A Study of German Engraving

By Larry B. Schuknecht

The subject of German Gun Engraving is very broad and complex and could fill a web site of it’s own. Mr. Hendrk Fruehauf of Germany has made gun engraving both his career and life study. We thank him for his efforts over the years to help us understand and know some of the individuals who practised the art. 

The first subject of this study is the j. P. Sauer Masterpiece Action engraved by Richard Werner. First we have the two articles which were in the GGCA Journal “The Waffenschmied” Vol. 3, No. 3 (Autumn 2000) and Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2001). These will be followed by a Photo Gallery of close up views taken of the receiver when Dietrich asked me to make a stand for it before he donated it to the Waffen Museum in Suhl in 2008. The Gallery views of the action start out with broad views of the action and progressively get closer. Enjoy.

A view of the action from the J. P. Sauer Archives held by Hendrik Fruehauf
A picture of the action from the J. P. Sauer Archives courtesy of Hendrik Fruehauf

An Engraving pull from the book “Suhler Waffenkunst” by Hans-Jürgen Fritze and Peter Arfmann
An image of Fritz Heimbeck from the book “Suhler Waffenkunst” by Hans-Jürgen Fritze and Peter Arfmann

 

 

Another image of Fritz Heimbeck from the book “Suhler Waffenkunst” by Hans-Jürgen Fritze and peter Arfmann

The 2003 Merkel Catalog included the following gallery of their Master Engravers at that time.

The following are pictures of a J.P.Sauer & Sohne model 29S. 

 

The following double rifle in 9.3×74 caliber is an interesting speciman of a “Special Model”. Thanks to our friend Hendrik Frühauf in Germany who has made it a life study of Engravers and their Engraving we know that the action for this rifle was made by the independent gun maker A.Peter of Suhl for J. P. Sauer. He made all of the special models for Sauer. The gun was begun in 1933. It was supposedly engraved by August Heym for Sauer. 

The original photograph from the J. P. Sauer archives courtesy of Hendrik Frühauf.

The following locks are from a Sempert & Krieghoff “Neptune” Drilling. 

The following four views are also of Sempert & Krieghoff “Neptune” Drilling locks and are courtesy of-