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L010080 OFFICER'S DAGGER PORTEPEE. (Portepee für Offizierdolch)

BACKGROUND: 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 Republic and on into the Third Reich, with minor modifications. Originally designed as a functional item to secure the blade sidearm to the holders wrist the portepee evolved into a purely decorative accessory. The Third Reich era Officer’s dagger portepee was introduced along with the Officers dagger on May 4TH 1935 and was intended for wear by all Officer’s and Senior NCO’s with permission to wear the dagger. The dagger portepee was utilized right up until September 5TH 1944 when regulations prohibited further wear of the dagger for the duration of the war.

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 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.

GRADE ****                                                         PRICE $85.00

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