H010480 OFFICER'S DAGGER "Eickhorn". (Heer Offizierdolch)

BACKGROUND: Traditionally German Army Officers had worn a saber as part of the uniform dress and this tradition was carried on through the Weimar era, (Circa 1919-1933), Reichswehr, (National Defence {Force}), and on into the Third Reich. In an attempt to build morale and curry favour within the Army, Hitler introduced the dress dagger for optional wear with the walking out dress, and retained the saber for wear on more formal occasions. The dress dagger was designed by Berlin graphic artist Paul Casberg and was officially approved for wear on May 4TH 1935 along with specifically styled dagger hangers and a new pattern portepee. The edged weapon portepees were originally introduced in the Prussian army in 1808, and continued to be worn with the Dress uniform, as a tradition and identifying item through WWI, the Weimar era and on into the Third Reich, with minor modifications. Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holder’s wrist the portepee evolved into a purely decorative accessory. The Third Reich era Officer’s dagger portepee was introduced along with the Officer’s dagger on May 4TH 1935 and was intended for wear by all Officers and Senior NCO’s with permission to wear the dagger. Of Note: Production of the dress dagger was to be discontinued as per regulations of May 27TH 1943 and further wear of the dress dagger and portepee was prohibited by order of September 5TH 1944. Additional regulations of December 23RD 1944 indicated that officer ranks were to wear a pistol in place of the dress dagger.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The dagger features a roughly, 26cm long, drop forged steel construction, nickel/silver plated, stiletto style blade with a flat central ridge and a full length, including the hilt, of roughly, 38cm. Nice clean blade with some light spotting. Maker marked to "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". The original brown leather washer is still intact. The dagger has a cast alloy, crossguard, ferrule, and pommel. The obverse crossguard features the embossed, army style national eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in its talons and a plain reverse. The ferrule and pommel both feature embossed repeating oak-leaf patterns. The dagger has a molded, dark orange/yellow, celluloid grip with the correct, diagonally angled ribbing. The dagger comes with its original, tooled, magnetic sheet metal construction scabbard with a random pebbled pattern to both the obverse and reverse and smooth side panels. Both of the sweated on scabbard bands with a repeating, horizontally embossed oak-leaf pattern and the hanger suspension rings are intact. The single, dome headed, throat retaining screw is also intact. This is one of the nicest Army daggers we have had in some time. This example retains 90% of the original factory protective lacquer that was sprayed over the silver plated exterior. This laquer was designed to prevent tarnishing, and is a common substance applied to most Third Reich silver items. Of course, the lacquer usually got polished off, and there are vert few examples remaining today that display this much lacquer. Truly an "uncleaned" piece. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,430.00 (Or Best Offer)

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