Technische Nothilfe (TeNo or TENO), literally translated as Technical Help in Need was a German organisation with the stated purpose to protect and maintain vital & strategic facilities. It was established by members of the TA (Technische Abteilung - i.e. technical unit) of the paramilitary Freikorps GKSD - "Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Division".
TENO #43159C TeNo Officer's Dagger with Leather Hangers - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel shows a little flaking on the areas around the TeNo gear wheel, as well as on the wheel itself. Overall about 90% of the original plating remains, but the detailing throughout the pommel remains outstanding.
The crossguard features the striking TeNo eagle. This bird remains in nice condition, with all of the original background darkening in the feathering and the TeNo-marked swastika. There is some minor flaking on the upper portions of the guard but I'd say about 98% of the plating remains.
The grip is a very pleasing dark orange color and remains in perfect condition.
Wrapped about the grip in the standard tie is a 23cm aluminum portepee. It has just the slightest amount of fraying where the cord exits the knot but in the main this portepee is in excellent shape throughout.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow and a real beauty. This scabbard retains 100% of the original factory darkening int he backgrounds, something that is rare to see on a TeNo piece. The raised, pebbled panels are crisp, and the plain chape is scalloped where it butts the panels. The bands are have twin line decorations and a raised center. The scabbard throat is deeply stamped "2825". This number is also etched on the blade. The throat is retained by a single flat head screw in the reverse center.
Coming with this dagger is a fine set of black leather TeNo hangers. The leather remains supple and is in excellent condition. The straps are equipped with a closed aluminum box clip and the gear wheel buckles typical of TeNo examples. The slides are plain and the snap clips are the pebbled, "push-in" types.
The blade is as nice as they come. It is mint, with 100% of the original crossgrain. It is interesting to note that the "2" and the "8" of the serial number (2825) almost butt into each other, and the "8" is German type that is wider at the top than the bottom. The reverse ricasso is etched with the serial number, the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and "Gesch Gesch". The original black leather blade washer is in place.
An excellent, complete TeNo setup, showing only minor age.
TENO #42364C Enlisted Man's TeNo Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This TeNo EM Hewer is in exceptional condition. Normally we see a great deal of flaked plated on TeNo examples, but this piece is an exception. There is a little bit of subsurface freckling on the pommel but the plating remains totally intact. If the piece is stored in a moisture free area I'm sure it will not deteriorate.
The pommel detailing remains very good, with a fine, darkened gear wheel. The backstrap, ferrule and crossguard remain in very fine condition. The Casberg guard eagle grasps a swastika superimposed with a TeNo gear wheel. All of the factory darkening remains in the recesses of the bird and swastika.
The off-white grip plates remain in perfect condition. The plates are retained by screws and spanners, with bit screws unturned and vertically aligned.
The scabbard shell is also in fine condition. The original paint is nearly perfect, with only extremely minor wear to the obverse; overall this paint is 99% intact. The mounts are nickel and both are in totally perfect condition, retained by the original screws.
The reverse of the upper mount is fitted with a "U" bracket, which retains a TeNo Hewer Frog. This riveted black leather frog remains in nice condition. It is stamped "114 TN" on the reverse; this is the first time I've seen a TeNo frog with period markings. It has a nickel snap clip marked with an Assmann "A" on the reverse. There is no retainer loop on this hewer. It looks as if the loop was removed many years ago, as there is no evidence of tearing or the like.
The blade is a real beauty. It is basically an RAD type without the etching, with the same Bowie tip. It has a fine matte finish which remains in perfect condition. The obverse ricasso is etched with the serial number "3461", which matches the number stamped on the scabbard throat. The reverse is darkly etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, as well as a TeNo style eagle. These etchings remains very crisp.The original black leather washer is in place, and looks new-like.
A very fine TeNo Hewer here, in exceptional condition for the type.
Near Mint. $4,295.00
TENO #40879C TeNo Hewer with Frog - Carl Eickhorn
This TeNo Hewer is in extremely choice condition. Looking at the hilt there is only a minuscule flake just above the obverse grip and a few tiny ones along the left edge. Beyond this the plating is intact and in fine condition.
The obverse of the pommel sports a raised TeNo cogwheel insignia, with all of the original factory darkening in the center and gear teeth.
The crossguard has a very fine, open-winged TeNo eagle looking to the viewer's left. The eagle retains complete, crisp detail, and grasps the special TeNo cogwheel swastika; this swastika is marked "TN", with the "T" being a stylized hammer.
The grip plates are constructed from off-white celluloid and remain in perfect condition. This plates are retained by screws and spanners which do not look to have been out more than once.
The scabbard shell is in straight, perfect condition, with wonderful original paint. This paint is easily 100% intact and beyond a few extremely minor traces of wear is perfect. The scabbard mounts are also perfect, being nickel plated and retained by flat side screws which are unturned.
Attached to the scabbards "U" bracket is the original hanger. This hanger is in fine condition. The retainer strap retains the original button hole which shows very little usage, not something that is going to break next year. The opposite side of the loop has an aluminum boss button.
The blade of this hewer is a fine example with a matte finish. For all intents and purposes it is the same as a RAD blade, although without the motto. This blade shows little age and is nearly mint. The obverse of the blade is etched "4802". It is interesting to note the scabbard is stamped "4702", only 100 digits apart. It seems to me that since the numbers are so close this might have been a factory error on behalf of either the stamper, etcher, or assembler; who knows who is at fault! There is no question, however, that these pieces have always been together. The blade is buffered by the original black leather washer.
An extremely nice TeNo Hewer here.
Mint Minus. $4,495.00
TENO #36813 TeNo Enlisted Man's Hewer with Frog
The nickel hilt, of course, was plated over a pot-metal base, thus we have the flaking problem inherent with these weapons. On this example both the reverse pommel area and backstrap show some lifting and a small amount of flaking. The front of the pommel also shows signs of some lifting, but there is no evidence of flaking. The obverse plating, however, is still all there.
The pommel depicts a raised gear wheel, with darkening around the teeth center area. The ferrule is still almost perfect. The crossguard is totally perfect, with no flaking whatsoever. This guard is fashioned with an open-winged TeNo eagle, clutching a raised mobile swastika with a superimposed gear wheel. The gear bears the initials, “TN” inside the wheel. The letter “T” is formed from a stylized hammer design. All of the darkening is present in the recesses and behind this spectacular bird.
The grip plates are an off-white celluloid. The both are in perfect condition, and were fitted by a master. The screws and spanners which retain these plates do no look to have ever been turned. Both screw heads are pointing from north to south.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has outstanding original black paint. The paint has some very minor signs of age in the surface, but overall it is still Mint and retains a factory sheen. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition. These mounts are formed with a upward “V” design where the meet the scabbard. The upper mount has a “U” bracket, used to affix the snap clip attached to the frog. The scabbard throat is stamped with the serial number “6260”.
Attached to the scabbard is the original frog. The black leather of this frog is in good condition throughout, having a single rivet on the reverse. Attached to a leather bracket on the obverse is the nickel snap clip which is marked with an “A” on the reverse, indicating the Assman firm. The leather cross strap is in place, but the button hole, however, is broken. There is also a tongue section, meant to go between the snap clip and the frog in order to reduce wear. This tongue has been left outward, and since it is firmly in this configuration I have left it alone.
The blade is a fine example, with a Bowie-style tip. It has an outstanding matte finish which is still in Mint condition. The obverse ricasso is etched with the number “6260” which matches the stamping on the scabbard throat. The reverse ricasso is etched with a TeNo eagle, being the same as the example on the guard, and having the protected patent term, “Ges. Gesch” on with side of the talons. Beneath the eagle is the Eickhorn 1935-1941 trademark. This trademark consists of a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword, beneath the word “Original”. Beneath the rodent is the name and location of the firm, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
Aside from the minor pommel flaking, this TeNo Hewer is in A-1 condition.
Excellent Plus. $3,795.00