Original German WWII Senior Forestry Official Hirschfanger Cutlass By Eickhorn with GI Photos, Newspaper Articles as Seen in Reference Book

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Original Item: One of a Kind. Not only is this WWII German Senior Forestry Official’s Hirschfanger an excellent specimen, it includes information on the American GI who brought it home from the war in Europe as a souvenir!  Combat Engineer, Technician 5th Class John Petrik, captured this cutlass and brought it home as a Trophy of War. Petrick was featured in the January 16th, 1945 edition of his hometown newspaper, The Hudson Dispatch, showing this very Forestry Dagger to his younger sister!

Accompanying the cutlass are original sections of the article from the newspaper, an original copy of the press photograph of Petrik showing his sister the Cutlass, a contemporary copy of Petrik in his dress uniform, along with a 2010 Certificate of Authenticity from Author Thomas M. Johnson. Johnson had previously featured this Cutlass and the newspaper articles in his reference book World War Two German War Booty: A Study In Photographs published by Schiffer Publications.

Forestry Daggers are by far one of the most stunning of WWII German Edged Weapons, and this cutlass is no exception. Fashioned in the traditional style of a hunting sword, the cutlass features an double etched blade with hunting scenes on both sides. The hilt is aluminum which has been gilded. The Grip panels are made of genuine Walrus Ivory, with three brass acorn adornments on both sides of the grip panels. The Blade is marked with the Eickhorn logo, with the name of the distributor, “W. Michovius, Cottbus”, appearing on the spine of the blade. Overall, the cutlass shows signs of honest age from storage and light handling over the last several decades.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain a scarce Forestry Hirschfanger with not just period documentation, but also published documentation from a leading authority in the field of German Edged Weapons!

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