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Title Forestry cutlass with by-knife, knot and ivory grip
Nationality German
Period c 1880
Price £1100.00
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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.

Although it is unmarked, it is probably a WKC product and features as such in their catalogue.

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.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

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


Just to tell you that the bayo arrived today and I'm very pleased with it.

C A, Netherlands, 06.11.2006

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005