E-535 Late-Period TENO Hewer With Frog by Carl
I just recently purchased this complete and impressive example as
part of a very large blade collection! It’s getting extremely difficult
to locate original, untouched and complete TENO Enlisted Man’s Hewers!
It is a late-period example having a high serial number that is correctly
etched, NOT stamped. The hilt fittings overall are in very collectible
condition showing minor carrying/storage age. The edges display faint edge
wear while the surfaces exhibit a couple of minor marks. Overly critical
here! The nickel-plating grades 99% while the original factory lacquer
grades 70%. The background burnishing to the gear wheel is intact.
The off-white grip plates are in near perfect condition having two tiny chips to
the lower obverse side. The plates are retained by screw and spanner
hardware with the heads showing minor turning signs. As is the case with
the pommel, the crossguard edges show minor signs of carrying/storage wear.
The details to the most impressive TENO eagle are phenomenal! The bird
itself shows very little wear/age and grasps a swastika having a superimposed
TENO gearwheel safely within its talons. The gearwheel has a hammer figure
over the letter “N” forming the initials of this organization. An
awesome look! The blade is the usual Bowie style, having a matte finish.
The blade and spine edges are crisp as is the tip! There is much smudging
to both sides rendering an excellent rating. The obverse ricasso is etched
with the serial number 10107. The reverse ricasso is etched with the TENO
eagle clutching gear-wheeled swastika. The patent pending terms “Ges.
Gesch.” are on either side of the swastika. Further down is the Eickhorn
1935-41 Squirrel trademark. The burnishing grades 100%! The black
leather washer is present and remains in near mint condition. The scabbard
shell is straight throughout with the original factory black paint, grading 99%!
A beauty here! There are a few faint paint spiders and mild surfaces
scratches that really do not take away from the condition or look! The
scabbard fittings are the nickel variety being perfectly matched while
exhibiting NO wear/age. The fittings are retained by two flathead nickel
plated screws that show signs of being turned. The scabbard throat is
matching etched with the serial number 10107. Accompanying this beautiful piece
is an original TENO Enlisted Man's black leather frog. The frog shows
minor wear/age remaining very supple. The retaining clip is NOT marker
marked. The thin retaining loop is intact, but the tip of the buttonhole
is missing. A FINE example that is getting harder to locate in ANY
condition! Strong excellent.