, having a decorated lug on the upper mount which resembles a gold nugget. Actually, it is a series of overlapping oak leaves that really does give the nugget effect. The lower mount is stamped with crossed sprigs of oak leaves at the bottom panel and the panel above has one sprig of oak leaves and acorns. These panels are separated by a series of two twin lines. The reverse of the fitting is plain and the chape is the style that is pearled around a lower ball. These beautiful mounts are retained by staples and it is possible to see the number “70” beneath the staples.
The outstanding short blade is only 9½”. It is triple-etched and has its full factory brightness. Other than a couple of minor age marks on the reverse ricasso, this blade is still in mint condition. It has 100% of the silver backgrounds highlighting the raised etch. The obverse panel depicts the running hunter with shotgun in one arm and cutlass in the other. He is chasing a wild boar which is in the process of shaking off a number of dogs. There are animals flying all over in this depiction. The detail to the trees, leaves and grass around the action is outstanding. The reverse blade is the style which depicts the kneeling hunter firing at a stag who is in chase of a doe as both jump over a falling tree. Once again, the shrubbery, fir trees, grass and oak leaves really look good on this etch. The etch is so crisp you can see the determination in the hunter’s face as he aims his rifle. The upper spine is nicely etched with what looks to be laurel leaves. There is no maker mark on this blade but as indicated above, this piece was made by WKC. There is a thick brown leather washer in place which appears original to this fine cutlass.
If you are a hunting forestry collector, I am sure that you do not have this combination. I do not remember seeing this mix of WKC pieces in the past. It shows you, though, that the factories would virtually do anything that a customer required. Assumedly, there would have been an extra charge levied for this piece. An outstanding cutlass here and in nice condition to boot.
Excellent Plus Plus. $2,895.00
CUTLASS #27467 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn
This example is constructed of fine quality brass mounts. It is the Model No. 1189 which appears in the Eickhorn catalogue. The d guard is of fairly smooth surfaces having lined borders and at the beginning and end there is a simulated deer hoof. The hair of the hoof is hand-chiseled at the areas just above. The ferrule area is simply line decorated. Below the cross guard area formed by the d guard, there is a clamshell. This clamshell has a fluted surface and at the left side, it has a flared quillon end which goes upward in a teardrop. The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. This antler has most attractive dark brown and tan grains with good surfaces. The edges of the stag have turned a pleasing golden color. These grip plates were cut and installed by a master craftsman. The grip plates are decorated with three leafless nuts. These nuts have fine checkered caps and all six are present and are original to this cutlass. The leather shell is a black color and is in excellent condition, showing little to no age. This shell has decorative twin lines on the obverse and reverse and the reverse is sewn tight. Mounted to the shell are brass upper and lower fittings. These fittings have scalloped ends where they meet the leather and they are retained by staples in the usual manner. There are numbers visible beneath the staples. The lower fitting has twin line decoration with a distinct chape button at the lower, and the upper mount is fitted with an acorn style lug. The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It measures 13 inches and is triple-etched. This blade is still bright and has all of its frosting in the backgrounds. The blade is in a mint condition. The obverse etch features a hunter kneeling and aiming his rifle at a large stag chasing after a doe jumping over a log. At the upper portion of the etch is a capercaille bird which is sitting on an oak branch chirping. The reverse blade is the etch featuring the hunter running after a boar who is being pounced upon by dogs. The hunter carries a rifle and a cutlass. There are six dogs which are trying to bring this boar down. Some are succeeding, while others are being thrown on their heads. The etch ends up with a humming-bird like which is hovering above an oak-leafed branch. The spine is etched with overlapping oak leaves. The blade of this example is stamped with the early double oval trademark which traps the firms name and location, Carl Eickhorn Solingen. Inside is a rabbit-like squirrel eating a nut with serrated tail. This trademark was used from about 1933-35. The green felt washer is still in place. A fine cutlass here in excellent, collectible condition.
Near Mint. $1,695.00
CUTLASS #32043C National Rifle Association Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn
This National Rifle Association Cutlass is a long weapon, measuring overall about 22½ inches. It is also lightweight as the hilt mounts are an aluminum base material, being nickel-plated. The pommel cap has a fluted top with a screw device that also acts as a tang nut. The edges of the pommel are decorated with twin lines running around the circumference. This motif is followed on the ferrule below. The ferrule has four decorative lines. The crossguard has a plain center area and there are quillons going upward at the left and downward at the right, ending in the shape of well-formed acorns. Below the crossguard is a clamshell. This clamshell has a wreath decoration of oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. In the center is a copper colored button, having the name of the organization in enamel around the outside border. Inside features a black, half-open winged eagle with a target in the center of the bird. This button shows some age and a few taps here and there, but most of the enamel is still there and there are the usual two swastikas between the words spelling out the organization, “Deutscher schützen verband.” This, of course, is “German Shooting Association.” The grip of this example is the usual fluted, wood base, coated with off-white celluloid. The celluloid has the usual crack and in this case, it runs completely around the center area. This is somewhat good in that the pinned crossed brass rifles tend to hold the celluloid in place. There is also a small crack above the rifles, but it its very minor and there is no material missing. It is extremely difficult to find one of these grips totally intact. Most collectors can be satisfied with the cracking, as is normal. The scabbard of this example is a black leather shell equipped with decorative twin lines running the length of the edges. The reverse of the scabbard is sewn up the center. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel-plated mounts. These mounts are scalloped on the edges where they meet the leather. They are retained by staples in the usual fashion and there are numbers visible beneath the staples. The leather of this scabbard is in choice condition, showing only the most modest of age. The blade of this example is extremely nice. It has a fine nickeled base with long etched panels on each side. The obverse, which is unique to the Eickhorn patterns, is etched with a set of crossed rifles, a target and a shooting hat above it. After this, there is a hunter positioned to shoot his rifle at a stag and doe jumping over a log. The pattern ends with floral designs. The reverse blade has a scene featuring a boar’s head over a hunting bag with rifle and cutlass. In the center there is a dog chasing a stag jumping over a fence. The end of the etch has more floraling. The spine has a series of laurel leaves running throughout. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel. The original leather buffer is in place. A good, solid example here; certainly not in mint condition, but very collectible as these cutlasses are difficult to find. They were made late in the period and not many were produced. Further, this example really has a nice blade.
CUTLASS #30047 Imperial Hirschfanger with Skinner
This imperial hirschfanger is an early piece and is quite unusual in that it is finished in silver fittings instead of the usual brass for imperial pieces. The silvered fittings appear to have had some old lacquer put on them to preserve their finish but the patination has long ago covered the silvering. The pommel cap is kind of an interesting piece in that it is flared up to the rim and the upper portion is smooth. There is one decorative line around the edge. This pommel is retained by a peened over tang. The ferrule below nicely matches the silvering of the pommel having twin line decoration. The crossguard is a straight type which has quillon arms that go outward in a square shape and then become rounded in the shape of acorns at the quillons. The center blocks of both sides are plain. Below the crossguard is a small style fluted clamshell. The grip of this example exactly fits the pommel and the ferrule. The fitting process was extremely well done. The grip is a nice shape which rather than being rounded has almost three square sides. The antler has nice grain to it and varies in colors from tan to darker brown. The scabbard shell is made of black leather having decorative lines on the edges and sewn up the rear. This leather shows age throughout but is still in sound condition. The scabbard mounts are matching silvered type. The mounts have scalloped style edges where they meet the shell and the upper scabbard has the bulged area which is meant for making a pocket to secure the skinning knife. The original skinning knife is still in place. Its flat stag grip plates exactly match that of the current stag grip above. The knife shows some old sharpening and is a plain finish style. It also has a false edge at the top. A nice original skinner here! The upper scabbard fitting is complete with wire ears, one on each side, which would have acted to hold a thonged style hunting frog. The blade of this example is a plain type having single edge and fairly large fuller. This blade measures about 14-inches overall and shows some signs of sharpening along the edge. Overall though the blade is in pretty good shape still being mostly bright and rating at about excellent plus. There is a green felt original buffer protecting the blade. The blade does not go all the way into the scabbard as the leather has shrunk slightly. There is about one inch which remains out of the scabbard.
Excellent Plus. $995.00