Jagdabzeichen (as they are called in German) are hunt insignias that have been a part of the Austrian hunting tradition for centuries. In the 19th century, marksmen began to receive these trophies (in what is today Bohemia) in the form of insignias for their shooting achievements. Today, many people still enjoy collecting and wearing hunting badges as a way to show their love of the sport.
Hunting is an art few have mastered. It's not just a craft, it's a philosophy of life. I make hunting insignias for real hunters who live and maintain these traditions. We offer high-quality and durable products with which you can live out your passion. Remember: all my bespoke items are handmade in Vienna.
Although I now live in the city of Vienna, I grew up in the country and was exposed to shooting sports from an early age. This experience has given me a unique insight into our countryside heritage and traditions, which I hope the next generation will continue to uphold!
In Austria and Germany, hunting is a respected tradition that is carefully regulated. Hunters must pass a hunting test and obtain a license, and must meet certain state culling targets to keep forest & game in balance.
Hunting insignias are often presented to a champion shot after the hunt as an acknowledgment and thanks. These are usually worn on the hunting hat. Reference Jagdabzeichen
Welcome to my blog. I hope that I can offer a platform here to share experiences and knowledge. The focus will be on hunting and its associated rural customs, and hopefully I can provide insight into how this living tradition of hunting is an integral part of our heritage. Thank you for reading!
You can read up about my craftmanships as well as my hunting insignias (Jagdabzeichen) on the November edition of Schlossseiten.
I have been a busy bee. How do you like this raging bull for a princely family? The item is cast in 18ct Gold as well as Sterling Silver.
Have you ever wondered about the steps involved in finishing a silver cast?
Here is an example of a silicone mold I made for a badge featuring a boar's head. This was inspired by a Majestic wild boar, sus scrofa, with wet fur looking over the clearing.
As you can see the silver cast has a rough surface and needs a lot of work before it can go into the hands of a new owner!
The above hunting insignia (= Jagdabzeichen) must go through many processes before the finished product can be presented to a marksman as a sign of recognition and thanks after a hunt.
Monogramed Silver: why not order this beposke badge with your initials?
The Maltese (or St.Johns or Amalfi) cross is an eight-pointed cross and a national symbol of Malta as well as the former Maritime Republic of Amalfi and is currently a symbol of various Christian orders.
The eight points of the eight-pointed cross have been given a number of symbolic interpretations, such as the "eight obligations or aspirations" of the knights. The pine tree is an evergreen tree that has the ability to survive adverse weather and is a symbol of longevity and eternity. Combined both symbols are a powerful representation of the Christian faith.
Prototype for a 2022 project.
Fun project based on an african fertility symbol combined with a family coat of arms.
The Order of Malta as well as its Auxiliary Service help people in need. Every year hundreds of new members swell their ranks! Godspeed!
Sterling silver hunting badge on a gold plated twig.
Symbolism combined with a Logo.
This chamois on a hunters trumpet is available for general purchase. Did you know that female and male chamois have horns and the trophies are notoriously difficult to tell apart?
Support small businesses so we can continue making the fabulous hunt badges (Jagdabzeichen).
I never bore (geddit??) working on a wild boar. This was a fun commission for a meticolous client.
Another badge made for the general public. I tried to keep it as simple as possible. This Ibex is one of my favourite animals.
A Chamois hunting badge that is available for general purchase.
This was a labour of love. Made for a private estate in Bohemia the end result is strikingly beautiful.
I am extremely excited and proud of the October 2019 Halali Magazine issue:
What a fantastic experience to have been features in Issue 4 / 2019 of Halali Magazine. Halali is the trumpet signal announcing the end of a hunt across Germany and Austria. Click the link on the above picture to read the article.
The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), aka Steinbock or Bouquetin, is a species of wild goat whose habitat are the mountains of the European Alps. It was a joy to make this hunting trophy over the summer.
It is one of my finest pieces to date!
From a Prototype to a finished masterpiece:
This piece made from Sterling Silver was commissioned over the summer. It is handmade in my workshop near the Vienna Opera. Front and Back view.
Trophies depicting Chamois (aka Rupicapra rupicapra or Gams) in Sterling Silber. In German these trophies are known as Jagdabzeichen.
Design is so simple. That is why it is so complicated.
Hunting trophy can be made from 2 colours to achieve a better contrast.
Let me know if you need something done with your hunting trophies.
A hunting trophy for my favorite huntress!
Going the extra mile. This brooch is cut by hand.
Trophies that can be worn on a hat or as a brooch.
Luxury does not have to cost the earth.
A beautiful custom from Austrian and Germany.
We are the total sum of our experiences. For some hunting is a way of life.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Step by step guide: (1) use an excellent German casting service (2) clean the casts made from sterling silver (3) polish and buff.
Celebrating the hunting season with an interesting trophy.
A picture celebrating the completion of a bespoke set of hunting badges.
Finishing the first prototype is somewhat nerve racking. Another prototype bites the dust!
Waidmannsheil! Making these Jagdabzeichen (Hunters badges) to order has been such fun! How to translate Jagdjuwelier into English???? Answers on a postcard please!
My recipe for success? Inspiration, enthusiasm, energy, and creativity. What is your secret?
Feel free to call with some new designs!
Despite the great weather I have been working on some new designs. This sketch was finished according to the client wishes. Feeling excited!
Check out my blog entry from Mai 2018! From sketch to finished product. Let me be part of your adventure. Remember to tell your friends about the friendly Sophie Salm Silversmith!
Instead of making a new mould from an old cast I decided to make a completely new prototype.
Never be afraid of change. Old ways will not open new doors.
If you think it is time for a fresh start then get in touch!
Whilst my other 3 designs are in production I wanted to give you a sneak preview of a design that incorporated so-called "Grandeln".
More updates coming soon!
Sneak preview of a German design.
Looking forward to showing you more updates!
Currently I am working on 3 (!!!) new designs. Hope to show you some updates soon.
We love this European tradition of Jagdabzeichen. Here the owner of a hunt can give to his guests a trophy to commemorate a particular good hunt. Let me help you design such a Jagdabzeichen. Godspeed!
Pleased to showcase some of my work at Wallnerstrasse 3 in Vienna.
Looking forward to an exciting 2018!
Why-oh-why do some people still believe they can charge a small fortune for these items? I make these in my workshop in Vienna and they are such fun things to do. Waidmannsheil