An advertisement from the 1860 edition of the periodical Jagd Zeitung


    My good friend the late Hans Pfingsten in his landmark book German Hunting Guns of the Golden Era 1840-1940 gives us a brief summery of the firm of Sackreuter. Jacob Philipp Sackreuter was born in southern Germany in 1799 and when in his late 20’s (1827) moved to Frankfurt am Main where he established himself as a Gun Trader. In 1838 he established the firm of Jacob Sackreuter and at that time would have traded in flintlock and percussion guns. He eventually became a seller of Suhl made guns and some of these may have had his name on them. Also he distributed guns from England, Belgium and France. He developed a short barrel, large caliber double barrel rifle (Dopplebüsche) designed for hunting wild boar which became popular and widely used.

     Jacob died in 1850 and Phillip Friedrich Behrends bought the business. In 1873 Edgar Conrad A. Andreae took over the businss and operated it until about 1913. Edgar was a wealthy Banker and Hunter who wrote several books about Hunting. 

To go with the hunting firearms the firm sold they also dealt in all kinds of hunting acoutrements such as clothing, dog care supplies, game calls, hunting horns, fishing gear, ammunition and decorative items made of Stag Horn. 

A Sackreuter side by side shotgun sold by and courtesy of Bonham’s Auctions.

In the Spring of 2010 Morphy Auctions of Danvers, Pa. sold the Cased Pin Fire Combination gun (Lot no. 1335) Made by M. Mach of Prague and sold by J. Sackreuter of Frankfurt A-M , serial no. 2074 which was the subject of the preceding article. It’s estimated value at the time was $10,000.- $15,000. The hammer fell at $22,425.00. The set of shotgun barrels are 16 ga. and the combination barrels are 16 Ga. shot and 24 Ga. rifle. Below are images of the gun courtesy of Morphy.

On April 24, 2019 Morphy Auctions sold a Big Bore, Light Weight Single Shot Stalking Rifle sold and perhaps made by J. Sackreuter. It is chambered for the 43 Mauser round, serial no. 13762 with a 25 1/4 inch barrel. Following are images of the rifle, courtesy of Marphy.