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Hunting and Shooting in Germany

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Eighteenth Century Hunting Sword (Item HUNT 3-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is an extra-fine hunting sword (Hirschfänger) of the style made famous in the Tyrol and lower Bavaria. It fits a pattern used and copied for centuries even, in Austria. We might as well call it a royal sword since it seems this pattern was often carried by huntsmen of the royal courts. The lion-head motif with his grimacing sharp teeth was often a symbol of the royal hunt. Sometimes these side arms were worn in the sport of kings and very often because they were so very favored they were worn as a protective weapon in everyday wear. I have seen this pattern sword in central European museums before, but this one is indeed one of the best and in the best condition that I have ever observed. The fine ivory grips are intact with only very tiny cracks here and there where the little sunburst silver designs are applied. The guard is in hand-wrought silver design. The blade is in fine 18th-century condition with the effigies of Turks on both sides. It was traditional to portray these barbarians on swords, pistols, shields, etc. in those times because of the great importance of these lands' being cleansed of this great plague of four centuries of occupation. You can also see Turkish standards and a scimitar under the standing warrior. On the other side with the Turkish chief is a grouping of swords, drum, and floral design. In the lion's mouth is a small ring and there is one at the end of the cross guard as well. This would hold a chain that was sometimes worn, but only while on the hunt. The length of the sword is 27 inches with the blade measuring 20 inches of this. The ivory lion head is 2 inches thick when viewed from the side. The silver side and bottom grip strips on etched silver are intact. This is highly unusual. The silver plaques are also intact in the middle of both sides of the ivory grips. The blade where it meets the handle has some letters that are possibly spelled-out Latin wording. The blade was once blued with gold engraved undercuts for design. Some of the bluing still shows and the gold also stands out sharply. This is HIGHLY unusual in pieces this old; especially those used in the hunt. This is an absolutely fantastic piece of European cutlery (Extraordinaire!). An important footnote to the above sword or dagger was published in Man at Arms. It seems that one Thomas Paine Jr. of the U.S. Navy had such a sword (very similar) in description. His sword had his name in the silver escutcheon on the grip. (Ours has not been inscribed). They said it was of Dutch origin, but this is stretching it a bit (more probably German). Paine's 1816 naval register is shown. He was a captain in 1841. These swords had such beautiful lines and lion that they were adopted by military men the world over.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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German Small-bore Targets (Item HUNT 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is an incredible find. We have located in Germany several of these full sheets of small-bore targets. This is how they were printed; probably in the 1930's. The shooting clubs would then cut them out and paste them to wood or cardboard to ready them for the contests. The great part for your consideration is that they are uncut and can be framed as is for your collection-room wall. Your lady might even consent to your hanging this one in the living quarters since they are so quaint and beautiful--AND THEY ARE THAT! Each measures 24 x 17 and the individual targets are about 5 inches or a little more in diameter. Each of the targets is marked "Forster Hoppe Zeitz P 422/64 111 18.97." Before anyone speculates that the latter would be indicative that these were produced in 1997, be assured that we went to the archives of the German Trade Commission and also researched the internet and so such company is now in existence, nor were they in 1997. So it is obvious that the 111 18.97 refers to 1897 and addresses a patent date, no less. One look at the color, paper, and obvious age of these pieces tells us and others that they are at least as old as the 1930's. We bought them in Germany at the Stuttgart Waffenborse (arms show) and took them from a huge roll that was wrapped in paper over a large cardboard center tube. The outer paper was old, dusty, torn, and tied together with string that literally was coming apart. Anyway, there you have it. These are paper TREASURES and we are proud here at Germania to offer them to the collecting public for the first time. Limited supply so don't hesitate!

PRICE: $110.00

 

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German Nazi-era Hunting Knife (Item HUNT 3-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most sought-after hunting pieces of the Third Reich. We see the fancy Hirschfänger (hunting daggers) and they are certainly beautiful and dramatic, but what did the hunter actually carry in his everyday sojourn in the forest? Well, here it is. The all-around hunter's friend. The often missing element in not only the advanced hunting collection, but it is often not accounted for in the larger Third Reich edged-weapons collections, as well. This is a very fine example of this important knife. It is factory produced and of the Bowie style. The logo of the company is on the blade and stamped into the leather, as well. The logo is a hunting hound stepping through a y-shaped configuration that includes a traditional hunting horn. In the arms of this 'y' are the letters "D-B" with a swastika in the middle of the characters. On the blade you can barely make this out because of intensive wear. On the other side it says Handgeschmiede (hand forced). On the scabbard you can still see the dog motif, but the letters and swastika are all but obliterated because of wear. The entire knife and sheath are in excellent used-but-not-abused shape. It's understandable that the logos might be worn out because this was not by any means a dress dagger, but a working tool for the Jäger. The piece is rare from a rare maker, but is definitely a Third Reich item of historical importance. The small skinning knife is traditionally made with part of the leg bone of the elk for the handle. The blade is by G. Felix of Solingen and so marked. This was also usual to use other maker's parts in assembly. The length of the blade is 8 inches. The overall length is 13 inches including the grip. The scabbard is 15 inches long overall. The buckle device is intact, but used. The piece is definitely in very presentable shape. The blade looks as it is supposed to look-well used in the Deutscherwald (German forests). Great find.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Commemorative Shooting Medallion (nonportable award) (Item HUNT 3-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is for the annual National Shooting Competition at Karlsruhe in 1891. This was the 12th Annual Match. On the obverse is an eagle delivering the laurel wreath of victory. The saying around it is ÜB AUG UND HAND FÜRS VATERLAND!, "With bow and hand for the Fatherland." This comes from the huntsman's slogan before the advent of the gun. A nice and artistically fine historical piece.

PRICE: $69.00

 

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Jubilee Shooting Badge (Item HUNT 3-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is a shooting badge in fine jewelry quality. Saying translates to "The Jubilee of the Shooting Club, the City of Mainz-founded in 1862-and now celebrated in 1887. This great badge is in the finest of repose work with an extremely fine ironwork border around its framing. The retaining loop or catch that holds the pin device in place is gone. This is elegant to an extreme from a better time!

PRICE: $165.00

 

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NS Forestry Warden Hat (Item HUNT 3-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is the hat of the Förstdienst or National Forestry Service (see above pictures). The Reichsforstampt was established under the supervision of the Reich Minister, Hermann Göring. The administration of all conservation measures pertaining to timber and wildlife was the major task of this governmental branch. This included prescribing all of the game laws and hunting regulations. They employed regional and district forestry officials known as foresters, who were highly trained, full-time government representatives expert in all fields of hunting and conservation. They wore an official green uniform and can be compared to federal and state game wardens found in the United States. We offer here a hat officially designated to be part of the Forestry Service uniform. The cap is typical of the hunting togs worn for centuries in the German wilds. The hat is quite rare among German Third Reich headgear. The condition is very good. It was made by Wilke whose logo can be seen inside the leather sweatband. The size is small (Please don’t ask for actual size. We don’t have a way of measuring it.) All items that are officially designated such as party eagle in metal; black, white, red, roundel; and deer-tail brush are there!

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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German Hunting and Sport Shooting Organization Badge (Item HUNT 3-7)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very rare and nicely designed Tag Abzelchen badge for the cartel for hunting and sport shooting formed by Reichsjager Meister Herman Göring. It says under the swastika-clutching eagle: “Spende, Nation, Arbeit,” (Charity, Nation, and Work). The goals of the gentleman shooters and hunters. This is a beautiful little badge with a great social message. Historically important indeed. It measures 1 inch in diameter.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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German Black Forest Pipe (Item HUNT 3-8)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very fine woodman's pipe hand carved in the famous Black Forest style. This pipe is very probably well over 100 years old and it shows extremely fine artwork in this medium. The stem is of horn while the cap and receptacles are of white brass. There are hallmarks on the center ring (looks like an anchor). It's in beautiful condition. Some of the green coloring on the leaves is worn. Nice.

PRICE: $250.00

 

 

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