WORLD WAR TWO GERMAN RED CROSS HEWER

$795.00

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Item Code: 172-3642

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Blade meas. approx. 10 ½” long x approx. 1 ½” wide. It has a squared, blunt tip and is nickel or silver plated. Blade has a deep fuller at center that runs approx. 8” long. The top edge of the blade is saw-toothed while the bottom has a true edge. The blade is in very good, almost excellent condition with very light scattered spots of discoloration. Reverse ricasso of the blade is marked “GES GESCHUTZT” under the languet, which basically translates to “registered” or “protected.” The black leather washer is still intact at the base of the blade.

The hilt consists of cross guard, languets, and a pommel that are all made of a cast alloy and have a matte nickel or silver plated finish. The short horizontal cross guard has two deeply recessed linear border decorations on each side as well as an obverse and reverse languet. The obverse oval languet has a raised outer edge with an embossed national eagle with down-swept wings, a swastika on its breast and a traditional Greek style cross in its talons. This is done on a recessed stippled field. The reverse languet is identical to the one on the obverse side but this one has a smooth plain field lacking any decoration. The grips are made of molded black Bakelite that is held in place by two screws. The obverse grip features crosshatching while the reverse grip is smooth. The unique oval shaped pommel is intact. There is scattered, spotty light pitting on the metal surfaces of the hilt.

The hewer comes with the original black painted metal scabbard with matte finished throat and finial to match the metal on the hilt. All the paint remains on the scabbard body but the surface shows a good bit of wear.

The "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross) was begun in 1864 and was made up of volunteers. It was recognized by the Geneva Convention in 1929 and in December of 1937 it was recognized by the Nazi Party. In 1938 it became a part of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. Due to its non-combatant status under the Geneva Convention its members were not allowed to carry weapons. As a result this hewer was introduced in 1938 with the squared tip preventing its classification as a weapon thus allowing it to be worn.

With the hewer is the original leather frog which is in excellent condition but unmarked.   [ad]

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