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 #41083C Miniature K98 Combat Bayonet - E. & F. Hörster
The hilt mounts are nickel plated and are a very faithful reproduction of the standard sized bayonet. It is fitted with Bakelite grip plates retained by screws and spanner nuts, also just like the standard versions.
The blade is a beautiful, mint conditioned blued example. It is even numbered on one side, "4015", with a run initial "N" below it. The opposite side is marked "E. u. F. Hörster".
An original, high quality item here.
MINI #41082C Miniature Bayonet Letter Opener
The grip plates are the standard closely checkered black Bakelite retained by a pair of steel rivets. They have a crack running down the obverse plate but the reverse is fine.
The scabbard is straight but all of the original paint has been lost to time. It is interesting to see the veteran who brought this piece home quite legibly scratched the scabbard with the words "Letter opener / souvenir from Germany".
The blade has a nickel finish that shows mild age, with a fuller on both sides.
This piece is ready to carry on opening letter on your desk, just as it has for decades since it came home from the war.
Good Plus. $95.00
MINI #41080C Miniature Bayonet with Hitler Youth Insignia
This miniature bayonet comes without a scabbard. It is finely constructed example, with the flat fittings we normally see on these examples. There is fine plating on the eagle silhouette pommel and guard.
The grip plates are the early, closely checkered Bakelite type, retained by a pair of rivets. Applied to the obverse grip plate is an enamel Hiter Youth insignia. This diamond shaped insignia looks to be the same as those used on a standard HJ knife. The enamel is in perfect condition and retains the original bright colors.
It is possible that the factory would have made something like this on special order, but it is just as likely it was added after the fact. I do not see any signs that indicate that it was affixed with glue by an amateur, however, and looking at the piece I can see the mounting prongs. I believe this is a period modification.
The blade remains bright, with a good nickel plated finish and fuller that runs nearly the whole length.
A great addition to a HJ collection here.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
MINI #40565C Half Size Army Dagger with Panzer Badge
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.
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.
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 #40375C Miniature 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF
The pommel and guard are constructed of the usual aluminum. All of the airplane gray remains intact on the pebbled reverse of the guard, giving the viewer clue that this piece was rarely handled.
The grip is a very attractive dark orange, fading just slightly on the reverse. The ferrule is the typical Army type that we normally see used on this type of miniature.
The scabbard is in good condition, with good pebbled panels and raised oak leaves at the bottom. The bands are also in good condition, the tiny hanging rings still intact.
The blade is mint, nickel-plated type. For some reason this blade is not marked, but we know for sure it comes from SMF as it is identical to the many others I've seen in the past.
A very nice example here.
Near Mint. $595.00
MINI #40157 Miniature Hunting Cutlass - E. & F. Hörster
This Miniature Hunting Cutlass measures 9 ½ inches long. The hilt is metal with a brown painted metal grip which simulates antler. The center area features a stag head flanked the initials "DJ" flanking and with a swastika set between the antlers.
The scabbard shell is also metal, with the center portion having pebbling and decorative lines to imitate natural leather. The original green paint shows wear; about 60% of this paint is intact. The scabbard mounts are of nickel with scalloped edges. There is an acorn lug at the top.
The blade is a choice example, in mint condition. It is double etched with fine hunting scenes. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Hörster "H" trademark. The obverse of the blade is marked "Rostfrie". The original green felt blade buffer is in place.
An original maple here, with some wear on the outside but with a choice blade.
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 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.
MINI #37989 SS Miniature Letter Opener
This SS Miniature Letter Opener is about 8 inches long. It is identical to the example pictured in my SS Book on page 667.
The hilt of this example is a single piece aluminum casting. The grip portion is painted black and the guards are left in their natural state. The black painted grip shows quite a bit of wear here and there, but about 70% remains intact. The grip features the usual SS runes and an open-winged eagle and swastika.
The blade is quite nice, and designed to look just like the full-size version. This steel blade is still mostly bright, having an etched SS motto on the obverse facing. The reverse bears the 1936 SS contract code, “807/36” with a set of SS runes above and a RZM mark below.
A very fine item here, just perfect for opening your mail. It is absolutely original.
MINI #37095 SS Miniature Dagger Letter Opener
These miniature daggers have a one piece hilt that is constructed entirely of aluminum. The crossguard and tang nut are left in there original bright aluminum state, while the grip is painted black. The grip has a pressed-grip eagle with a swastika as well as a SS runes button at the top.
The paint on this example shows some wear, particularly on the high points of the center ridge.
The blade is a nice example which has the etched SS motto on the obverse. The etching is very precise and perfect, with the proper period fonts. On the reverse the blade is maker marked with the code “807/36”. The code has a double circled set of SS runes above it as well as a double circled RZM mark below. This blade is still mostly bright, showing minor signs of usage.
I have sold a number of these letter openers over the years. They are nice to keep on your desk; they are fun to look and are a valuable tool for opening your mail. These miniatures are absolutely original items and they did not come with a scabbard.
A good opportunity here to acquire a rarely seen miniature.
MINI #35578C Miniature US Sword
This miniature sword is about 9½ inches in length overall. It is nicely made throughout appearing to be all nickel construction to include the scabbard along with a steel blade. It does look similar to an American 1851 Army Sword. Either way, it has a metal hilt which has a one piece grip attached to a one piece basket guard.
Attached to the “D” guard is a fine metal portepee which is set in place. The scabbard has a shell which is engraved with decorative lines along the edges and painted black to simulate leather. It is fitted with three brass mounts, the two upper examples having rope-like carrying bands with carrying rings. The lower chape is a matching brass type. The thin blade has a fuller with ricasso and appears to have engraving on both sides. I notice that there is an anchor simulation in the etch so we can assume that this is a Naval style miniature.
A good quality example here and I’m sure someone out there will know what large size counterpart it is meant to simulate.
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 than 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