Deluxe Imperial Hunting Hirschfanger w/Bone Grip and Skinning Knife (#30907)

Deluxe Imperial Hunting Hirschfanger w/Bone Grip and Skinning Knife (#30907)

No maker; Condition: EX+

$2,795.00

No maker.  Gilded-brass hilt fittings show light surface wear/age patina to highlights with 100% of the muted honey-gold factory gilding remaining in the recesses of the of the ornate pommel cap in the form of a dead/resting bear without stretched paws, heavily chiseled oak leaf enhanced ferrule, and crossguard with boar’s head and floral motif quillon blocks and recurved stag hoof quillons. Well-detailed clamshell features raised hunting hounds attacking a boar within a raised scalloped border similar to the example pictured on page 293 of Collecting the Edged Weapons of Imperial Germany. Genuine “bone” grip plates show minor surface wear and nice age toning and are complete with five matte gold acorns w/o leaves on the obverse/reverse. The lower reverse acorn is missing and chip to the ivory adjacent to the acorn shaft.  Polished, double-etched blade measuring 13 7/8” in length grades VG+/EX showing light surface wear/runner marks with areas of pitting to obverse/reverse ricasso and lower blade, and sharpening, but no nicks to cutting to the cutting edge. Etched panels on both obverse and reverse feature hunting scenes of hunter and hunting hounds and floral motifs. Sharpening of blade has removed some of the etched motifs. Blade is complete with tan suede buffer pad which shows much wear/age. Skinning knife measuring 7 ¾” in length grades VG/EX showing surface wear/graying to double-etched blade with motif matching the hirschfänger blade, shows light wear to blade with approximately 1/8” of tip broken away. Ivory grip with a gold acorn attached to upper obverse shows minor surface wear and nice age toning with one to upper reverse.  Black leather scabbard shows surface wear with no creases or damage to reverse stitching. Deluxe gilded brass scabbard fittings show light surface wear/age patina with a few tiny surface depressions to the reverse lower fitting. The upper and center fittings with suspension rings feature oak leaves with large hound’s head suspension lug on upper fitting which is formed to accept the skinning knife. The lower fitting features incised oak leaves and floral motif surrounding a hunting pouch, horn and crossed rifle and hunter’s spear.