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Well guys, it's not often I get excited about one of these hewers but here's one that I could not pass up. For those of you who know these pieces well you will immediately recognize the full stag grip as being the very first variation of these that were made. The horn going round the "beak" area proved far to difficult to put into full production. After a few months this was abandon in favour of the more common hewer with the steel beak. Eickhorn was the only maker who made the full stag variation. This has a few more unique features which I will discuss further, let's start with the blade. This blade has been cleaned up by a previous owner, it's a bit bright but still rates Exc+/Exc++ These would have been around from the very beginning of dress wear in 1934 and to survive in such fine shape from all the years of wear is amazing. Bright with a nice matte frosted etch that collectors love so much. The very early Eickhorn maker mark is correctly placed below the RAD triangle symbol and Ges. Gesch. dating this example 1934. I can say that with absolute certainty. There is some minor age. 60% of factory paint is intact with honest wear. Silver washed nonmagnetic nickel fittings with burnished backgrounds have been cleaned at some point and are a bit bright, this will tone down with time. They have minor dents but no splits. Look at how all the intricate details are burnished, you gotta love it! Finally before I leave the scabbard, look at the throat being unit marked "Ma 169" matching the hilt. The grip is chip and crack free. look at how thick these stag plates are, see how deep the screws are set!! Never seen this before and I bet neither have you! The horn has beautifully aged with multi-tones that only time can create. The screws retaining the grip plates are all intact. Finally and Yes I'm almost done.. comes with it's own correct early hanger! A fine piece rarely offered that will be appreciated by the advanced collector!
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