Technische Nothilfe (TeNo or TENO), literally translated as Technical Help in Need was a German organisation with the stated purpose to protect and maintain vital & strategic facilities. It was established by members of the TA (Technische Abteilung - i.e. technical unit) of the paramilitary Freikorps GKSD - "Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Division".
TENO #35600 TeNo Enlisted Man's Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This TeNo EM Hewer is in exceptional condition throughout. The nickel plating on the obverse is basically all there, having just a couple of tiny flakes, one being at the right pommel tip, and also another being just above the right area of the grip. Other than this, the nickel plating is still all there. This is a rare sight to see with TeNohewers. The gear wheel is raised out of the obverse pommel, having good crisp gears around the circumference, and fine, factory darkening remaining around the edges and in the center area. The crossguard features the distinctive TeNo eagle. This bird looks to the viewer's left, and has highly detailed, open wings and breast feathering. His talons also have excellent detail, and they clutch a mobile swastika which has a gear wheel superimposed over the center of the legs. Inside of the gear wheel is a hammer and the letter, "N". The backgrounds of the crossguard also have fine factory blackening, as do the areas around the upper line of the reverse crossguard and curl. The grip plates are an off white celluloid, still being in absolute perfect condition. The plates are retained by two screws and spanner nuts. The screws do not look to have been turned, and both screws are in the same direction with grooves pointing from 8 o'clock to 2 o' clock. A very nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding, original black paint. The reverse has a tiny ding about two inches above the lower mount, but it is nothing. There is a small paint chip on the obverse right area, and also a minor chip on the reverse area about two inches down from the upper mount. The mounts are fine nickel plated type, exactly matching the nickel finish of the hilt. These mounts are retained in place by four flatter head screws, which do not look to have been turned. The reverse mount has the "U" bracket which is used to retain the snap on a TeNo frog.
The blade of this example is in extremely choice condition, having the usual matte finish. These TeNo blades are identical to the blades that was used on the RAD hewer, however they are sans motto. This blade is really an outstanding example and is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched 1935-41 squirrel trademark. This trademark features a seated squirrel to the left, holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the quality word "original" and below is the name of the firm and its location, "EICKHORN /SOLINGEN". Next to the crossguard is a matching etched TeNo eagle complete with swastika. On either side of the bird's legs, respectively, are the patent pending words "ges. gesch". The original black leather washer is in place, and has done a fine job protecting this impressive blade.
This is a very fine hewer here in investment quality condition, and a great one to add to your collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,395.00
TENO #35452 TeNo Hewer with Frog and Troddel
This TeNo hewer was recently vet purchased from a family by yours truly, and it came complete with its original frog and troddel. The hewer is a nice example, having three tiny spots of flaking just below the gear wheel, and there is a little lifting noticable on the back strap, but basically the plating is still intact there. Overall, the plating on this example is at least 98%. The gear wheel is still nice and crisp, having good, dark, factory blackening in the backgrounds. The crossguard features the great looking Teno eagle, having outstretched wings, and looking to the viewer's left. This bird is clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. Superimposed on the swastika is a gear wheel with the letters "TN" in the center. The "T" letter is made of a hammer. This bird has 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds, and really jumps out from its place on the guard. The grip plates are an outstanding, off white celluloid, both being in perfect condition. They are retained with screws and spanners, which appear unturned. Both screws are facing north to south. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has outstanding, original, black paint. This black paint is still just about 100%, and still has a good, original sheen to its surfaces. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type, both of which are in good condition. The lower mount is perfect, and the upper mount has a few minor age stains in the surfaces to the left area, and also a couple along the edge area. This mount is equipped with a "U" bracket on the reverse, which serves to accomodate the frog snap clip. The scabbard mounts are complete with the original, flatter style screws, which are all in place and are unturned. Attached to the "U" bracket is the original frog. This frog has a patent leather appearance to its surfaces. It is in good condition throughout, and even the original strap, which retains the heavy hewer, has an intact button hole. The aluminum boss button is also in good condition. There is a small leather flap, which rides over the nickel snap clip. This leather protected the hewer from damage that could have been caused by scraping against the metal of the clip. This snap clip is marked with an capital "A", indicating that it was produced by the Assmann company.
Attached to the frog is the original troddel. This troddel consists of a silk like, textured strapping, having twin blue lines which run the length of the strapping. The slide is a dark blue, and the stem is a lighter, blue color. There is wear to the stem on one side, where the swinging back and forth during the Teno's original wear must have worn through the cloth. This cannot be helped, but if the Teno is displayed with the worn portion in the reverse, there is no ill effect here. The lower ball is an acorn shape, having a dark color wool which matches the slide. The lower portion of the ball is covered in gray, yarn like thread, and the stuffing matches the strapping. When we see a slide that is a solid color, rather than two colors with "V" designs, it indicates that this man was an enlisted man, rather than an NCO.
The blade of this example is a matte finish, like we normally see them, having the bowie style end. The blade is in perfect condition, other than the normally seen runner marks. This fine blade is etched on the obverse ricasso with the serial number, "9032". This number matches the throat of the scabbard. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with a 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The squirrel is seated to the viewer's left, holding a downward pointing sword. Under the animal, is the firm's name and location, "EICKHORN/SOLINGEN". Above the animal is the quality word, "ORIGINAL". Below the trademark is the TeNo open winged eagle, clutching the swastika with gear wheel device. On either side of the bird's talons, respectively, are the patent pending words, "ges. gesch". The original black washer is in place.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a fine, untouched, complete TeNo hewer coming directly from a veteran family. This piece has never been in a collection, and I am sure that it can't wait to be properly displayed on the next owner's wall, or showcase. A fine original piece here!
Excellent Plus. $4,995.00