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N015469 DRK LEADER'S DRESS DAGGER WITH HANGERS. (DRK Führerdolch mit Gehänge)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a civil assistance organization under auspices of the Ministry of the Interior. Due to its non-combatant status, it had to conform to the international Geneva Convention which directed that members not carry any weapons, including edged weapons. As a result the DRK Subordinates hewer was designed with a squared blunt tip, to preclude its classification as a weapon and allow its wear in the field. The DRK Leaders dagger, with pointed tip, however was classified as a weapon and could only be worn as a dress dagger, when not in the field. The DRK Leaders dress dagger was introduced in 1938 for wear by ranks of DRK-Wachtführer to DRK-Generalhauptführer.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 25cm long, dual edged, nickel/silver plated, drop forged steel blade with a raised central spine and large flat ricasso. Blade has some spotting. The blade is unmarked. The thick blackened leather washer is still intact. The cast alloy cross guard, langets, and pommel all have a matte nickel/silver plating. The obverse vertically oval langet has a raised, smooth outer edge encompassing an embossed second pattern, (1938), DRK eagle with a highly embossed swastika to its breast, on a slightly recessed, pebbled field. The reverse vertically oval langet also has the raised, smooth outer edge encompassing a slightly recessed, smooth field. The cross guard features two deeply recessed horizontal lines near both the top and bottom edges. The unique shaped, plain pommel has a multi-slotted, flush, tang screw to the top edge. Some spotting to the cross guard fittings. The dagger has an orange celluloid grip with ten raised, horizontal lines. The grip tapers slightly at both ends. Grip is loose and needs to be tightened, will leave that up to the new owner. The dagger comes with its original matte nickel/silver plated, magnetic sheet metal scabbard with a pebbled finished obverse and reverse and smooth side panels. The bottom tip of the scabbard is also smooth and has a scalloped tipped top. The scabbard has smooth integral hanger bands with hanger suspension ramps angled diagonally upward with rectangular cut-outs for the hangers. The scabbard has both of its original dome headed throat screws intact. Of Note: There were two versions of the DRK dagger scabbard, with one featuring rectangular hanger cut-outs, and the other having circular hanger cut-outs. It is alleged that the circular hanger cut-out scabbard was designed for the Social Welfare dagger, which although identical to the DRK Leader’s dagger, came with a different set of hangers. Dagger also comes complete with its original dagger hangers. Hangers show some edge fraying, but are in complete and untouched condition. Shows its age and wear.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $1,000.00

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