Product Description: This Imperial Hunting Cutlass – WKC is a really fine, deluxe example. The blade is neatly etched on both sides, with detailed ornamentation featuring scenes of deer. The etchings remain dark, and the blade is really nice, with light and minor spots and graying in some places. The blade ricasso has a stamped knight’s helmet WKC maker mark, indicating manufacture by the firm of Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Cie., Solingen. The leather blade buffer pad is intact. The gorgeous handle features a real stag grip and deluxe, heavily ornamented brass fittings, with deer hooves and a hunting scene on the clamshell type crossguard. The handle fittings show only light wear, with a lovely, mellow age patina to the stag grip. This Imperial Hunting Cutlass – WKC is complete with its original leather covered scabbard. The brass scabbard fittings match the handle perfectly. The scabbard leather is extremely well preserved, with minor wear and some small losses to the original surface. This is a top quality example that would have been a source of pride for its original owner, and it is in excellent condition.
Historical Description: Hunting is a sport with a long tradition in Germany. As with any long tradition, it grew to become a practice steeped in ritual. Hunters generally were members of hunting clubs and organizations, which had permission to hunt specific state-owned forests, under the auspices of forestry organizations. Both the members of the hunting clubs, and those involved in forestry, had traditional hunting clothes, a sort of regalia that by the time of the Third Reich, had evolved into a uniform. These men carried traditional hunting daggers and cutlasses as part of their regalia. These was an almost infinite variety of these edged weapons, made by many makers, and available in countless styles to suit individual preferences. Some of these hunting daggers and cutlasses were mostly utilitarian and practical and were used for the final thrust at the close of a successful hunt. Others were ornate, with detailed ornamentation, and were used for formal and ceremonial occasions when the traditional regalia were worn. These edged weapons were expensive and very personal objects for their original owners.
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