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The Hunting and Forestry organizations under the German monarchy were often controlled by aristocrats and well-heeled businessman. They were generally not organizations habituated by the common man. The purposes were generally formed for the conservation of game and forestry. Elaborate hunts were great occasions for the well-heeled, while the ladies used the hunting lodges for match-making and gossip. The cutlasses of these Imperial organizations were often extremely ornate, or they could also be utilitarian, made to perform the final killing thrust on game. Both types were often owned by a single individual. Many examples were used strictly for dressing up the beauty of a hunting/forestry uniform.

The German Hunting Association (Deutsche Jägerschaft) was headed by Reich Hunting Master Hermann Göring. The organization was formed to enforce the hunting regulations surrounding the advancement of conservation. The organization was a "must" for Germans interested in advancing their careers in business or the NSDAP. The Hunting Association was much like a country club membership today. The cutlasses worn by the organization were often quite elaborate. The hilt was silver with a stag grip. The scabbards were composed of green leather shells with silvered mounts. The cutlass blades were usually etched with hunting scenes. The insignia of the organization - a stag with a swastika between its antlers and the initials DJ - graced the grip of the cutlass.

The German Association was one of the last organizations to be nationalized by the NSDAP. The organization consisted of many shooting and target clubs positioned throughout the Reich, some centuries old. Members were all volunteers. The cutlass was a long example. It consisted of nickel plated hilt fittings with clamshell having the insignia of the organization - essentially a target within a rounded disk having black enameled organization name. The grip was an off-white, celluloid-over-wood affair. The scabbard was black leather with nickeled mounts. The long blade was double-etched, featuring forestry and hunting scenes; usually a target somewhere in the motif.



CUTLASS #45586C Deluxe Short Hunting Cutlass by Carl Eickhorn

This hunting cutlass is a real beauty and it is more or less the deluxe model 1711 offered by Eickhorn as their top of the line. The difference between the standard features and this example is that the clamshell is different.

The fittings throughout this cutlass are all done in fine silver plate. The plating is in absolute perfect condition showing much frosting together with fine patination.

The pommel cap features overlapping oak leaves which extend outward from the acorn nut which serves as a tang keeper. The sides of the pommel are decorated with raised overlapping oak leaves. The ferrule below has twin edge lines made of raised dots and in the center are raised overlapping oak leaves.

The crossguard features a center block of raised oak leaves on both sides and the quillons end in deer’s hooves. The hair of the deer’s legs has been all hand accentuated.

The grip is a wonderful piece of stag having enticing colors of coffee brown in the backgrounds and being golden toned on the edges of the grain that rise outward. In the center of the grip is the national hunting insignia which features the deer head with swastika on a sunburst cross in the center. The initials DJ are on either side of the stag’s head signifying Duetsche Jagerschaft.

Below the crossguard is a fantastic clamshell which features a raised image of the head of a chamois. The silvering is perfect with beautiful patination. Surrounding the chamois head with his short antlers are raised floral designs. A very very beautiful hilt here seldom seen.

The scabbard shell is produced of fine grained green leather. The leather is decorated with twin lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are also silvered matching the hilt. The upper mount contains a lug for a hanger which is in the shape of a highly detailed acorn. The checkering to the cap is brillant. The bottom mount has scalloped edges matching the upper mount and then on the obverse there is an engraved panel which features a bellowing large stag within a forest glen. The bottom chape ball is very interesting as it has miniature balls that run around its circumference. These mounts are retained by staples and there are numbers to be seen beneath them.

The blade on these deluxe short style cutlasses is only 10 inches long. This example is triple etched. The etch positions are slightly different than we see them normally but the etches remain the same. On the blade obverse it features the hunter carrying a rifle running after a boar who is being attacked by dogs. At the upper edge is a game bird with a long beak. The reverse etch pictures a hunter kneeling while aiming at a large stag and doe jumping over a long running towards the hilt. The edge is etched with laurel leaves. The blade still remains a mint state. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935 through 1941 trademark. The original green felt buffer is in place.

A very beautiful original example here seldom seen with this clamshell motif.

Near Mint. $4,995.00

CUTLASS #45599C Hessian Imperial Forestry Cutlass by W. K. & C.

The Hessian forestry cutlasses are quite rarely seen and this example is in very fine collectible condition. The cutlasses are formulated with a lion head pommel. This beautiful brass pommel has a exquisite cat at the top with noble face and eyes being part of the casting. It has an impressive mane that runes partially down the backstrap. The rest of the backstrap has a series of raised floral devices. The D guard is basically plain having floral designs at the top where it enters the mouth of the lion and at the quillon end it has the head of a lion. The ferrule is decorated with twin accent lines and below is a fine clamshell depicting a raised out stag lying in a forest glen. There is nice detail to this clamshell.

This cutlass is equipped with beautiful ivory grip plates. The obverse plate is still a fairly white color being in perfect condition having some toning in spots and the reverse grip has toned to a golden ivory color throughout. Both grip plates are in perfect condition and are decorated with the original three acorns on each grip plate. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is of black leather still being in excellent condition showing only nominal age. The leather is enhanced with twin lines which run the length of both edges and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard shell is fitted with brass mounts having scalloped edges. The mounts are basically plain with the lower having two accent grooves and the upper having the lug fashion din the shape of an acorn. Both mounts are held by staples and there are numbers beneath.

The 16 inch long blade is still bright throughout being triple etched with hunting scenes. There are some age spots on the blade on both sides but they are not bad and the blade still grades at about excellent plus. The obverse blade depicts a beginning scene of a hunter carrying a rifle and then runs to a pair of deer resting in a forest glen and then finishes up with a scene of game bag with dagger et cetera. The reverse blade depicts a large stag at the bottom and then runs into the scene with a hunting dog sniffing out two foxes around a log and ends with another scene with a hunting bag hunting horn et cetera. The original red felt buffer is in place although it does show some age.

Overall a rarely seen forestry cutlass here and a good example to add much interest to haunting forestry collection.

This cutlass comes with an Antique Exception certification regarding the ivory grip plates.

Excellent Plus. $1,795.00

CUTLASS #45506C Special Order Deluxe Forestry Cutlass by Carl Eickhorn

This cutlass is of special order in that it has a clamshell which depicts a chamois deer and is very infrequently seen and quite rare. The cutlass itself is equipped with an aluminum base hilt having a gilt finish that remains at 100 percent.

The D guard is decorated with raised overlapping oak leaves which extend through the crossguard area and both quillon ends finish up in a deer’s hoof having hand enhancing. The ferrule also has overlapping oak leaves.

As indicated above the clamshell reflects a single chamois deer head looking to the viewer’s left with its two small antlers. The head is positioned within a field of fir trees and has a semblance of clouds in the background. Very beautiful indeed and nicely detailed.

The grip plates are both ivory. They are in perfect condition. The obverse plate has more golden tones than the reverse but both plates are both most attractive. The plates are each equipped with their three acorns. The gild acorns are the style with leaves at the top and all have nicely checkered caps.

Wrapped about the crossguard area is the original to the piece forestry troddel. This troddel has textured aluminum strapping trimmed with dual green lines that run the length. The slide is a woven green and bullion material and the stem is the style with crochet like covering over the metal base. The knot is of all bullion and has the “cat’s anus” style stuffing. This knot still remains in mint condition and still in its original tie.

The scabbard shell is a fine black leather. This leather remains in perfect condition showing little to no age. The leather has the traditional twin decorative lines that run the length of the edges on both sides. The scabbard mounts are gilded brass. They both have scalloped edges and the upper is equipped with a fine lug in the shape of an acorn. The lower has the panel with the deluxe treatment featuring a baying large stag standing in a forest glen. The mount finished up with a very fine decorative ball. These mounts are retained by staples on the reverse and they have numbers beneath.

Attached to the upper scabbard fitting is the original forestry frog.This frog is of black leather and on the obverse has brown leather. It is the style frog that has the notch in the obverse which secures beneath the lug. There are also some initials carved into the back leather which appear to be “E E”.

The blade is the deluxe shorter ten inch length. It has beautiful forestry scenes the obverse features the hunter kneeling while aiming his rifle at a running stag and doe. All of the background shading is present. The reverse example pictures a hunter running with rifle in hand while dogs chase down a wild boar. The shading is all 100 percent on this portion too. The spine is etched with overlapping oak leaves and also has the name of the prolific supplier that sold a lot of Eickhorn edged weapons “W. Michovius Cottbus”. The blade is stamped with the 1935 through 41 trademark on the reverse. The original green felt buffer is in place.

A really terrific deluxe forestry cutlass here with ultra rare clamshell them. A great piece for the advanced collector. I have had the ivory on this piece professionally certified as being of pre-1963 vintage. This certificate accompanies the cutlass and makes it totally legal to sell in the United States.

Near Mint. $2,895.00

CUTLASS #45587C Long Deluxe Hunting Cutlass No Maker

This hirschfanger is a very special piece having lots of deluxe features and it appears to me to be of a middle 1930’s vintage.

The hilt is of all gilded brass construction. The pommel is a very interesting style being the type that has overlapping oak leaves and acorns which flow over the edges of the mount. The detail is all hand done and there is also a fine acorn which acts as a pommel nut also nicely chiseled to the cap area.

The D guard is which is unusual to see on a hirschfanger is a plain type having no decoration with the exception of hooves at both quillon ends. The hooves have been hand enhanced. The ferrule is a simple style having two sets of dual lines around it. Below is a very fine clamshell which depicts a father deer with antlers with three fawns next to him. The animals seem to be resting in a forest glen.

The grip grip is quite beautiful being a stunning stag. The stag has terrific graining which runs throughout and the upper grains are lighter in color contrasting with the coffee brown tones in the deeper areas. Affixed to the grip are three acorns with leaves. These acorns are the type that run from large to small. I believe that this cutlass was probably produced by WKC as they are the only producer that seemed to use these large to small type acorn nuts. The nuts are beautifully done with hand enhancing throughout.

The scabbard shell is of black leather. It is in excellent condition throughout showing little age. It has the standard accent line that run the length of the edges of both sides and it is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of brass. It is interesting to note that both mounts are heavily hand engraved with oak leave and acorn designs. The engraving is quite beautiful throughout both mounts and is only done on the obverse. The upper mount also has a fine acorn which acts as a lug for the hanger. The mounts are retained by staples by staples and have numbers below them.

The piece is equipped with its original green leather frog. The frog is in very fine condition throughout being the style with notch at the obverse. It has a closed box clip at the top.

The blade is just about 14 inches long. It is a double etched example. It has lightly etched hunting scenes on the obverse featuring a hunter with rifle standing perpendicular with a dog and then running past this is a pair of deer in a forest glen then a deer mount with hirschfanger game bag and horn and finishing of with birds with two tweeting birds at the top. The reverse etch features a standing large stag and the ricasso and then further down is a pointing dog ready to get to action against two foxes sniffing around a fence. The blade finishes up with a hunting mount scene with horns and a cutlass and at the end is a standing deer and stag. The etch is quite light but the blade is still in nice condition. The original green felt blade buffer is in place and in good condition.

A very nice cutlass here that if it were cleaned up it could be a show stopper. It has a lot of nice hand work and extra things that we normally do not see.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

CUTLASS #45284 Imperial Hunting Hirschfanger by W. K. & C.

This hunting hirschfanger is a very nice and high quality example. The mounts are all composed of a toned steel base. They have the look of patinated silver but are not.

The pommel cap has the usual umbrella like flare outs and it is topped with a tang nut in the shape of an acorn. The sides of the pommel have sets of decorative lines running about their circumference. The same is true of ferrule.

The crossguard has a plain center block and features deer legs and hooves going upward at the left side and downward at the right side. The hooves have the enhanced hair on the legs. Below the crossguard is a standard clamshell mount.

The grip is a very nice piece of stag curving slightly to the left as it goes upward. It has really beautiful grains with dark deep coffee colors in the recesses and at the top of the grains they are turning a golden color. It is also interesting to note that the stag was picked for its dimensions as it more or less exactly fits the pommel and the ferrule with very little trimming. This is what we like to see on period cutlasses.

The scabbard shell is of all leather construction being black in color. It features the decorative dual lines running on the edges of both sides and sewn up the rear. The leather shows a little bit of usage but overall is in sound condition. The matching scabbard mounts are of steel and have the same toning as the hilt mounts. They have scalloped edges and are retained by stapled. The upper mount has a acorn style lug.

It is a real pleasure to draw out the 13 inch blade. This blade remains in full mint condition having etches which run perpendicular instead of the normally seen horizontal type. 100 percent of the frosting remains behind the etches and nickel plating to the blade is still nice and bright. The obverse etch starts out with a scene of hunting bag and hunting horn with cutlass going forward to a doe and stag standing under two trees and finishing with floral designs. The reverse etch starts out with a hunting bag and horn with a stag head above and cutlass at the top of the stag. Upward features two rabbits in some weeds under a small tree. It is very unusual to see rabbits in hunting scenes and very pleasurable to look at. The etch finishes with floral designs. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the turn of the last century logo featuring the king and knight head wit the firm’s initials below W. K. & C. The original green blade buffer is in place.

A very very nice imperial piece here with a terrific blade.

Mint Minus. $895.00

CUTLASS #45155C Early Period Hirschfanger by Alcoso

The hilt of this hirschfanger is composed of a grip clamshell and ferrule but there is not D guard involved. The metal is of all brass construction with a hilt that is nicely formed with a smooth bird head style pommel that juts to the left.

The grip plates appear to be a nice quality finished wood. These plates are retained by three rivets which have dressed heads on both sides. The ferrule below is a simple smooth variety and the crossguard is a simple ovaled type with very small rounded quillon ends. Below is a clamshell in the conventional design.

The scabbard is of black leather. The leather is in very fine condition throughout decorated with the standard twin lines on the edges of both sides and sewn up the rear. It is equipped with brass mounts having scalloped edges. The upper mount is equipped with a lug in the form of an acorn and the lower mount has two sets of twin lines on the obverse and one set on the reverse. Both mounts are retained by staples having numbers beneath.

The blade measures nearly twelve inches. It is a simple slab side blade with single edge and ricasso. It is not etched but has a very nice polished finish. It appears are though it is nickel plated and the plating is still bright throughout and in near mint condition. The reverse is marked with the scales having the firm’s initials ACS interspersed. This trademark looks to be from about 1935 or 1936. The original green felt buffer is in place showing modest usage.

A nice practical hirschfanger here the first of this design of which I have seen. A nice additional to any hunting forestry collection.

Near Mint. $695.00

CUTLASS #45048 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass

This hunting cutlass is quite long measuring overall about 24 inches. Like we see with Bavarian imperial cutlasses the pommel is in the style of a fine lion head looking to the viewer's left. The details to the lion or outstanding with lots of hand enhancing and pebbling visible around the cat's jaws brow and also to the beautiful mane which stops at the grip plates.

There are ribs on both spines which feature oak leaf details. The ferrule is fine gilded brass with dual accent lines and the crossguard has a plain square center block with deers legs jutting upward to the left and downward to the right each equipped with a deer hoof on the end. There is also hand accenting to deer's leg hair.

The grip plates are some sort of a black horn. Both are in beautiful condition and both are decorated with two gilded round bosses.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout having excellent black leather. It is sewn up the rear and has the usual decorations of accent lines running down the edges of both sides. The matching gilded brass scabbard mounts have line decorations and are scalloped where they meet the leather. The upper example is fitted with a lug in the shape of a acorn. These mounts are retained by staples.

The long blade is a 19 inch length example. it has fine nickel plated surfaces which are still bright throughout. Other than just a little of the most mild age here and there this blade is in near mint condition. It is a little difficult to get in to the scabbard all of the way as the old leather has shrunk slightly over the years but this is something that perhaps could be repaired by getting inside of the scabbard and perhaps removing a little bit of leather to make make room for the blade itself. This blade is marked on the obverse ricasso with the king and knight trademark with the initials W. K. and C. beneath. This puts the circa of this piece somewhere around 1900. The original red felt buffer is in place.

A very nice Bavarian cutlass here.

Excellent. $1,195.00

CUTLASS #41979 Senior Forestry Cutlass with Eagle & Swastika Ferrule

This Senior Forestry cutlass is a very rare example. The hilt of this piece is constructed of finely gilded aluminum; this gilding remains nearly 100% intact.

The cutlass has a "D" guard which is decorated with raised oak leaves on both sides. These continue on to the crossguard, which ends in a stylized and detailed deer hoof.

The ferrule has been enhanced with a fine, stubby winged Political eagle which looks to the viewer's left. The detailing on this bird is quite good and it grasps a wreathed mobile swastika. The reverse of the ferrule has what appears to be a long-eared rabbit decorating the surface.

The clamshell has a bullion on the left side, which curls upward. The clamshell bears the image of a large stag with his head lowered.

The grip plates are the deluxe celluloid type. They have beautiful golden tones and grain running throughout the surfaces.

The blade measures nearly 12 inches long. It is doubled etched and remains in bright, mint condition. It is decorated with hunting scenes laid out on the perpendicular. The obverse has a large stag under a tree, a hunting bag with a number of horns and a cutlass, a dog with a rabbit in his mouth, and ends in floral designs. The reverse blade is interesting, with another stag running beneath a try, a game bag with a shotgun and a cutlass, the head of a large stag and ends in floral designs. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. A beautiful blade here, with a very unusual motif. The original green felt washer is in place.

Cutlasses with the eagle and swastika in the ferrule are very difficult to come by as they are they to have been produced after the start of the war when hunting was a very low priority. Few of them were sold and originals are very, very scarce.

Excellent Plus. $3,395.00

CUTLASS #37649C Small Skinning Knife

We get many, many hirschfangers that were originally paired with a skinning knife, but over the years have lost their smaller companion for one reason or another. Maybe this piece is your opportunity to replace a wayward skinner.

This knife measures 5 ½ inches long. It has a short blade, measuring about 2 ½ inches, with a 3 inch hilt. The hilt has a nice nickel pommel cap and dual trim lines. The ferrule matches the cap.

The antler grip is nicely age toned, with fine golden edges and brown hues. This grip slants to the right.

The blade is a single edged type with a ricasso. It shows some surface age but does not look to have been cleaned in many years. It is interesting to note that the reverse of the blade is marked with the Little Knight trademark of the Anton Wingen firm.

A rarely offered piece here.

Excellent. $250.00

CUTLASS #44646C National Hunting Association Cutlass - Alcoso

This Alcoso produced cutlass has a lot of character and Alcoso did a fantastic job with their pieces which is better than most. One of the nice features that is seen on Alcoso hunting pieces is the fact that the pommel top is completely decorated with raised out acorns and leaves which begin at the center acorn tang nut and flow downward to the edge of the pommel. It is a great look and there is lots of hand enhancing done to give this perspective. The ferrule is decorated with two sets of twin lines and the crossguard below has the left quillon pointing upward and the right quillon downward and both are in the shape of deer's hooves with hand enhancing to simulate the hair of the deer's leg. The grip is a real beauty being beautifully curved to the left as it rises upward. It has a very prominent grain with deep coffee color recesses which lighten to almost a gold color in some places. It is a very attractive grip and has much appeal. The national hunting insignia is places in the center area. It is mostly down to the copper with only a little bit of the original silver plating remaining. It depicts a stag with rays between his horns and swastika in the center. On either side of the stag's head respectively are the initials of the organization "D. J.". A fine hilt here. Below the crossguard is a standard fluted clamshell. The scabbard shell is covered in green leather. On the obverse leather it is in nice condition showing some usage but still overall good. The scabbard is fitted with matching silvered mounts the upper having the detailed acorn lug and the reverse having twin accent lines engraved on both sides. The mounts have scalloped edges and are held with staples. The blade of this example is a real beauty still being in near mint condition. It features on the obverse scenes of two foxes around a log with hunting dog smelling them out. The scene is flanked by Arabesque designs with two game birds at the end. On the reverse side the blade is etched with three does running through a forest glen with a stag in hot pursuit. The blade remains completely bright with all of the frosting in the backgrounds. On the reverse ricasso the blade is stamped with the larger scales trademark having the firm's initials "ACS" interspersed. This trade was used about 1935 through 1937. The original green felt buffer is in place. An extremely nice hunting piece here of highest quality and has a great look about it showing actual period use and a sense of history of the time.

Excellent Plus. $1,995.00

CUTLASS #44495C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass - E. & F. Hörster

This subordinate forestry cutlass unfortunately has seen better days. The hilt is of aluminum base metal and almost all of the original gilt has worn off. There is some gilding still left in the recesses and a small amount on the center of the crossguard area. The cutlass features a D guard which ends in deer hoofs at the top and at the bottom. The ferrule has sets of dual accent lines engraved. There is a clamshell which still has about 85 percent of the gilt. The clamshell features the left side quillon rising upward. The grip is a good set of fine stag. The stag has nice deep colors in the recesses and being golden at the tops of the grains. The obverse side has the three acorns in place being the style with two leaves. The reverse grip has the lower acorn gone to time but the two remaining are in nice condition. There is an original green textured portepee wrapped around the hilt which appears original to the piece. The portepee could use a little ironing but otherwise appears in fairly good condition although it is missing its slide. The stem and lower ball are in good condition. The leather scabbard shell shows much age and usage missing some of its original black finish. Additionally the lower scabbard fitting has gone to time. Perhaps another one could be located by an enterprising collector? The upper scabbard mount is of brass having scalloped edges and featuring a acorn lug. Considering the overall usage shown on the outside of this piece the blade is not in too bad of a condition. It is a triple etched type and it is still quite bright retaining its frosted backgrounds. This blade would clean up quite nicely with a little Simichrome. The obverse features a hunter running after his dogs who are in the process of trying to tackle a fierce boar. The etch ends with a large game bird with his wings up. The reverse blade is etched with hunter aiming his rifle at a running stag and deer jumping over a log. The spine features laurel leaves. The trademark is of double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "E. u. F. Hörster Solingen and in the center is a large H with a smaller H and S being pierced by a sword in the middle. The original green felt buffer is in place but does have a small portion of the material missing in the reverse. Overall a good cutlass here for someone one a budget or for someone who has the wherewithal to fix this piece up. It is priced accordingly.

Good Minus. $495.00

CUTLASS #44611C Eickhorn Model #1189 Forestry Cutlasss with Blue and Gold Presented Damascus Blade

This Eickhorn cutlass is a rare treasure still being in superb condition. It is the Model #1189 and has a textbook hilt and scabbard. The hilt mounts are of gild brass. The "D" guard ends with a deer hoof both at the upper pommel/grip point and at the quillon end. The hair of the deer's legs has been hand-enhanced to these areas. The matching ferrule is presented with seven accent lines running the circumference.The clamshell below is beautifully fluted with the left end having a long quillon rising upward, and a traditional quillon on the opposite side. The grip is composed of fine stag plates, having pleasing coffee-color depths with fine grain. Each grip is decorated with three acorns, being the style without oak leaves. Each acorn has excellent deep pebbling to the acorn caps. A very fine, classic Eickhorn hilt here.

The scabbard shell is of black leather. The leather shows only mild usage signs and retains its original bright finish. It is sewn up the rear and decorated with twin accent lines that run the length of the edges on both sides. The scabbard shell is finished with matching gild brass mounts. The upper mount is complete with a highly detailed acorn grip lug. The lower mount is accented with two sets of twin lines. The mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples in the usual manner. It is interesting to note that looking inside of the scabbard throat, the runner has a canvass-like covering to protect wear to the blade.

And now for the best part. The 13 inch long blade is of hand-forged damascus. The damast pattern seems to be a mixture of "small roses" and "maiden hair" - very beautiful and still in mint condition. The obverse blade is etched with the same basic scene as shown in the Eickhorn Kundendienst for this model cutlass. It depicts a kneeled hunter in woods with a rifle aiming at a running doe and stag jumping over a log. At the two etch ends respectively, are a large baying stag and a chirping game bird positioned on a tree limb. The relief areas of the etch have been gilded and the smooth backgrounds display a highlighting rich blue color. The blue and gild work remain at 100%. The center of the reverse blade displays a raised dedication contained within four ribbons surrounded by oak leaves, "Der Allgemeine Deutsche Jagdschutzverein Westfalen", or "To the German Hunting Club of Westfalen". At the lower portion of the blade, a stag is portrayed with a leg up in the woods, and at the upper section is an arabesque design surrounded by oak leafing. As with the blade obverse, 100% of the blue and gild work is present. The ricasso has the raised and gild Carl Eickhorn trademark used from 1935-1941. The original green felt buffer is in place.

A remarkable presented original cutlass is first class condition. A cutlass of this caliber most probably would have been originally displayed in the clubhouse of the Westfalen hunting association. Now the next owner will have the pleasure of displaying this cutlass with his own hunting/forestry collection preserve. A grand opportunity here to acquire a real show-stopper!

Mint. $7,495.00

CUTLASS #27342 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Alcoso

This is a fine quality forestry cutlass with top-notch quality brass fittings. The “d” guard also acts as a cross guard and it has quillons which end in deers’ hooves. The hooves have had hair hand-engraved into the brass surfaces. The ferrule is a line design type. Below the cross guard area, there is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a flared teardrop at the right side and also another flared teardrop which goes up much further on the left side. This fine cutlass still has most of the original gilding across its surfaces. It looks to have about 95%. The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. These plates have good looking brown and tan colors in the surface grains. The edges are a golden antique color. The grip plates have been cut and installed by a master. They are decorated with the three original acorn nuts. These nuts are the type which do not have leaves on their edges and they have fine checkering to their acorn caps. Tied about the ferrule and “d” guard is an original-to-the-piece forestry cutlass troddel. This troddel is for a senior cutlass, but, nonetheless, it appears to have always been on this example. The strapping consists of aluminum textured bullion have twin grain lines which run the length. There is a slide which consists of green and bullion “v” weaves and the stem is the flat type having crochet-like bullion covering its metal surfaces below. The ovaled bullion ball is of yarnlike aluminum material and it has a green cat’s anus style cloth stuffing. There is no fraying to this forestry knot and it is in near mint condition. The shell of this example is a standard black leather type having twin line decoration to both of the obverse and reverse edges. The reverse center is sewn up. The scabbard mounts are brass, having fine gilding nicely matching the hilt. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather and the lower example is twin-line decorated with button style chape. The upper example has an acorn which doubles as a lug. These scabbard mounts are staple held. Attached to the upper mount is an original-to-the-piece green leather frog. The leather on the reverse is a brown color. This frog is in excellent condition and it has a “d” ring at the top. The “d” ring appears to be nickel plated and is retained by a sewn green leather flap. Nice to see these cutlasses complete with the accouterments! The slab sided blade of this example is triple-etched and measures 13 inches in length. The blade is still nice and bright, having its original frosted backgrounds. This blade is in near full mint condition. The obverse etch portrays a pointer dog who is sniffing at two foxes playing around a log. The etch ends with two game birds sitting in a grassy knoll. The reverse etch has three doe running through a forest glen closely trailed by a young stag. The deer are in the middle of a forest glen having trees on both sides. There is overlapping laurel leaves which complete the spine etch. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1937-39. It consists of a set of scales having the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in an arch is the block-lettered name of the firm “Alcoso”. Below is the firm name of “Solingen”. The blade is protected by an in-place green felt buffer. This buffer shows only mild age. An excellent cutlass here and, as most collectors know, for some reason there are more senior cutlasses than there are subordinate examples. Also, Alcoso is not a commonly seen type. Fine example here.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

CUTLASS #28019 National Hunting Association Cutlass - E. & F. Hörster

This hunting cutlass does not appear to have been cleaned since the war and it is in first rate condition throughout. The hilt fittings are plated silver types. The pommel cap is an extremely large example because the stag grip beneath is also a large proportioned piece of antler. This cap has the usual flutes which go outward from the center area and there is a simulated acorn at the top which also acts as the blade tang nut. The detail to the acorn cap is all hand-rendered. The sides of the pommel have the usual twin line decoration. The ferrule below is plain with two sets of twin lines. The cross guard is the standard up-and-down variety, having a left quillon pointing upward and a right quillon pointing downward. Both end in deer’s hooves and there is lots of simulated hair which has been hand-rendered. Below the cross guard is a fluted clamshell. All of these fittings are black with patination and look terrific. Setting them off, though, is a huge stag handle. This antler is extremely beautiful, having brown and tan colors in the surfaces as well as beautiful knobs and grains. The antler is so large that it is almost out of proportion to the piece. I like this look a lot though, and as is typical with the original producers, the piece of antler is almost the same size as the mounts, requiring little trimming. (Be careful of the stag grips that are highly trimmed, as usually this is a post-war giveaway.) The scabbard shell is a soft material base being covered with fine grained leather. The leather work is so well done that I really do not even see a seam. This scabbard shell does not have the usual twin decorative lines which run up the edges of both sides – sometimes the Alcoso pieces do not have them either. The shell is complete with the upper and lower mounts. These mounts are the style which have scalloped ends where they meet the leather. The lower mount has two sets of twin decorative lines on the obverse only and the chape button is nicely formed at the bottom. The upper mount has the usual acorn depiction which acts as a lug for a carrying frog. Unfortunately, the frog has gone to time. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner. The overall length of this fine cutlass is just about 20 inches. The stone mint blade measures 13 inches. This beautiful blade has triple-etched hunting scenes. The obverse scene depicts the boar being attacked by dogs with the hunter close behind grasping a rifle in his right hand and a dagger in his left. The end panel is finished off with a humming-like bird. The reverse blade depicts the scene of the hunter kneeling while aiming a rifle and there is a large stag and deer jumping over a log. The panel ends with a capercaille sitting on an oak leaf sprig whistling. The frosting behind the etch is absolutely 100% and really highlights the relief. The spine is etched with laurel leaves. A very beautiful blade here and the best you will see. The blade is buffered by the original green felt washer. This is an outstanding hunting cutlass which, judging by the fittings and blade, was definitely produced by the E & F Hörster Company. It would have been sold through a hunting shop thus the lack of manufacturer on the blade. I forgot to mention above, but the center of the grip obverse has a matching silver patinated insignia which is that of the Deutsche Jägerschaft. It depicts a stag’s head which in between his antlers is a raid cross and an inscribed swastika in the center. On either side of the deer’s head are the initials of the organization “D.J.”. This is a very fine insignia. If you are looking to have just one hunting cutlass in your collection, it would be very difficult to upgrade this beautiful impressive example.

Uncleaned. Near Mint. $1,995.00

CUTLASS #38928C Imperial Long Shooting Cutlass – D. David, Berlin

This Imperial Shooting Cutlass is quite long, having a blade that measures 18 ½ inches. The hilt is quite striking, being constructed of solid brass and having a grip that curves further to the left than any I can ever recall seeing in the past.

The pommel is the usual style with fluting at the top and an acorn-shaped lug that acts to retain the tang. The edges are decorated with a line pattern. The ferrule has the same pattern of raised decorative lines.

The crossguard is in the form of opposed deer legs, complete with hooves. The legs and hooves have plain surfaces. Below the guard is a standard clamshell.

The antler grip is the central feature of this fine cutlass. It is a very dark brown with lighter shades appearing in the grains, and decorated with three plain bosses on the obverse. This grip is very interesting in that it almost makes a 90 degree turn! Imperial collectors should greatly admire this piece as we do not see dramatic grip like this very often.

The scabbard is typical of the type, with decorative lines running the edges and sewn up the rear. The leather is in fine condition, showing little age. The plain scabbard mounts are of matching brass and have scalloped edges. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual manner.

The long blade is the thinner type and, believe it or not, remains in mint condition. It has outstanding nickel plating and beautiful triple etched surfaces. The etches are military in nature, with standartes, pikes, drums and the like. The spine is decorated with a pattern of laurel leaves. The frosting behind these etches remains 100% intact. The reverse ricasso is stamped with what is probably a distributor marking, “D. David / Berlin”. There also appears to have been additional text beneath this, most likely an address, but it has worn away.

If you've been thinking of adding a shooting cutlass to your collection, this dramatic example will not fail to please you. The grip is bent further than any you will ever see!

Excellent Plus. $895.00

CUTLASS #43852 Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass

Judging by the trademark, this Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass was apparently constructed just before the Nazi Party came to power. It is a nice example with good bras mounts throughout.

The pommel is the style with umbrella-like ribs that radiate outward from a center screw on the top. There are double accent lines on the edges; these are also seen on the ferrule below.

The crossguard is smooth at the center, with detailed opposed deer leg quillons and a fine clamshell.

The grip is a very fine piece of antler which almost exactly fits the pommel and ferrule. This grip has very attractive brown and gold tones and is fitted with three leafless acorns.

The black leather scabbard remains in very fine condition, with the standard trim lines on the edges of both sides. The matching brass scabbard mounts have crisply scalloped ends, the upper mount being fitted with a acorn shaped lug. Both mounts are retained by staples with numbers are visible beneath them.

The blade measures 13 ½ inches long and is triple etched with hunting scenes. The obverse depicts a hunter taking aim at a running stag and doe and a tweeting bird on a branch. Close to the bottom it is marked "Gesch Geschutzt". The reverse features a boar being harried by hunting dogs with a hunter close behind, a small stag, and a game bird. The spine of the blade is etched with oak leaves. These etches are quite light but are still visible. The blade shows no wear but is starting to try a bit gray. The reverse ricasso has the interesting Eickhorn trademark used circa 1929, with a serrated tail Squirrel and the initials, "C. E.". The original deep red blade buffer is in place, showing mild age.

A good, untouched cutlass here.

Excellent. $695.00

Excellent Plus. $2,895.00

CUTLASS #39384C Early Third Reich Shooting Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn

This early Shooting Cutlass was constructed somewhere between 1933 and 1935, as evidenced by the style of trademark. It is quite a beautiful thing, having finely gilded brass mounts.

The pommel features a set of oak leaves which taper upward to the peened-over nut tang; this piece cannot be taken down. These leaves are nicely done and very pretty The sides of the pommel have two sets of dual lines on the edges. The ferrule is similarly decorated.

The crossguard is in the usual opposed dear leg style. Additionally the hair on these legs has been expertly hand-enhanced. The guard is decorated with a shooting hat and target superimposed over a target, surrounded by springs of oak leaves. A beautiful guard here, with all of the original fire-gilded finish.

The grip is a very fine antler, being a coffee color fading to a lighter shade where the grains are raised. It is thinner at the bottom, gradually growing thicker and curving to the left as it runs out. Decorating the hilt are three leafless acorns with finely checkered caps.

The grip is a fine leather example. This leather shows some mild age, but nothing bad, and is decorated with twin lines on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges and are retained by staples. There is a tiny ding on the reverse lower portion of the bottom fitting, and the top mount has a stylized acorn lug.

The shooting-style blade is quite long, measuring 17 inches, and slab-sided but fairly thin. It is lightly etched with military motifs. It remains bright and is very nice, nearly mint condition. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Eickhorn trademark used from 1933 to 1935; the seated squirrel holds a nut in his paws, and has a serrated tail. The original green blade buffer is in place.

A very nice cutlass here that would certainly dress up a hunting collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

CUTLASS #35192C Hunting/Skinning Knife - J&H

This Hunting/Skinning Knife measures about 9 inches in length. It is a high quality example, having very fine stag grip plates. The grip plates have attractive gold tones to the areas where they were trimmed, and the original grains feature beautiful, coffee color browns and tans. The high quality blade is quite thick at the spine, and is very substantial. The blade is single edged, with a beveled false edge at the top. There is sharpening to the blade, which is what one would expect with a skinning knife. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the letters "J&H", with a fish separating the letters. Beneath this marking is the word "PRIMA". The blade is still in fine condition, rating Near Mint.

The skinning knife is accompanied by its original scabbard. The leather scabbard has fine brown grain leather and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard is mounted with nickel upper and lower fittings. These nickel fittings have horizontal lined decorations. A high quality, very fine, skinning knife, probably produced in the 1920's, or thirties.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $315.00

CUTLASS #43450 Small Hunting Knife

This period hunting knife overall is 9 inches long. The grip plates are very fine stag, with both matching each other perfectly. They display a fine grain with pleasing brown and gold tones. The ferrule and cross guard are part of the blade. The cross guard also has a built-in ricasso.

The blade is a 4 inch long example with single edge. The blade has a couple of minor pits, but is still bright having good original shape and some mild period sharpening along the edge.

The sheath is a leather type having a matching nickel mount at the upper area. Apparently the lower mount has gone to time, and the previous owner has put black tape around the area. Still, a nice example of a period small hunting knife.

Excellent. $150.00

CUTLASS #43546 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass - W. K. & C.

I have had a number of these lion head Bavarian Hunting Cutlasses over the years, but can't remember one in the condition of this example. The entire outside is almost new-like. Really nice piece here. The fittings throughout are all steel base with a luxurious blue finish. The blue finish is 100% throughout - very rare to see on a cutlass some 120 years old. The pommel is quite striking being a lion head shown from the left side. The cat is beautifully rendered with very pleasing feline face equipped with a flowing mane which is is all highly hand-enhanced. Great stuff here!. The matching ferrule has triple decorative horizontal lines. The plain center panel cross guard is a beauty having up and down quillons shaped as deer legs. The legs are enhanced with hair and nice detail to the hooves. Below is a matching clam shell device. The stag chosen for the grip is also very handsome, having dark brown colors to the grain and slightly lighter in some of the raised grain surface areas. You won't see a better hilt on one of these cutlasses.

The leather scabbard shell is also in unbelievable condition. Its black finish is perfect, and new-like throughout, The leather is sewn-up the rear and decorated with twin lines which run the length of the edges of both sides. The shell is equipped with matching blue steel base mounts. They too, are easily in mint condition. The upper mount is equipped with an acorn lug with finely chiseled cap. Both mounts have twin decorative enhancement lines and the ends that meet the shell are scallop-shaped. The mounts are retained with staples, and assembly numbers are visible beneath.

The plain-style blade measures a long 16 1/2 inches. It retains its original bright mirror finish and would be in mint condition were it not for a few minor age spots, mostly along the spine. The blade is a single edged type with ricasso. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the turn-of-the-last century trademark of a king's head and knight's helmet together, over the firm's initials, "W.K. & C". The original green felt washer is in place and looks like it was installed yesterday. This long cutlass measures 23 inches overall in the scabbard.

If you are looking for a premier Bavarian Hunting Cutlass for your collection, I am sure you will enjoy this example. Magnificent preservation here!

Mint Minus. $995.00

CUTLASS #43324C Imperial Hirschfänger

This Imperial Hirschfänger has all brass mounts.

The pommel cap is the standard "umbrella" type with a round boss that acts as a tang nut. The sides of the cap are decorated with lines, as is the ferrule.

The crossguard is the standard hunting type, with opposed deer leg quillons and a fine clamshell.

The grip is a piece of very fine stag antler, bending to the left and with almost no cutting involved in the fitment to the pommel and ferrule. It has fine tones of brown and gold and is fitted with smooth brass oval bosses.

There is an NCO's portepee wrapped about the hilt of this piece. This knot is the style with green strapping and triple aluminum stitches on the edges of both sides. The slide and stem are aluminum bullion, with a green cap and bullion ball. The insert matches the strapping.

The scabbard shell is a standard black leather type, with the usual lined edges and sewn up the back. This leather is in good, sound condition. The scabbard mounts are plain except for accent lines on the lower fitting, and both have scalloped edges. The upper mount as a plain acorn lug. It is retained by a staple; the staple on the lower mount has been lost to time.

Unfortunately the blade of this example is not in good condition. It is triple etched but most of the etch has been worn off and there is rust and age spread evenly throughout the surfaces. It has no maker's mark but the original leather blade buffer is in place.

A decent Imperial piece here, with some condition problems but priced accordingly.

Good. $595.00

CUTLASS #32043C German Shooting Association Cutlass – Carl Eickhorn

This National Rifle Association Cutlass is a long weapon, measuring overall about 22½ inches. It is also lightweight as the hilt mounts are an aluminum base material, being nickel-plated. The pommel cap has a fluted top with a screw device that also acts as a tang nut. The edges of the pommel are decorated with twin lines running around the circumference. This motif is followed on the ferrule below. The ferrule has four decorative lines. The crossguard has a plain center area and there are quillons going upward at the left and downward at the right, ending in the shape of well-formed acorns.

Below the crossguard is a clamshell. This clamshell has a wreath decoration of oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. In the center is a copper colored button, having the name of the organization in enamel around the outside border. Inside features a black, half-open winged eagle with a target in the center of the bird. This button shows some age and a few taps here and there, but most of the enamel is still there and there are the usual two swastikas between the words spelling out the organization, “Deutscher Schützen Verband.” This, of course, is “German Shooting Association.” The grip of this example is the usual fluted, wood base, coated with off-white celluloid. The celluloid has the usual crack and in this case, it runs completely around the center area. This is somewhat good in that the pinned crossed brass rifles tend to hold the celluloid in place. There is also a small crack above the rifles, but it its very minor and there is no material missing. It is extremely difficult to find one of these grips totally intact. Most collectors can be satisfied with the cracking, as is normal.

The scabbard of this example is a black leather shell equipped with decorative twin lines running the length of the edges. The reverse of the scabbard is sewn up the center. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel-plated mounts. These mounts are scalloped on the edges where they meet the leather. They are retained by staples in the usual fashion and there are numbers visible beneath the staples. The leather of this scabbard is in choice condition, showing only the most modest of age.

The blade of this example is extremely nice. It has a fine nickeled base with long etched panels on each side. The obverse, which is unique to the Eickhorn patterns, is etched with a set of crossed rifles, a target and a shooting hat above it. After this, there is a hunter positioned to shoot his rifle at a stag and doe jumping over a log. The pattern ends with floral designs. The reverse blade has a scene featuring a boar’s head over a hunting bag with rifle and cutlass. In the center there is a dog chasing a stag jumping over a fence. The end of the etch has more floraling. The spine has a series of laurel leaves running throughout. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 squirrel, and the original leather buffer is in place.

A good, solid example here; certainly not in mint condition, but very collectible as these cutlasses are difficult to find. They were made late in the period and not many were produced. Further, this example really has a nice blade.

Excellent. $2,495.00

CUTLASS #27467 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn

This example is constructed of fine quality brass mounts.

This piece was listed as Model No. 1189 in the Eickhorn catalogue. The "D" guard is of fairly smooth surfaces having lined borders and at the beginning and end there is a simulated deer hoof. The hair of the hoof is hand-chiseled at the areas just above. The ferrule area is simply decorated with lines.

Below the cross guard area formed by the "D" guard there is a clamshell. This clamshell has a fluted surface and at the left side, it has a flared quillon end which goes upward in a teardrop.

The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. This antler has most attractive dark brown and tan "grains", and edges of the stag have turned a pleasing golden color. The grip plates are decorated with three leafless nuts. These nuts have fine checkered caps and all six are present and are original to this cutlass.

The leather scabbard is black and is in excellent condition, showing little to no age. This shell has decorative twin lines on the obverse and reverse and the reverse is sewn tight. Mounted to the shell are brass upper and lower fittings. These fittings have scalloped ends where they meet the leather and they are retained by staples in the usual manner. There are numbers visible beneath the staples. The lower fitting has twin line decoration with a distinct chape button at the lower, and the upper mount is fitted with an acorn style lug.

The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It measures 13 inches and is triple-etched. This blade is still bright and has all of its frosting in the backgrounds. The blade is in a mint condition. The obverse etch features a hunter kneeling and aiming his rifle at a large stag chasing after a doe jumping over a log. At the upper portion of the etch is a capercaille bird which is sitting on an oak branch chirping. The reverse blade is the etch featuring the hunter running after a boar who is being pounced upon by dogs. The hunter carries a rifle and a cutlass. There are six dogs which are trying to bring this boar down. Some are succeeding, while others are being thrown on their heads. The etch ends up with a humming-bird like which is hovering above an oak-leafed branch. The spine is etched with overlapping oak leaves. The blade of this example is stamped with the early double oval trademark which traps the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a rabbit-like squirrel eating a nut with serrated tail. This trademark was used from about 1933-35. The green felt washer is still in place.

A fine cutlass here in excellent, collectible condition.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

CUTLASS #43196C Period Hunting Knife & Fork

This period Hunting Knife is a very fine, high quality piece. It measures about 10 inches long overall.

The pommel cap is flat and plain on the top, with accent lines running around the edges. The same design is seen on the ferrule.

The curved stag antler grip has a fine, dark color, golden highlights, and nice "grain".

The scabbard shell is a fine brown leather which remain in good condition. It is sewn up the rear and has trim lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard is slightly wider than we normally see, as the scalloped throat fitting contains a slot that accommodates a fork.

Examining the fork we see it is threaded, matching the threads seen in a hole in the lower chape. One merely needed to screw it in to use it.

The blade measures 4 ½ inches long and single edged. It is in choice condition, still being bright and mint. The reverse of the blade is marked "Solingen".

A very fine combination utensil here, looking to date from the 20's or early 30's. It is rare to see these things completely intact.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

CUTLASS #42612 Weimar Honor Hunting Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn

This Hunting Cutlass is a very long weapon, measuring about 23 inches overall. It is extremely impressive. It has never been cleaned and remains in a natural, untouched state. A little cleaning would make it truly amazing.

The hilt fittings are gilded brass. The pommel is a real beauty, with the a flared center area rising from umbrella-like oak leaves to an acorn tang nut. The tang nut has very fine hand work on the head, and the oak leaves are vaulted and also hand enhanced. The edges of the pommel cap have two raised, rope-like borders, and the ferrule has similar designs.

The crossguard is a special example only rarely seen. it features a plain area in the center of both sides. The left quillon arm is in the form of a large, rising stag head with separate antlers, while the right is fashioned to look like the head of a hunting dog, pointing down in opposition to the stag. Both animals are enhanced by oak leaves. The crossguard is shield shaped, featuring a large boar being harried by hunting dogs. The grip is a magnificent piece of antler which bends to the left as it extends outward. This stag grip has very fine tones of brown throughout and shows almost no fitting cuts, having been perfectly selected. Set into the grip are three leafy acorns.

The scabbard shell is constructed of black leather. This leather remains in nice condition, showing only minor age. It is formed to have pouch that retains a skinning knife. This knife nickel matches the hilt of the cutlass and has beautiful stag grip plates which are nearly identical to those on the main grip. The grip is decorated with a matching Eickhorn acorn. The blade of the skinner remains bright, being a plain, single edged type with a false edge running about halfway back down the length.

The brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges were they meet the shell. The upper mount is relatively plain, with an acorn lug. The lower mount has a panel depicting a hunting dog lurking in the brush, along with a stuffed game bag. The mounts are retained by staples.

As nice as the outside is, the blade is a real head-turner. It measures 16 inches long and is triple etched. The etches include hunting scenes, a large stag with oak leaves, and a tweeting game bird on an oak branch.

Raised out of the oak leaves are three gilded ribbons. The ribbons have blue backgrounds and feature a dedication in gold lettering. It reads "Ehrengeschenk der / Uniform Fabrik / W. Parsiegla, / Oels, Schlesien 1. VIII 25", or "Honorary Gift of / Uniform Factory / W. Parsiegla, / Oels, Silesia 1st VIII 25 " It appears to me that this hunting cutlass was a sponsored honor gift during some sort of even or the life, sponsored by a uniform company.

The reverse has more hunting etches, including a stag and a hunter and his dogs harrying a large boar and something that looks like a hummingbird. The spine is etched with oak leaves and acorns. The blade remains in very fine condition throughout, with the gilding and blued areas really jumping off the blade. The reverse of the blade is marked with the 1920's Eickhorn trademark; a single circle around a squirrel, along with the initial of the firm. The original red felt blade buffer is in place.

A very, very fine Hunting piece here, one that would easily be the highlight of a collection.

Excellent Plus. $3,995.00

CUTLASS #42408 Hunting Watch Fob with Stag Teeth

This Watch Fob measures about 6 inches long, with a ring at the top as well as a clip connected to chain.

Suspended from the chain are a pair of stag teeth. These are peculiar, splayed looking things, split down the center with a lobe on either side. They apparently be used as whistle; I have no idea how to manage this, but that's what I've been told.

A fine, high quality Watch Fob here, dating from the 1930's. It is guaranteed to be a conversation piece!

Excellent Plus. $175.00

CUTLASS #42270C High Quality Folding Hunting Knife - Ernst Rommers Winkel

This folding Hunting Knife measures about 10 inches long with the blade run out. The body of the knife is style to look like a deer leg, using actual deer fur and with a hoof acting as a pommel! The fur remains mostly intact after all of these years.

Built into the upper portion of the knife is a corkscrew; unfortunately the first turn of the screw looks to have broken off at some point.

The blade is 4 ½ inches long and single edges, with a notch to release it from the body. It is held in place by a stout locking device. In order to close the blade this device must be lifted. The blade shows age but remains in excellent shape. It is maker marked "Ernst Rommers Winkel / Grafrath". The opposite side of the ricasso is marked "Germany" but I'm sure this is a pre-war example simply offered for export.

An interesting pocket knife here, and a perfect accent for a Hunting/Forestry collection.

Excellent. $125.00

CUTLASS #42271C Commercial Hunting Knife with Sheathe

This Hunting Knife measures about 10 ½ inches overall. The grip is fashioned into a deer's leg and hoof. It is nicely rendered, showing a little age and wear but the design is effective. The crossguard of the knife has opposed quillon ends.

The blade is double edged and has a center ridge. It shows quite a but of age, so much that the maker's name has been obliterated.

The brown leather sheathe remains in fairly good condition. It has a nickel chape and a belt loop. There is a retainer strap but it is broken at one end.

A decent period Hunting Knife here.

Good. $75.00

CUTLASS #42031 Weimar Shooting Cutlass

This Shooting Cutlass is in outstanding condition; in fact, it is nearly new-like but because the brass mounts were not gilded they have toned over the years. Overall it measures a whopping 25 inches long.

The pommel has a simulated acorn on top which acts as a tang nut. The cap of the acorn is highly detailed. The pommel has the umbrella-like struts which flare out from the center, with a lined pattern on the edges. The ferrule below also has these lines.

The crossguard is smooth in the center with only a simple lined pattern, while the qullions are the usual opposed deer leg type. Below this is a fine clamshell.

Fitted to the hilt is a really outstanding stag grip. This grip does not appear to have been cut to fit at all. This piece of antler was obviously hand picked, not only for the dimensions but also for the interesting "grain" pattern. There are hundreds of tiny specks which point upward, with lighter colors that contrast agains the main piece. It is a tremendous looking grip! The obverse of the grip has been fitted with three acorns, each with fine simulated caps.

The long scabbard shell is constructed of fine black leather. This leather is in new-like condition, decorated with deep lines on the edges of both sides and sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are plain, with an acorn lug on the upper example. They both have scalloped edges and are retained by means of staples.

The outstanding blade measures 19 inches. It is truly one of the best blades I've seen on one of these cutlasses, with a high quality polished nickel finish and double etching on both sides. These etches are in a military motif, with crossed cannons, drum, flags, and the like. The backgrounds of the etches are also all intact, giving a deluxe treatment to the raised portions. This blade is easily in mint condition. The original green felt blade buffer is in place.

If you're looking for a special addition to your Hunting/Forestry collection, please consider this example. I have had many of these over the years and this one is a real stand out.

Near Mint. $795.00

CUTLASS #41485C Hunting Cutlass Watch Fob with Removable Blade

This Watch Fob is the first of the type I have ever seen; it is most unusual and extremely beautiful.

The fob consists of a miniature hunting cutlass which measures about 3 ½ inches long. It looks to be made of brass, with hilt fittings, scabbard mounts, and a clamshell made of this material. The grip is also brass, but is painted brown to simulate stag antler.

The scabbard shell is also made of fine brass, painted black and with the same twin edge lines on both sides we see on a full size scabbard. Attached to the upper rings of the scabbard is a delicate chain with a gilded fitting. Attached to this fitting is a matching gilded snap clip used to retain a watch.

The fascinating part is that the cutlass can be drawn from the scabbard and has an actual 2 inch blade! This blade is in perfect condition and is nickel plated, with a wickedly sharp tip.

A very fine accoutrement for those of you who like Hunting and Forestry items, or if you happen to have a pocket watch! A real conversation piece here.

Excellent Plus. $450.00

CUTLASS #41937 Third Reich Shooting Cutlass - WKC

This Shooting Cutlass was made at some point during the Third Reich period, probably prior to 1937; the WKC trademark dates from this time.

The scabbard mounts are constructed of brass. The upper portion of the pommel is decorate with an umbrella-like line engraving and has a peened ball that retains the tang. The circumference of the pommel is decorated with twin lines, a pattern seen again on the ferrule.

The crossguard is a plain, opposed quillon type in the shape of deer legs. Below the guard is a fine clamshell in matching brass.

The grip is fashioned of antler and curves to the left. This antler is a fine dark brown with lighter tones on the high spots. This grip is fitted with three acorns, each having nice detailing to the caps and stems.

The scabbard shell is constructed from black leather. This shell remains in excellent condition, showing only minor traces of wear. It has the standard pair of decorative edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are constructed of matching brass. They are plain, although the lower mount has two sets of dual lines as an embellishment. These mounts are retained by staples.

The 16 inch blade of this cutlass is triple etched. The obverse features some sort of bird or prey near the ricasso and a drum and standartes at the center. The reverse repeats the center military motif, surrounded by floral patterns. This blade remains in nearly mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the fine green felt blade buffer is in place.

A nice Shooting Cutlass here, representative of the period.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

CUTLASS #40836C Exquisite Boar's Head Skinning Knife with Damascus Blade

This beautiful Skinning Knife is literally a work of art, measuring about 10 inches overall. It shows little to no age and is a pleasure to view.

The pommel of the knife is terrific, being fashioned into a boar's head and looking to be silver. The boar has the usual vicious look to it and, as an added wow factor, the artist added two wicked tusks. It's a great look, the kind of thing that the German cutlass collector couldn't help but love.

Below the boar head is a fabulous piece of antler. It curves upward and to the left, curving as it goes downward. The antler has very fine coffee brown tones and grow lighter in color towards to the top. The fine silvered ferrule has a peened surface and rings with a striking line of hand worked oak leaves at the top.

The scabbard is constructed from brown leather and is sewn up the back. The leather remains in very fine condition and shows little age. The two scabbard mounts match the design of the ferrule, with peened lower areas and a full line of oak leaves around the upper portions. The lower fitting has rope-like design that follows the "V" shape of the mount, with a sprig of raised oak leaves.

The blade is even better. It is a beautiful Damascus example, an extreme "Maiden Hair" design with large swirls. The blade is slab sided with a false edge running a third of the way back up the spine.

In addition to the choice Damascus pattern, the reverse of the blade has been etched with an attractive design. The vignette depicts a line of fences in the woods, with a large stag leaping over them.

An amazing example here, perfect for the Hunting / Forestry collector who like the best of the best.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,895.00

CUTLASS #40835C Stunning Handmade Hunting Skinner with Matching Powder Horn

This matched set is really spectacular; no collector can deny that these pieces are works of art.

The skinner measures about 10 inches long, with fine, handmade silver mounts that are marked "800". The pommel is staggeringly beautiful, worked into the likeness of a proud hunting pointer. The workmanship to the head of dog is brilliant, with beautifully rendered fur. Below the dog's head is a sprig of hand enchanted oak leaves. The patination on this piece really brings out the beauty. The lower portion of the pommel is a notched design along the lower seam. Above this is a line of hand enhanced oak leaves and acorns that run completely around the circumference. The silver parts are marked "800" on the lower edge.

The ferrule matches the pommel motif, also having notch-design at the upper edge, and below is a raised setting of hand-done oak leafing. The bottom of the ferrule has a built-in cross guard with single qullion at the left. The grip is a splendid rare horn having vertically-running grain and also having spaced natural ripples in the surfaces. The horn curves upward to the left and is almost black in color. I believe that this horn comes from a chamois, a small goat hunted in the Alps.

The scabbard is composed of a fine dark-brown leather having the decorative impressed lines that run the length of the edges of both sides. The sheath is sewn up the rear. The silver scabbard mounts are match-decorated with raised oak leaves which follow around the entire surface - astounding beauty and detail.

The blade is a slab side style with single factory-sharpened edge. The blade remains bright, showing a little modest age here and there, but still easily rating at near mint. The reverse blade is stamped, "A.W. Jr." and "Solingen", with the little armored man in the center. This monogram represents the Anton Wingen firm, a great producer of fine hunting and forestry edged weapons.

Accompanying the skinning knife is a matching powder horn - a gorgeous thing here. The horn body is made of the same matching horn used on the skinner, retaining its natural curved and pointed tip on the end. The upper portion of the powder horn is fitted with a silver fitting matching those of the skinner. It too, is decorated with a hand-done series of oak leaves and acorns running around it circumference. The edge of the mount is beaded and at the top surface it is decorated with raised oak leaves. In the center of the cap is a removable acorn. The acorn pulls loose to reveal the center of the horn, which, of course retained the hunter's powder.

This remarkable set is one of the finest hunting artifacts I have handled, just for its sheer beauty and elegance. If you are a fan of the art expressed in these German edged weapons, I do not know how one could resist the site of this set. Fortunately, it has been properly preserved all of these years and is set for its continuing life in the 21st century with its next appreciative owner.

Near Mint. $2,995.00

CUTLASS #40589 Pre-war Hunting Knife - Pumawerk

This Hunting Knife is equipped with very fine, toned stag grip plates. These plates have beautiful dark coffee colors that lighten as they go up through the "grain".

The grip is very cleverly outfitted with various useful implements, including a corkscrew, a knife, and a working saw blade. The saw is done so well I'm sure it would make short work of a small branch. The regular blade is single edged type, in fairly good condition albeit with some sharpening. It is marked "Pumawerk / Solingen" and "Waidmesser", or "Hunting Knife".

The knife is complete with a fine leather sheathe. It has a replica of a Puma head embossed into the obverse, along with "Puma" below. The reverse is stamped "Made in Germany" and "DRGM 1865". This does not mean it is post-war, but rather speaks to Puma doing business abroad. This is a pre-war knife.

A great, high quality knife here, showing usage and age but in good condition.

Excellent. $250.00

CUTLASS #39762 Imperial Bavarian Hunting Cutlass – W. K. & C.

This Bavarian Hunting Cutlass is quite long measuring 24 inches overall. It has the typical Bavarian pommel being that of a lion which was part of the Bavarian state coat of arms. The lion looks to the viewer’s left and is highly detailed throughout his mouth nasal area brow area and mane. The lion is finished in a dark black color which matches the rest of the fittings on this cutlass. The ferrule is a smooth design having three parallel cut in decorative lines.

The crossguard is the usual hunting type going up on the left side and down on the right side and the quillons depict deer hooves having simulated hair cut in to the edges.

The grip is a very beautiful example being of very old stag. This stag has turned to a dark coffee color being extremely attractive on the reverse and the obverse having very fine high graining. The colors lighten at the tops of the grains.

Beneath the crossguard is a clamshell device which is a bit smaller than most that we see.

The scabbard shell is of black leather having dual decorative lines on the edges of both sides. It is sewn up the rear. This leather is in excellent plus plus condition showing little age and no bulge out areas. The shell is equipped with matching black mounts, The mounts are decorated with dual decorative lines running around their circumference.

There is an original to the piece frog. This frog is of a dark green color leather and it is an interesting example as it equipped with two belt loops which also have adjustment buckles and straps to keep them in shape. The buckles are actually made of leather. Very nice work here!

The fine blade is about 16 inches in length. It is a side slab side type blade with a fairly short false edge at the top. The blade has no fuller and it flat throughout. It has a factory edge which has never been sharpened. This blade has been nicely nickel plated. Considering that this cutlass goes back to prior to the turn of the last century the blade is exceptionally nice still being bright throughout and having a couple of minor age spots here and there but even though the blade still grades easily at excellent plus condition. The blade is buffered by a green felt washer.

This is a very nice Imperial cutlass here having a great look about it its length also adds its desirability.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

CUTLASS #39821C Imperial Shooting Cutlass

This Shooting Cutlass is quite long, measuring 26 inches overall. It has silvered mounts throughout, all of which which remain in fine condition.

The pommel is the standard type, with the “umbrella” style upper cap. The blade is retained by means of an acorn-shaped device that has a very nice, hand-enhanced cap. The sides of the pommel are decorated with twin lines, a pattern seen again on the ferrule.

The crossguard has plain, opposed qullions that each end in acorns. Below the guard is a standard clamshell.

The leather scabbard shell is in choice condition, having the typical decorative pattern of dual lines on the edges of both sides and being sewn up the rear. This leather shows very little age and remains in exceptionally nice condition, with no bulging or bends. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated and are plain with scalloped ends. These mounts are retained by means of staples, and the top mount is fitted with a small lug.

The blade is about 19 inches long and is triple etched. It remains in exceptionally fine condition, still bright and with very fine plating. There is almost no age on this blade beyond a few tiny spots near the ricasso. The obverse etch consists of floral patterns topped with military flags. There is a central panel containing a dedication which reads, “F. Kuglmann Nebraska, / Dem Shützenverein Warva”.

Apparently this cutlass was presented to a Mr. Kuglmann, who apparently was from Nebraska! I can’t see any other possible meaning here; there is no way it could be a part his name unless he was an Omaha, Sioux or Iowan Indian, which seems unlikely. “Warva” was most likely a town but I can find no mention of it anywhere. The reverse panel of the blade bear more floral patterns and various military implements such as crossed cannons, flags, swords, et cetera. A very fine blade here, with a bold, completely frosted etch pattern. The blade is buffered by a brown felt washer.

An interesting Imperial Shooting Cutlass, with the potential from some research.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

CUTLASS #39820 Deluxe Hunting Cutlass with Skinner - F. Dula (Unmarked)

The F. Dula-produced cutlasses are among the most popular with Forestry and Hunting Cutlasses collectors, mainly because of their unique looks and utmost obvious quality.

This example has the nickel plated hilt mounts consisting of smooth eagle shaped pommel with flat rounded crossguard. The plating is immaculate and mint.

The grip plates are outstanding matched stag, having very dark coffee colors and being slightly lighter on the upper grains. The edges have turned a fine gold color. These gorgeous plates were cut and installed by a true master - just the best workmanship you will see. The grips plates are retained by three spanner-like rivets being the same on both sides.

The unique Dula blade is a Bowie shape, but much more impressive than the similar-shaped RAD blades. The blade has a short ricasso and features a raised ridge in the center. It is in pure new-like condition, easily rating full mint. In the case of this cutlass, the blade is not maker-marked, as it was made for a retail supplier whose name appears on the leather scabbard, "F.W. Stock" from the town of "Eisenbach". (I have seen this supplier name in the past associated with 3rd Reich weapons).

The scabbard is also a very impressive work, made of a green-colored fine leather. The scabbard remains in perfect condition. There is also a retainer strap with button hole and aluminum boss. Further, it is also fitted with a belt loop and attached within is a nickel-plated "D" ring. Built into and sewn to the obverse of the scabbard is a matching pouch which accommodates the matching-shaped skinner. The skinner is almost an exact duplicate of the cutlass, having the same matching highest quality stag grips and retained in the same riveted manner. The Bowie shape of the skinner blade is not quite severe as that of the cutlass, being more conventional shape. The blade is bright with all of the original grain. No advanced hunting/forestry collection is complete without a Dula piece. A similar F. Dula piece can be seen in Johnson's Volume 4, Page 159.

So, if you want to top off your hunting/forestry collection with one of the highest quality weapons made during the period, I suggest you have a good think about this example. There is no finer cutlass made and this one is sure to bring a smile to your face each time look at it.

Mint. $3,250.00

CUTLASS #39033 Imperial Hunting Association Honor Gift Cutlass

Imperial Cutlass is a long weapon, measuring 22 inches long in the scabbard. It is in “as found” condition; if someone out there wanted to delicately clean this piece I have no doubt that it would come up magnificently.

The mounts throughout are of gilded brass, heavily patinated with what appears to be dirt and perhaps some old nicotine. It is fitted with a traditional pommel cap with an “umbrella” flare at the upper portion. A nicely form acorn acts as the nut that retains the blade tang.

The “D” guard is decorated with lined borders and begins and ends in deer hooves. These hooves have had nicely simulated hair engraved on each. It appears as if much of the original gilding remains on this guard. The ferrule has the same decorations as the side of the pommel cap. Beneath the guard is a fine fluted clamshell.

The grip is an outstanding piece of antler, dark brown in color with slightly lighter grains. It was obviously chosen for it fine proportions as it perfectly fits the pommel and ferrule with little evidence of cutting. The grip is decorated with three smooth brass nuts on the obverse.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original portepee. It looks like an Imperial Senior Forestry example to me, constructed of textured gold fabric and having two sets of green lines running the length. The slide and stem are of woven gold bullion. The lower ball is also of bullion with a green “cat’s anus” stuffing. This knot, other than being slightly soiled, looks to be in fine condition with no fray anywhere.

The scabbard shell is also a fine example, constructed of black leather with a pocket for a skinning knife. It has the usual pattern of twin edge lines on both sides and is sewn up the rear. The matching brass scabbard mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the shell and are retained by staples in the usual fashion. The upper mount has the pocket for a skinning knife as well as an acorn lug.

The skinning knife is in place. It is the type with antler grip plates on both sides, both in excellent condition and retained by three rivets. The short blade is a deluxe variety, with a little age smudging in the surfaces but still mostly bright. It is triple etched, which is a rarity. The obverse etch includes a stag and doe in a forest glen, while the reverse has a perpendicular design of hunting implements set against a floral background.

The long blade of this cutlass measures 14 ½ inches. It is still bright throughout, showing only modest age and nearly mint. The obverse blade is etched with a stag running through forest glen. In the center is a floral decorated ribbon with two line dedication. It reads, “Ehrengeschenk das Allgemeinen Deutschen Jagdschutzen Vereins”, or “Honorary gift of the General German Hunting Association”. The reverse of the blade is etched with a large stag, rearing up under a tree and topped with hunting implements such as a cutlass, horn, game bag, et cetera. The spine of the blade is etched with laurel leaves and is marked with the name of the well known Berlin distributor “G. Laute Berlin/Hoflieferent”. Hoflieferent means “court supplier”, indicating this company supplied the Royal Family. The original blade washer is in place.

This cutlass has the makings of something very beautiful for the right person who would like to clean it up. It would be a labor of love but I know the end result would nothing short of remarkable.

Excellent. $1,595.00

CUTLASS #38479 German Shooting Association Cutlass – Alcoso

This Alcoso Cutlass is a classic example, having all aluminum hilt mounts with a fine nickel-plated surface.

The pommel appears to have all of the plating throughout. It features an umbrella-like flare at the top with a screw device that acts as a pommel and line decorations along the edges; the ferrule below has a similar pattern of lines.

The crossguard is smooth, having two branch-like quillon arms in an opposed configuration. The quillons end in fine acorns with hand-enhanced caps.

Below the crossguard is a fine clamshell. This clamshell features a wreath of oak leaves on the left and laurel leaves on the right. In the center is the insignia of the German Shooting Association.

The grip of this cutlass is in great condition, especially when you consider they way we normally see them. Because these grips are made with a coating of celluloid over a base of carved wood they are usually heavily cracked and chipped from the almost inevitable shrinkage of the wood. This grip, however, has only a single crack on the upper area and is hardly noticeable. The reset of the grip has fine flutes and is an attractive off-white color. Pinned to the center of the grip is a brass insignia in the shape of crossed set of hunting rifles.

The scabbard shell is a fine leather example, showing a little mild age in the surfaces but remaining in good, supple condition. This scabbard has been sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel and have scalloped edges where they meet the leather. These mounts are retained by staples and in in pristine condition.

The long blade of this cutlass measures 16 inches. This blade is double etched and is still in mint condition. The obverse etch begins with a floral pattern and moves to a target with crossed rifles. We then see a hunting scene, complete with dogs, and then more floral patterns. The reverse blade has floral designs with a center panel that depicts a stag leaping over a fence. This blade is stamped with the Alcoso Scales trademark used from 1937 to 1939. The original blade buffer is missing from this piece.

This is a fine cutlass in a condition that we do not see very often any more. As stated above most of them have god-awful broken grips and this example has almost completely avoided this flaw.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00

CUTLASS #24735 Weimar Hunting Cutlass

This 1920's period cutlass is fitted with all brass mounts. It is unmarked and therefore was probably produced by a smaller maker. The fittings have a different look than what we usually see which is indicative of smaller producers. The pommel cap has the segmented top area with a round ball which acts as a tang blade retainer. The edges of the pommel are decoratively lined. The crossguard is quite different being plain surfaces but having a flared and rounded look to each of the crossguard arms and quillons. The ferrule above is lined to match the pommel. There is a standard style clamshell beneath. The grip is a large original piece of stag which rises upwards slightly to the left. The stag has a tannish color with the tops of the grains being lighter. A very nice grip here. There is a metal stub left in the center obverse which is indicative of some sort of insignia which was once decorating this grip.

The crossguard has a troddel which appears original to this piece. The troddel has green textured strapping with green stem and ball. Normally a troddel like this would be associated with the shooting association rather than a hunting piece. It is also possible that this piece acted as a decorative item on a shooting uniform. The troddel strapping is in good shape however the colored material is worn from the slide and also has wear spots in the stem. The lower ball has the typical yarn-like material and has a lower stuffing which matches the strapping.

The scabbard shell is a black leather. It is in excellent condition showing only nominal age. It has the usual twin decorative lines that run down both of the edges and is sewn up the rear. The mounts both have scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The upper mount has a lug which consists of a plain surfaced acorn. The lower mount is decorated with twin sets of lines just on the obverse. These mounts are retained by staples in the normal fashion.

The unmarked blade is 14 inches in length. It has a ricasso with single edge and short false edge at the top. The obverse panel has excellent etching still retaining the frosted backgrounds. The etch consists of hunting scenes with a stag in a forest glen at the lower and a hunting bag with cutlass, horn and shotgun above. The reverse theme is very similar to the obverse with the figures slightly changed. The spine is etched with floral type devices. This blade only shows nominal age and still retains its original tip. The etches are extremely easy to see and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the number “20”. The original off-red felt buffer is in place showing some wear to the edges but not bad.

A fine cutlass here, made by a small producer having a unique look throughout.

Excellent. $595.00

CUTLASS #37566C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass – WKC

This very substantial Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is of all fine quality brass construction. The “D” guard is basically plain but for a lined border. Both ends of this guard terminate in stylized deer hooves. The fur on these hooves has good hand-enhanced detailing. The ferrule has a series of similar line decorations.

Below the crossguard area is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a set of curved and arching teardrop shaped lobes that project out of it, the left lobe being a long, graceful affair and the right quite short.

The grip plates on this cutlass are of fine stag antler. This antler is a dark coffee color speckled with lighter color grains. The areas where the grips were trimmed have turned to a golden tone. Both plates have three applied acorns on each side. These acorns are the type that have caps on the top and no leaves.

Wrapped about the ferrule is the original-to-the-piece troddel. This troddel is constructed of textured green silk-like strapping, and has a stem of silk wrap and a lower ball in a matching green color. The insert is the same as the strapping. The little slide is missing from this troddel.

The scabbard shell is of very fine black leather which shows little age. The leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated with twin accent lines that run down the edges of both sides. The matching brass scabbard mounts are relatively plain except for scalloped edges where they meet the shell. The upper mount is equipped with a fine lug in the shape of an acorn with a detailed cap. The lower mount is decorated with twin lines. These mounts are retained by staples in the usual fashion, and there is a matching number that can be seen beneath both of them.

The slab sided blade of this cutlass is 11½ inches in length. This blade is a beauty, being in nearly full Mint condition and having triple etching. The obverse etch depicts the familiar hunter, outfitted with a rifle and a cutlass, running after a wild boar which is being harried by his hunting dogs. Next we see a game bird flying around a spray of oak leaves. This etch could not be any better, having beautiful frosted backgrounds.

The reverse etch is in the same fine condition; it depicts a kneeling hunter taking aim with his rifle at a stag and doe who are leaping over a log. The etch ends with another game bird who sits chirping on a branch of oak leaves. The spine of the blade is etched with more oak leaves. The obverse ricasso of the blade is deeply stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A nice cutlass here, showing only the most minor traces of usage.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

CUTLASS #37469 Imperial Hunting Cutlass – Alcoso

This very large Imperial Hunting Cutlass measures about two feet long overall in the scabbard. It is in outstanding condition throughout, and has gilded mounts. The bass metal is brass and the pommel features a duplicate of an acorn which acts to retain the tang. This acorn has very impressive hand-done checkering on the cap. The pommel has the usual flared sections, and the edges are decorated with raised lines.

The ferrule also features raised lines; they are quite interesting as they are not totally straight, having some curvature as they run around the circumference.

The crossguard is very beautiful, having raised floral designs around the center which feautures a raised deer. There are also curlicues around the animal. The reverse center of the guard has a wild boar standing in a field as well as the same type of floral decoration as the obverse. The golden quillons which extend outward are also decorated with subtle enhancements, all done by hand. The left quillon (which points upwards) ends in a wolf's head and the right, downward quillon ends in the head of a hunting dog. A great looking design here!

The clamshell is in the shape of a shield and is also extremely deluxe. This clam has a border around it, rendered to look like sticks and branches. There are two stags on the shell which appear to be in a fight for life. They are highly raised off the surfaces and are set against a fine, randomly pebbled background being the same as the crossguard motif. This is a exquisitely rendered piece.

The grip is a beautiful piece of stag which curves upward and to the left. The stag was undoubtedly hand selected for the its size as there was very little trimming needed to secure the pommel and ferrule. The stag has tan colored upper grains, darkening to a coffee color in the lower areas.

The leather scabbard shell shows some usage but it is still in good condition and quite supple. It has the usual twin trim lines which run the length of the edges but the are beginning to go slightly faint from the passage of time. The reverse of the scabbard is sewn up in the usual fashion. The scabbard mounts are of gilded brass and match the hilt. They both have scalloped edges as well as tow sets of twin lines that act as trim. The upper mount is equipped with a finely done acorn lug.

The long, 14 inch slab-sided blade remains in Mint condition. It is a real beauty, with bright, nickel-plated surfaces and fine frosting to the triple etches. The etches run both vertically and horizontally The obverse features a hunter standing, rifle in hand. Next we see a horizontal forest scene complete with a stag and doe munching on greenery. Lastly we see a vertically aligned stag head with a cutlass at the top and a hunting bag being held in the mouth of the animal. There is also a hunting horn in the scene.

The reverse blade features a vertical stag in a forest glen, moving to a horizontal hunting dog sniffing out two foxes which are playing around a fence. Next we see a hunting bag with horns and a cutlass. The scenes end with a stag and doe below two trees. The spine of the blade is etched with a pattern of laurel leaves. A very impressive Mint blade here.

The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the early Alcoso trademark; a set of scales with the firm's initials, “ACS” interspersed. The original blade buffer is in place. It is a green felt example, having a break on one side but overall still in pretty good condition.

This is a fine opportunity to acquire a really lovely large size Imperial Cutlass.

Near Mint. $2,295.00

CUTLASS #37290 Small Skinning Knife

This small Skinning Knife is of the 1920's to early 1930's vintage. It measures, overall, 8½ inches with a short 4 inch blade.

The grip is constructed of a fine piece of very dark brown antler. There is a flat pommel at the top, and a lined ferrule at the bottom. The guards have the “up-and-down” configuration.

The scabbard is a fine leather example which is sewn up the rear. It is equipped with nickel upper and lower mounts which both have scalloped edges.

The short blade has is single edges with a false edge that runs almost the entire length. It has a small center ridge. The nickel-plated surface shows age and usage and obviously served as a hunter's tool, as it is still nice and sharp and in good working order. This would be a nice item to display with other hunting implements.

Excellent. $95.00

CUTLASS #37006C Unusual Imperial Hunting Cutlass

This Imperial Hunting Cutlass is a well made weapon, and measures overall in the scabbard at 19 inches. It is unusual in that there is no false nut or peened-over tang at the pommel top for takedown, but rather the entire grip assembly is threaded and turns off the tang. I don't recall ever seeing this method of takedown in the past. It is possible that this cutlass may not be German, as the blade is also slightly odd. If it is not German I am at a loss as to where it does come from, as it has many German qualities about it.

The hilt of this cutlass has a front and rear sideplate to which have been applied stag grip plates. These grip plates are of very dark antler and are extremely well cut and shaped, exactly fitting the area. Both grip plates are retained by two rivets to which both ends have been nicely cut but not dressed. Below the plates is a ferrule which is also integral to the front and back plate. The crossguard is a separate mount, featuring the up and down deer legs with hooves. The leg hair has been hand-enhanced and is very nicely done. In the center is a rectangular area which, on the obverse, depicts the head of a boar also having hand-enhanced detail. The reverse center block depicts a sprig of oak leaves with acorns. There is a butt plate in place below the crossguard.

The scabbard is of leather, black in color and having the traditional twin decorative lines on the edges of both sides. The scabbard is apparently sewn or attached in some way in the rear, but I do not see any stitching which, as most collectors would know, which would be the usual German way. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, and they are scalloped where they meet the shell. These mounts do not show any staples show they must be pressed and glued into place. The upper mount has an acorn which acts as lug, however the acorn is slightly more bulbous than the normal German types. It does have a nicely rendered cap. The lower mount is plain, ending in a chape button.

The blade is about 17 inches in length. It differs from the usual German slab-sided, single edge designs, being is rounded in the center with double edges and a tip. It is nicely etched with hunting scenes on both sides. There are floral details with a stag centered on the obverse, while the reverse has more floral designs and something that resembles a cornucopia with flowers bursting out of it The etchings have nice, frosted backgrounds and appears just slightly different than we normally see but have a German quality. This blade is still bright, showing minor age but overall it is still excellent. It has a very short ricasso, and a green felt buffer protects the blade.

If you like unusual things or if you would like to try to figure out where this cutlass comes from and add it to your collection I'm sure it will make a nice addition. It is a fine quality item, having features we do not see all the time.

Excellent. $1,295.00

CUTLASS #35819 Weimar Period Hunting Cutlass - Carl Eickhorn

This is a fine, traditional Weimar era hunting cutlass, being in full size, measuring overall about 21 inches. The hilt mounts and scabbard mounts are all fine quality, brass base metal. The the cutlass has some of the original gilt finish spread throughout and in the recesses. It is probably about 50%. The pommel cap has line decorations on its sides, and at the upper area has the umbrella like engravings which go outward from the center screw, which acts as a tang nut. The ferrule below has matching twin grooves, which go around the circumference. The crossguard center block is rectangular, and on the obverse, it features a highly raised set of oak leaves with an acorn in the center. This is a very nice depiction. The reverse of the crossguard rectangular block is engraved with diamonds, having a dot in the center-a very common German pattern. The crossguard arms are in the shape of deer legs and hooves. The left example points upward, and the right example points downward. These quillon arms have been heavily enhanced to resemble the hair on a deer leg. The grip is a pleasing, large piece of stag, which curves upward to the left. The stag is colored with lighter tan and darker brown tones, having good graining throughout. The obverse of the antler grip is decorated with three acorns. These acorns are the style without oak leaves, and they have very fine, pebbled caps. Below the crossguard is an outstanding clamshell. This clamshell depicts a bellowing stag of huge dimension. The stag is positioned in a forest glen, and is highly raised out. A beautiful scene here, and extremely decorative. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, being composed of black leather. This leather is sewn up the rear and is decorated twin accent lines which run the length of the four edges. There is a small area on the reverse scabbard where the stitching has given out slightly, but there does not seem to be any threat of expansion. The scabbard mounts are matching brass, having scalloped ends, and retained by staples. The obverse section of the lower mount is decorated with twin lines, whereas the upper mount is plain throughout, with the exception of the lug carrying hardware, which is in the shape of a large acorn with checkered cap.

The blade is a 13 inch long example, having ricasso with a single edge, and a false edge going back to about 1/3 of the blade. This blade is triple etched, and has begun to turn slightly gray. The etchings however, can still be seen, and there are no pits or problems in the blade. The obverse etch has a bellowing stag standing in a forest glen off of the ricasso area. Next is the standard hunting scene of a hunter aiming a rifle at a running stag and doe. The final scene has the capercaille, the hunting bird, sitting on an oak leaf sprig. On the reverse side, on the ricasso area, is a young stag with his right foot up in the air, being curled, getting ready to run somewhere. After this, is the commonly seen, scene of a hunter chasing his dogs who are attacking an angry boar. At the end of the blade, is a bird with a very long beak, flying over an oak leaf branch. The spine has oak leaves which run down most of the length. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single oval, which depicts a squirrel holding a nut in his mouth with the firms initials, "C.E.", beneath the animal. This trademark was used by the Carl Eickhorn firm during the 1920's. The blade is buffered by an in place, brown leather, washer.

A very nice looking, hunting sidearm here, which would be a great start for a new collector. The workmanship throughout this piece is outstanding throughout.

Excellent. $995.00

CUTLASS #35187 Imperial Jaegar Shooting Prize Cutlass with Damascus Blade and Skinner - W.K. & C w/ Distributor name.

This outstanding Imperial Hunting Cutlass is about 22 1/2 inches in length. The mounts are composed of most beautiful brass throughout the hilt and scabbard. The pommel area has a fluted nut at the top center of the cap which acts as a threaded tang nut. The pommel has a smooth upper surface with curved edges featuring line decorated sides. The ferrule below is also lined, having otherwise smooth surfaces. The cross guard is nearly straight across having deer hair which is hand-rendered into the surfaces of both sides. The quillons end in deer hooves, the left pointing upward and the right, downward.

Below is an interesting clam shell having scalloped edges. In the center area it features raised subjects of forest trees surrounding a dog threatening a stag. There is hand work evident to the renderings. The grip really ties in these interesting mounts. It is a thick stubby stag antler, having tan and brown colors to the raised grains. It tips slightly to the left and was obviously chosen for it specifications that almost exactly fit the ferrule and pommel cap with little trimming required. This weighty stubby grip is decorated with three smooth-finished brass oval bosses. A most fetching hilt here, much different in style than most.

The scabbard shell is composed of black leather being sewn up the rear. The leather is in excellent condition still being supple and decorated with twin lines which run the length of the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching smooth brass. The lower mount is scalloped on the edge where it meets the leather, while the upper mount edge is smooth and rounded. The upper mount is fitted with a pouch for the skinner, and also has a large, long acorn that acts as a carrying lug. The skinner is a fine example fitted with stag grip plates exactly matching the large grip. The upper portion on the obverse stag grip is fitted with an identical oval brass boss matching the large grip decorations. The blade is a short plain style with single edge. The blade remains bright and in good condition.

The reverse upper scabbard mount is professionally engraved with a 6-line dedication, " I Prämie,/ v. Schiessen/ d. geb.Jäger/ a.26.7.82./ W.Weigel,/ Oleg II Comp." This roughly translates, "Presented by Jäger Oleg II Company to W. Weigel as 1st prize in the shooting competition on 26 July 1882."

As impressive as the outside of this cutlass is, though, the blade is also a real head-turner. It is a massive 16 inch long "Damaststahl" damascus blade featuring a fine "maiden hair" pattern. When we first acquired the cutlass the blade's damascus patterns were beginning to fade, so we sent the blade out to be re-dipped. The acid did wonders, and the blade now portrays a mint-conditioned spectacle of enchanting patterns in the damascus This is a most stirring blade. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small knight head W.K. & C. logo used prior to the turn of the century. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the retailer that sold this cutlass to the Jäger group, "Jos. Meyer, Gorlitz". We installed a fine felt blade washer to finish the cutlass. A very majestic piece of stunning quality and the best-of-the best style and condition.

Near Mint. $4,495.00

CUTLASS #35084 Subordinate Forestry Cutlass with Dedication - Clemen & Jung

This Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is a good, heavy, piece by a producer we do not see very often for Forestry pieces. If there was a gilded surface, it does not appear to be visible, as this piece seems to be down to the brass. The brass has a nice,, dull patination, and is attractive the way it is. It features a "D" guard, which ends at the top in the shape of a hoof. The "D" guard runs through the crossguard area, having only double lined decoration on both sides. The quillon end after the crossguard is also in the shape of a hoof, having hand enhancing. The ferrule above appears to be built into the "D" guard design, and also has sets of lined decoration. Below the crossguard area is a clamshell with fluted surfaces. The left side of the clamshell angles upward and ends in a teardrop.

The grip plates on this cutlass are really exceptional, appearing to be larger and of better grade than we normally see. Perhaps Clemen & Jung went out of their way to use the best of stag. If you compare these grip plates with other cutlasses you will see what I mean. The obverse grip plate is a real beauty, having choice, high grains in the surfaces with a dark coffee background. The edges have long ago toned a gold color. The reverse grip plate is of less dramatic nature, but is still most attractive with its fine, rich, brown grains. Both of these grip plates have been decorated with matching, brass acorns. These acorns are the style without leaves, and they are slightly larger than the type we normally see. Thank goodness all of the acorns are intact on this piece, as I would feel it would be impossible to find a replacement acorn of this size and caliber. A really great hilt here!

The scabbard has outstanding, supple, black leather. This leather shell is decorated with twin lines which run the length of both surfaces, and is sewn up the rear. It shows very little age or usage. Attached to the leather shell are two matching, brass, scabbard mounts. These mounts are plain, except for decorative lines on the obverse only. The mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell, and they are retained with staples in the usual manner. The upper mount is equipped with an acornwhich acts as a lug. On the reverse of the upper mount is a two line dedication. The dedication has been done by a fine craftsman who was an expert engraver. It reads, "FUR die besten LEISTUNGEN 1933/FORSTSCHULE WITTLICH". This dedication would translate to, "For the best performance, 1933, Forestry School, Wittlich". In other words, probably the highest scoring participant in the class was given this cutlass. A very nice thing here!

The blade of this example measures about 13 3/4" in length. It is triple etched, and like we often see on Clemen & Young hunting pieces, the etches appear in a perpendicular layout, as opposed to the usual horizontal. The obverse starts out with a number of floral designs, and then portrays a large stag jumping in a forest glen. After this are more floral designs, and then there is a wolf, which appears to have a rabbit in his mouth, standing below a fir tree. The reverse blade has floral designs, and then depicts a dog trying to tackle wild boar below a tree. Further on, are more floral designs, and then finishing up with a stag and doe beneath two fir trees. The etch still has all of its frosting in the background, and is also nice and clear and concise. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The spine is etched with laurel leaves running down its length. On the blade's reverse is the logo of the Clemen & Jung firm. It consists of a stamped shield, having a crown above the shield. In the center of the shield is the letter, "Z". The original, green, blade buffer shows quite a bit of age, and is missing a little bit of the right edge area, but mostly it is still in place. An interesting forestry cutlass here, and certainly of high quality, being produced by a maker we do not see often for this type of weapon.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00

CUTLASS #32038C Subordinate Forestry Cutlass – Siegfried Waffen

This Subordinate Forestry Cutlass is produced by a rarely seen maker – the E. Pack Company – and can be seen in the catalog reprinted by Tom Johnson in his Volume II. This exact cutlass is shown as being model #19. The cutlass is a standard brass hilted example. The brass is fairly worn, not having much gilding remaining to the surfaces. This cutlass has a fairly plain design consisting of a D-guard, which begins in a deer’s hoof and flows through the crossguard area in to the quillon end, also into a hoof. The deer’s fur has been nicely hand added. The ferrule is a simple design, having three sets of twin lines running around the circumference. Below is a fluted style clamshell with the left quillon going outward and upward. The hilt grip plates are produced of genuine stag. They are masterfully cut and installed and feature very pleasing grays with colors of tan and brown. The reverse grip plate is a darker color than the obverse. Both grip plates reflect acorns, which are the type without oak leaves. There are three acorns on each side. The acorns on the obverse show a copper color and on the reverse, only the center example does. The upper and lower acorns still retain their original brass look.

The scabbard shell is composed of black leather, having twin decorative lines running the length of all four edges and the reverse center is sewn up the rear. This leather shows some mild age but is still in excellent condition. The shell is fitted with matching brass mounts, which have scalloped edges and are retained by staples in the reverse. There are numbers visible beneath the staples. The upper mount is equipped with a mount fashioned in the design of an acorn. This acorn also shows some mild surface wear. The lower mount has twin sets of double lines on the obverse only and ends in a plain style button chape.

The best part of this cutlass, though, has to be the blade. This blade is identical to the design shown on in the Siegfried Waffen catalog. It begins on the obverse with a stag head featured within a diamond. Next, is the etch of two foxes playing around a log with a pointing dog off in the distance. The blade ends with the capercaille tweeting bird. The reverse etch has the same stag and capercaille at the end and in the center, it features a stag chasing three does across some high grass in a forest. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark. Inside the trademark is an arch shape containing the essentials of the Pack firm. Inside is the hammering Siegfried figure. This blade is in near full mint condition. The spine has a series of laurel leaves running most of the length. There is a small flaw on the obverse of the blade that appears to have probably been there when the blade was originally manufactured. Probably the background frosting would have covered this and now that the blade shows some wear, this small flaw shows slightly. The blade, however, is still in near full mint condition. A very rare cutlass here and if you collect these things by maker, this one should be of real interest.

Excellent Plus. $1,995.00

CUTLASS #27342 Subordinate's Forestry Cutlass - Alcoso

This is a fine quality forestry cutlass with top-notch quality brass fittings. The “d” guard also acts as a cross guard and it has quillons which end in deers’ hooves. The hooves have had hair hand-engraved into the brass surfaces. The ferrule is a line design type. Below the cross guard area, there is a fluted clamshell. The clamshell has a flared teardrop at the right side and also another flared teardrop which goes up much further on the left side. This fine cutlass still has most of the original gilding across its surfaces. It looks to have about 95%. The grip plates are made of genuine stag antler. These plates have good looking brown and tan colors in the surface grains. The edges are a golden antique color. The grip plates have been cut and installed by a master. They are decorated with the three original acorn nuts. These nuts are the type which do not have leaves on their edges and they have fine checkering to their acorn caps. Tied about the ferrule and “d” guard is an original-to-the-piece forestry cutlass troddel. This troddel is for a senior cutlass, but, nonetheless, it appears to have always been on this example. The strapping consists of aluminum textured bullion have twin grain lines which run the length. There is a slide which consists of green and bullion “v” weaves and the stem is the flat type having crochet-like bullion covering its metal surfaces below. The ovaled bullion ball is of yarnlike aluminum material and it has a green cat’s anus style cloth stuffing. There is no fraying to this forestry knot and it is in near mint condition. The shell of this example is a standard black leather type having twin line decoration to both of the obverse and reverse edges. The reverse center is sewn up. The scabbard mounts are brass, having fine gilding nicely matching the hilt. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the leather and the lower example is twin-line decorated with button style chape. The upper example has an acorn which doubles as a lug. These scabbard mounts are staple held. Attached to the upper mount is an original-to-the-piece green leather frog. The leather on the reverse is a brown color. This frog is in excellent condition and it has a “d” ring at the top. The “d” ring appears to be nickel plated and is retained by a sewn green leather flap. Nice to see these cutlasses complete with the accouterments! The slab sided blade of this example is triple-etched and measures 13 inches in length. The blade is still nice and bright, having its original frosted backgrounds. This blade is in near full mint condition. The obverse etch portrays a pointer dog who is sniffing at two foxes playing around a log. The etch ends with two game birds sitting in a grassy knoll. The reverse etch has three doe running through a forest glen closely trailed by a young stag. The deer are in the middle of a forest glen having trees on both sides. There is overlapping laurel leaves which complete the spine etch. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1937-39. It consists of a set of scales having the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in an arch is the block-lettered name of the firm “Alcoso”. Below is the firm name of “Solingen”. The blade is protected by an in-place green felt buffer. This buffer shows only mild age. An excellent cutlass here and, as most collectors know, for some reason there are more senior cutlasses than there are subordinate examples. Also, Alcoso is not a commonly seen type. Fine example here.

Near Mint. $1,995.00

CUTLASS #30047 Imperial Hirschfanger with Skinner

This imperial hirschfanger is an early piece and is quite unusual in that it is finished in silver fittings instead of the usual brass for imperial pieces. The silvered fittings appear to have had some old lacquer put on them to preserve their finish but the patination has long ago covered the silvering. The pommel cap is kind of an interesting piece in that it is flared up to the rim and the upper portion is smooth. There is one decorative line around the edge. This pommel is retained by a peened over tang. The ferrule below nicely matches the silvering of the pommel having twin line decoration. The crossguard is a straight type which has quillon arms that go outward in a square shape and then become rounded in the shape of acorns at the quillons. The center blocks of both sides are plain. Below the crossguard is a small style fluted clamshell. The grip of this example exactly fits the pommel and the ferrule. The fitting process was extremely well done. The grip is a nice shape which rather than being rounded has almost three square sides. The antler has nice grain to it and varies in colors from tan to darker brown. The scabbard shell is made of black leather having decorative lines on the edges and sewn up the rear. This leather shows age throughout but is still in sound condition. The scabbard mounts are matching silvered type. The mounts have scalloped style edges where they meet the shell and the upper scabbard has the bulged area which is meant for making a pocket to secure the skinning knife. The original skinning knife is still in place. Its flat stag grip plates exactly match that of the current stag grip above. The knife shows some old sharpening and is a plain finish style. It also has a false edge at the top. A nice original skinner here! The upper scabbard fitting is complete with wire ears, one on each side, which would have acted to hold a thonged style hunting frog. The blade of this example is a plain type having single edge and fairly large fuller. This blade measures about 14-inches overall and shows some signs of sharpening along the edge. Overall though the blade is in pretty good shape still being mostly bright and rating at about excellent plus. There is a green felt original buffer protecting the blade. The blade does not go all the way into the scabbard as the leather has shrunk slightly. There is about one inch which remains out of the scabbard.

Excellent Plus. $995.00