Original German WWII Named Red Cross Hewer with Spear Point Tip
Original Item: Only One Available. This Red Cross Enlisted Man's Hewer is both a rare variation and named.
The hilt mounts have 95% of the fine original nickel-plated surfaces and only shows minor use and age; it is nice to see a hewer with this kind of preservation to the hilt as the base metal is pot metal and often the plating did not hold up well. The pommel edges are as crisp and retain much plating.
The crossguard features an oval boss, stamped on the reverse:
The obverse featuring an eagle with half-opened wings and a raised out mobile swas on his breast. The bird clutches a cross in his talons. The grip plates feature the smooth Bakelite example on the reverse with a heavily checkered example on the obverse. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware.
The scabbard shell is in used condition. It is straight but does have one dent with some original paint. The scabbard is equipped with two nickel mounts, the upper being retained by nickel side screws. The lower mount is also set with two screws.
Original black leather frog also included.
The blade of this hewer is the classic saw back type but instead of the characteristic blunted tip it has a spear point tip. This variation is claimed by some to be a post war USGI conversion, however, the grain very much present and the finish of the blade is factory bright and runs consistently underneath the guard where is it cleanly stamped GES. GESCHUTZT. The quality of the blade finish leads us to believe that perhaps this was a special order version of the hewer as the blade measures a full 10.5 inches.The saw back is sharp and nasty, as it should be. These saw backs were ostensibly used to cut splints in the field.
If you have been looking for a rare Red Cross hewer you just found it!
History of the German Red Cross (DRK)
The DRK, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross), a voluntary civil assistance organization originally instituted in 1864, was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. In December 1937 it gained status
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