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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 #36813 TeNo Enlisted Man's Hewer with Frog

This TeNo Hewer is, overall, a very fine example, obtained by me directly from the daughter of a South Jersey veteran.

The nickel hilt, of course, was plated over a pot-metal base, thus we have the flaking problem inherent with these weapons. On this example both the reverse pommel area and backstrap show some lifting and a small amount of flaking. The front of the pommel also shows signs of some lifting, but there is no evidence of flaking. The obverse plating, however, is still all there.

The pommel depicts a raised gear wheel, with darkening around the teeth center area. The ferrule is still almost perfect. The crossguard is totally perfect, with no flaking whatsoever. This guard is fashioned with an open-winged TeNo eagle, clutching a raised mobile swastika with a superimposed gear wheel. The gear bears the initials, “TN” inside the wheel. The letter “T” is formed from a stylized hammer design. All of the darkening is present in the recesses and behind this spectacular bird.

The grip plates are an off-white celluloid. The both are in perfect condition, and were fitted by a master. The screws and spanners which retain these plates do no look to have ever been turned. Both screw heads are pointing from north to south.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has outstanding original black paint. The paint has some very minor signs of age in the surface, but overall it is still Mint and retains a factory sheen. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition. These mounts are formed with a upward “V” design where the meet the scabbard. The upper mount has a “U” bracket, used to affix the snap clip attached to the frog. The scabbard throat is stamped with the serial number “6260”.

Attached to the scabbard is the original frog. The black leather of this frog is in good condition throughout, having a single rivet on the reverse. Attached to a leather bracket on the obverse is the nickel snap clip which is marked with an “A” on the reverse, indicating the Assman firm. The leather cross strap is in place, but the button hole, however, is broken. There is also a tongue section, meant to go between the snap clip and the frog in order to reduce wear. This tongue has been left outward, and since it is firmly in this configuration I have left it alone.

The blade is a fine example, with a Bowie-style tip. It has an outstanding matte finish which is still in Mint condition. The obverse ricasso is etched with the number “6260” which matches the stamping on the scabbard throat. The reverse ricasso is etched with a TeNo eagle, being the same as the example on the guard, and having the protected patent term, “Ges. Gesch” on with side of the talons. Beneath the eagle is the Eickhorn 1935-1941 trademark. This trademark consists of a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword, beneath the word “Original”. Beneath the rodent is the name and location of the firm, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

Aside from the minor pommel flaking, this TeNo Hewer is in A-1 condition.

Excellent Plus. $3,795.00

TENO #36154C TeNo EM Hewer – Carl Eickhorn

This TeNo Enlisted Hewer is in very respectable condition throughout. The nickeling throughout the hilt is intact completely throughout the crossguard and ferrule area. The pommel has some lifting just under the gear wheel and a small amount to the right of the gear wheel. The back spine also has some very minor flaking. Overall though the plating is still very nice on this example. The teno hewers and officer examples are famous for the lifted plating as these pieces were mostly made after the war started and the pot-metal base metal was not flash coated with copper before it was nickel-plated thus the plating loss. Usually, the cost of a TeNo hewer depends on the amount of plating still there. The gear wheel is in excellent condition on the pommel, still having the darkening around the geared edges and the open center area. The crossguard eagle is quite beautiful throughout having its open winged bird looking to the viewer’s left. The bird clutches a mobile swastika which has the TeNo symbol superimposed over the center of it. This is a gear wheel with a hammer and the letter “M” beneath. All of the original factory darkening remains on both sides of this crossguard. The grip plates are a fine off-white color. They are both in perfect condition throughout and fit tight as a drum. These plates are retained by a screw and spanner hardware which appears unturned.

The scabbard shell is a beauty. It is totally straight and has outstanding original black paint. This paint has a tiny bit of crazing on the obverse and a little bit more on the reverse but overall it is still 100%. Excellent paint here! The scabbard shell is fitted with the nickel-plated matching mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition, the upper one still having the majority of its frosted finish, while the lower example has maybe about 70% of the finish. Both mounts are retained by RAD style flathead screws and they are all in place and unturned. The throat of this example is stamped with the number “1165”.

The blade has the matching stamping (not etched) on the obverse ricasso. This bowie-style blade is finished in the matte style and shows only the most nominal signs of age and is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 logo. It presents a seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the quality word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. Below the logo is the teno eagle. This eagle is in superb condition having all of the factory blackening and retaining the swastika with gearwheel in its talons. On either side of the bird’s legs respectively are the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. The original black leather blade buffer is new-like and firmly in place.

An extremely nice original TeNo EM Hewer here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00

TENO #35943AC TeNo Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This TeNo Officer's Dagger is not in full Mint condition, but it is really high on the barometer. The pommel cap has all of the nickel plating intact throughout. This cap has good, crisp edges and features three circles on each side which surround the TeNo symbol of a cogwheel. All of the factory blackening appears in the recesses.

The crossguard, featuring the TeNo eagle, is in fairly nice condition, having a few lifts in the surfaces. These lifts are mostly minute fragments and are fairly negligible. The plating across this crossguard is still at least 89% intact. The crossguard eagle still has fine detail throughout, and most of the factory darkening is in the backgrounds of the bird's head and feathering, as well as the serrations that appear on the four legs of the swastika. Superimposed over the swastika is the TeNo gearwheel logo, with a “T” shaped hammer and the letter “N” combined.

The grip is a most attractive, very dark pumpkin orange color, which is just the slightest bit lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard appears as though there may have been a dent removed above the lower chape fitting, but it is not noticeable; whoever did the work did a fine job. The scabbard has about 95% of the original blackening it the pebbled panels. These panels are still crisp throughout. There is also blackening on the decorative lines on the carrying bands, as well as on the details of the lower chape fitting. The throat is the typical thick Eickhorn style, which is retained by a center-placed screw on the reverse. The throat is stamped with the serial number, “1636”.

This piece is apparently an early example, as it is not etched but stamped with the matching number, “1636”. The blade itself is an nice as they come; it is in Mint condition with a needle tip and full cross-grain. The blade is most impressive, as these TeNo's are much long than the standard Army/Luftwaffe style we are used to looking at; these daggers are quite large! The original black washer is in place, showing little to no age.

This is a fine opportunity to acquire a really rare dagger. I have not had a TeNo Officer's dagger to offer the collecting community for some time now, so I am glad to be able to jazz up our website with the presence of this fine dagger.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $9,495.00

TENO #35953AC TeNo EM Hewer with Original Troddel and Frog

This TeNo Hewer is in an untouched state, directly from the veteran liberator. The hewer has never been cleaned, and has all of the original nickel-plating on the hilt pieces. The nickel-plating shows a little under the surface movement on the obverse of the pommel, but the rest of the hilt still has all of the plating. The nickel has a rather dull finish, which would probably look a lot nicer if it were cleaned, but being as there are those out there that like to leave things in an untouched state I will leave the choice of cleaning this piece to the next owner.

The obverse pommel has the raised out insignia of the TeNo organization, being a stylized cogwheel. The factory blackening is still intact throughout the detailing of this insignia. The crossguard eagle below is in very choice condition, being just as crisp today as it was when this piece was produced in 1939 or 1940. This eagle has full detailing throughout his head and breast feathering, as well as his talons. The swastika also has excellent detail, bearing a superimposed cogwheel in the center area, which in turn bears the hammer-shaped “T” and capital “N” initials of the TeNo organization.

The grip plates are an off-white color, and in choice condition throughout. These grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware, the screws appearing to have never been turned. The screw heads have a bit of age on their surfaces, but this will easily come off if the next owner elects to clean this piece.

The scabbard shell is straight and in perfect condition. These TeNo scabbard shells are the same as the RAD type, and like the RAD the shell is painted black. On the reverse facing this paint is in perfect condition, having only a couple of minor spiders. The obverse is also in choice condition, having a few minor signs of carrying wear, but overall the paint still rates at about 99%. This paint retains the original luster. With a little bit of car wax applied, this paint would really make you smile! The shell is fitted with the TeNo hewer mounts, which are steel-based with fine, nickel-plated surfaces. The mounts are patinated to match the hilt of this piece, and would clean up nicely. These mounts are retained by RAD-style screws, which are unturned and in fine condition. The throat of this scabbard is stamping with the matching serial number, “5658”.

The blade is an absolute beauty, having the original, matte-finished surface. This blade shows little to no age. The blade is etched with the matching serial number, “5658”, which is still nice and crisp and clear, resting beneath the crossguard swastika. The reverse ricasso features the open-winged TeNo eagle, with swastika and gearwheel. Flanking the eagles talons are the patent markings, “Ges. Gesch”. Below the eagle is the Eickhorn trademark, a seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “Original”, and below the firm's name and location, “Eickhorn, Solingen.” The original black leather washer is set in place, and remains in excellent condition.

This hewer not only has the original frog but also the original troddel. The frog is in excellent condition, being the black leather type with rivets set just below the center reverse. Unfortunately the buttonhole is broken on the retainer strap. The original aluminum boss, however, is still in place. The frog is equipped with the “flap-over” tongue, which protects the scabbard area from the snap clip below. This snap clip is the standard type, which is mostly likely stamped with the letter “A”, but I can't check this because the original troddel is tied around the clip.

The troddel, rather than being wrapped around the center portion of the frog, is tied about the upper portion of the scabbard mount and then woven through the openings of the frog's snap-clip. This obviously is the way the original owner wore the hewer, and fortunately the returning veteran left this interesting tie in place. This troddel has the tan color textured strapped with twin dark colored lines running the length. There is no fraying whatsoever, just a little bit of surface age soiling. The slide and stem, as well as the cap of the acorn, are a blue color. The lower portion of the acorn is finished with a yarn-like woven covering, and in the lower insert is material which matches the strapping.

This is a golden opportunity to acquire an untouched TeNo, exactly as it came out of the woodwork. This piece has never been in a collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00