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 #46719C Three Quarter Size 2nd Model Luftwaffe Miniature on Marble Base by Alcoso
The pommel and crossguard are very realistic and quite well done. The pommel reflects the leaves about the circled swastikas on both sides and the swastikas still have signs of gilt on the surfaces. The crossguard is quite beautiful with its flying eagle clutching a swastika. The feather has been nicely detailed. The reverse of the guard has a good pebbled panel.
The grip is a very deep orange color which is most attractive and it is in perfect condition. This grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is a fine example having good pebbling to the panels. The lower portion has the Luftwaffe 3 standing oak leaves with good chape at the bottom. The scabbard bands are well detailed. Attached to the hanging rings is a fairly long liked steel type chain; I don’t know if it is original to the piece or not.
The piece is mounted on a cream colored marble base having darker flecks of brown. The original green felt on the bottom remains in good condition.
The blade is a fine example. It is marked on the reverse with the Alcoso mark used from 1937 to 39. On the obverse it has a large “H” etched and the name “Heine”.
A pretty neat miniature here.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
MINI #46991C Miniature 1st Model Luftwaffe on Marble Base
This Luftwaffe is marked E. & F. Hörster. It has silvered fittings to the pommel and crossguard with good sunwheels on both fittings. The silvering is still excellent. The crossguard has the three segmented wings that run on a downward slant.
The grip on this example is quite large being a leather covered type and is wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The scabbard is an all metal type which has struts on the bottom which are fastened to a marble base. The scabbard has the crackle finish which simulates leather and the shell is all painted blue with good paint remaining. The scabbard mounts are also silvered Luftwaffe types. They are in good condition throughout and are fitted with eyelets and carrying rings.
The blade is a nice example which is near mint showing just a little bit of age around the ricasso. The reverse blade is marked with the familiar E. & F. Hörster trademark.
The marble base is quite nice measuring 6 and half inches by 4 inches. It has a pinkish glow to it with lots of marbling sections within the base. It has its original gray felt on the bottom.
Overall this miniature measures 9 and three quarter inches in length.
A nice example to put on your desk.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
MINI #46724C Half Size 2nd Model Luftwaffe by SMF
The grip is a fine celluloid with excellent grip running from left to trite downward. The grip is a pretty orange color just being slightly lighter on the reverse. The grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire.
There is a portepee on the grip but it is quite tattered.
The scabbard is the flat style used by SMF and it has good detail to the pebbled patterns and the oak leaf designs at the chape. The bands are in good condition complete with their carrying rings.
The blade is a fine nickel plated example showing just a little bit of usage but still in near mint condition. It has a two line advertisement on the obverse center segment. It is etched "Neidersachsischen Langeszeiten / Hanover". I think this has something to do with a newspaper. The reverse of the blade has the SMF seated king trademark and DRGM below. The original blade buffer is in place.
A decent miniature here.
Excellent Plus Plus. $695.00
MINI #46722C Half Size 2nd Model Luftwaffe
It also has a ferrule which is also nicely detailed.
The grip is a celluloid example having a fine deep orange color on the obverse and a little lighter on the reverse. The grip remains in nice condition and has twisted wire wrap.
The scabbard is the flatter style used by this producer and it has fine pebbled patterns on both sides with excellent carrying bands and hanging rings.
The blade is a beauty having high quality nickel finish still in mint condition with needle like tip. The baled has an interesting etch on the obverse which features a crowing rooster standing on a globe with the initials "KNCO". A great looking etch here! On the reverse is the SMF trademark and DRGM. The original blade washer is in place.
A nice miniature here.
MINI #46720C Half Size DLV 1st Model Luftwaffe Miniature by Carl Eickhorn
The hilt mounts have a slivered finish and the silvering is still good throughout featuring the sunwheel swastikas on both sides of the pommel and crossguard. The crossguard arms are also nicely finished.
There is a realistic blue grip being slightly larger in the center and tapering on both ends. It has fine ribs which follow downward from left to right. The ribs are tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The scabbard shell is of metal but is pebbled to simulate leather and is also painted a blue color. The paint is still all there. The scabbard mounts are also silver plated nicely toned matching the hilt mounts. The mounts are completely realistic with scalloped edges and having the large staples in the reverse. This simulates the 1st style Luftwaffe daggers that were produced and these companies did not bother to change their molds after the staples were eliminated.
The blade is a very fine example being completely realistic with a center segment and two edges exactly like the large counterpart. The blade is in full mint condition. The reverse is tamped with the1935 through 41 Eickhorn squirrel.
A very nice high quality piece here.
Excellent Plus Plus.$995.00
MINI #46719C DLV / 1st Model Luftwaffe by E. & F Hörster
This 9 and a half inch miniature is a good looking example having white metal type mounts. The detail to the sunwheel swastikas on the pommel and crossguard is excellent as are the grip segments of the crossguard ends.
There is a nice blue grip having rib segments which run downward from right to left. The grip is also wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The scabbard shell is all metal but has a pebbled type finish to simulate leather. It has a good rich paint which is still all there.
The blade is an outstanding example with a rich nickel plated surfaces having needle-like tip and etched with a Hörster trademark.
A nice higher quality example here.
Excellent Plus Plus. $895.00
MINI #46725C National Hunting Association Miniature Cutlass by E. & F. Hörster
The pommel is identical to the large counterpart having the umbrella-like flare outs at the top and having a screw in the center. The bottom of the pommel is also lined. The ferrule below also has two lines. Then they are the crossguard which are in the shape of deer's hooves having nice detail to the hair of the hooves. The left hoof goes upward the bottom one goes downward. Below is a fine clamshell.
The grip is also metal being a part of the other mounts but it is produced to have a stag look about it and is painted brown. In the center of the grip is the national hunting association insignia consisting of the stag head with swastika between the stags and the association's initials "DJ'.
There is also a nice bullion portepee with metal ball wrapped about the grip.
The scabbard is also an all metal type but the shell is simulated by being pebbled and painted green. The scabbard mounts are matching silver plate and they are just like the large examples having scalloped ends and the upper mount having a acorn-like lug.
The double etched blade is extremely fine being heavily nickel plated and having all of the frosting behind the hunting scene etches. The plating is still in mint condition.The reverse ricasso is etched with the E. & F. Hörster trademark.
This cutlass has a very desirable patina and is a very nice example.
Excellent Plus Plus. $895.00
MINI #46728C RAD Imperial Bayonet Letter Opener
The hilt is slightly flat as instead of the curved features we would see on the pommel the features are just straight across but still simulate the bird's head looking to the viewers left. The nickel plated surfaces are still excellent across the hilt.
Etched into the hilt is the city name "Coblenz".
The crossguard is the standard type featuring a teardrop going upwards. The bayonet is equipped with black checkered Bakelite grip which are retained by 2 steel rivets.
The blade is also a very nice example having nickel plated surfaces in very nice condition and a fuller on both sides.
A desirable example here.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
MINI #46746C Miniature Naval Sword No Maker
The hilt is formed of all brass with the traditional lion head with oak leafed backstrap and the D guard has the traditional naval designs with a fouled anchor in an oval form at the lower basket. The reverse hilt has a simulated fold-down blade lock.
The grip is a silver color also of a brass base having simulated wire wrap. There is also a nice miniature bullion portepee with metal ball.
The scabbard has simulated black leather over brass base which is painted. There are a couple of chips in the paint but it is not bad. This scabbard is fitted with the three traditional brass mounts with hanging rings and a nice chape at the bottom.
The 7 and quarter inch long blade is well formed having fine nickel plated surfaces and having a fuller right beneath the backstrap. The tip is still needllelike.A very fine miniature here.
Excellent Plus Plus $350.00
MINI #46747C Miniature Lion Head Army Sword No Maker
The brass hilt depicts a nicely detailed lion head with good P guard and crossguard actually being the type that has the small lion head at the quillon end. The obverse langet features crossed cannon simulating a artillery example.
The brass grip is pebbled and painted black and has simulated wire.
The scabbard is of all black paint in fairly good condition having a chape at the bottom.
The 7 inch blade is nickel plated with a fuller running down the top edge and retains its needlelike tip. The blade is still in mint condition.
A nice army miniature sword.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
MINI #46748C Miniature Lion Head Army Sword No Maker
This 9 and three quarter inch long miniature sword has a brass hilt with a lion head. The hilt is equipped with a P guard and crossguard with small lion head at the quillon end but there is no langet on either side.
The simulated grip is black painted over pebbled brass and has simulated wire.
The scabbard is black painted showing age and missing paint but overall not too bad and having a nice chape end.
The 7 and a quarter inch blade is a fine example being nickel plated. It shows only the most modest of age but is in near mint condition. The blade is shaped with a ricasso and then a center ridge that runs the length of the blade. The original blade washer is in place and the tip remains needlelike.
MINI #46739C Half Sized 2nd Model Luftwaffe by SMF
Additionally there is a celluloid grip of light egg yolk color. The grip is wrapped with twisted brass wire. There is a chip on the first rib right above the ferrule in the reverse.
The scabbard is the typical flatter type SMF style. It has good pebbling throughout its surfaces and fine oak leafing at the bottom. The upper carrying band is in place with its ring. Unfortunately the lower carrying band and ring are gone to time.
The blade is still nice and bright throughout having a couple of ripples towards the tip but the plating is still all there. There is also an advertisement that is etched along almost the entire center blade area "Scholler-Bleckmann-Phoenix-Edelstahl".
The reverse is marked with the seated king trademark and DRGM beneath. The original leather washer is in place.
MINI #46738C Three Quarter Sized 2nd Model Luftwaffe by Alcoso
The pommel and crossguard are extremely well done being identical to the large counterpart. The grip is also a fine example being made of celluloid and having ribs properly running downward from left to right. The grip is perfect except for a very very minor chip at the very bottom rib but there is a portepee on this piece which nicely covers this flaw.
The realistic scabbard has an excellent silvered finish showing only modest age. It has the fine pebbled pattern of the full size example together with finely detailed carrying bands.
The blade shows usage throughout but overall it is still in good condition. The ricasso is marked with the last trademark used by Alcoso being the AC over S within the scales and then Alcoso Solingen printed to the right of it. There is a small washer in place within the crossguard recess.
All in all a decent 2nd luft here that would probably clean up quite nicely.
MINI #46740C Half Sized 2nd Model Luftwaffe by SMF
It is fitted with fine aluminum pommel and crossguard which are identical to the large counterpart. In addition there is a very attractive orange celluloid grip which has twisted brass wire wrap.
Decorating the hilt is a small bullion portepee with a metal end in an acorn shape.
The blade is pristine mint and being of highest quality nickel plated surfaces with needlelike top. The obverse blade in the center has an advert which is etched in the shape of a a pair of crossed mining hammers. It also has the initials JH at the top and LLG at the bottom and center of the hammers.
The reverse has the usual seated king trademark with the DRGM underneath. The original blade washer is in place.
An extremely fine miniature here.
MINI #46741C Half Sized 2nd Model Luftwaffe by SMF
The grip is a very fine orange celluloid being just slightly lighter on the reverse. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. There is a aluminum portepee wrapped about the grip but the acorn portion has gone to time.
The scabbard is the traditional flatter type used by SMF. It has good detail to the pebbling on both sides as well as the oak leafing at the lower area. The upper carrying band and ring are in place and in good condition. The lower ring of the scabbard has been lost to time.
The blade is nice and mint throughout having high quality nickel plated surfaces. It is an advertisement etched into the center area of the obverse "Bernhard Spanholtz". The reverse ricasso is marked with the seated king trademark and the DRGM initials. The original leather washer is in place.
MINI #46733C Half Sized 2nd Model Naval Dirk No Maker
It features the 1938 Third Reich eagle pommel with wreath and swastika. The details to the pommel are quite good.
The crossguard is the standard type with dual fouled anchor center block acanthus leaves to the quillion arms and button end with nipples in the middle. There is also a nice bullion portepee wrapped about the crossguard.
The grip is an off white celluloid type which has ribs that run horizontally around the grip rather than curved downward as the original large counterparts would have.
The scabbard is a lightning bolt variety it has palmettes over and below the carrying bands with lightning bolts and acanthus leaves at the bottom. The carrying bands are in the shape of the earlier style having figure 8 type rope-like windings.
The unmarked blade is a very fine example having ricasso and being double edges with one center ridge. The original red velvet is in place.
A nice original naval example here.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
MINI #46735C Half Sized Army Miniature by E. & F. Hörster
The pommel crossguard and scabbard all have nice deep toning to the silvering. The details to the crossguard pommel and ferrule are identical to the large counterpart.
The miniature is equipped with a realistic celluloid orange grip which actually mimics the "slant" type that we see on early pieces. A beautiful hilt here.
The scabbard is also in perfect condition having nice heavy pebbling with good detail to the oak leaves that run around the carrying bands.
The blade is as good as you will see it is in full mint bright condition having heavily nickel finish with needlelike point. The obverse ricasso has the firm's name printed out on the center blade segment E. & F. Hörster Solingen. The original felt buffer is in place.
An extremely nice miniature here.
Near Mint. $695.00
MINI #46609 Pair of Small Bayonet Miniatures linked Together
They have a nickel plated pommel as well as a nickel plated crossguard. The crossguard on one quillon area has the barrel hole and the other quillon ends in a teardrop. Both blades have a single fuller and below the fuller the word "Liege" is engraved into the metal. On the obverse ricasso both blades are marked "LG" beside something that looks like wings atop a pole.
The first bayonet has an eyelet type connection soldered to the blade with a chain running outward which attaches to a ring soldered to a ring to the blade of the other example. There is also a chain connected between the two pommels. I do not know the purpose of connecting these two pieces together. If they were hung properly they would give a very nice look.
Both bayonets show some age but they are well done with their fine wooden grips and realistic look.
MINI #46319 Three Quarter Size 2nd Model Luftwaffe Miniature by SMF
This SMF miniature is in nice condition throughout. The hilt is equipped with the realistic pommel and crossguard each of which displays the swastikas. The crossguard eagle flies to the viewer's left. The reverse of the crossguard still has 99 percent of the airplane grey coating which is an indication of little usage. The ferrule portrays slanted oak leaves which run around its circumference.
The perfect conditioned grip is a fine deep orange celluloid on the obverse and is slightly lighter orange on the reverse. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is a steel base having pebbled panels which run the length and sets of standing oak leaves at the bottom chape area. The scabbard shows a few signs age and a little bit of rust activity but basically it is still in good condition with most of its original gray coating. The scabbard is equipped with the carrying bands eyelets and two rings.
The fine blade has a bright nickel plated surface. There is one age mark on the obverse but it is very minor. The blade has a two line advertisement on it which features the name and company and the type of business "Wilhelm Dick & Co Nüremberg" and then beneath "Kohlengrosshandlung", which is something to do with the coal trade. In addition there is a set of crossed hammers at the left.
The ricasso is marked with the seated king trademark with the firm's initials below and then at the bottom is the so-called "patent pending" marking. D.R.G.M. (or sometimes DRGM) is not now nor has ever been a mark of a German patent. It was instead a way for inventors to register a product’s design or function in all states within Germany.
The original buffer is in place.
A nice miniature here.
Good Plus. $750.00
MINI #46115 Three Quarter Size RAD EM Hewer
This RAD hewer is one of the neatest miniatures I’ve ever seen. It’s not really a miniature however and may well be some sort of a salesman’s sample piece. The piece measures 10 inches in length and is very heavy as it is made of all of the same materials that a full size example would be.
The hilt has the usual beak at the pommel portion which is extremely well formed. The ferrule and crossguard are also exactly the same as the large size and are all of the same metals probably being a nickel silver base and being silver plated. The piece is highly patinated and never looks to have been cleaned.
Accenting the hilt are two stag grip plates. These plates are also the same as the large size. Both grip plates have very fine brown and darker coffee brown colors and the edges where they were trimmed have all turned a golden color. The grip plates appear to be retained similar to the large size. The face plate has screws which never appear to have been turned and on the reverse there are also screws which have not been turned.
The blade is an exact duplicate of the large size having the bowie style end. This plate has been quality nickel plated and has the fuller on both sides and the labor corp motto etched into its surface “Arbeit Adelt”.
This is a tremendous piece here the first of which I have seen. It is in totally untouched condition never having been cleaned and is a remarkable example for those out there that are collecting high quality miniatures. Absolute 100 percent original piece!
MINI #43318C 3/4 Size Handmade 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger
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 #42602C Deluxe Forestry Cutlass Miniature
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 #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 #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 #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