Wittmann Alder Wittmann Militaria Army Officer's Daggers,Page One
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The German Army (Heer) first carried a dagger beginning in 1935. The weapon was worn in lieu of occasions not demanding the wearing of a more formal sword. The dagger design was quite attractive featuring silvered heavy fittings with white or colored grip. The crossguard depicted a Wehrmacht open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika.

The pommel depicted oak leafing around the outer circumference. The scabbard had panels of pebble designs. Later produced examples were plated with nickel, and late war-made pieces were unplated, finished in a gray color metal. These daggers are often encountered with an aluminum portepee.



AOD #46314C Early Army Officer with Hangers by WKC

This early army officer is not of absolute initial production but was made shortly thereafter.

The silver mounts are very heavily coated and are in really remarkable condition. This dagger is deeply patinated but does not look to have ever been cleaned.

The pommel top is still crisp with no hits around the rim and it features fine hand enhanced standing oak leaves running around the circumference. The crossguard features the WKC style eagle with the hatchet beak. The eagle is completely as crisp as the day it was produced. Beautiful detail to the bird's head crisp breast feathering wreath and swastika. The silvering on the reverse is also quite beautiful as it is nicely patinated matching the rest of the hilt pieces. The ferrule is the early type.

The gripi is a real stunner being one of the darkest orange colors you will see. It is really a magnificent deep color. This grip remains in perfect condition. I took a look inside and indeed the tang is the tapered type which lets us know that this dagger is of extremely early production.

The scabbard is also a beauty exactly matching the patination and having full silvering. Confirming it is early it has two flat head screws which retain the throat and we know that WKC went to the one screw method shortly thereafter. Again an early confirmation of production. The panels are of very fine pebbling and still crisp. The carrying bands are of excellent overlapping oak leaves all having hand enhancing.

Attached to the scabbard is a very fine set of hanging straps. These hangers are the deluxe type having fine brocade on the obverse and on the reverse showing just a modest amount of wear. The upper closed clip is the style that is DRGM marked and features raised oak leaves. Connecting the clip the brocade straps are two metal tabs featuring oak leaves and retained by rivets. The oval and buckles and slides feature fine oak leaves which much of the silvering remaining and the bottom snaps are the deluxe "push up" style both of which are DRGM marked on the reverse.

As we would hope the blade is in stone mint condition with all of its grain. A beautiful bright high quality blade here with needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the knight head trademark and below is the firm's initials and locations WKC / Solingen. The original washer remains in place.

An extremely nice untouched early dagger here which should appeal to those out there that fancy army's in this condition.

Uncleaned Mint. $1,295.00

AOD #46284C Early Army Officer with Distributor by Alcoso

This Alcoso example is extremely early having absolutely beautiful fittings throughout and matching scabbard. This piece does not appear to have been cleaned.

The pommel is the brass base type having perfect silver plating. The upper portion is completely clean with no hits to the rim. There are 14 standing oak leaves each and every one being hand enhanced and there is also pebbling in between the leaves. Beautiful early work here.

The pommel is also the Alcoso type that flares upward from the base. The ferrule is an early matching patina example. The crossguard is the initial production type that I show in my army book on page 20. This beautiful crossguard is also a brass base featuring a well detailed eagle with open wings. The breast feathering is extremely fine. The reverse of the crossguard also has beautiful silvering with matching patination.

The grip is a very attractive bright orange being basically the same tones on both sides. It is in perfect condition. I took a look inside and sure enough it has the early tapered tang so this is for sure an very early piece.

The scabbard is also an early example having the very very fine pebbling we only see on early pieces. It is in perfect condition and has the same great silvering with patination. The carrying bands are identical to the ones I show on page 20 each and every one having hand enhancing. The throat is retained by two flat head screws. There is one tiny little ding at the bottom reverse of the scabbard.

The blade is an extremely fine example which appears to have a nickel plated finish. It is magnificent and in complete mint condition with its needlelike tip. In the center section of the obverse blade is etched the distributor "Albert Kuhl, Münster I / W. - Essen". I have seen this distributor in the past on Alcoso pieces and apparently they had a military accoutrement shop there and were happy to sell Alcoso's product and Alcoso in turn was happy to put their name on the blade. The reverse ricasso is etched with the early scales with the initials interspersed "ACS". Above the scales the firm's name is block lettered in an arch "Alcoso" and below "Solingen". The original large size blade washer is in place.

A very beautiful early example here in highly collectible condition.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

AOD #46385 Early Personalized Army by Anton Wingen

This fine army dagger has early fittings throughout. The hilt fittings are the generic B variety.

The pommel is very nicely done showing just the slightest usage on the top area. The standing oak leaves are very impressive with hand enhancing to each one and also having some pebbling in between. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt fittings.

The generic B crossguard eagle is still completely crisp with 100 percent of the details to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is also in choice condition. It is engraved with the original owner's name "Dr. Soldhammer". I would think that there would be some chance for research here as Soldhammer is certainly not a common surname. The engraving does not look like it was completely professional but it is done extremely fine.

The grip is a very pretty orange example being the same tones on both sides. This grip is in perfect condition.

Wrapped about the grip in the 1st style army tie is a fine portepee. The portepee is in nice condition having only a bit of fray on the reverse where it would have rubbed against the doctor's uniform.

The scabbard is also an extremely nice example being very early with fine pebbled finish. The bands appear to be the type that were first used by Eickhorn on their early examples. They have extremely fine overlapping oak leaves with hand enhancement. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.

The blade is a real beauty being an extra-cost nickel plated example. It is completely bright throughout. It has a couple of tiny marks that run along the edges of the center segment which do not really detract from it but I can see them there. Otherwise the blade is in complete full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with a very small knight trademark with the firm's initial A. W. Jr. above and "Solingen" below. The original brown washer is in place.

A very nice army dagger here being of early construction and with good research possibilities.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

AOD #46312 Early Army Officer with Hangers by WMW

This Max Weyersberg Waffenfabrik army dagger is in extremely nice condition and has lots of early features. This same dagger is pictured in my army book on page 80.

The dagger is equipped with generic A mounts. The pommel is in perfect condition with fine patination. It features the 12 standing oak leaves with hand enhancing. The ferrule also nicely matches.

The matching generic A crossguards have outstanding details to the bird's head breast and wing feathering wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is also in beautiful immaculate condition with full silvering.

The dagger is equipped with a deep egg yolk colored handle. This grip is just the slightest bit darker on the obverse than the reverse. A beautiful hilt here.

The scabbard is also a fine example being straight throughout and having fine pebbled surfaces. It only has one screw one the right which is usually an indication of WKC. A firm like WMW was relatively small and did not make their own mounts thus the use of the generic A hilt fittings and the WKC scabbard. The scabbard bands are in very fine condition showing the overhauling oak leaves with hand enhancing.

Attached to the rings is a fine army officer hanger. The hanger has very good brocade and on the reverse side the green velvet shows little to no wear. The upper closed clip is the deluxe type with raised oak leaves and DRGM marked. The oval buckles and slides are equipped with raised oak leaves and the snaps below the deluxe push up type with oak leaf decoration. Both are marked on the reverse DRGM.

The blade is simply outstanding in complete mint condition. This beautiful blade has all of its crossgrain throughout. It is stamped on the reverse with a horizontally positioned stamping in the center ricasso section "WMW / Waffen". The original large size blade washer is in place.

A very fine early dagger pictured in my book.

Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #46286C Personalized Early Army No Maker

This army dagger was made early on and since it has no maker mark I believe that it would have been made for sale at a uniform shop.

The mounts appear to be the early Eickhorn style. The pommel is in very choice condition with very nice top still having some frosting showing. The 12 standing oak leaves are exceptionally nice with very dark patination. The ferrule is also the early Eickhorn type. The early crossguard is a wonderful depiction of Eickhorn's early eagle as for once it shows almost no wear. The eagles head has all details and the close checkering in the breast is all there and still crisp. The same is true of the wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is personalized with the original owner's name written in script "Erich Müller". The engraving is jeweler done and very nicely executed. Unfortunately since Müller is such a common surname it probably would be quite difficult to locate the original owner but then again since the full first name is there it may be possible. The grip is a beautiful lighter orange color being in complete perfect condition. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is also a very nice example being completely pristine with frosting running along both of the edges being 100 percent. The paneling is also extremely crisp. The bands are well executed with hand enhancing to the overlapping oak leaves. Since this scabbard has one side screw it can be assumed that the original maker purchased it from WKC. A maker like this probably worked on this owner and purchased fittings from other factories and sold the completed dagger to retail outlets. This is pure speculation, however.

The blade is a beautiful example still being in mint condition and having all of its crossgrain and needlelike tip. The original small size brown blade buffer is in newlike condition.<.P>

An extremely fine personalized early dagger with research possibility..

Near Mint. $1,495.00

AOD #46124 Early Army Officer with Slant Grip by Richard Abwehr Herder

This early army dagger is of initial production. It has the brass hilt mounts with fine silver plating. The silvering is still 100 percent across the mounts.

The scabbard of this example appears to be an early 1st type Eikchorn example. It has the very close checkered pebbling and is in nice condition showing only a little bit of nominal usage. It features the convex style oak leaf bands this firm used and the throat is retained by a single screw in the center reverse. At this early time a maker like Herder who did not produce their own army fittings certainly would find it convenient to purchase their scabbards from Eickhorn. The patina of this scabbard exactly matches that of the hilt fittings.

The blade is a nice example being mostly bright but having a minor amount of surface age visible in both sides but it is not bad. The blade still retains its original pointed tip and rates in excellent plus condition. The reverse ricasso is lightly etched Rich. A. Herder Solingen with the diamond trademark. The etching is quite light and is located fairly far up on the ricasso. The original leather blade washer is in place.

An interesting very early initial production dagger here and probably the first Richard Herder piece I have come across. A very collectible item!

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

AOD #46204 Army Officer by E. & F. Hörster

This army dagger has textbook style Horster mounts. The pommel is in good condition having the 12 standing oak leaves which appear to be hand enhanced. The ferrule nicely matches. The crossguard features the Horster eagle having excellent close checkered breast feathering. The details to the head wings wreath and swastika are excellent. The reverse of the crossguard is also in nice condition.

The grip is a very dark orange on the obverse and just slightly lighter on the reverse. It remains in nice condition.

The scabbard is of matching patina to its silvered finish. It shows some wear to the plating but is still evenly toned throughout. The bands are in good condition with their overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The thinner style throat is retained by a headless center placed screw in the reverse.

The blade is a fine example still being in mint condition with its needle-like tip. It appears to be a plated blade being one of the reasons why it has stayed in such nice condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which has the firm’s name and location E. & F. Hörster within and inside is the large H with smaller H and S having a sword piercing them. The small type leather buffer is in place.

A good basic Hörster dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

AOD #46203 Army Officer by H. Kolping

This army officer is equipped with generic A style hilt fittings they are nicely even patinated throughout.

The pommel has a small hit at the center top and also a hit to the edge of it. It features the 12 standing oak leaves which all have good enhancing. The ferrule nicely matches. The crossguard features the generic A style eagle. The eagle is still completely crisp throughout showing little to no wear. The reverse of the crossguard is also in fine condition.

The grip is a white example and is in perfect condition. The casting seams are just slightly visible on the both of the edges which is typical of later produced army daggers.

The generic style scabbard has fairly good silvering but there are a couple of minor freckles on the edges but nothing serious. The bands are the generic type in good condition. The lower band shows some honest wear to the section where the ring has bitten into it. The throat is a thin type which is retained by two dome head screws.

Unfortunately the blade has been retipped and is slightly shorter. The rest of the blade still remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stitched with the seldom seen trademark featuring the double ovals with the firm’ name and location H. Kolping Solingen. Inside is a beer mug with the letters HK on the mug. The original small size blade washer is in place.

A rare dagger here but it is a shame that the tip has been redone. It is priced accordingly.

Good. $595.00

AOD #46009 Personalized Army Officer with Hangers by Alcoso

This Alcoso piece appears to be quite early but instead of their early standard mounts the generic B type have been used on this dagger. The crossguard is identical to the example I show in my army book on page 99.

The pommel goes nicely with the crossguard with its 14 standing oak leaves. The pommel is nice and clean free of hits to the rim. The crossguard has excellent deep patination with fine detail to the bird’s head breast feathering wings wreath and swastika. The early style ferrule also matches nicely.

The reverse of the crossguard is intricately engraved in a cypher form which seems to be the initials “TE”.

The grip is a very deep orange color and is quite attractive. There is just a very slight lift of the last rib on the reverse but it hardly shows. Obviously a portepee would easily cover this.

The scabbard is a fine straight example which appears to be the same as the style shown on page 99. The scabbard is deeply patina’ed over its silvered finish and it has no lifting. The pebble pattern is very fine as we see on early scabbards. The bands are exactly like page 99 which their overlapping oak leaves and acorns with hand enhancing to the veins. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is a very fine set of army hangers. The brocade shows some mild usage but overall is still good with no fraying. The reverse also shows some minor wear but all of the velvet is in place. The closed clip at the top is the type that is DRGM marked and has raised oak leaves. The straps are retained by metas tabs which are rivet held. The tabs are both marked DRGM and have oak leafed outer surfaces. The silvering is still pretty good to the oval buckles and bands and also to the snap clips which are the “push up” style” also DRGM marked.

The blade still remains bright and the upper sections are still bright with just the slightest bit of age below the surfaces at the lower end. There is also a tiny nick in the upper edge but it is very minor. Overall this blade still grades at near mint. The reverse ricasoo is marked with the 1937 though 9 trademark featuring the scales with the letters ACS interspersed. Above is an arch shaped block lettered “Alcoso” and the city Solingen below. The original large size blade washer is in position.

A very nice early personalized dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

AOD #46012 Late Army Officer by WKC

This army officer is of wartime production. Because of this The fittings are finished in the gray format but the hilt fittings are all of WKC manufacture.

The pommel shows only modest usage with no hits around the rim and good detail to the 12 standing oak leaves. The ferrule has the same matching gray finish.

The crossguard is the typical WKC type exhibiting the “hatchet-like” beak for which this firm is known. All details are visible to the eagle and it is completely crisp to the head breast and wing feathering talons and wreath. A fine late hilt here.

The grip is a white example which also has the casting seams on the two edges as on daggers of this period the seams were not removed due to scarcity of labor. Otherwise the grip is in perfect condition and is what it is.

The scabbard is also a later example having the same matching finish. The scabbard is basically a generic variety but still has good detail to the pebble panels and the oak leafed carrying bands. The throat is without a screw and is the type that they used late in the war to save money. The scabbard would have been hot and the throat would have been installed while the scabbard was hot. Once the scabbard cooled it would contract sealing the throat in place.

The blade is a very fine full mint example. It has all of its crossgrain and needlelike tip. The reverse is etched with the WKC knight head and firm’s initials and Solingen below. The original larger style brown leather washer is in place.

A good basic late example here for those who may be collecting dagger types.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

AOD #37195C Army Officer with Original Portepee – Fridericus

The Fridericus name is one we seldom see on plain Army blades; most collectors know of it from the very desirable double etched examples. This piece is equipped with generic “A” style mounts.

The pommel is a good example, showing minor usage but with no hits to the rim and with a good, smooth surface on the top. The generic “A” crossguard is in excellent condition, being the same as I show on page 79 of my Army Book. You might take a minute and study this page as it shows how close the generic crossguard is to the WKC “hatchet” type. This generic guard shows some minor wear to the edges of the breast feathering, but is otherwise nice and crisp throughout the bird.

The grip of this dagger is an off-white style, which is probably plaster filled. I don't want to look though, as it can knock plaster loose and we don't want to do that. The grip remains in perfect concealed and has good character to it.

Wrapped about the grip is the original portepee. This portepee really brings the hilt of this dagger to life. It is tied in a completely non-regulation fashion. It has two full loops around the upper part of the grip which are completely set in place, having been this way for the last seven decades. There is one lower loop at the bottom. There is a minor amount of fraying at the lower area, but still this portepee really talks to you just the way it is. I like this knot a lot and you will too.

The scabbard is a typical generic type. It is in excellent condition, having a fine matching patina and perfect silvering throughout. It features the generic oak leave bands, both in good condition. The throat is retained by two side screws, an indication that Fridericus probably finished this scabbard in-house. Normally the generic types of this model will have a single screw in the center reverse. The blade is a fine example, still being mirror bright throughout. It has most of the crossgrain and would be perfect but for just the tiniest ripple noticeable on the reverse but not much on the obverse. As we see on Fridericus pieces the obverse of the blade is maker marked just below where the swastika wreath ends. It is etched in script “Fridericus / Solingen”. The original small leather washer is in place.

A rarely seen Fridericus Army Officer's Dagger here with a really nice look with the original portepee.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

AOD #45850 Army Officer with Double Etched Blade No Maker

This army officer’s dagger is quite beautiful and extremely desirable. The silvered fittings have not been cleaned but it is easy to see that they are still in choice condition with full silvering intact. The fittings are the generic A variety that we normally see on these no maker etched types.

The pommel is in perfect condition with no hits around the rim. The upper portion of the pommel is also in fine condition. The pommel features the 12 oak leaves and acorns that run around the circumference.

The generic A crossguard eagle is a beauty with full details to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. This crossguard also has full silvering to include the reverse.

Decorating the army is a very impressive dark orange grip. The grip is in perfect condition throughout and maybe just the slightest bit darker on the reverse than the obverse.

There is a nice portepee attached which possibly could be original to the piece. The portepee shows a little bit of usage in the swing area but it is still intact and firmly in place on this grip. A very nice hilt here.

The scabbard is also a very good example being heavily toned and not appearing to be cleaned since the war. It is the type of scabbard we often see on unmarked etched pieces having a headless screw in the obverse center area. The silvering is still perfect throughout and it is interesting to note that the area which the crossguard swastika and eagle covered on the scabbard still has a light silhouette of the design.The pebbling is still crisp throughout the panels and the carrying bands are nicely done with their overlapping oak leaves.

The blade is just a killer. It is in complete pristine perfect condition having highest quality nickel plated surfaces. The double etches both have 100 percent of the frosting in the backgrounds which really highlights the raised work. The obverse panel consists of floral type designs the type that has three dots and a point at the ending area. In the center is an open winged Art Deco style army eagle clutching a plain wreath with mobile swastika. On either side of the swastika is a set of oak leaf and acorn sprigs. The reverse of the blade has the same style etching and is in the same choice full mint condition. A very beautiful textbook blade here identical to the examples that I show in my army book. The original larger size brown blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for an etched army to add to your collection I highly recommend this piece for its outstanding blade.

Near Mint. $3,495.00

AOD #45846 Early Army Officer with Slant Grip by WKC

This early army officer is very desirable with its slant grip. In addition it has all brass hilt mounts and a brass silvered scabbard. The hilt mounts are in excellent condition showing very little usage to the surface and no hits around the rim. It is equipped with 14 standing oak leaves and acorns each and every one showing hand enhancing. Additionally there is pebbling hand done between the leaves. The ferrule nicely matches.

The grip is a real beauty being the slant type being a very dark orange on the obverse and slightly lighter on the reverse. I checked the tang on this dagger and of course it is the taper style early tang.

As we would hope the blade is also a beauty. It is bright throughout having all of its grain and needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the knight head having the firm’s initials below. The larger style brown leather washer is in place.

If you have been looking for a slant grip for your collection this example is highly recommended. None finer!

Near Mint. $1,595.00

AOD #45813C Army Officer by Carl Eickhorn

This army officer is a textbook Eickhorn example which does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. It has the 2nd style pommel with 3rd style crossguard. Both pieces are highly patinated.

The rim of the pommel has no hits and features the 12 standing oak leaves all nicely enhanced. The ferrule matches perfectly. The crossguard features the open winged Paul Casberg eagle with high detail to the bird’s features as well as the wreath with swastika.

The grip is a very pleasing orange color being in perfect condition.

The scabbard is the 1st style having the very close pebbling to all of the panels. It has perfect silvering and is patinaed to match the hilt. The scabbard is straight throughout. It has the 1st style carrying bands which are slightly convex they feature overlapping oak leaves with hand enhancement. The throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse center.

The mirror surface blade is as nice as they come being in full mint condition. This blade has the early style in that the center section appears slightly wider than they are on the later pieces. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935 through 41 squirrel. The original new like brown leather washer is in place within the crossguard recesses. I also took a look at the tang in this example and sure enough it is one of the early tangs with the straight edges all the way down. This dagger was probably made right after 2nd style and 3rd style crossguards were introduced.

A very nice untouched army dagger here.

Uncleaned mint. $1,095.00

AOD #45748 Army Officer with Large Roses Damascus Blade

This army officer dagger is a real treasure having a Damascus blade produced by the Solingen blade master Carl Wester.

The mounts of the dagger are in mint condition throughout and appear to be those of the E. & F. Hörster firm. Obviously Wester bought the mounts from Horster and perhaps made the blade on contract. The pommel is in perfect condition throughout having good smooth fine upper area and the 12 standing oak leaves are in nice condition with hand enhancing and come pebbling in the backgrounds. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt fittings.

The crossguard is a traditional Horster type featuring a fine eagle with outstretched wings. The details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still in fine perfect condition.

The dagger is equipped with a orange grip.The grip remains in perfect condition being a slightly darker orange tone on the obverse than on the reverse.

The Horster scabbard remains in perfect condition. It has 100 percent silvering and is complete with still crisp panels on both sides. The carrying bands have outstanding overlapping oak leaves which have all been hand enhanced. The throat is retained by a headless single reverse screw in the center.

The blade is a very beautiful thing being a period Damascus example. The blade on the obverse has prominent “large rose” pattern with maidenhair running through the other areas. The reverse has mostly a maidenhair type pattern very beautifully done. This blade remains in mint condition with tits original needlelike tip. The tang of the blade is deeply stamped “ECTER DAMASCENER C. W” which as I mention above was the signature mark of Carl Wester.

This is an outstanding original army dagger with a period Damascus blade. A nice investment here and quite beautiful to view.

Mint. $6,495.00

AOD #45593C Army Officer by Carl Jul Krebs

The Krebs producer is very seldom seen on army officer's daggers and I must say that this one is a beauty. The dagger is a early example having fine silvered uncleaned parts. The hilt fittings are the generic A type.

The pommel has some usage to the top surfaces and has the 12 standing oak leaves which run around its circumference. There is a little old green paint on the lower area of the pommel which also ran on to the top grip rib but if anything it gives the dagger some character.

The crossguard has the fine details of the generic A form with excellent depiction to the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The ferrule is nicely toned to match.

The grip is a egg yolk yellow type still remaining in mint condition.

The scabbard is also nicely toned to the silvering. It is straight throughout having small close pebble patterns. The bands are interesting as they both show much hand enhancing to the oak leaves. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade is a really high quality example remaining in full stone mint condition. This blade has a fabulous nickel plated surface. Stamped deeply into the reverser ricasso right in the center section of the blade is the small double ovals of this firm. Printed within the stamping is the full name of the company Carl Julius Krebs Solingen and in the middle of the ovals is a crown over the letter “K”. A very rarely seen trademarked here on an army dagger. The original smaller sized leather washer is in place.

A very fine example here and if you are an army type collector this is a very difficult example to find.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

AOD #45459 Army Officer No Maker

This army officer is in nice overall condition. The hilt mounts are the generic A variety.

The pommel is in perfect condition with good smooth upper surfaces and the 12 standing oak leaves running around the sides.

The ferrule is a fine example with good overlapping oak leaves.

The crossguard features the generic A eagle having very fine detail to its eye beak breast feathering wreath and swastika.

Setting off the hilt of this nice dagger is a light orange grip. The grip remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard also is a generic variety. This scabbard has very fine silvering exactly matching the good silvering of the hilt mounts. The pebbled panels are still crisp. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and the throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse.

The blade is still nice and bright throughout. There are a few extremely minor stains in the surfaces but the blade still is very very nice and grades in near mint condition. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

A nice basic army dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

AOD #45251C Army Officer by E. & F. Hörster

This army officer has fine Hörster style hilt mounts. The mounts are the later type which were pot metal having a thin silver plating. The silver plating has patinated throughout both of the mounts but there is a minor amount of gray that shows on the high points.

The surface of the pommel is in good condition with no hits to the rim and pommel features the 12 standing oak leaves.

The crossguard features the textbook Hörster eagle still having all of the details to the bird's close checkered breast feathering wing feathering wreath and swastika.

The grip is a fine dark orange example being just about perfect it has two tiny hairliners right next to each other at the bottom rib and also one at the beginning of the reverse of the bottom rib. They are nothing however.

Attached to the dagger is what appears to the the original 42cm portepee. The portepee shows some wear and some minor fraying where it comes out of the knot.

The scabbard is a generic variety having fairly good silvering but showing some minor age in the surfaces here and there but no lifting. The bands are in good condition featuring overlapping oak leaves. The thin throat is half in place by a single flatter head style screw in the reverse.

The blade of this example is still bright throughout being in nice condition and easily rating in near mint. The reverse is etched with the double ovals which have the firm's name and location E. & F. Hörster Solingen. Inside is the large H letter with a small H and S inside the letter being pierced by a sword.

The original small style brown leather washer is in place.

A decent example here and a good one for someone just starting out in the hobby and on a budget.

Excellent. $695.00

AOD #45250C Army Officer by E. & F. Hörster

This army officer is equipped with textbook Hörster mounts and scabbard. The dagger does not looked to have been cleaned and reflects a desirable patina throughout.

The pommel is in nice condition showing a little wear around the rim and just at the center top but the majority of the silvering is still all there. The pommel is the style that features 14 standing oak leaves. The ferrule is nicely patinated.

The crossguard features a fine Hörster eagle which has outstanding detail to the close checkering of its breast as well as the head details. The wings are crisp as is the wreath and raised swastika. All of the silvering is present across this guard.

The grip is a deep orange celluloid and would be perfect except for a minuscule hairliner that is just at the first rib on the reverse.

The scabbard reflects matching patination throughout. The scabbard is a fine example, being straight throughout and having all of its silvering. The pebbled panels are still crisp and the bands are very nice with hand enhanced oak leaved with acorns. The throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse having a sloped head.

the blade of this example is a very nice one being bright throughout having all of its crossgrain and needlelike tip. This blade is mint. The reverse is marked with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location E u F Hörster Solingen. Inside is the large H letter with the smaller H and S in the center being pierced by a sword. The blade buffer is in place.

A nice textbook Hörster dagger here.

Mint Minus. $750.00

AOD #45327C Late Army Officer by E. & F. Hörster

This is a wartime produced Hörster dagger and has the late style gray hilt fittings. The fittings are classic Hörster however.

The pommel is in good condition with the 12 standing oak leaves. The ferrule is also in fine condition.

The crossguard features the Hörster eagle having all details there to the bird's head close checkered breast feathering wreath and raised swastika. The reverse of the crossguard still has its original plating.

The late style white grip is the type where the casting seams show on both of the edges.

The scabbard is a generic form which does have silver plating. It is in nice condition throughout with good pebbled surfaces. The carrying bands are also in good condition with well detailed oak leaves and acorns. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse center.

The blade of this example is still bright showing some mild age mostly in the reverse surfaces. It still rates at excellent plus having its crossgrain and needlelike tip. The reverse is marked with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location E. & F. Hörster Solingen. Inside the oval is the large H with the smaller H and S inside being pierced by a sword. The small style brown blade washer is in place.

A decent wartime produced example.

Excellent Plus. $595.00

AOD #45133C Army Officer by WMW Waffen

This army officer has very fine silvered fittings throughout which have nicely patinated. The pommel and crossguard are the generic A type.

The pommel is in perfect condition showing little to no usage having the twelve standing oak leaves around the circumference.

The crossguard features the fine generic eagle having full detail throughout. The guard is still newlike to the head of the bird the breast and wing feathering the wreath and the raised swastika. The patinated ferrule above is the early type nicely matching.

The grip is a deep orange example which is even tones throughout. It remains in absolute perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow also having very fine silvering. The pebbled panels remain crisp throughout. The carrying bands have very fine overlapping oak leaves with hand enhancing. The throat is retained on this mint scabbard via two some head side screws.

The blade is in very fine condition being easily near mint. The blade also still has its crossgrain. It is marked on the reverse ricasso being stamped "WMW / Waffen". The original large size brown pebbled leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice high quality example here by a seldom seen producer.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

AOD #45134C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen

This later-style Pack dagger is textbook throughout having the identical hilt fittings and scabbard as I show in my Army Book on Pages 54 and 55. All mounts are evenly-toned. The pommel sports the 14 leaf style with all leaves having hand-enhancing to the veins of the oak leafing. The upper surface shows only mild usage.. The matching toned cross guard still has all detailing to the eagle's head, breast and wing feathering, talons wreath and swastika. On the reverse the cross guard is professionally engraved with the original owner's surname, "Dr. SCHREITER". The letters are engraved in standard capital form. I would think there are good prospects for possible research of this medical officer, as the name is not that common and the "doctor" title, certainly narrows it down.

The grip is a pleading lighter orange color being in perfect condition. The original-to-the-piece aluminum portepee is in place and is tied in the correct early manner. Although the portepee shows some usage and age, there is no fraying and it looks great on the dagger.

The textbook Pack scabbard is matching toned, and is in mint condition with fine silvering. The pebbled panels remain crisp. The bands are the typical Pack type having fine oak leaves and acorns. They are easily identifiable as Pack by the size of the smooth border edges that flank the oak leafing. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade is immaculate in full mint condition. The tip remains needle-like. All factory cross grain remains on the surfaces. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the hammering Siegfried in the logo surrounded by the firm's details, "Ernst Pack & Söhne M.B.H./ Waffen Fabrik/ Solingen". The company slogan appears above and below the logo respectively, "Siegfried Waffen". The original new-like brown leather blade washer is in place.

A fine textbook dagger here with interesting personalization that possibly could be successfully researched.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

AOD #45132 "Slant" Grip Army Officer's Dagger - Schüttlehöfer (Asso)

This dagger is one of the initial production types having the desirable "slant" grip. The mounts are heavily silvered Generic "B" style. The pommel rim shows some mild usage, having the twelve good standing oak leaves surrounding the circumference. The matching-toned cross guard is heavily silvered and has outstanding details throughout the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The ferrule is the earlier type with good toning. The grip is a stunning deep orange color having the "slant" style ribs, usually only seen on early daggers. I checked the tang, but it appears to be a standard type, not the type with the straight edges, but no question after studying the tang's clearance hole in the grip center, that these parts were period-fitted properly to each other. An outstanding hilt here.

The scabbard is a fine example, but does appear to have a repair at the bottom area. Looks like there used to be a small ding in the obverse area. The repair was well-done and is not noticeable. The pebbling in the scabbard patterns are still fairly crisp. The hanging bands, though, are really something to study. It appears the surfaces were first pebbled, and then the Asso factory jeweler engraved "x" like lines over the pebbling to simulate the look of oak leaves from an arm's length view. Very clever indeed and quite effective. This is the first time I have seen this treatment to a set of hanging bands. The throat is retained by two flatter-head side screws.

The blade shows no age spots, but might be just the slightest bit gray. I don't see any grain in the surfaces, but it appears to have been made this way. The reverse ricasso is lightly etched with the double ovals containing the name and location of the firm, "A. Schüttlehöfer/ Solingen-Wald". In the center of the ovals is the well-known pair of hobby horses and beneath the animals is the abbreviation of the firm's name and location city, "ASSO". The original large-style leather blade washer is in place.

A good "slant" gripped piece with a fairly rare maker-marking.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

AOD #44772C Army Officer's Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This army officer is in nice condition being of later issue. It is fitted with the generic A style hilt mounts.

The pommel is in good condition with no hits to the rim showing only a little mild wear around the sharp edge surfaces. It features the twelve standing oak leaves which are all hand enhanced.

The generic A crossguard is in pristine condition with very crisp features including the breast feathering as well as the wings wreath and raised swastika. The silvering still seems to be all there on the guard although it is patinated.

The grip is a very fine example being in perfect condition having a pleasing orange color except in the area where the the original to the piece portepee has covered it. On these areas the grip is slightly lighter once again proving that these celluloid orange grips were not orange when they were issued but were yellow.

The portepee is in good shape being tied in the early style manner and it shows only modest age but virtually no fray.

The scabbard is a good example having silvered finish the left edge shows some age but it is not bad. The pebbled panel is still crisp and the bands feature fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse.

The blade is an extremely nice example being bright and featuring all of its crossgrain and needlelike tip. There are a couple of extremely minor age signs up near the ricasso area but otherwise this blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Hörster trademark featuring the double ovals and having the firm's name and location contained E. & F. Hörster Solingen inside is the large H letter with the small H and S with sword piercing it. The original blade buffer is in place.

A nice basic untouched army dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

AOD #44775C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger

This army officer is equipped with a most interesting silvered pommel. I have never seen a pommel like this one and it must have been produced by one of the smaller generic makers for sale to the dagger manufacturers. The upper rim of the pommel has a wider edge than this normal and the pommel top itself is the same as standard. The oak leaves however are absolutely terrific been raised very high off the surfaces and each and every one of them having hand enhancing. A very fine pommel here that could be almost one of a kind.

The ferrule is an aluminum one that does not exactly match the mounts but it is what it is.

The crossguard is a generic A style. It has all of its silvering and good detail to the eagle especially around the breast feathering wreath and swastika. The reverse of the guard is personalized with the original owners's surname being in capital letters "Maier". The engraving is professionally done and each of the letters is doubled scribed having lines in between the scribes. Nice work here.

The scabbard is straight throughout having excellent silvered finish. The pebbled panels are still crisp and the carrying bands have excellent overlapping oak leaves and acorns all being hand enhanced. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The unmarked blade is a fine example being in mint condition with its needlelike tip. It has all of its crossgrain. The original leather washer is in place.

A nice personalized army dagger here with unusual features to the pommel and the ferrule. A great dagger for those of you out there who like out of the ordinary examples.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

AOD #44662C Army Officer's Dagger - AES (Arthur Evertz Solingen)

The Arthur Evertz firm is not seen very frequently which makes this dagger a good one with rare maker. The piece is a later example having the nickel plated mounts. The mounts on the hilt are the generic A style. The pommel is in very fine condition showing no hits to the rim and nice and smooth at the top. It features the twelve standing oak leaves. The crossguard generic A bird is in very crisp condition throughout to include the bird's head breast feathering wing feathering wreath and swastika. The ferrule is also fine matching the hilt mounts. The grip is a amazing amber color which is extremely beautiful. This is a glass grip which is rarely. The grip is totally intact and perfect on the obverse side. On the reverse about three ribs down there is a small crack in the rib but I do not think it detracts from this dagger. Most of the glass grip pieces we see usually have chunks or chips out of them and it is refreshing just to see a tiny crack. The hilt is equipped with a 42cm aluminum portepee. The portepee is incorrectly tied but it looks like it has been in place this way for many years. If the next owner objects to it its an easy job to retie it in the standard form. The scabbard is a matching generic type with perfect nickel plated surfaces. The pebbling on the panels of both sides is still crisp and the bands are the typical generic type having good detail to the oak leaves and having pronounced edges on both borders. The throat is retained by a single headless screw on the reverse. The blade of this example is pristine throughout. It has the factory crossgraining and the needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the initial AE over S which are placed in a square device. These initial of course represent the Arthur Evertz firm.We see very few dagger produced by this company and they always did a quality job. The original brown leather washer is in place. A very nice dagger here with glass grip and rare maker.

Mint Minus. $1,195.00

AOD #44660C Army Officer's Dagger - Rich Abr Herder

We do not see many Herder produced daggers and this one was a wartime piece in which Herder would have purchased generic fittings to produce the dagger. The hilt fittings are nickel plated being the generic "B" style. The pommel is in nice condition showing just the slightest age on the rim but the plating is all there. It features the twelve standing oak leaves. The crossguard is a nickel plated style featuring the generic B style eagle with its noble head nice breast feathering wing feathering wreath and swastika. The obverse crossguard is in perfect condition the reverse has a little bit of bubbling under the surfaces and a tiny bit of the plating has come off on the right side. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt. The grip is a egg yolk yellow color having perfect celluloid throughout. The scabbard on this example is a silver plated type which when the piece was new when the hilt mounts and silver scabbard were all in mirror finish they matched nicely. This scabbard has good silvering throughout showing just the slightest of age under the surfaces on the edges but no plating is missing. The panels are still crisp and the carrying bands exhibit nice overlapping oak leaves with hand enhancing. The throat is retain by two headless side screws. The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It is in full mint condition being mirror bright and having 100 percent of the crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "Rich. Abr. Herder Solingen". In the center is the famous diamond logo used by this firm. The large type leather washer is in place. The Herder daggers are not seen very often so this is a good chance to pick up a decent example if you are a army "type' collector.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

AOD #33549 Army Officer's Dagger – Alcoso

Despite the fact that there is no maker-mark on the blade of this dagger, it is a textbook Alcoso example. The dagger has been recently cleaned, and the silvering all looks nice and bright. The hilt fittings are the same as I show in my Army Book on page 21 and 23, right. The pommel is the “flared” type that we see used by this firm. The rim of the pommel shows some mild usage, as do the top surfaces. The oak leaves are extremely well done, being the variety with 12 leaves. The veining is hand enhanced and the two leaves that fall on the casting flaws have been hand worked. The ferrule nicely matches the rest of the dagger. The crossguard features the 3rd Style bird and, as is usually the case, there is some minor wear to the head, but the details to the eye and beak are still visible. The breast feathering is still pretty good and the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika are excellent. The silvering throughout these fittings is perfect. They are beautifully enhanced by a deeply toned pumpkin-orange grip. This grip is just a tone darker on the reverse than it is on the obverse. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is a typical Alcoso, being the same as the book piece in my Army Book on page 22, upper. This scabbard has good pebbled panels showing some minor surface wear, and there are a couple of wearing hits that are just noticeable along the edges. The bands have good detail to the overlapping oak leaves. The throat is retained by two flatter head side screws having the small bore, typical of Alcoso.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright throughout, having a needle-like tip. There are a couple of “scars” left in both sides of the blade where the runners left a moisture mark. It is not bad and, possibly, could be worked out a little better with some Simichrome. Overall, though, this is a nice blade easily grading at excellent plus, plus. The leather washer is the large style and is firmly in place.

A decent Army Dagger here that has a few flaws, but it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $695.00

AOD #34312C Army Officer's Dagger with an Odd Band Retainage - Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger is a standard Carl Eickhorn example, having the second style fittings. The retainage of the bands is quite odd though, and we'll get to this later on in the description. The second style mounts are the same as I show in my Army Book on page 25-27. The crossguard and ferrule are beauties, all having fine black patination. The pommel has smooth surfaces at the top, and the rim shows a couple of mild wearing signs, but nothing detractive. The standing oak leaf bands going around the circumference are nice and crisp. The crossguard reflects the second style eagle, having fine details to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and raised swastika. The reverse of the guard is nice and smooth. The ferrel is the same as is shown on page 25. The grip is a lighter, squash yellow color. It is in perfect condition, except for three extremely tiny hairliners that have occurred on the reverse lower portion, where the grip meets the ferrel. They are minuscule, however.

The scabbard is a very fine, second type, being straight as an arrow, having perfect silvering, and reflecting identical patination to the hilt. The pebbled surfaces are still nice and crisp. The bands are the style having overlapping oak leaves and they show excellent detail. The unusual aspect about these bands, is that the left edge of each band is a flush mounted flat head screw, retaining the band to the scabbard. Eickhorn did this method of retainage for their Feldherrnhalle daggers, and perhaps the man who was assembling Feldherrnhalles for the day was asked to put a couple of army scabbards together, and by force of habit, installed the screws on thses bands. Whatever the reason, this is an absolute factory job, and the first time I've ever seen this method on an Army Eickhorn dagger. The thicker throat is retained by a single flatter head screw mounted in the center reverse.

The blade is a fine example, being bright throughout, and showing only the most modest amount of age in a couple of places. I would think that with a little semi chrome though, that these spots are so superficial, they should work out of the metal. Overall though, the blade still grades at near mint, having its needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-1941 squirrel. The animal sits to the viewer's left holding a downward pointing sword. Above is the word "Original" and below the animal is the firm's name and location "Eickhorn/Solingen". The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

An interesting example here, with a small anomaly that may appeal to some collectors.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

AOD #34314 Early Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - Anton Wingen

This Early Army Officer's Dagger has the Wingen trademark, which we do not see too often on army daggers. Wingen was not a big producer of this type dagger, and on this example, they elected to purchase fittings outside of the company. These mounts are the generic "B" type, being the same as I show in my army book on page 99. The pommel is the style that has the stem on the inside center. It features fourteen oak leaves running around the circumference, all having good detail throughout. The upper pommel shows normal wear, and the rim has no dings. The crossguard has fairly good detail, showing some wear to the bird's head, and breast feathering, but not too bad, in that the eye of the bird is still somewhat visible, and the breast feathering is there, but slightly vague. The rest of the guard has good detail to the bird's wings, talons, and mobile swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is nice and smooth, and in the center it has a fine monogram, which appears to have been jeweler engraved. The monogram is "W.W.". The letters are nicely done, being double scribed with open centers. The ferrule above is the same as the piece I show in my Army Book on page 99. The grip has turned to a most pleasing pumpkin color. It is in complete perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard appears to be identical to the example on page 99. The silvering nicely matches the hilt mounts, and the pebbled finish is still crisp. This straight scabbard has good carrying bands, having excellent overlapping oak leaf depiction and hand enhancing to the veins. The throat is a fairly thick variety, and it is retained by flush mount headless side screws. The blade is a very high quality example, having well-defined center segment. It is also very bright, which indicates to me that it is most likely nickel plated. I see graining on the blade, but this is merely showing through the nickel surfaces. This fine blade has a needle-like tip, and is in mint condition showing no age. The reverse ricasso is etched with the small knight head trademark, having the firm's initials above "A.W. JR", and below, the location city "Solingen". The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice, personalized piece here, in an untouched state.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

AOD #42476C Early Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - WKC

This initial production Army Dagger is an extremely fine example, with the early brass hilt fittings and scabbard. It is identical to the example I show in my Army Book on page 65.

The pommel has 100% silvering and a nice patination across the upper surfaces. It features 14 standing oak leaves, all having hand enhanced veins. The crossguard is extremely impressive, with fine detailing throughout the head, wings, and closely checkered breast of the eagle. All of the the original silvering is intact on this guard.

The reverse of the guard is personalized with the name "Chr. Dess". I looked the name up but I couldn't find anything, although it is possible I'm not reading the engraved surname correctly. The first name is obviously an abbreviation for "Christian".

The grip is also very impressive, being a fine, dark orange color evenly toned throughout and in perfect condition.

The scabbard silvering is also in choice condition. This brass scabbard has very fine pebbled panels and no lifting anywhere. The scabbard bands show lots of enhancement to the oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of side screws, At this early date WKC had not switched to the single screw on the right side.

The blade of this dagger is a real killer, being in fully mint condition with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the wide leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for a highest quality, initial production Army Dagger, this one would be difficult to surpass.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

AOD #41019 Army Officer's Dagger with Hangers - SMF

This Army Dagger was produced by SMF. For some reason this company seemed to only rarely make this type of dagger, instead concentrating on Luftwaffe pieces When we see their Army daggers it is a pleasure, as they are unique.

The scabbard mounts are constructed of white metal which has been lightly silver plated. Over the years the high areas on the pommel and guard have worn, revealing the white metal below.

The crossguard has the unique SMF eagle; this bird has a very pointy beak. The reverse of the guard is also noticeably more than than other Army types. The ferrule is a standard, silver-plated example.

The grip is a fine orange color and in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with good pebbling on the panels. The silvering remains in good condition, with no lifting anywhere to be seen. The bands also look to be white metal and match the finish of the hilt. The throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

Attached to the carrying rings is a set of original hangers. These hangers show quite a bit of wear but match the dagger in terms of condition. The brocade is fairly good, with some wear to the high spots. The green velvet backings show minor wear but no fraying. The hardware is also white metal, with pebbled "push-in" snap clips.

Unfortunately the blade has a few pits. We did the best we could to clean it up, but the areas that were effected remain. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King of the SMF firm and the original blade buffer is in place.

A rarely seen Army example here, with some condition issues but priced accordingly.

Good Plus. $695.00

AOD #41180 Personalized Army Officer's Dagger

This Army Dagger is a complete mystery to me. As you know I have devoted many, many years to the study of daggers and I'd thought I'd seen everything that was produced... Well, this dagger proves me wrong about that. This dagger most have been produced by a very, very small firm. In any event this is a beautiful piece with many interesting features.

The pommel and crossguard are heavily silver plated and look to be of early vintage. The pommel top shows only minor traces of wear and has not hits on the rim. The fourteen standing oak leaves each have exceptional hand enhancing, particularly on the veins and background pebbling.

The crossguard eagle is unique. This bird has a totally different head than any other I've seen, although it vaguely resembles an SMF type. This bird has extremely precise crosshatching on this breast and the wreath is very detailed, albeit with some minor wear.

Interestingly the reverse of the guard is decorated with the monogram of the original owner. It appears to be "CNG". This monogram is made from a brass cutting with the initials intertwined. Given that that "N" is in the center it may stand for the surname. These brass letters are pinned to the guard.

The grip is quite beautiful, being the color of an orange popsicle. This grip is also unusual as the upper section seems to be thinner than usual. It also has an interesting shape; if you've spent any time looking at Army grips you will notice it immediately. This grip remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with the normal pebbled panels on each side. With is NOT normal, however, is the carrying bands. I have never seen bands of this kind. These bands have distinct borders and raised out oak leaves. They are even more unusual in that they have no hole to accept a ring. These bands are similar to a Naval dagger in that the eyelets are separate components and look to have been welded to the bands. The rings also are smaller than normal Army types. The throat is retained by flat head side screws.

The mint blade is unmarked so we have no way of knowing who made this dagger. I suspect that it was a very small house that may have made pieces in very small quantities, perhaps even one off. The blade has beautiful nickel plating, a distinct center ridge, and a needle-like tip. The blade tang is rectangular and tapered, which is typical of early production pieces. Later pieces used a mostly rounded tang, which are much easier to fit on a grip. The blade buffer is off-white felt, and not the usual leather.

So here we have a dagger with lots of interesting attributes; I think it should be very desirable to the Army collector!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

AOD #41179 Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - Anton Wingen

This Wingen Army example is a late production model, using Generic B mounts.

The pommel is in very fine condition, with twelve standing oak leaves and no damage to the top. The crossguard has the noble, finely detailed Generic B eagle, and a matching ferrule.

The reverse guard has been professionally engraved with the name of the original owner. It reads "Dr. C. Ruhnke". I took a look in my record book but I could not find this man's name, but I'm sure with a more extensive search could turn him up.

The grip is in very fine condition. It is a very pretty orange, just slightly lighter on the reverse. It remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is perfectly straight, with good pebbled panels and excellent oak leaf bands. The thin throat is retained by a center placed headless screw. The scabbard is in mint condition.

The blade remains bright and has a fine, needle-like tip. There are some minor age spots on the reverse but they are not too bad. The ricasso is marked with the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm, and the small leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine personalized Army Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

AOD #40972C Early Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early Army example has the 1st Style hilt components.

The pommel is the early brass type with fourteen standing oak leaves, each with hand enhancement. The upper portion of the pommel shows a great deal of usage but no abuse.

The crossguard is the 1st Style, with hand-done checkering on the breast of the eagle. This checkering shows some mild wear but is still mostly there, and the remainder of the bird is crisp. The ferrule is a standard early type.

The grip is an extremely dark orange; it is rare to see one this dark. It remains in very nice condition.

What is also interesting is that a 42cm portepee is wrapped about the hilt. The portepee appears to have aluminum, or possibly cotton, cord. It is a little darker than we normally see and looks to have either black or dark purple speckles. The stem and slide are standard "V" weave types. The lower bullion ball has a bullion insert. This knot is most curious. It is certainly period, however, and is in good condition.

The scabbard is also a fine example, although it is not an Eickhorn type. It is silvered, with no lifting and a nice patina. The bands are also good, with excellent oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse. This looks to be some type of a generic scabbard, but has always been with the dagger.

The blade is a beautiful example, with pristine surfaces and a needle-like tip. It is easily in mint condition. The reverse is marked with the early Double Oval Eickhorn Trademark, the earliest used on Army daggers. It features a seated squirrel with a nut in his paws and with a serrated tail. The blade is buffered by a red felt, something we don't normally see from Eickhorn.

A nice example here, which the consignor maintains was brought back as-is.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

AOD #31709 Army Officer's Dagger – Arthur Schüttelhöfer

This Schüttelhöfer Army Officer's Dagger is a rarely seen maker mark. The dagger is fitted with nickel-plated generic “A” hilt fittings.

The pommel is in good condition showing some minor usage signs but also having a nice patination with a never cleaned surface. The standing oak leaves are crisp around the circumference. The crossguard is in excellent condition throughout having exceptional detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The ferrule exactly matches the fittings.

The grip is an off-white color which is probably a plaster filled variety. If you look closely you can just see a small crack which has developed on the depths of the first rib. This flaw is hardly noticeable however.

The scabbard has a good matching patination with the exact bands as is shown on page 88. These style bands are usually associated with the Pack firm. These surfaces have never been cleaned and the silvering seems to be still all there. This scabbard is also nice and straight. The thin throat is retained by two dome head screws which are located slightly lower than most; another sign of Pack construction.

The blade of this example is quite nice. It is bright throughout and has just the slightest of smudge mainly towards the lower end of both sides. The crossgraining though still appears to be all there and the tip is needlelike. This blade in spite of the smudge grades at excellent plus, plus to near mint. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seldom seen trademark which consists of an oval design. The firm’s name and location is lettered throughout the inner circumference, “A. Schüttelhöfer & Co. Solingen-Wald”. Inside is a pair of crossed hobby horses and beneath the horses is the abbreviated name, “Asso”. The larger size leather washer is in place.

A solid, untouched dagger here for the type collectors out there.

Excellent Plus. $650.00


AOD #31479 Early Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early example features the first style fittings throughout.

The pommel is the second style which we sometimes see used on earlier fittings. This was simply a matter of using up parts. Comparing the pommel to the crossguard it is obvious from the patination and also the frosting remaining that these two parts were always together. The pommel shows good detail throughout and little carrying time. The first style crossguard is a beauty retaining full detail to the bird’s head, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The early style ferrule also nicely matches.

The grip is a very pleasing orange color, and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is the 1st Style but is not the brass base, instead being fabricated from steel. The panels are still mostly crisp and the silvering is still 100% also with some frosting remaining in the protected areas around the bands and the throat. The scabbard bands are the early type having good detail and hand enhancing to the oak leafing. The throat is of a medium thickness and it is retained by a center placed flatter style screw.

The blade of this example is outstanding. It is an early tapered tang type and is nice and bright with 100% of the crossgraining. The tip is still needlelike. This blade has a couple of tiniest signs of age but nothing that would not clean off if somebody wanted to do it. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is deep etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel logo. The original brown leather washer is in place.

A very nice early Eickhorn dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #31259C Army Officer's Dagger - Clemen & Jung

We do not see many Clemen and Jung pieces so this is a good example to acquire an excellent conditioned example if you are a “type” collector out there. This hilt, just like the book example, is equipped with generic “A” style fittings. The fittings are nicely patinated and have all of their silvering intact. The pommel is a fine twelve leaf style depiction and the rim and upper area are free of flaws. The crossguard has outstanding detail to the generic eagle’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. This fitting is in first rate condition. The ferrule also nicely matches.

The grip is a very pleasing deep orange color and it would be in perfect condition except there is a tiny hairliner at the first upper section obverse and also a small crack at the right edge which runs down two segments. These are nothing though and are not jeopardizing the grip’s integrity.

The scabbard is also identical to the book example. This scabbard has good silvering and fine matching patination. The pebble patterns are good and crisp and the carrying bands show excellent hand engraving to the oak leaves, the same as the book piece. The rings of this scabbard are also slightly larger than most of the other army types we see. The throat is retained by a single flatter head style screw placed in the middle reverse.

The blade of this example is still mostly bright. Clemen and Jung has a way of finishing their blades with the grade running lengthways instead of across the segments. This blade seems to have the lengthway grain and it is still shinier than most Clemen and Jung pieces. The blade has a good needlelike tip and does grade easily at Excellent Plus, Plus. Clemen and Jung blades are also unique in that these early examples are marked with the firm’s name in block letters on the reverse, “Clemen and Jung / Solingen” and on the obverse are marked with a “Z” letter within a crown over a shield device. This is the only maker I can recall that has two identical methods on their blades.

This is a rarely seen maker and a great dagger for those collecting the various “types”.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

AOD #31043 Army Officer's Dagger - WMW

This Army Officer's Dagger is equipped with generic “A” fittings. The pommel has a gray finished late war silvering, but it is still in good condition having fine detail to the standing oak leaves. The crossguard appears to be a standard silver finish type but the plating is peeling on the reverse and the upper areas, but the obverse still looks pretty good.

The grip of this example is a fine off-white color and it really has a nice look to it. It is, however, a plaster filled type, but really has good eye appeal. The scabbard is one of the generic varieties. This scabbard has deeply toned silvering and appears to be in perfect mint condition beneath the patination. The bands have outstanding detail and the thinner throat is retained by a single flathead screw. This scabbard is the same as the one I show on page 120. It is interesting to note that there is a silhouette of the crossguard left on the upper scabbard face. This is caused by the crossguard being in place, preventing the air from oxidizing as quickly under the crossguard as around it.

The blade of this example is bright throughout. It has a couple of really minor smudges, more on the obverse than on the reverse, but the blade still rates in near full mint condition, still having its crossgraining. This blade is stamped on the reverse horizontally, “WMW/Waffen”. It is the same as I show on the piece on page 82. The small style new-like brown leather washer is in place.

A maker mark not seen very often. It is a shame that there is some peeling to the crossguard, but it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $695.00

AOD #30748 Army Officer's Dagger - Puma

This Army Officer's Dagger is equipped with good silvered fittings which do not look to have been cleaned in many years. They have a fine black patina. The crossguard is the generic “B” style. This guard shows some minor wear to the bird’s head and breast feathering but the wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still in excellent shape. The matching pommel has good oak leaves which run throughout the edges and the pommel shows some mild carrying time.

The grip is a very appealing tangerine color orange having some graining in the surfaces giving it a really nice look. This grip is in perfect condition.

The scabbard of this example is nice and straight and has matching patination. The panels have good pebbling and the bands are in excellent condition showing overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The screws are flush mount side screws having no heads. This scabbard probably was made by Pack as we know that Puma did not really make anything. It is also interesting to note that there is a silhouette of the wreath on the lighter part of the scabbard patination.

The blade of this example is outstanding. It is completely mirror bright and has all of its crossgraining with a needle tip. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small Puma cat head. This trademark does not have the diamond around it and is identical to the example shown on page 93, right. Beneath the cat is the firm’s name and location, “Puma Solingen”. The original new-like large leather blade buffer is in place. I took a look at the tang on this piece and it is the early tapered tang style which goes with the early trademark.

We do not see too many Pumas so this one is a good one for the type collectors out there. I brought this dagger from the family of a veteran along with a Model 89 Infantry sword. A pretty neat example here with a grip you will admire as well as a really fine blade.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

AOD #30461 Personalized Army Officer's Dagger

This personalized Army Officer's Dagger, despite the fact that it has an unmarked blade, is of high quality fittings throughout. The hilt fittings are the beautiful generic “A” variety and are identical to the examples that I show in my Army Book on page 78 and 79 upper. These fittings have formed a very nice patination and do not look to have been cleaned in a number of years. The pommel is a fine example showing only minor usage around the rim. The upper plain area is still nice and smooth. The oak leaves and acorns around the pommel circumference are crisp and have a good dark background. The crossguard has a fine crisp eagle having outstanding detail to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and raised mobile swastika. The ferrule is the same as the piece on page 78.

The grip is a fine popsicle orange color maybe being just a slightly darker orange tone on the reverse. This beautiful grip is in perfect condition throughout. It has some signs of graining in the celluloid which is also nice to see. The reverse of this crossguard is professionally engraved with a very jazzy signature. The name is “Schumann”. However the name is done in signature form on a slight racy angle going upward and then on the last letter there is a downward slung line which ends in a fine curl. This is a great signature and shows the good solid ego of the officer behind it. Unfortunately Schumann is a fairly common name and it would be difficult to research this man.

The scabbard is a choice matching silvered example which also is beginning to have a nice patination. This scabbard remains crisp throughout, has 100% silvering and is also straight. The bands are nicely formed having lots of handwork to the veins and the throat is retained by a single flush mount headless screw in the reverse center. A nice scabbard here.

The blade of this example is also a real beauty. This blade is a quality made example having precise center segment and good formed double edges. Its tip remains needlelike and all of the crossgraining is visible in the surfaces. This blade is in full mint condition and has been protected by the in place small style brown leather washer.

A really nice personalized Heer piece here, a fine addition to any collection.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

AOD #40371 Early Army Officer's Dagger - Anton Wingen

This Army Officer's Dagger has brass hilt mounts in the very early style.

The pommel has lots of patination, and some wear to the plain top surface. The same is true around the rim; this gives a neat effect, with the worn areas contrasting against the patina. The rim has no hits. The pommel has the usual 14 standing oak leaves, each with evidence of hand enhancement. The ferrule is the early type and matches nicely.

The crossguard has the same level of patination. This guard is the type that is normally associated with e E. Pack firm, as they made a great deal of guards that were used by smaller companies. The breast feathering on the eagle shows a little surface wear but is not obscured. The eye and beak are still intact and the wings and wreathed swastika retain good detailing. The silvering is intact on this guard. On the reverse we see the initials of the original owner, "ES", scratched into the surface.

The grip is a desirable "slant" types. It is a egg yolk yellow example, in perfect condition and quite attractive.

The scabbard is outstanding, early steel example with a matching patination. The silvering is 100% intact throughout the scabbard. The pebbled panels are in good condition and the bands have fine oak leaves that show evidence of hand work. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade is an outstanding example, still being mirror-bright and having a needle-like tip. The blade has 100% of the original crossgrain and would be mint were it not for some superficial smudging on the ends of both sides. This could possible be taken out with some polishing but I have not tried to clean it up. This beautiful, high quality blade is etched with the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The large leather blade washer is in place and in good condition.

A very nice, untouched early Army Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

AOD #27068 Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger has the 1st Style cross guard used by Carl Eickhorn along with the 1st style ferrule. These fittings throughout are of absolute highest quality and are in extremely choice condition. All of the fittings to include the pommel, ferrule, cross guard and scabbard have matching silver frosting seen beneath the patination.

The cross guard has a good, noble head to the eagle, showing no wear at all. The chest breast feathering is also nicely done with close checkered cuts. The wing feathering is outstanding, as is the detail to the eagle's claws, wreath and raised swastika. The silvering is absolutely perfect throughout this cross guard. The pommel is the style with 12 oak leaves and alternating acorns which run throughout the perimeter. The rim shows no use at all and the upper portion is in nice condition, having frosting around the lower areas. The outside of this pommel also has frosting throughout the neck section. The ferrule also nicely matches. The grip of this example is in perfect condition and it is a nice grapefruit yellow color. This is a sign that the dagger has been put away somewhere all these years, not exposed to light. This would also account for the fine condition of the silvering.

The choice scabbard is totally straight and still has crisp pebbling. There is frosting throughout the silvering, but it is particularly noticeable around the throat area and the edge areas and especially around the bands where the frosting is protected. The throat is not a real thick variety; a good indication this is an early made 2nd Style scabbard. The throat is retained by a single placed flatter head screw in the center reverse. An outstanding scabbard here. The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It is still factory fresh, having its needlelike tip and easily 100% of the cross graining is visible in the surfaces. This mirror blade is etched on the reverse with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The trademark is nice and dark also. The small size leather blade washer is in place.

An outstanding, untouched dagger here for those out there who demand the best. A very fine Eickhorn, having everything we all like about this producer's pieces.

Mint Minus. $995.00

AOD #26779 Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This choice Army Officer's Dagger is in an uncleaned state and remains in perfect condition throughout. The fittings are a very black tone from patination and there is also lots of frosting to be seen in the recessed areas. I recently purchased this dagger from a Detroit based Homeland Security officer. Chances are, he relieved a passenger of it. I don't know, but it sure is a nice dagger. The pommel is in good condition, showing just the slightest signs of usage around the rim, but, overall, it still has good, crisp oak leaves and acorns. The cross guard is the second style, having nice detail to the eagle's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and raised out swastika. The ferrule is also the same as Page 25. The grip is one of those egg-yolk yellow types. It is slightly lighter at the top area and also the bottom area, as, at one time this grip must have sported a portepee. There is also some nice grains which appear in the surfaces if you really look closely. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard is also the second style and it is nice and black throughout. The area which is protected by the in-place cross guard still has all of its frosting, providing a fine contrast with the coal black patination. The second style carrying bands show little to no usage and good, crisp oak leaves. The throat is the thicker type and it is retained by a single placed, flatter head screw in the center reverse. This scabbard is easily in full mint condition. The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It is mirror bright, has its needlelike tip and has all of its cross graining. This choice, mint blade is darkly etched on the reverse ricasso with the 1935-41 squirrel. The animal is holding a downward pointing sword. The smaller style brown leather washer is in place.

This is a fine, uncleaned, near full mint example.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #40214C Early Army Officer's Dagger with Owner's Paper Tag - F. W. Höller

This Höller Army Dagger has textbook mounts throughout, with a deep patination. it does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The pommel and crossguard are the same as I show in my Army Book on pages 35 and 36. The hilt mounts retains 100% of the original silvering.

The pommel shows little wear on the upper edges and has no hits to the rim. The twelve standing oak leaves are all nicely done and show hand-enhancement. The ferrule is a standard Höller type. The crossguard has a very fine eagle, having a great noble look about it. It has closely checkered breast feathering and fine wing details, as well as crisp talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The grip is a light, egg yolk color and it remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout and retains 100% of the silvering. There is also some of the original lacquer still present between the bands. This scabbard is identical to the example shown on pages 35 and 36 of my Army Book. The bands have fine enhancing to the leaves. The thick scabbard throat is retained by a single headless screw set into the reverse.

Between the carrying bands is a piece of paper that looks to have been there for many, many years. it more than likely has the name of the original owner on it, as well as his assignment. Unfortunately the writing is difficult to make out, but perhaps the next owner could really scrutinize it and unravel the mystery. To me it looks something like "Lothar Gobrin" but I could be wrong. There is also what might be an address in the center but I'm not sure. This is an very interesting piece of ephemera, although it could be easily removed by the next owner if so desired. It's your call but I don't think there is any question that this additional has been there since the war.

The blade is a outstanding example and nearly mint, with full crossgraining and a needle-like tip. The Thermometer trademark is also smaller and more delicate that we normally seen from Höller, probably due to the early vintage. The grading on the thermometer are so tiny it seems impossible that they are etched, but there they are! The original large leather buffer is in place and in new-like condition.

A very nice and interesting Höller example here.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #40005C Army Officer's Dagger with Dedicated Crossguard - Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger is quite an interesting piece, having the 1st Style mounts throughout, to include the scabbard. It has a dedication from 1942, which tells me Eickhorn had some left over pieces for this very late dedication. We usually do not see daggers with this late of a date.

The pommel is a very fine example, having complete silvering and a nice patination. it shows only the most minor traces of wear around the rim. The standing oak leaves all have excellent, hand-enhanced veins. The ferrule is the early style; you can see one of these ferrules in my Army Book on page 24.

The eagle is also the earlier style, having good, hand-done checkering on the breast area. The head of the bird is beautifully rendered, as are the wings, wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is engraved with block lettering. Germany went to this block lettering after 1941, so the lettering makes sense given the date of the dedication. The dedication reads "DAS UFFZ. KORPS der KRAFTFAHR / PARK-KOMP 544 / 2.XII.1942". In other words this dagger was present by the Unterofficer Corps of the Motorized Unit Company 544 on December 2nd, 1942. The engraving is very well done. There are a couple of minor lifts under the silvering, but none of the silvering is missing.

The grip is a very beautiful dark orange color and is in perfect condition.

The scabbard is also a 1st Style example. It has a very fine pebbled finish on the panels and is nice and straight throughout. It has the early, convex bands with finely detailed overlapping oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single flat head screw set in the reverse.

The blade is a beautiful, mirror-bright example, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. There is just the slightest ripple at the tip but it is extremely minor. It is etched with the 1935-45 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very interesting dedicated Army Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

AOD #30523C Army Officer's Dagger - WKC

This Army Officer's Dagger has all WKC fittings except for the crossguard which is a generic “A” variety. It all looks original to the piece so apparently WKC ran out of their stock guards and must have purchased one down the street.

At any rate, the hilt fittings are in excellent condition throughout having good silvered finish. The pommel shows a little bit of age underneath the silvering but it is only slightly around the rim and all the silvering is still intact. The oak leaves and acorns are crisp going around the circumference. As stated above the crossguard is the generic “A” variety and it is identical to the example shown on page 79 of my Army Book. This crossguard has outstanding detail to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. Above the crossguard is the ferrule which is the same as the example shown on page 66. The grip of this example is a very pretty chiffon yellow color. It is in perfect condition and has an appealing sheen to the surfaces.

The scabbard is a fine WKC type still having much of the original frosted finish along both of its edges. This scabbard is in choice condition and easily rates mint. The scabbard is the same as is shown on page 63, left. The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It is in full mint condition having needlelike tip and all of the crossgraining. The reverse ricasso is dark etched with the knighthead logo which is positioned above the maker’s name and location, “WKC Solingen”. The original large size leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice dagger here.

Mint Minus. $795.00

AOD #38993 Army Officer's Dagger – H. Kolping

This Army Officer's Dagger is in very fine condition throughout and is from a maker we don't see very often. The dagger is equipped with fine silvered mounts, all completely intact and with perfect patination.

The pommel is the generic type, free of any damage to the upper surface or the rim. The twelve standing oak leaves are crisp. The crossguard is a beautiful generic “A” example which retains very fine detailing throughout. The ferrule nicely matches the mounts.

The grip is a high quality white example in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is nice and straight with perfect silvering that matches the hilt. The pebbled panels remain very crisp. The bands are in the style usually associated with the E. Pack firm. They are slightly convex, and feature the usual overlapping oak leaves. The throat is secured with a pair of dome head screws, positioned slightly lower than we normally see them, also a Pack trait. Obviously a small firm like Kolping did not fabricate their own parts and must have acquired them from E. Pack.

The blade is a first-rate example, completely bright and with a needle-like tip. All of the crossgraining is intact and it is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with both the name and location of the “H. Kolping Solingen”, and a logo of a beer stein marked with the letters “HK” inside of an “S”. The original small leather blade washer is new-like and in place.

A rarely seen maker marking here, a good one for the type collector.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #38116 Late Army Officer's Dagger

This wartime production Army Officer's Dagger remains in nice condition. The hilt has the later style fittings, with nickel-plated surfaces instead of the silver type. The mounts are the generic “A” style. The pommel has not hits to the rim and all of the nickel plating is intact throughout the upper surface. The oak leaves around the circumference are nicely placed, and the pommel eagle is finely detailed throughout. The ferrule exactly matches the pommel and guards.

The grip is a light orange, fading slightly to an almost egg-yolk yellow on the reverse. This grip remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is also a generic type, but this one has a good silver-plated surface. The silvering is 100% intact, and has toned quite darkly. The scabbard has good pebbled panels and the oak leaf bands remains quite crisp. The throat is the thinner type, retained by a single headless crew in the reverse center.

The blade of this example is in very choice condition, bright throughout and retaining a needle-like tip. It also has an appealing wider segment to the geometry of the blade. The original large leather washer is in place within the crossguard.

A good, late production Army example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

AOD #37748 Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Carl Eickhorn Army Dagger is in mint condition. It sports the 2nd Style fittings, being completely textbook.

The 2nd Style pommel is a beauty, with a completely clean upper pommel and some frosting clinging to the recessed areas. The twelve standing oak leaves are shot through with acorns, and all are in great condition. The base area of the pommel retains the original frosting. The ferrule and crossguard are both the 2nd Style. The eagle is in remarkably preserved condition, with frosting that covers almost the entire design. It could just not be any better, with striking deatil throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The 2nd Style scabbard is also in the same fine condition. It is straight throughout and has frosting evident around the bands, throat and upper surfaces. The panels are as crisp as the day they were made, and the carrying bands have a wonderful pattern of overlapping oak leaves. The thick throat is retained by a flat screw in the center reverse.

As we would hope the blade is also in the same superior condition; it is in a fully mint state with a bright mirror finish. All of the original crossgrain is intact and the tip is needle-like. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown blade washer is in place within the guard.

A beautiful, mint condition Army Dagger here.

Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #37932C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn Army Officer's Dagger has the 2nd Style mounts, with still quite a but of frosting remaining on the silvered parts. The pommel, ferrule, crossguard and scabbard are the same as those shown on page 25 of my Army Book.

The pommel shows minor traces of carrying time on the upper end, but still has frosting around the edges. The 12 standing oak leaves are in excellent condition, all having hand enhancement. The ferrule and crossguard eagle are the 1st Style, as shown on page 24 of my book. The eagle has quite a bit of frosting clinging to the recessed areas as well as the upper arms of the guards. It shows virtually no wear and retains full, crisp detailing throughout.

On the reverse there is the name of the original owner, professionally engraved. There is a little but of lifting where are got under the plating after the engraving but the letters are still nice and clear throughout. It reads “Dr. med. Fr. Schilling”. I tried looking this doctor up, but was unable to locate his records. Researching his identity could be a gratifying project for the next owner of this dagger.

The grip of this dagger is a very pleasing deep orange color and remains in perfect condition.

The 2nd Style scabbard is the same as the example shown on page 25 of my book. This scabbard is as straight as an arrow and retains crisp pebbling. Like the dagger there is also frosting clinging around the bands as well as to the area protected by the crossguard. The bands are quite fine, with good, crisp overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is the thick style and is retained by a single flat head screw set into the center.

The blade of this dagger is in stone mint condition. The mirror finish of this blade retains 100% of the original crossgrain and has a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the small leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine, personalized Army Officer's Dagger here, with great potential for additional research.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

AOD #36546C Early Army Officer' Dagger - WKC

This early Army Officer's Dagger is not an initial production WKC example, but it was made directly after the period that WKC abandoned the 1st Style crossguard. The dagger exhibits the “Hatchet Beak” eagle but the quality denotes very early manufacture and the scabbard used is the first style; the type with two screws used to retain the throat.

At any rate the pommel is an outstanding example, having a very dark patination matching the rest of the mounts. The rim is still in good condition, with only one or two minor hits. The circumference is decorated with a pattern of twelve standing oak leaves separated by acorns.

The ferrule is the same as the piece I show on page 62 of my Army Book. The “Hatchet Beak” crossguard is the same as the piece I show on page 66 of my Army Book, but somehow this guard has much more quality and detail to the pictured piece. The silvering is absolutely perfect throughout, and there is no wear anywhere on the guard. The bird has very crisp detail throughout.

This dagger dagger is equipped with a most attractive “slant” style grip, which gives the look of having more ribs than the norm. This grip is a deep pumpkin orange throughout, and could not look better against the blackness of the dagger's patination. The lower portion of the grip has a small hairliner at the right edge and another at the left edge, but they are barely noticeable and if a portepee were put on the dagger would not show at all.

The straight scabbard has a perfect silver finish with outstanding, crisply pebbled panels. The carrying bands are the same as the examples I show on the dagger pictured on page 62 of my Army Book. They have excellent overlapping oak leaves with some hand-enhancing visible. The throat is retained by two dome-head screws. We usually see flatter head screws on the WKC product, but in this instance the dome-heads were used so, like we say in the hobby, you can “never say never”.

The blade is an outstanding example, being mirror-bright and having all of the original crossgraining in the surfaces and retaining the needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the WKC knight head logo, along with the name of the firm and the location, “Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine early WKC example here.

Uncleaned Mint. $1,295.00

AOD #36543C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Robert Klaas

This Klaas example is in untouched condition, and is one of the early forms that we rarely see. I show the early form of Klaas hilt in my Army Book on pages 45-47.

This examples features a fine pommel, with twelve standing oak leaves. These leaves have hand-enhancement throughout. The rim of the pommel has a couple of extremely minor hits, but the upper surface is still choice with 100% silvering.

The crossguard eagle is beautifully rendered. The head of the bird shows hand-enhancing to the eye and beak, while the breast feathering has all been tightly hand checkered. The wing feathering is also crisp throughout. The bird clutches a finely done wreath with a raised-out mobile swastika. The ferrule is the same as the example shown on page 45 of my book.

The grip of this example is a standard type, being an egg yolk yellow color. It is slightly darker on the obverse than the reverse, and would be in totally perfect condition but for a little flake missing from the separating rise between ribs at the lower reverse. It is otherwise a beauty.

The scabbard of this dagger is the same as the example I show on page 45 of my Army Book. This scabbard is straight throughout, having perfect, finely patinated silvering. The bands are the same as the scabbard shown on page 45, having overlapping oak leaves and acorns with enhancing to the veins. These edges of these bands are marked with the famous “*” that we often see on Klaas pieces. The throat is retained by two flatter-style side screws, both of which are located slightly lower than the norm. The pebbled panels are still completely crisp.

The blade is a fairly nice example, having just the slightest bit of smudge in the surfaces, but this is very light. Also the tip shows just a hint of a bend, but it is at best a minor issue; this blade still grades at Excellent Plus condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the iconic Klaas kissing cranes logo. The lovebirds are positioned over the firm's name and location, “”Robert Klaas / Solingen”. The original brown leather, small-style blade washer is in place.

A fine, textbook Klaas piece here; one that we rarely see.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #36107 Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn (Over-the-Shoulder Logo)

This Army Officer's Dagger is in extremely choice condition. The silvering throughout the piece is in totally perfect condition, and there is much frosting visible on all parts. The pommel and crossguard are the same as I show on page 25 in my Army Book. This pommel has perfect crisp edges around the rim and the upper portion is extremely smooth having about 50% of the original frosting remaining. Frosting also remains around the lower rim of the pommel and also to a degree around the twelve standing oak leaves. A beautiful pommel here. The crossguard is in the same fine condition being the second style. This crossguard has beautiful definition to the eagle’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. The ferrule above is the same as the book piece also having frosting. The grip is a egg yolk yellow type being just the slightest bit lighter in color on the reverse. The grip is in totally perfect condition.

The scabbard is a matching beauty. This mint conditioned scabbard has most of the frosting along both of the edges and lots of it still remains in the areas protected by the carrying bands and the throat. The pebbled panels are nice and crisp and the carrying bands are of highest quality. The thicker throat is retained by a single flatter style screw placed in the center of the reverse upper area. A great scabbard here!

The blade is a real head turner. This blade is in complete mint condition with needlelike tip and full grain across the surfaces. The reverse ricasso makes the blade quite exciting as it featues the over-the-shoulder squirrel trademark that was used after 1941. We do not see this trademark very often and it has become a “type” collectors dream. Below the squirrel is the quality word “Original” and below that is the name of the firm and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The new-like brown leather washer is in place.

If you are looking for a choice Eickhorn dagger or on the other hand if you are a “type” collector looking to fill a space with a superior piece I highly recommend this dagger.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

AOD #36076 Late Army Officer's Dagger – WKC

This WKC produced Army Officer's piece was done late in the war, and as such has the wartime gray finish. There were no plating materials left to finish these pieces by 1942 so they were issued with the finish of the metal itself. The crossguard and pommel are standard WKC mounts being identical to page 63 of my Army Book. The pommel has a good smooth rim and features the twelve standing oak leaves separated by acorns around the outside circumference. The ferrule matches the gray finish. The crossguard features the hatchet style beak. This eagle has excellent detail to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. The grip is an off-white, plaster filled celluloid type. It shows a little carrying usage but overall it is in excellent condition with no breaks.

The scabbard is a classic WKC variety also finished with the gray look. The scabbard has good pebbled surfaces and is nice and straight. The throat is retained by a single flatter head screw on the right side.

The blade is a fine example having 100% of the factory grain and needleike tip. This mint condition blade looks like it just came out of the factory. The reverse ricasso is etched with the logo consisting of the knighthead positioned over the firm’s name and location, “WKC Solingen”. The new-like large brown leather washer is in place. A good example of a late produced piece.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

AOD #35025 Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This army officer by Eickhorn is a textbook example having the second style fittings. The pommel, crossguard and ferrule are identical to the example I show on page 25 of my Army Book. The mounts throughout have a fine patination and do not appear to have been cleaned in many years. The pommel cap has a good smooth rim with little wearing signs on the top portion. The twelve standing oak leaves are nice and crisp with good factory blackening in the backgrounds. The crossguard features the popular second style Eickhorn eagle. The detail is outstanding throughout the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The silvering throughout both of these mounts is perfect. The ferrule is the same as shown on page 25. The grip is a very pleasing pumpkin orange. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow. The silver plating is all there however there are a few small lift portions on the lower obverse only. They have not taken the silver out and there is no rust showing but there obviously must be a small amount of deterioration beneath the silver. Other than these lifts the scabbard is perfect. The pebble patterns are nice and crisp and the bands feature the overlapping oak leaves and acorns the same as page 25. The thicker style throat is retained by a single flatter style screw in the reverse center.

The blade of this example is completely bright having its original needlelike tip. All of the cross grain is present and this blade remains in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 squirrel. The squirrel is retaining a downward pointing sword and he is positioned over the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. Above the animal is the quality word used with the Eickhorn logo, “original”. The original brown leather small blade washer is in place. A good Eickhorn dagger here which would sell for a lot more were it not for the small scabbard lifts. An excellent entry level example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00