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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 #46280 Three Quarter Size 2nd Model Luftwaffe Miniature by SMF

This luft miniature is an extremely nice example being in about the best preservation you will see.

It has the fine SMF mounts with the pommel being totally realistic to the large counterpart as is the eagle crossguard. The pommel has the swastikas on both sides and the eagle clutches a swastika in his talons while flying to the viewer's left. The reverse of the crossguard still has all of the airplane gray coating across the pebbled pattern, a sure sign of little usage.

The grip is a beautiful deep orange on the obverse fading to a slightly lighter orange on the reverse. It is in perfect condition and is wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is the usual steel type having pebbled panels which run the length and at the bottom has the raised out sets of standing oak leaves. The two carrying bands are in place complete with eyelets and hanging rings. The ferrule on the grip as is usual with these has a good oak leaf pattern.

The blade is in stone mint condition having high quality nickel plated surfaces. On the reverse side it has an advertisement which is in capital letters running the length "TIEFBAU-UNTERNEHMUNG HERMANN KIRSCHNER". I believe that this is some type of engineering company involved with civil engineering. 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 blade buffer is in place.

A very fine miniature here. This example would look great displayed next to an orange gripped large counterpart.

Mint. $795.00

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!

Excellent. $2,495.00

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 #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 #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 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