BACKGROUND: TeNo, Technischen Nothilfe, (Technical Emergency Corps), was originally established in September 1919, of trained, voluntary, civilian personnel to maintain and repair essential services in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Many of its personnel were ex-service men and a large amount of them had some type of specialized technical training which was key to its mandate. TeNo was a civilian organization administered under the Minister of the Interior, until mid-1939 when it became an official State organization under control of the Police which in turn was controlled by the SS. With this change in status a small nucleus of salaried Officials were employed to run the organization. As the war dragged on TeNo, became more and more a para-military organization with its direction becoming more controlled by the Waffen-SS. The Hewer was introduced along with the Leaders dagger in November 1938, and was issued to selected full time personnel holding positions of Nothelfer to Hauptwachtmeister d. TN.. The Subordinates hewer was designed by Berlin graphic artist Paul Casberg, and was modeled after the RAD Subordinate’s Hewer.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Broad, 25cm long, nickel/silver plated Bowie style blade with narrow fuller and false edge. Blade is still very bright and clean and is in excellent condition. There is a coat of protective grease on it, should clean off fine. Obverse ricasso with acid etched issuance number, "10156". Reverse ricasso with nicely detailed, deeply acid etched TeNo style national eagle, flanked by script, "Ges. Gesch.", an abbreviation for Gesetzlich Geschützt, (Patent Pending). Below this is the Carl Eickhorn logo, (circa 1935-1941), of a seated squirrel holding a sword with, "Original", above and "Eickhorn Solingen", below. Etching retains all of its burnished finish making it stand out strongly on the polished blade. Blackened leather washer intact. Single piece, die cast alloy cross guard and pommel with a nickel/silver plating. Obverse of cross guard features an embossed TeNo national eagle clutching a swastika with smooth outer border and ribbed interior, with the TeNo logo of a cogged wheel encompassing a stylized, overlapping, "TN" , superimposed on top. Top of cross guard has an embossed edge with a curl to one end. Balance of cross guard is a smooth plain field. White bakelite grips held in place by two countersunk screw head bolts. Pommel in the form of a stylized eagles head with an embossed and recessed cogged wheel symbolizing the eagles eye to obverse. Black lacquered, magnetic sheet steel scabbard with top and bottom nickel/silver plated fittings. Small leather retaining strap is missing. Both fittings secured by two dome headed side screws. Top fitting with scalloped bottom edge and bottom fitting with top scalloped edge. Top lip of top fitting with matching stamped issuance number, "10156", as on blade. Reverse of top fitting with raised rectangular bar to secure suspension frog to scabbard. Comes complete with leather hanger/frog.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $2,975.00 (Or Best Offer)

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