Early Deluxe Hirschfänger w/Double-Etched Blade & Skinning Knife (#30074)

Early Deluxe Hirschfänger w/Double-Etched Blade & Skinning Knife (#30074)

Maker: Squirrel above C.E. within single oval (Carl Eickhorn) circa 1920 TM; Condition: EX++

$1,550.00

Squirrel above C.E. within single oval (Carl Eickhorn) circa 1920 TM.  An example of this deluxe  Hirschfänger appears in the 1908 Musterbuch der Waffenfabrik Carl Eickhorn Solingen as Pattern No. 431  “Förster-Hirschfänger mit hochfein ziselierter Montur”.  Gilded brass deluxe hilt fittings show light surface wear with virtually 100% of the factory gilding remaining in the recesses of the heavily chiseled oak leaf pommel with acorn style pommel cap, serrated ferrule, crossguard with plain quillon block, and recurved quillons featuring hound’s heads grasping stag hooves in their mouths. Well detailed, oval clamshell with plain, raised border features a forest scene with hunting hounds attacking a stag. All hilt fittings are assembly number stamped, “92”.  Dark brown stag horn grip is perfect with no cracks, chips, or damage, and is complete with three gilt acorns/oak leaves on the obverse.  Polished, lightly double-etched blade measuring 40.5cm in length grades EX+ showing light surface wear/runner marks with some very faint gray shadowing, but no pitting or nicks to the cutting edge.  Obverse blade features a 10 ½” long etched panel with a raised floral and Auerhahn and a large stag motif flanking a central depiction of a hunter stalking a stag and doe.  Reverse blade features a 10 ½” long etched panel with a stag and wild bird motif flanking a central depiction of hunting hounds attacking a large boar Both obverse and reverse blade panels are are “Ges.Geschutz” marked. The blade spine features raised laurel leaves on a gray frosted background running the length of the blade etch. Both etched panels as well as the spine motif retain 100% of the gray frosting and blade is complete with the original tan leather buffer pad. Black leather scabbard shows light surface wear with some surface scratches and nicks, but no creases nor damage to the reverse stitching.  Upper and lower fittings retain virtually 100% of the factory gilding and are complete with retaining staples present. Upper fitting is formed to accept the 7 5/8” long skinning knife with undamaged stag horn grip gilded acorn and EX+, plain steel, sharpened blade. Obverse lower fitting features a raised hunting motif of a hunting dog, in tall grass/rushes with retrieved game and oak leaves. This deluxe pattern fitting appears in the 1908 Musterbuch as special order pattern No. 179 and was available with 14 hirschfänger patterns including No. 431. The raised panel retains 100% of the original factory gilding in the recesses.  Superb deluxe hirschfänger. EX++ (25667)