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Miniature examples of most edged weapons were produced to be used as letter openers or desk ornaments. Frequently they are referred to as half-size or three quarter-size examples. The larger size examples are generally of higher quality. Many manufacturers purchased miniature weapons and had their name or name of their product etched on the blade. The miniature was then given to customers as gifts. Since miniatures were of a paramilitary nature they were not subject to the controls of their large counterparts. Frequently, miniatures will be encountered with evidence of a manufacturer's "artistic license".



MINI #43318C 3/4 Size Handmade 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This miniature Luftwaffe Dagger is an interesting piece of work, the likes of which I have never seen before. It looks to have been completely hand made.

It measures 8 ½ inches long. The pommel is spherical in shape and totally devoid of any embellishment, with a "neck" area that connects to the grip. It looks to be made of solid nickel.

The guard is also nickel, with engraved details. The obverse has an Göring-style Luftwaffe eagle clutching a mobile swastika, with full detailing, while the reverse has a border similar to a standard size dagger. Unlike the full size counterpart there is no pebbling.

The grip is very eye catching, being made of some type of celluloid. It is bulbous in the center and tapers towards either end. This celluloid is a shade of red, wrapped with nickel wire. This wire has been completely inset into the celluloid; some great workmanship here! The ferrule is completely plain, just like the pommel.

The scabbard is also solid nickel, tapered in the same way as a standard 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger. It has the three segments at the chape but is otherwise smooth and plain. Engraved into the obverse center are the words "Zur erinnerung / Antwerpen 1942". I did a little research to see if the Luftwaffe was involved in anything important in Belgium at this time, but couldn't find anything. Perhaps the original owner was simply stationed there. It is anyone's guess, really.

The blade is a standard miniature type, showing some minor age and wear but with a needle-like tip. There is a leather washer in the recesses of the pommel.

A great little miniature here, and absolutely period.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

MINI #43317C ½ Size Army Dagger

This miniature Army Dagger is the later zinc type.

The pommel has outstanding detailing, with very fine oak leaves. The crossguard eagle is equally nice.

The grip is white celluloid with ribs running downward from right to left. The celluloid has a tiny hairliner on the bottom rib, but it is nothing. The ferrule is a fine example, with crisp oak leaves.

The scabbard has the standard three panels, each nicely pebbled. There is good detailing to the carrying bands, and each of them has a small carrying ring.

The blade is fine, unmarked example, with the original needle-like tip. It shows only the most modest of age.

A solid Army miniature here.

Excellent. $295.00

MINI #42602C Deluxe Forestry Cutlass Miniature

This miniature Alcoso Forestry Cutlasses are top of the line in the realm of miniatures, and very difficult to find. This piece has deluxe silvered mounts.

The oak leaves on the pommel cap cover the edges of the cap. There is a an acorn at the top which acts as a tang nut. The ferrule has oak leaves with matching silvering. The crossguard has rectangular center blocks on both sides, with raised oak leaves. The quillon arms are similar to tree branches, with stubby "branches" on the ends. They are also decorated with oak leaves. The clamshell depicts two does and a stag resting in a forest glen.

The grip is genuine antler and perfectly cut and fit, with fine brown tones. Very little trimming was needed to fit this antler to the pommel cap and ferrule.

The scabbard shell is straight and covered in green leather. This leather has nice pebbling and remains in excellent condition. The scabbard mounts are just like the standard size examples, with scalloped edges where they meet the shell. The upper mount is equipped with an acorn lug, while the lower has a beautiful raised out forestry scene on the obverse. It depicts a large stag with fine antler standing in a forest glen, step atop an oak leaf sprig. The reverse of these fittings are plain. The reverse fitting has a few "tap-tap" marks, presumably being used as an impromptu hammer at some point. These are not bad, however.

The 5 ½ inch mint blade is double etched, with excellent nickel plating and forestry scenes on both sides. The frosted backgrounds remain choice. The obverse scene features a wood and a few deer, while the reverse has a hunting dog sniffing out a fox carrying a rabbit in his mouth. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

A wonderful Forestry miniature here, and a fine accent to your cutlass collection.

Excellent Plus. $1,895.00

MINI #42008 Miniature National Hunting Association Cutlass - E. & F. Hörster

This is a 3/4 size replica of a National Hunting Cutlass with very fine, high quality detailing throughout. It is constructed of metal cleverly designed to simulate the antler grip and leather scabbard.

The pommel is an exact replica of the full size version, with a fine, round screw which acts to retain the tang. The pommel is umbrella-like, with dual lines on the sides. The ferrule duplicates this look.

The crossguards are in the shape of deer legs, with simulated hair and fine hooves. Below the guard is a nice clamshell. The metal grip closely simulates a stage grip, painted a dark brown. In the center of the grip is a very good looking National Hunting (DJ) insignia.

The scabbard has beautiful nickel mounts with scalloped edges. The upper mount has a perfectly simulated acorn lug, and the lower mount is scribed with twin decorative lines. The "leather" portion of the scabbard is simulated with a green "crackle" finish and has the standard dual trim lines at the edges.

The blade of this miniature measures just under 6 inches long, double etched with hunting scenes. These etchings are extremely crisp throughout. The obverse depicts a pair of stag in a forest glen while the reverse has a dog tracking what appears to be a wolf. The ricasso is etched with Hörster "H" trademark, and the original green felt buffer is in place.

A beautiful example here, perfect to display with the full size twin.

Mint Minus. $795.00

MINI #42196C Miniature Kaiser Wilhelm Honor Sword

This fine miniature measures about 11 inches in length. It is a copy of an Honor Sword that was made for the Kaiser circa 1895. The large counterpart resides today in the Klingen Museum in Solingen.

This miniature has a beautiful brass hilt, with a Prussian Crown as a pommel. The basket is in the form of some species of angel with a spiked helmet, putting the Imperial Crown over a Prussian eagle.

The scabbard is constructed from nickel. It is equipped with elaborate carrying bands in contrasting brass, along with an engraved brass chape and throat.

The blade is about nine inches long and is in nearly mint condition. It has a gilded inscription on both sides, although text is a little difficult to read. I believe, though, that the words talk about the greatness of Solingen and the City of Swords.

These miniatures were offered as tourist pieces around the turn of the last century. We see them in many different styles; I have one in my personal collection that has a Damascus steel blade!

A very nice item to add to an Imperial collection.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

MINI #40565C Half Size Army Dagger with Panzer Badge

This miniature Army Dagger has a fairly good silvered finish, showing mild age throughout. The pommel is nicely detailed and a perfect replica of a full size dagger.

The crossguard features the usual opened winged eagle clutching a good, crisp wreathed swastika.

The white grip is the style with horizontal ribs. With this type of grip the ferrule was omitted from the design. This grip is in perfect condition on the front, but the reverse has a small crack at the bottom across the first and second ribs.

The matching silvered scabbard is in nice condition, with good pebbled panels and detailed bands equipped with miniature rings.

Attached to the front panel between the bands is a miniature Panzer badge. Obviously the owner of this miniature held a Panzer badge and as such had a replica slapped on his miniature.

The blade is nickel plated. It shows mild age on both sides but nothing too bad.

Overall an interesting miniature here.

Excellent. $395.00

MINI #40566C Half Size Army Dagger

This miniature Army Dagger is equipped with silvered fittings. The pommel is nicely detailed, exactly like a full size dagger. The crossguard features the usual opened winged eagle clutching a good, crisp wreathed swastika. The ferrule matches nicely.

The grip is white, ribbed and lined like the full size counterpart. The grip is perfect except for two tiny chips on the reverse.

The matching scabbard is in nice condition, with good, crisp pebbled panels and excellent bands and rings.

The mint blade of this miniature is a very nice one, with bright nickel plating.

A good miniature here, priced accordingly because of the minor grip chips.

Excellent. $395.00

MINI #40374C Cased Miniature 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This miniature 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger was produced by SMF and is a three-quarter sized example. It is in nice condition. The mounts are of aluminum, with fine detailing on the pommel and the crossguard. The guard has a name engraved on the reverse, "Paddi". I assume this is the original owner, but I can't say anything for sure.

The grip is a most beautiful dark orange, fading just slightly on the reverse. It is interesting to note this example has the correct Luftwaffe ferrule below the grip; most have Army ferrules which were used for the sake of expediency. There were no official regulations governing these miniatures.

The scabbard is a fine, airplane gray example, in choice condition. It has a good pebbled panel and the oak leaves are nicely raised out.

The blade is nice and bright, with a good tip. It is nickel plated. The obverse has the name of the company engraved on it, "Boecker & Kraft / Hagen-Halden". Was this company nice enough to gift this miniature to Herr Paddi? Your guess is as good as mine.

The reverse of the blade is marked with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. It is also stamped "DRGM" indicating this item was a protected patent.

The case is really special. It is of blue and black leatherette and remains in nice condition, with just a little wear to each of the corners. The inside lid is padded with horsehair-backed satin. It is interesting to note that the hilt of the miniature has imprinted itself into this satin backing, clearly showing both the outline and the swastika detailing! The lower portion to cut out to accept the miniature and is covered in blue velvet. It is bordered in fine white cord, and has a similar impression of the dagger pressed into the velvet.

A really great miniature here, complete and ready to display with your Luftwaffe collection. It has much, much more finery that one would expect from a letter-opener!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

MINI #39836C Miniature 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This SMF miniature is the traditional type be normally see, with an aluminum pommel and crossguard. The pommel has detailed oak leaves and a swastika on both sides. The guard eagle is very nice, flying to the viewer’s left and clutching a swastika. The reverse pebbled panel remains quite good, with much of the original darkening.

These miniatures have no oak leaves or acorns on the upper surface of the guard arms. It is also interesting to note that SMF used an Army ferrule on this style of miniature.

The grip is a dark orange color. It is in generally good condition but does have a tiny chip missing from bottom rib on the reverse. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is the characteristic flat type used by SMF. It has good pebbled surfaces and fine oak leaves on the carrying bands. Both rings are present and in good condition.

The blade is bright throughout and has an excellent nickel-plated surface. The obverse center of the blade is marked with the advertising copy of a leather company. It reads “Striwa” in script and “Lichtenfels” in block lettering. Apparently this was the town in which they operated.

Accompanying this miniature is a piece of period of period stationary from this company. It is widely known that salesmen gave out trinkets to their customers; obviously Striwa had these daggers run up for just such a purpose.

A nice example here, with some research potential.

Excellent Plus. $595.00

MINI #39034 Kaiser Honor Sword Miniature

This fine miniature measures about 11 inches in length. It is a copy of an Honor Sword that was made for the Kaiser circa 1895. The large counterpart resides today in the Klingen Museum in Solingen.

This sword has a beautiful hilt, with a Prussian Crown as a pommel. The basket is in the form of some species of angel with a spiked helmet, putting the Imperial Crown over a Prussian eagle.

The grip is painted black with gold leaves running around it. Tied to the basket is the original metal portepee.

The scabbard is constructed from nickel. It is equipped with elaborate carrying bands in contrasting brass, along with an engraved brass chape and throat. This piece has been personalized with the engraved initials “HZ” on the upper part of the scabbard. The reverse is engraved “M. Darling / Edy”. Given this engraving it is possible that this piece was given by a girlfriend/wife/mistress to her loving partner.

The blade is about nine inches long. It has a gilded two line inscription on both sides. Unfortunately this gilding shows some signs of age so the text is difficult to read. I believe, though, that the words talk about the greatness of Solingen and the Land of Swords.

These miniatures were offered as tourist pieces around the turn of the last century. We see them in many different styles; I have one in my personal collection that has a Damascus steel blade!

A very nice item to add to an Imperial collection.

Excellent. $495.00

MINI #31992C Miniature Stag Gripped Bayonet

This miniature Stag Gripped Bayonet is of highest quality construction throughout, and I do not think it ever had a scabbard. It measures approximately 7½ inches in length. The hilt fittings are nickel-plated and are in the exact contortion as the large full size pieces. The nickel plating throughout is still in bright perfect condition. The eagle head pommel, which faces to the left, has a simulated button and mortise lock on the front and rear respectively. This simulation is done with engraving the likeness of the hardware into the metal. The lower quillon is exactly the same as the large counterpart and the upper part of the crossguard has the curve in the lip to simulate the clearance for the rifle barrel.

But if this is not enough there has been a fine genuine set of grip plates cut from stag antler and perfectly fitted to this beautiful piece. These grip plates are an impressive dark brown and tan with very nice graining throughout. They are yellow on the edges from exposure time. These fantastic grip plates are retained by two steel rivets having dressed heads on one side only. The blade is the same as a full size example having a single edge ricasso and fuller on both sides. The blade is nicely tapered at the end and has highest quality nickel-plated surfaces. The blade still remains in near full mint condition showing only the most modest of age. There is a red felt buffer which is still in place.

This is one of the greatest looking miniature bayonets I have seen. It is also in first rate condition. A very rare item here and a top piece for the serious miniature collector.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

MINI #8372 2nd Model Luftwaffe Sword Miniature Mounted on Propellor

I have seen many Luft miniatures on the casted propeller, but this is the first I have seen on a finished wood prop. The wood appears to be a mahogany. It has fine grain and is finished with a varnish or shellac. There is a black felt base on the bottom. The 2nd Luftwaffe miniature is also unusual. It is a one-piece, casted style, having really outstanding detail. The swastika pommel and crossguard feathering are just the best. Even the simulated grip wire is easily distinguishable. The blade is also a nice one. It is fashioned after a Luftwaffe sword as it has the center fuller - guess the manufacturer probably made these in the sword variation too, utilizing the same blade. The scabbard is mounted to the prop via two struts. It has fine pebble pattern, carrying rings, and if not in the right perspective, could easily be mistaken for the real thing. A fine item here, most likely missing from even an advanced collection. Very rare item.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $750.00

MINI #28267 Forestry Miniature - Alcoso

These three quarter size deluxe forestry cutlasses by Alcoso are among the rarest of all miniatures. If you do not know what these pieces look like, you can see a nice example in Johnson’s Volume IV on Page 276 or if you have a copy of Skipper Greenwade’s book “Solingen Made Me”, you can see a very fine example on Page 228. This piece looks as good or better than the above two mentioned examples. If features choice silvered hilt fittings throughout. The top pommel is a curved oval variety having oak leaves which run around its circumference. The oak leaves look to have been all hand-enhanced and they are not perfect looking, but they do give a quality look about the piece. Atop the center area is a tang nut which is in the shape of an acorn. In this instance, the cap of the acorn is positioned against the pommel. The ferrule is very similar to that of an army dagger, having oak leaves overlapping each other running about the surface. The cross guard is a fine example, having a center block of oak leaves on both sides and then stretching out are two branch-like quillon arms which also have leaf-like oak leaf detail throughout. These quillons end in rounded shapes. This example has a clamshell positioned beneath the cross guard. The clamshell depicts a large stag lying between two females. There is a forest glen which surrounds the three animals. The silvering throughout these pieces is in excellent condition and does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. The grip is made from a portion of genuine stag. It has nice, pleasing colors of tan and brown and has graining which is raised out and runs lengthwise. This grip is in perfect condition and is very nicely fitted to these hilt pieces.

The scabbard is a shell made of green leather over a composition material . This leather has very fine grain and is decorated with twin lines running down both of the edges. The leather is in excellent condition, showing some minor age but still very pleasing to the eye. The mounts of this scabbard are silver plated matching the hilt. The upper mount is decorated with a acorn which would have duplicated the lug fitting. This acorn has nice detail to its cap and a good point at the lower area. The throat is a built-in fitting. The edge of the mount is scalloped, matching that of the lower mount. This lower example is extremely elaborate, depicting a panel with a forest glen. Standing proudly within the glen under a tree is a very large stag with well-pointed rack. Below this magnificent animal is a panel featuring three oak leaves. The reverse of the lower and upper mount are plain. The chape is a ball-like shape having some engraving around its edges.

The blade of this example shows a little bit of usage, being a double-etched, single edge type. This blade has forest scenes etched on both sides. The etching on the obverse shows a dog sniffing around in a forest, a fox looking to his left and at the end there is a panel of floral plants. The reverse side depicts a couple of stags fighting with each other with a tree in the center for protection and on the end is a fence within a forest and more floral scenes. This fine blade has a ricasso and it is nickel plated, having good frosted backgrounds to the etchings. The point shows a little use from opening letters, but other then that the blade is in good shape and is still bright, having all of its plating. It easily rates in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso it etched with the trademark used by this firm from 1937-1939. It consists of a set of scales having the firm’s initials interspersed “ACS”. Above, in an arch being block lettered, is the name of the firm “Alcoso”. Below is the city location “Solingen”. There is a nice green felt buffer which protects the blade. This is an outstanding miniature and is the first one of these types that I have had the pleasure to offer in many years. This miniature in the scabbard measures just over 9 inches in length. This is the ultimate example for the miniature collector or a great piece to also put with a collection of hunting forestry daggers.

Excellent Plus $2,995.00