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Title Prussian forestry cutlass with by-knife, knot and ivory grip
Nationality German
Period c 1900
Price £1100.00

This is the classic Forestry cutlass worn by senior Foresters (denoted by the ivory grip and the gold/green knot) across Europe from the early 18th century onwards. They continued in use through the Weimar era and Third Reich, only latterly losing the by-knife. Lower ranks wore cutlasses with a stag horn grip and a plain green knot.

It is marked P D Luneschloss Solingen on the back edge. This firm (1810-1965) was a major Solingen concern and exported profusely for foreign government contracts, supplying both sides in the US Civil War, for instance.

The mounts are gilt bronze, most of the gilding having long perished, the scabbard is leather, the grip is of African elephant ivory and the blade retains most of its factory finish, with the by-knife retaining all its finish with a few minor stains. The main blade has typical Forestry scenes (running deer in woodland etc). The gilding on the base of the bullion knot is in good shape, but it has worn down to the silver base on the strap.

NB: For buyers outside the EU or UK, a CITES certificate is needed for export.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : German : 19th Century]


Just to let you know, the knot has arrived and is an awesome piece. It will make a great addition to the collection.

S V, USA, 05.08.2014

The police cutlass exceeded my expectations, it arrived earlier than expected. Thank you very much from a very satisfied customer who will no doubt return.

J K, UK, 26.11.2013