H035079 OFFICER'S DAGGER PORTEPEE. (Portepee für 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 Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era 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 portepee consists of the main components of, strap, slide, stem, crown, and ball all worked in bright, silver/aluminum wire threads. The interwoven, looped, silver/aluminum strap is roughly, 38cm long and is inserted through the interwoven slide and into the top of the interwoven stem. The slide and stem are both in interwoven, bright, silver/aluminum wire threads with a repeating "V’ pattern. The crown consists of horizontally laid, twisted, silver/aluminum braiding while the ball consists of vertically laid, twisted, silver/aluminum braiding and both are mounted on an internal, carved, wooden base. The bottom of the ball has a circular recess with an inset piece of bright, silver/aluminum fabric. With original factory tie string and price tag. Nice!!

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $199.00

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