N023889 FORESTRY, HUNTING ASSOCIATION CUTLASS. (Forstmeisters Hirschfänger)

BACKGROUND: Forestry and hunting in Germany enjoys a long, illustrious history and tradition that continues to the present day. On July 8TH 1933 Hermann Göring was appointed as Reichsforst und Jägermeister, (National Forestry and Hunting Master), as head of the, Reichsforstamt, (National Forestry Department), in charge of administration of all aspects of forestry and hunting including the development, maintenance and conservation of all the forests and wild game within Germany. The Reichsforstamt was sub-divided into four main departments of; Gemeinde Forst Dienst, (General Forestry Service), Privat Forst Dienst, (Private Forestry Service), Heeres Forst Dienst, (Army Forestry Service), and the Luftwaffe Forst Dienst, (Air-force Forestry Service). Personnel in all four services were assigned a uniform and service side arm in the form of a cutlass. These cutlass’s were private purchase items that were only available to qualified personnel with the appropriate documentation. This private purchase arrangement led to the blade manufacturers producing a wide variety of styles and patterns to satisfy the personal taste of the purchasers.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Forestry cutlass and scabbard with a plain, 35cm blade, brass fittings, and staghorn grip, distinguishing it as one worn by rangers and forest management officials. The staghorn grip, with its obverse side having three brass acorns attached to it, a brass grip ring, a brass cross guard terminating on either end with the hooves of a deer, and a brass clamshell. Comes with the original leather scabbard & frog. Early pre- WW2 example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $695.00 (Or Best Offer)

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