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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 #40315C Army Officer's Dagger with Dedicated Double-etched Blade - Robert Klaas

The Klaas firm produced some very beautiful etched blades, and of highest quality. I show an example in my Army Book on Page 146 and 147 that is equal to the one I am going to describe below. This dagger is in top quality condition, having all silvering intact throughout the fine hilt and scabbard. The dagger throughout has an appealing even patina. The hilt mounts appear to be the WKC type which is not unusual, as Klaas did purchase many of their fittings from other companies.

The pommel has a good smooth surface at the top and the rim is free of any dings. The twelve standing oak leaves are of high definition with excellent minute pebbling in the backgrounds. The grip has the "hatchet-style" eagle beak with new-like details throughout the birds breast, wing feathering, talons and wreath with swastika. An identical ferrule is pictured Page 147 of my book.

The grip is a most attractive deep orange color, remaining in pristine, perfect condition. Highlighting the fine hilt is a mint conditioned, 42cm aluminum portepee, tied in the Army regulation first method.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow with fine pebbled panels and perfect silvered edges. The bands feature fine oak leafing. The throat is retained by two unturned dome head screws. A mint scabbard here.

The blade, though, is where it is at on this rare dagger. The blade is totally bright and in full mint condition. The obverse is etched with a two-line dedication. The frosting behind the raised letters is 100%. The dedication reads, "Für gute Kameradschaft!/ Das Uffz. Korps der 7. I.R. 107.". In other words the blade was presented by the NCO Corps of 7th Infantry Regiment 107 for good comradeship. On the other side of the blade is the Voos-style floral etch with Army eagle in the center with the two oak leaf sprigs beneath the wings. This etch is identical to the one I show on "no maker" style blades on Page 134 and 135 left, of my Army book. The trademark is on this side of the blade having the twin kissing cranes with the firm's name and location beneath, "Robt Klaas/ Solingen". A choice example of a dagger probably given to someone retiring or getting a transfer. Beautiful work here! The small-style new-like brown leather washer is in place.

A rare offering of a one-of-kind dedicated, double-etched dagger here. A real highlight for an Army collection!

Mint Minus. $6,795.00(#110717)

AOD #40213C Early Army Dagger - Robert Klaas

This early Klaas Army Dagger is the type I feel that was initially produced by this firm. This dagger appears to be identical to the early example I shown in my Army Book on page 45.

The pommel is a beauty, having twelve standing oak leaves and a great looking dark patination. There are no hits to the rim and the upper surface is smooth and problem free. The oak leaves are all hand-enhanced.

The crossguard eagle is nicely raised and has lots of detailing on the head, beak, breast, and wing feathering. The wreath has a fine, raised swastika. Some beautiful, delicate work here, and worthy of close study.

The grip is a tangerine example in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout with a black patina. There is also some old frosting evident around the scabbard bands. These bands are in beautiful condition with fine, overlapping oak leaves. As we often see from Klaas the two edges of each band has the mold line concealed with a hand scribed asterisk. These asterisks are so uniform across Klass daggers it almost seems like they had the same chiseler working for them during the whole of the period! Isn't it fun that there are certain markings that can readily identify a given maker? The throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws mounted fairly far down on the edges.

The blade is a real beauty. It is beautifully nickel-plated, something we see from the Klaas firm. This blade is mirror-bright blade is in mint condition with a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse is stamped with the Kissing Cranes trademark and the new-like small leather blade washer is in place.

A great Klaas piece here for the type collector. This early a dagger (in this condition) from this maker is quite rare.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

AOD #40312 Early Army Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This Paul Weyersberg Army Dagger is of initial production. The hilt mounts are constructed of brass and retain all of the original silvering.

The pommel shows only minor traces of wear to the rim and upper surface. It is the style with fourteen oak leaves, and each of these leaves shows evidence of fine hand enhancement.

The crossguard eagle is a great looking bird. It retains full detailing throughout the eye and beak, was well as to the cross checkering on the breast. The wings, wreath and vaulted swastika are also finely rendered.

The grip of this dagger is the "slant" type which we only see on early production pieces. Looking under the portepee I can see there is a very small chip on the reverse of the grip, but it is totally hidden by the knot. The rest of the grip is totally perfect and is a dark shade of orange.

Wrapped about the hilt is what appears to be the original portepee. This knot is tied in the early style and is pretty much set in place. It shows some minor fray on the areas where rubs against the dagger, but overall it it still in good condition. It is neat to see on in the early tie.

The scabbard shell is constructed of brass and remains completely dent-free. This scabbard has very fine pebbled panels and beautifully rendered oak leaves on the carrying bands. The throat is retained by a pair of headless screws.

The blade of the dagger is a plated example, something we see on early pieces. The nickel plating is still bright and good, and although there is a minor amount of smudge in the surfaces it is not bad. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse is etched with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark and the original small brown blade buffer is in place.

A very fine Army Dagger here, in a very rare pattern.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #40210C Army Officer's Dagger with Glass Grip - F. W. Höller

This Höller Army Dagger is an absolutely textbook piece with a deluxe, amber-colored glass grip.

The mounts are the early, silvered type and are in pristine condition, with a very pleasing patination. These mounts are the same as those I picture in my Army Book on pages 33 and 34. The pommel has the usual twelve standing oak leaves, all of which have outstanding hand enhancement. The upper surface of the pommel are free of hits or flaw. The crossguard is quite beautiful; Höller guards have always been on of my favorites. The noble eagle has a beautifully formed head and closely checkered breast feathering. The wing feathering is also very well done. These fittings retain 100% of the original silvering.

The grip of the dagger is a real looker. It is a beautiful amber color and remains in perfect condition, with no cracks anywhere to be seen. There also are areas of darker amber color on the upper and lower portions of the grip.

The dent-free scabbard also has 100% of the original silvering, as well as good, crisp pebbled panels. The bands are are very choice, with fine hand enhancing evident on the oak leaves. The throat is retained by means of a single headless screw on the reverse. This scabbard is identical to the example I show in my Army Book on page 34.

The blade is a nice as they come, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous Höller Thermometer logo, which has always been a favorite with collectors. The large brown leather washer is in place and is in new-like condition.

A very fine Army Dagger here. If you like good looks and the rarity factor of an intact amber grip, this is the dagger for you!

Mint Minus. $1,150.00

AOD #40211C Early Army Officer's Dagger - Emil Voos

An Emil Voos Army Dagger is a generally rare commodity, but to see one of initial production is extremely rare.

This example has silver-plated brass hilt mounts, the same as though I picture in my Army Book on page 50. These hilt mounts have a deep patination and do not look to have ever been cleaned. The pommel is especially desirable as it is the variant with fourteen standing oak leaves, as opposed to the usual twelve. There is a fairly large plain area between the tops of the leaves and the pommel rim. Each of these oak leaves has all kinds of subtle hand-enhancement. The upper surface of the pommel is completely free of dents and shows little to no wear.

The crossguard is identical to the example shown on page 50 of my Army Book. It features an eagle with very narrow breast feathering, very fine wing feathering, as well as crisp talons and wreathed mobile swastika. All of the original silvering is present on this fine looking guard.

The grip is also outstanding. It is very early type, being in perfect condition. it has toned to a pleasing dark shade of orange which beautifully contrasts the black patination of the hilt mounts.

The scabbard is a choice, early example. It has the same degree of patination as the hilt and is totally dent-free. This fine scabbard has good pebbled panels and the carrying bands have excellent, hand-enhanced oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws.

The blade is a real pleasure to gaze upon. It is to the usual polished style blade, instead ring a highest quality nickel-plated example. It remains in totally mint condition. it is interesting to note that the trademark has been applied to the obverse of the blade. I'm sure this was intentional as the trademark is set lower than the bottom of the guard. If the next owner wishes to flip it to the reverse facing that is their prerogative but I believe it was meant to be this way.

The trademark is the rarely seen large variant. It consists of tow ovals that contain the name and location of the firm, "Emil Voos / Solingen", with the famous Snake & Stump logo inside. The original small leather blade washer is in place.

This is a very rare dagger and the first of this vintage I can ever recall seeing.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #40212C Early Army Officer's Dagger - Richard Plümacher

This Plumacher Army Dagger is the first of its type that I have seen. The Plümacher trademark is quite rare; when coupled with the early mounts on this piece it is extremely rare. All of the original silvering remains 100% intact.

The mounts are unlike I most others I've seen in that they have been extraordinarily finished. The pommel is a fine, fourteen leaf variety, in good condition with only minor traces of usage. It is deeply patinated and all of the oak leaves have been hand-enhanced.

The crossguard has absolutely outstanding detail. Each of the eagle's wings has obvious hand work on all three segments. This work is quite beautiful and it must have taken an enormous amount of time and work to accomplish. The head is very well defined, with a large eye and a half-open beak. The breast feathering is very closely checkered and well done. The talons are large than most and also have hand work. They clutch a large, hand-enhanced wreathed swastika. A most interesting crossguard here.

The grip is a very fine, deep orange color, slightly lighter on the reverse. It remains in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is also in choice condition, being completely straight and having matching patination. The pebbled panels are quite strong and the bands have a nice look to them, with hand-enhanced veins on the oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single headless screw set into the reverse.

The blade is in fine condition and is just about fully mint, with totally intact crossgrain. There are a couple of minor age signs but they are really nothing. The reverse ricasso is etched with the very rarely seen Plümacher trademark; a pyramid having what looks like an exclamation point in the center, along with the name ad location of the firm. Oddly the original blade buffer on this dagger is constructed of green felt. It looks to have always been present and might just be a design peculiarity of the Plümacher firm and the time it was produced.

A very rare Army Dagger here, perfect for those of you collecting Army trademarks.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

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 #40029C Early Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn (Early Oval Trademark)

This Eickhorn Army Dagger is of initial production and is in very nice condition. The dagger is patinated and really looks terrific.

The early brass pommel retains excellent plating and shows only mild traces of wear on the top. Each and every one of the 14 standing oak leaves has hand-enhancement. The ferrule is identical to the example I show in my Army Book on page 24.

The crossguard eagle could not be nicer, showing virtually no wear. It retains full detailing on the head and hand checkered breast feathering, as well as to the wings, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika. The reverse of the guard retains complete silvering.

The dagger has an extremely dark orange grip. It is just slightly darker on the reverse and is quite beautiful. There is a tiny chip between the ribs at the center left, and also a minor hairline crack on the bottom obverse. These flaws are extremely minor and easily covered with the addition of a portepee.

The steel scabbard nicely matches the hilt. It is a beauty, completely straight and with the early fine pebbling. The bands are the convex type, with crisp, detailed oak leaves and expertly disguised mold lines. The throat is retained by a single reverse screw.

The early blade is absolutely as nice as they come, mirror bright and in mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is etched with the 1933-35 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. This rodent is seated and holds a nut in his paws, and has a serrated tail. It is quite rare to see Army Daggers with this early logo. The original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for an early EIckhorn Army Dagger, this one will easily fit the bill. A very, very nice example here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

AOD #40017C Early Army Officer's Dagger with Personalized Crossguard - Carl Eickhorn (Early Oval Trademark)

This early Eickhorn Army Dagger is equipped with 1st Style mounts, constructed of brass to include the scabbard. These mounts are the same as those I show on page 24 of my Army Book.

The brass pommel is a fine example, with 14 standing oak leaves, each with hand-enhancement. The ferrule is the style used early on in the period.

The crossguard is the same as the example I shown on page 24 of my book. The bird retains good detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika. The reverse of the guard has a very simple personalization that looks to have been professionally engraved. It reads, "v. G". Whoever this aristocrat was he was obviously no braggart, opting for a very simple personal embellishment. A very nice touch here. It is possible the original owner went on to attain high rank (unless he was killed) as this pieces is very early, purchased in 1935.

The grip is a gorgeous, deep orange color. It has only the tiniest chip on the reverse, but it is very, very minor.

The dagger is complete with what appears to be the original portepee. This portepee is in the 1st Style tie, and although it shows fraying where the cord exits the knot it is in good condition and with much character in my mind.

The scabbard is constructed of brass. It has the early, finely pebbled finish and looks to have been carried a while as there are traces of wear on the lower portion. It still looks presentable, however, and to be expected given the soft brass and length of time the pieces was in service. The bands are the 1st Style, convex type, showing some hadn't wear but the detail is still mostly visible. This scabbard is so early the throat is retained by a pair of screws, a practice that Eickhorn quickly eliminated in favor of a single screw method.

As luck would have it the blade is very nice. It has a few "in-and-out" marks, but the tip is still needle-like and traces of crossgrain. The reverse is etched with the 1933-35 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. This rodent is seated and holds a nut in his paws, and has a serrated tail. It is quite rare to see Army Daggers with this early logo. The original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very great, textbook Eickhorn personalized Army Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

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 #40004C Early Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen

This Army Officer's Dagger has the Siegfred Waffen blade which we usually would associate with a 1938 vintage, but the dagger itself appears to be early than this to me. All of the mounts are pack types, so perhaps the original owner had the blade changed at some point. Either way I looked at the mounting process and so forth and everything looks totally kosher with this piece.

The mounts are they early Pack type. They are identical to the examples that I show in my Army Book on pages 53, 54, and 55. These mounts are of silvered brass.

The pommel is an outstanding example, deeply patinated and with 14 standing oak leaf configuration, each with hand enhancement.

The crossguard is an incredible example, being the same as the example shown on page 55 of my book. This guard also looks to be constructed of brass. The eagle is extremely beautiful, with a fine head, hand-enhanced breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika.

The reverse of the guard has been professionally engraved. It reads "Thielemann". The engraving is quite handsome.

The grip is an early "slant" type. It is as nice as they come, in totally perfect condition and with a dark orange color.

Setting off the hilt is an outstanding 42cm aluminum portepee. This portepee is set in the original tie and shows only the most modest of wear, with no fraying anywhere to be seen. A great knot here!

The scabbard is an early brass example. It has a few carrying sigs o the lower portion but is free of dents or dings. It is identical to the example I show on page 53 of my book. The pebbled panels are the very fine type we seen on early examples. The bands are wonderfully done, with hand embellished oak leaves. The mold like has been nicely disguised. The throat is retained by two flat head screws. This scabbard exactly matches the patination of the hilt mounts.

The impressive blade is a real beauty, mirror bright, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous E. Pack "Hammering Siegfried" trademark, which is positioned quite far up the blade; it is about an inch or so from the guard. The original large sized brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A really nice Army Dagger here, and quite an interesting example.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

AOD #34205C Army Officer's Dagger – F.W. Höller

This Höller Army Officer's Dagger has an absolute textbook hilt, being identical to the example I show on page 33 of my Army Book. The pommel and crossguard have outstanding patination throughout. The pommel rim is nice and crisp and the top area shows little to no usage. The standing oak leaves are all crisp. The crossguard is a remarkable image being the same as page 33. I personally like the Höller eagle best of all of the different birds that we see. This example could not be nicer having a totally new-like appearance. Beautiful detail throughout the bird’s eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. You will not see a better crossguard than this example.

The grip also is most attractive. It is a white grip which is probably plaster filled but the obverse of the grip has turned a nice golden color which varies in shade throughout the area. The reverse of the grip is still a pure white color. There is a portepee on this example which appears original to the piece. The portepee does have some fraying around the area where the cord comes out. If anything though it gives the dagger some character and is an indication of its wartime usage as I believe the portepee is original to this piece.

The scabbard is the generic type being the same as I show on page 120. Höller often used these generic scabbards with their product. The scabbard has a matching patination and is in totally perfect condition with 100% silvering and crisp pebble patterns. The carrying bands have the raised oak leaves in nice condition. The thinner throat is retained by a headless flush mount screw in the reverse center. The blade of this piece is extremely bright with a needlelike tip. I has just a little bit of smudge in the surfaces here and there but still easily rates in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double oval logo which contains the firm’s name and location, “F.W. Höller Solingen”. In the center is the thermometer logo. The small size brown leather blade buffer is in place.

An extremely nice Army Dagger here.

Near Mint. $795.00

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 #36218C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger Belonging to German Cross Winner – Carl Eickhorn

This beautiful dagger is a textbook Eickhorn, example having all 2nd style mounts. The dagger is identical to the example that I show in my Army Book on page 25. The fitting of this dagger have perfect silvering throughout and have a very desirable deep patination. The pommel has a good crisp rim showing no hits. The upper portion of the pommel is as smooth as new. The pommel features twelve standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The detail is outstanding. The stunning crossguard is identical to page 25. It features the great Paul Kasburg eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. This bird has complete full detail to his brown, eye and beak. This is also true to the breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised mobile swastika.

The reverse of the crossguard is professionally engraved with the original owner’s surname. The name is “Götzel”. The engraving is really catching having outstanding shading and fancy ends to the letters on the “G”. The other letters are also extremely well done having extra curves and straight pieces with a final ending line after the letter “L”. This kind of engraving is just not seen today and in my opinion is an art form in itself. I will talk about the original owner a little further in the description. The grip is a pristine example having a very alluring tangerine orange color. It is just the slightest bit darker on the obverse than it is on the reverse. It is in perfect condition throughout. The original-to-the-piece portepee is wrapped in place about the hilt. This portepee shows a little usage and just some slight fray where the cord comes out of the knot, but overall it is in fine condition and gives great character to this dagger. A wonderful hilt here!

The scabbard is also just the best. It is the second style and it is patinated matching the hilt. It is interesting to note that the upper portion of the scabbard still has nearly all of the original frosting where it has been protected by the in place crossguard. There are also frosting signs along both edges as well as around the carrying bands. The pebble pattern remains crisp throughout the panels and the carrying bands reflect choice raised oak leaves and acorns. The thicker style throat is a textbook example and is retained by a flatter style head placed in the middle of the reverse upper scabbard area. This scabbard can not be beat.

The blade, as we would hope, is as good as the rest of the dagger. This blade is flat out mint with all the original grain and needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935-41 logo. It features a squirrel facing to the left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original small style blade washer is in place protecting this beautiful mint blade.

I looked in my Army Officer rank list and could not find the name “Götzel”. I then looked on the internet and now realize why I could not find Götzel on the rank list and that is because he was not an officer. This man was a highest ranking sergeant. His name was Oberfeldwebel Herman Götzel. According to the listing on the internet Götzel won the German Cross in gold on 20.01.1945. He was a member of the 70th infantry division and was assigned to the Third Grenadier regiment 401. With this information a whole career record could be put together for Götzel. Since there are no other officers with this name and only one high sergeant there is no doubt that I have identified this dagger correctly. A great opportunity here for a history minded collector to begin a full research project on this piece. What a great display it would make together with an appropriate conditioned German Cross in gold!

Mint. $1,695.00

AOD #39857C Untouched Army Officer’s Dagger with Hangers & Portepee – Paul Weyersberg

This Army Dagger is a terrific piece. It is completely untouched and so patinated that it looks almost entirely black. For those of you able to look past the patina you can easily see that all of the original silvering remains intact on the scabbard, crossguard, and pommel top. Making this example even better is the fact that the dagger is one of the first pieces made in 1935! Every part on the hilt and scabbard is constructed from silver plated brass. Further adding to the fun is an absolutely perfect, pristine scabbard which does not have a single mark or ding anywhere. It is amazing to see this kind of preservation!

The fittings are identical to the Weyersberg examples I show in my Army Book on pages 67 and 68. It is simply amazing to see this, with even the scabbard being identical to the examples shown on these two pages. A Weyersberg trademark is a very rare thing to see and apparently they did make some of their own fittings early on; this dagger must be representative of this in-house fabrication.

The pommel is the twelve leaf type, constructed of brass and with fine handwork throughout each of the leaves. The silvered brass crossguard is also impressive, with fine detailing throughout the head of the bird and very close hand checkering on the breast area, juts like the example shown on page 68 of my book. The highly detailed wings are spectacular, and the bird grasps a hand-enhanced wreath with a raised swastika. Some great stuff here, if you know what you are looking at!

This dagger has one of the darkest grips I have ever seen, if not the darkest. It has toned to a deep red on the obverse and is an intense shade of orange on the reverse. I don’t know what elements this grip was subject to that caused this toning, but whatever they were they really did the collecting community a favor! If you are like me you’ll find these dark, dark grips very desirable.

If this all wasn’t enough, the original portepee is still wrapped around the hilt. The portepee is not in the prescribed tie, instead being twirled with about three loops from the crossguard up. It is completely set I place where it has been for at least 70 years. This knot shows a bit of wear and fray where the cord joins up with the slide and stem, but it is relatively minor and does’t matter because it looks so cool. The slide and stem are also interesting in that they have a gold bullion weave in them. The top of the ball is the aluminum style, while the lower is of bullion with a “cat’s anus” stuffing. I’m thinking this dagger could have been purchased by a general early on in 1935.

The scabbard is deeply patinated and as straight as an arrow. The bands are identical to those shown on page 68 of my book, with hand-enhanced overlapping oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws also identical to those shown on page 68.

The dagger comes complete with the original set of hangers. These hangers show lots of age and soiling, but really aren’t frayed and remain in relatively good condition. The hardware is standard, with a closed top, oval oak leaf buckles and slides, and pebbled “push-in” snaps. The lower snap has a bad spring, but this is a common problem and I don’t think it matters much. There reverse of the straps is covered in high-pile velvet which has toned to a brown color. This velvet shows little if any wear.

To top it all off the blade is an absolute killer. It has a mint mirror finish and highest quality nickel plating. It is just remarkable. The trademark is on the obverse of the blade, but I left it alone because I don’t want to disturb the dagger by taking it apart and flipping it. The trademark is the familiar Weyersberg Sword and Wheat Stalks example. The original small leather blade washer is in place and nearly new-like.

I can’t emphasize enough how great this dagger is; you really need to know what you are looking at to appreciate it and, if you do, I am sure you will agree. A really amazing dagger for the Army collector here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00(#080917)

AOD #39932 Army Officer’s Dagger with Double Etched Blade – Emil Voos

This dagger was put together here in our workshop. It originates from a blade that I bought many years ago and have been saving for a time when it could be properly restored. The original veteran owner had cut about three inches of the blade off, just below the Voos etch. It thought it would be a good blade to buy in spite of this, as I was sure it could be restored one day.

We ere able to weld a tip from another blade on to this example and have done the best we can to marry it up with the original etch pattern. Unfortunately the original cut went into the floral etch pattern so that portion is missing. Other than this, however, the Voos etch is spectacular, with a 100% intact frosted background. The obverse center of the blade has an open-winged eagle and swastika with sprigs of oak leaves underneath. The reverse of the blade has more fine floral patterns, and is stamped with the Snake & Stump trademark of the Voos firm.

We put fittings on the blade that are appropriate for a Voos dagger. They consist of a generic “A” pommel and a generic “B” guard. You can see a dagger with the same hilt on page 132 of my Army Book, and I also show an original Voos blade on pages 134-135 that is identical to this example.

We added a nice orange grip and a fine silvered scabbard as well. The scabbard retains 100% silvering and is totally free of dents, dings, or lifting. The bands have excellent oak leaves and the throat is retained by dome head screws. These screws are set quite low in the scabbard, but this is certainly no sin.

An opportunity here to acquire an original double etched Voos Army Dagger for a drastically reduced retail price.

Excellent. $1,495.00

AOD #39752 Early Personalized Army Officer’s Dagger – Tiger

This early Army Officer’s Dagger has one of the best outsides you will see, featuring heavy, highest quality brass mounts with choice silver plating.

The pommel is a beauty, having the usual fourteen standing oak leaves. Each of these leaves has fine hand enhanced detail throughout the veins. The upper portion of the pommel shows minor traces of wear but all of the silvering is intact. The ferrule below is a matching early type.

The crossguard is the style that we associate with the E. Pack firm who apparently made a lot of mounts to sell to smaller producers when these dagger were first ordered in 1935. The eagle still has nearly all of the breast detailing, something that is rare to see. The bird is quite beautiful, with fine feathering on the wings and clutching a hand-enhanced wreath set with a vaulted swastika.

The reverse of the guard has been decorated with an elaborate, professionally done monogram. It reads, “LB”. The letters are doubled scribed and have very clever shading, done in a different style in each letter. A very striking monogram here.

The grip is also extremely desirable, being an early “slant” type. It is extremely good looking and completely perfect, in a shiny, deep pumpkin color.

The scabbard is also terrific. It is as straight as an arrow, with fine pebbled panels that show virtually no wear. The bands are the Pack type, as evidenced by the wide, smooth edges. The center, of course, features overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The mint throat is retained by a pair of dome head side screws.

It is a shame but the blade is not in the same exceptional condition. It has some runner marks and spotting on both sides. The shape is still good, though, as is the tip. The reverse ricasso has a fine Tiger trademark, with the cat stalking from left to right. Full detailing remain on the cat’s face, stripes, and curved tail. Beneath the feline is the name of the firm, “Tiger Solingen”. The original large leather blade washer is in place.

An outstanding dagger here that might be a good one to put aside in the hopes a replacement Tiger blade could be located one day. This dagger would be worth $400-500 more in this case. A very fine, highest quality example with all of the early characteristics we love, in addition to a beautiful monogram.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

AOD #39771C Early Army Officer’s Dagger – F.W. Höller

This Army Officer’s Dagger is an early example, with textbook Höller fittings. The pommel and crossguard retain 100% of the original silvering.

The pommel is a fine example, showing only mild traces of wear to the smooth top surface. The twelve standing oak leaves each have hand-enhanced veins.

The crossguard of the dagger has the characteristic Höller eagle. This bird remains quite crisp despite the fine, matching dark patina. All of the detailing remains visible throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, and wreathed swastika. The reverse of the guard is in fine condition and the ferrule is the standard type that we see on pieces of this kind.

The grip of the dagger is orange and, unfortunately, has a couple of cracks on the lower area of both sides. There are no pieces missing, however.

The dagger is equipped with the original Army portepee, a fine example still set in the early tie and free of fraying.

The Höller scabbard is also in choice condition, with a matching dark patina. It is completely straight and has good, crisp panel. The carrying bands have fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns and the throat is retained by a single headless screw set into the reverse.

The blade is a fine, bright example, retaining the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. Other than a couple of extremely minor traces of age this blade is nearly mint. The revers ricasso of the blade is etched with the famous Höller Thermometer logo, and the original small leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice Höller piece here, and one that would be worth twice what we are asking if the grip could be replaced or restored. A very good deal here!

Excellent. $495.00

AOD #39772C Early Army Officer’s Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer’s Dagger has outstanding last-style fittings, each with a fine patinated surface.

The pommel is a standard 2nd Type, with 12 standing oak leaves. There are traces of wear to the smooth top but the oak leaves remains crisp. The ferrule is a typical Eickhorn type.

The crossguard features the last-style bird, with open wings and looking to the viewer’s left. The detailing on this bird remains phenomenal throughout this guard.

The grip is an egg-yolk yellow color. It sadly has a crack on the reverse that runs about a third of the length of the grip. There is no material missing and the obverse facing remains perfect.

The scabbard is al the last style, and it too remains in perfect condition. The silvering is 100% intact and retains a minor amount of frosting in the areas protected by the guard. The pebbled panels are crisp and the fine bands have the usual overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The thick throat is retained by a single center placed screw.

The blade of this dagger is areal beauty, mirror-bright and with 100% of the original cross grain. It retains a needle-like tip and is mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

This is a great Army Dagger, which is priced very reasonably given the grip crack.

Excellent. $595.00

AOD #39681C Early Army Officer’s Dagger with Slant Grip – Christianwerk

This Army Officer’s Dagger is a very desirable, initial production example. Christianwerk did not make any of there own fittings; the mounts used on this piece were purchased from the E. Pack firm.

The pommel is in nice condition, showing only minor wear at the top and with no hits on the rim. This pommel features 14 standing oak leaves, each one having interesting hand-enhancement. The ferrule is also a fine, early example and matches nicely.

The crossguard features an early brass eagle with hand checkering throughout the breast, eye and feathering. The bird grasps a crisp wreath with a raised swastika.

The grip is an attractive shade of dark orange and is the “slant” type. It is in totally perfect condition and very desirable. When we see these “slant” grips we know the blade tang with have straight edges as opposed to the tapered style that was used later on in the period.

The scabbard is also a Pack example. It is nice and straight throughout and retains good, crisp pebbling. Pack scabbards are easily identified by the wider edges used on the bands. These bands have hand-enhancement cleverly concealing the mold line. The silvering is 100% intact on this scabbard. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head side screws.

The blade of this dagger is also a beauty. It has all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip, with a nice, bright finish. It is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso of the blade is deeply etched with the interesting Meat Fork trademark of the Christianwerk firm. The original large leather blade washer is in place.

If you are a collector of rare and/or early daggers, this piece would make a welcome addition to your collection.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #39682C Early Army Officer’s Dagger – Friedrichswerk

This Friedrichswerk example looks to be very early to me. The hilt mounts are the generic “B” variety. These “B” fittings are extremely nice, being equal or better to the example I show on page 99 of my Army Book.

The pommel is in excellent condition, retaining all of the silvering and having no hits to the rim. It features the usual fourteen standing oak leaves around the circumference.

The crossguard eagle is a noble looking bird, with fine detailing throughout and showing no evidence of wear. This guard also retains all of the original silvering.

The grip of this dagger is a fine orange example, being in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with excellent pebbling and 100% of the original silvering. The bands on this scabbard indicate that was most likely produced by the E. Pack firm; they are in nice condition with fine oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

The blade of this dagger is a beautiful, mint example, with 100% o f the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. This blade is stamped on the obverse side; the next owner could reverse this configuration is they so desire. The trademark is circular, having the makers name around the top edge, “Friedrichswerk”, around the top and “Solingen” arching along the bottom. IN the center are the initials “FK”. The original large leather blade washer is in place.

A nice, untouched, Army Dagger here, from an ultra-rare maker.

Mint Minus. $1,195.00

AOD #37787C Army Officer's Dagger with Deluxe Grip and Double Etched Blade

This textbook Voos Army Dagger is identical to the examples I show in my Army Book on pages 132 through 135.

The hilt mounts are the generic “A” variety. The pommel is a real beauty, with nearly all of the original frosting intact on the upper surfaces. There are no signs of wear to the rim of this pommel. The twelve standing oak leaves are in choice condition, with a spattering of the original frosting. The crossguard has the fine generic “A style eagle, with very crisp detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. This guard retains nearly all of the silvering.

The grip is a beautiful deluxe type, with a beautiful golden tone on the reverse. The obverse of the grip is slightly lighter in color. There are four or five very attractive crack lines that shoot through the obverse center, as well as the on the left side of the grip. This grip is totally perfect and extremely desirable.

The dagger is equipped with a fine 42cm portepee. This portepee sits in the original tie and is in choice condition throughout.

The scabbard is an outstanding silvered examples, with fully intact plating throughout. It is straight as an arrow and has finely pebbled panels. The oak leaf bands are extremely well executed, with evidence of extensive handwork. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is a choice example, one that you can right home about! It is totally bright and has 100% of the original plating and frosted backgrounds, both of which do much to highlight the etching.

The obverse blade has the usual floral patterns and, in the center, is an open panel with an open-winged Army eagle with sprigs of oak leaves beneath each wing. The etching is very beautiful on this blade. On the lower portion of the blade wee see three dots and and arrow, being identical to that shown on page 135. The reverse blade etch is also in perfect, pristine condition. The reverse ricasso bears the Stump and Snake logo of the Voos firm, set in an oval. The original small leather blade buffer is intact and in place.

If you are looking for a mint condition Voos Army Dagger, this one represents the end of your search. A spectacular example here in an original, uncleaned state.

Mint. $7,495.00

AOD #39495C Initial Production Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer’s Dagger must have been one of the very first examples produced by Eickhorn, with brass hilt mounts and a brass scabbard. There are also a pair of brass side screws; these were discontinued almost immediately by Eickhorn, in favor of a single, rear placed screw.

The hilt mounts are constructed from silvered brass. This silvering remains 100% intact on these mounts. The pommel has a good rim, with no hits to the rim and an upper surface that is free of wear of damage. It features fourteen oak leaves around the circumference, each and every one of these leaves has been hand-enhanced; someone spent lot of time doing this hand chiseling!

The crossguard of the dagger has the very early eagle. It shows no wear on the breast feathering, which normally was the first area to be worn down. The checkering remains quite crisp on this bird, and all of the detailing is intact on the head. The wreath is also well done, with a good raised mobile swastika in the center.

The grip is one of the very early “slant” types. It couldn’t be prettier, being a dark orange color and remaining in totally perfect condition. Whenever we see a “slant” grip we know that the blade tang is the early, tapered type. If you are curious (and have my Army Book) you can see the difference between the early tapered tangs and the later, more standard tangs on page 16. This change was made to reduce the amount of work involved in fitting a grip.

Attached to the hilt of this dagger is what looks to be the original portepee. It is a bit ragged and shows quite a bit of age, but often times collectors like these original accouterments to be left intact. They really do add a lot to the history and character of a dagger.

The scabbard is also brass, with some minor traces of carrying time but no dings or problems. This scabbard has a perfect silvered finish and features the early convex carrying bands. The over lapping oak leaves on the bands each have fine hand-enhancement. The throat is retained by a pair of side screws in the original format; presumably the switch to a single reverse screw was made to streamline production, much like the modification to the tang.

The blade is a fine example. It remains bright but does have a few minor signs of age in the surfaces. They are not bad, though, and the tip remains needle-like. The blade is marked with the early 1933-35 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, which is a real rarity to see. The squirrel is seated, holds a nut in his paws, and has a serrated tail. The original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

A good Army Dagger here for someone who is looking for the earliest possible example.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

AOD #39364C Early Army Officer’s Dagger – Anton Wingen

This Wingen Army Officer’s Dagger is an initial production example. The hilt components are constructed from brass with a silver-plated finish. These hilt mounts were actually purchased by Wingen from the E. Pack firm, who did the actual fabrication.

The pommel is an early variety, with 14 standing oak leaves running around the outside. Each of these oak leaves has hand-enhanced detail. The upper surface of the pommel shows some very mild wear, with one very small hit to the rim; it’s nothing bad, though.

The crossguard is constructed from brass, and has the usual open-winged eagle which looks to the left. Some of the breast feathering has worn slightly, looking very similar to the example I show in my Army Book on page 50. The wreath and swastika are still quite crisp.

The grip of this dagger is very desirable, being an early “slant” type. These slant grips are always found where we have the early style, straight-shouldered tang, instead of the tapered type used later in the period to ease in the grip fitting process. This grip is in totally perfect condition and is a very striking shade of light orange.

The scabbard is also a E. Pack example; another of this type can be seen on page 71 of my Army Book. This scabbard is nice and straight throughout, with crisp pebbling on both sides. The bands are unique to Pack, having borders that are wider than those seen on other Army types. These bands have fine, overlapping oak leaves that display quite a but of hand work on them, especially to the casting seams. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade of this dagger is of extremely high quality. It is a polished example with a good, wide center section, mirror-brightness, full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is in full mint condition. The Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm can be seen on the ricasso, and the original wide brown leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for a great, early Army Dagger with all of the high quality hallmarks of initial production, this dagger is for you!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #39296C Army Officer’s Dagger with Fancy Monogram – F. W. Höller

This Höller Army Officer’s Dagger is in choice, untouched condition, with a fine, dark patina over all of the 100% silvered components. The pommel and crossguard are the same as those I show in my Army Book on page 35.

The pommel is in very fine condition, showing little to no wear and having outstanding oak leaves running around the circumference. The crossguard is the classic Höller type; I personally feel the standard Höller guard is one of the most beautiful of the period designs. The eagle looks to viewer’s left and has fantastic breast feathering. The eye and beak are 100% crisp, as are the talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The reverse of the guard has an elaborate set of initials engraved on it; they read “EL”. This engraving was done by a professional, the letters being made in dual lined style with shading in the center. Setting off the monogram is a series of fancy swirls on both sides. It does really look quite impressive and important!

The ferrule is the standard Höller type. The grip of this dagger is a most beautiful shade of orange and is in totally perfect condition.

The scabbard is a fine example, being perfect but for a tiny carrying sign at the lower edge near the bottom. Otherwise the pebbling remains nice and crisp and the bands have excellent, hand-enhanced oak leaves. The throat is thin, retained by a single headless screw in the reverse. It is interesting to see the silvered area covered by the crossguard retains the original shine and sheen.

The blade is as nice as you could hope for, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip; it is easily in fully mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous Höller Thermometer trademark, and the original large, new-like brown blade buffer is in place.

A beautiful Army Officer’s Dagger here, with a superb monogram.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

AOD #39297C Early Personalized Army Officer’s Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This early, initial production Army Officer’s Dagger is of highest quality throughout. The mounts are the early, brass-based type, the same as those I show on page 68 of my Army Book. Chances are Weyersberg probably used WKC mounts but they certainly do look very fine.

The pommel is very good looking, with all of the silvering intact. It features excellent standing oak leaves and the upper portion of the pommel shows very little usage. The ferrule is the early style.

The crossguard was most likely purchased from WKC during the initial phases of production as they do resemble those used by this firm. The eagle retains good crispness throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika.

The reverse of the guard is professionally engraved, “Ltn. Schlosier”. I tried to look up Schlosier but I was unable to find him in my Army records; perhaps a professional researcher could do a much better job. Being as this man was a Leutnant in 1935 chances are his rank was elevated dramatically with the advent of the war. In any event there is an opportunity for some interesting research here.

The grip of the dagger is one of the early “slant’ types. It is a real beauty, identical to the example I show on page 69 of my book. This grip is a very pretty tangerine color and is in perfect condition.

The scabbard is one of the early brass types. Although it is hard to believe, this soft scabbard has escaped being dented over the years. It is straight as an arrow and retains good pebbling on all of the panels. The silvering is totally intact and perfect. The bands exhibit fine, overlapping oak leaves with hand-enhanced veins. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.

The blade is a very early, deluxe example, with a quality nickel-plated finish instead of the normal polishing. The plating is 100% intact and is mirror-bright. This blade also retains a needle-like tip. The reverse of the blade is marked Weyersberg Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original large leather blade buffer is in place.

If you are looking for an outstanding early Army dagger, I highly recommend this piece. The additional potential for research comes as an added bonus.

Near Mint. $1,695.00

AOD #39298C Early Army Officer’s Dagger – Tiger

This Tiger Army Officer’s Dagger is an example of initial production and of highest quality throughout. The pommel and crossguard appear to be early WKC types, purchased from this firm by Tiger. These mounts are in very fine condition, with perfect silvering over the brass base construction.

The pommel cap is amazing in that the upper area shows no wear at all and the rim has no hits. The fourteen oak leaves are all hand-enhanced, with pebbling around the plain areas. The crossguard has 100% of the original silvering and bears an early WKC style eagle, with a finely hand-checkered breast. The wings and wreathed swastika are also nicely hand-enhanced. The ferrule is the early type.

The grip is a very beautiful dark shade of orange and remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is a steel type but is very early and totally straight. It has absolutely perfect silvering throughout and good, crisp panels. The oak leaf bands also resemble the WKC type. The thin throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws which are set fairly low. Judging by the location of these screws I can say that Tiger probably finished this scabbard.

The blade is an outstanding example, with all of the crossgrain, a needle-like tip and a fine, mirror finish. There is the tiniest amount of smudge on the lower portion of the both sides but this is something that could probably be cleaned out if so desired. The reverse ricasso is etched with the eponymous Tiger trademark, who stalks horizontally across the blade. Below the feline is the firm’s name and location, “Tiger Solingen”. The new-like large leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine, early example here.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

AOD #39276C Early Army Officer’s Dagger – Axt und Hauerfabrik

Yes collectors, this is an original Axt un Hauerfabrik Army Dagger. This maker is one of the most difficult to obtain. The mounts and scabbard are in excellent condition, but unfortunately the blade has turned gray. The dagger is priced accordingly.

The pommel and crossguard are in choice condition, appearing to be of the type used by the SMF firm. If you look in my Army Book you can see these fittings on page 57.

The pommels is a very fine example, the upper surfaces shows only the slightest traces of wear. This pommel is the style with fourteen oak leaves with alternating acorns. These leaves are have been hand enhanced and there is some pebbling visible in the backgrounds.

The crossguard features a distinctive eagle which we do not see very often. This bird has a good eye, beak, and closely checkered breast. The wing feathering is also outstanding, as are the talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The silvering is 100% intact on this guard. The ferrule is the early type.

Gracing the dagger is an early “slant” type grip. It is in perfect condition, being a very dark orange on the obverse and fading slightly in color on the reverse.

The scabbard looks to be an early WKC example. It has some minor carrying signs but is basically straight. The bands are good, with fine overlapping oak leaves, and the thick throat is retains by a single screw on the right side.

The blade has turned gray over the years. There is also some smudging on it, most likely from hand oils not being wiped off over the years. There is no pitting or other damage, however; it is possible this blade could be brightened up with a little work. The tip has a very slight ripple in it but it is very minor. The reverse is marked with the ultra-rare trademark of the Axt un Hauerfabrik firm; double ovals enclose the name and location of the firm, “Axt un Hauerfabrik Solingen” and, inside, is a Crowned King. The original small blade washer is in place.

A super-rare Army Officer's Dagger here. I wish the blade was mint but since it is not I’ve priced it accordingly.

Excellent. $1,295.00

AOD #39118 Army Officer’s Dagger with Portepee – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer’s Dagger is a real beauty, being in an uncleaned state. The dagger retains 100% of the original silvering throughout the mounts and scabbard. The hilt most are the last type used by Eickhorn.

The choice pommel cap on this dagger has a completely clean rim, with no dings. The upper portion of the pommel is smooth and has not hits. The twelve standing oak leaves ringing the pommel are crisply rendered.

The crossguard has an outstanding Eickhorn eagle, with open wings and looking to the left. This eagle is completely crisp and mint, with fine feathering, wreath and raised swastika. The reverse of the guard is in similarly outstanding condition. There are traces of the original frosting around the quillons of this dagger.

The grip of the dagger is deep, appealing orange color, fading just slightly on the reverse. It is in very choice condition.

Tied about the hilt of this dagger is an outstanding, original 42cm aluminum portepee. This portepee is set in place and has no fraying anywhere.

The 2nd Style scabbard is straight throughout and retains much of the original frosting, especially around the bands and throat. This scabbard is nicely patinated and is a real beauty, equipped with a fat throat which is retained by a single flat screw in the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is as nice as they come, with 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip; it is easily in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for a fine, mint Eickhorn Army Officer’s dagger that you will never have to upgrade, this is the piece for you!

Mint. $1,295.00(#080917)

AOD #39147C Late Army Officer’s Dagger with Portepee & Hangers – C. Gustav Spitzer

This wartime produced Army Officer’s Dagger has the later nickel finish throughout. The pommel and crossguard on this piece are the generic “A” style.

The pommel still has 95% of the original silvering and does not look to have ever been cleaned. The rim is crisp, as are the twelve standing oak leaves that run around the circumference.

The crossguard has a very fine, generic “A” eagle, totally free of wear and very crisp throughout. The ferrule is the type used with these generic mounts.

The grip of the dagger is an off-white color, most likely a plaster filled type. There is a mark on the center rib which, at first glance, looks like a crack. It is not, however, more likely being a scar from something rubbing against the surface. The rest of the grip is totally free of flaws.

The original 42cm portepee is on the dagger, still set in the period tie. There is quite of but of fraying on the cord where it exits the knot, but this is to be expected and it does not detract from the look of the dagger.

The matching scabbard shows some mild age throughout but most of the silvering remains intact, only thinning slightly on the edges. The scabbard bands are in good condition, featuring the standard motif of overlapping oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head side screws.

Attached to the rings is the original set of hangers. They have fairly good brocaded, showing some age and usage with just a hint of fraying along the edges. The reverse of the straps also show some minor wear to the velvet. These straps are equipped with silvered mounts, the top clip being a plain, closed type. The silver buckles and slides have the standard motif of oak leaves, as does the deluxe “push up” style snaps. These snaps are decorated with oak leaves and are marked “DRGM” on the reverse of each.

The mint blade makes up for many of the minor shortcomings seen on the outside of the dagger. It is in choice condition throughout, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is marked with the seldom seen Prancing Lion trademark of the Spitzer firm; the splendid, rearing cat has a curled tail and a flickering tongue. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A good, untouched Army piece here if you want a piece that was obviously worn and used during the period.

Excellent. $695.00

AOD #38995C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen

This Pack-produced Army Dagger is of a fairly late vintage but still has good silvered mounts.

The upper surfaces of the pommel are good, as is the rim which shows only hints of carrying time. The standing oak leaves have hand-enhancing throughout the veins.

The crossguard features the standard Pack eagle, which looks to the left and retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, et cetera.

The reverse of the guard bears a professionally engraved monogram, "WB". The engraving is done with dual scribed lines with shading in between. The two periods on the monogram are diamond shaped. A very nice personalization here!

The grip of this dagger is a glass type and, amazingly, it is in perfect condition. It is rare to see a glass grip that is free of cracks and chips. It is a very pleasing amber color.

The ferrule is a standard type, with a silver finish.

The scabbard is a typical Pack type, with excellent pebbled panels. The scabbard bands are the style that are slightly concave, a design trait often see on Pack pieces. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade is a very fine example. It is in mint condition, being bright and with full crossgrain. The reverse ricasso of the blade is marked with the large sized Hammering Siegfried trademark used after 1938. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A fine, personalized Army example here.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

AOD #38991C Untouched Army Officer's Dagger - F. W. Höller

This Höller Army Officer's Dagger is in completely untouched condition and has not been cleaning since the war. It has classic Höller hilt fittings, all being as black as coal.

The pommel has a very fine upper surface and a choice, untouched rim. The standing oak leaves have a black patination and fine hand enhancement.

The crossguard has a very fine Höller eagle, being the same as the example I show in my Army book on page 33. I personally feel the Höller eagles are the best looking types seen on period Army daggers. This crossguard is completely crisp and as black as the rest of the fittings.

The grip is also a beauty. It has toned to a very dark shade of orange, even deeper than pumpkin. It is in perfect condition throughout, standing in sharp contrast against the very dark mounts.

There is an original portepee attached to this dagger, in fine, mint condition. This portepee is 42 centimeters long, constructed from aluminum bullion, and set in the original tie.

The scabbard is a generic example used by Höller, the same as that shown on page 120 of my Army book. This scabbard has the same very dark patination seen on the hilt. There are traces of frosting clinging to the edges of both sides. It is as straight as an arrow and has crisply pebbled panels. The bands are the style with oak leaves and acorns, and the throat is retained by a single screw set into the reverse center.

The full mint blade is as nice as you could hope to find. It is completely bright, with full crossgraining and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the famous Höller Thermometer logo, and the original, new-like pebbled leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine, untouched Army Officer's Dagger here.

Mint. $895.00

AOD #38998C Army Officer's Dagger with Distributor Mark – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger is a textbook example, have the final style of fittings used by this prestigious firm. The silvering is perfect throughout this dagger, having a very nice patina.

The pommel is in fine condition, having no hits to the rim and no surface wear to the top. The twelve standing oak leaves are nice and crisp with hand-enhanced veins. The crossguard eagle is as nice as you will see; the bird looks to the left and has extremely fine detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The ferrule is the standard type we see with these last style fittings.

The grip is a most beautiful pumpkin orange, being in perfect condition and totally uniform in color throughout.

The scabbard matches the vintage of the hilt parts. It is nice and straight and has finely pebbled panels. There are some traces of silver frosting in the areas protected by the carrying bands. The rest of the silvering is 100% intact throughout the scabbard. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and the throat is the thicker type, retained by a single screw in the reverse center.

Although the blade is still nice and bright with a needle-like tip it does have some minor spotting on both sides, roughly a third of the way down the length. Beyond this the blade is in very good condition.

What is interesting about this blade, though, is the fact that it has a rarely seen distributor mark on the obverse ricasso. It is marked “Peter Kolb, Amberg”. This is a small town just to the east of Nuremberg. Apparently Kolb made a deal with Eickhorn to sell daggers in his shop, and as such found is name and location on the blades. The reverse of the dagger is marked with the standard manner, having the 1935-41 Squirrel trademark. The original blade washer is in place.

This Army Dagger is a great example for those of you that enjoy collecting all of the different types that were available during the period. There is a distributor marking identical to this dagger shown on an Eickhorn dagger in my Army Book, on page 125.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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 #25745 Army Officer's Dagger

This Army Officer's Dagger dagger is in nice condition, having very fine silvered fittings. It features the generic "A" style fittings and these are the same as I show on Page 78 of my Army Book. The pommel and cross guard are deeply patinated and perfectly match. This pommel has almost no wearing signs to the upper surfaces and has good detail to the standing oak leaves. The cross guard is an outstanding example, having perfect silvering The ferrule is the same as is shown on Page 78 and has matching patination. The grip of this example is a pleasing yellow color, being exactly like that of a grapefruit. The tones are even colored throughout the obverse and reverse and this grip is in perfect condition.

The scabbard is one of the generic types also. This scabbard has perfect silvering and nicely matches the patination of the hilt fittings. It is straight throughout and has crisp, pebbled panels. The bands are particularly nice, having outstanding hand-enhancing to the oak leaves. This hand-enhancing is very well done and extremely noticeable. The silvering to this scabbard is in mint condition. The throat is retained by a single flush mount, center placed screw in the obverse. Sometimes we see period obverse mounted screws on later scabbards. A nice scabbard here!

The blade is a fine, bright example, having all of the original cross graining. This blade is about as nice as you will see and it is in mint condition. It has been protected by an in-place large style leather washer.

This is a fine Heer dagger at a very reasonable price.

Uncleaned, Mint Minus. $650.00

AOD #38401C Army Officer's Dagger with Deluxe Grip and Double Etched Blade – Emil Voos

This Emil Voos Army Dagger is in untouched condition and still has the original patination throughout. If it were cleaned it would be a sparkler, but I will leave that choice to the next owner.

This example has the generic “A” style fittings which we see on most of these daggers. The pommel shows some minor wear to the top surfaces and has a few minor touches to the rim. The twelve standing oak leaves are nicely rendered and in good condition.

The crossguard is a fine generic “A” example. The detailing throughout the details of the bird remains crisp, and all of the silvering is completely intact beneath the deep patina. The ferrule is a matching silvered type.

The beautiful deluxe grip of this dagger is a typical Voos type with a somewhat oval shape. It is quite beautiful and is in perfect condition throughout. The obverse has a couple of fine age cracks that run most of the length. There are more attractive cracks at the right edge and the top. The grain is visible in the surface, being a bit more gold on the reverse. Overall a very fine deluxe grip here.

The scabbard is also an excellent example, uncleaned with a good silvered finish throughout. The pebbling is crisp and unmarred and the bands are decorated with fine overlapping oak leaves. The thin throat is retained by a pair of flat head screws.

The double etched blade is a classic Voos type. It is a real beauty, being in full mint condition and retaining a needle-like tip. The obverse etch has consists for beautiful floral patterns and an open-winged eagle with a smooth wreath and swastika. On either side of the swastika we see a set of oak leaf sprigs. All of the frosting is intact, giving a great look to the raised areas. The reverse blade is in the same mint condition, having 100% frosting throughout the floral design. The ricasso of this blade is marked with the Stump and Snake logo of the Voos firm, and the original pebbled brown leather blade washer is in place.

This is a very fine Voos example, sure to be a highlight of an advanced Army Dagger collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,995.00(#092617)

AOD #38435C Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger is of highest quality throughout and has not been cleaned since the war. The mounts are the 2nd Style that retain quite a bit of the original frosting in the recesses.

The pommel is a beauty, with a fine dark patina to the silver. There is a minor rib on the left edge but it is extremely minor. The pommel features the usual twelve oak leaves, all of which a finely detailed.

The crossguard is also a beauty, with a matching patination. There is frosting visible on the eagle as well as the curls at he quillon ends. The eagle is very fine, with full detailing intact throughout the design. The ferrule is the 2nd Style and has patinated to match.

The grip of this dagger is a very attractive pumpkin color, just slightly lighter on the obverse. It has hard to see the difference, however. This grip is in completely perfect condition.

The matching 2nd Style scabbard is a very fine example. There is frosting evident around the throat, the protected areas of the carrying bands and at the chape. The pebbled panels remains crisp and the bands have very fine oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single flat head screw set into the reverse.

The blade is as nice as you will see. It retains all of the original graining and is mirror-bright. The tip is perfect and needle-like. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped (not etched) with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. When we see this stamped trademark it is always a little smaller than the etched type. This stamped variant was used about 1940. Although this dagger was made during wartime you'd never know it as the quality and workmanship is second to none. The original brown blade buffer is in place. Although we usually see smaller buffers this one is large, probably due to supply issues caused by the war.

A very beautiful Eickhorn Army Officer's Dagger here.

Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #38266C Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger is in outstanding condition and reflects the fine craftsmanship that we normally associate with the Eickhorn firm.

The pommel is a beauty, with no hits to the top area and with quite a bit of frosting left on the top edge. The twelve standing oak leaves are all hand enhanced and remain crisp.

The crossguard is the 2nd Style, and it too is extremely crisp. The eagle has outstanding detail to the head and beak, as well as the breast and wing feathering. The bird grasps a wreathe with a vaulted mobile swastika and black backgrounds. The silvering throughout these fittings is perfect, with a fine matching ferrule.

The grip is a beautiful shade of tangerine and is in perfect condition. The original portepee is in place, being the style with a thick cord. There is some fraying where the cord exits the knot, but the rest remains in perfect condition.

The matching 2nd Style scabbard is also very nice, perfectly straight and with very crisp pebbled panels. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns and the thick throat is retained by a single flat screw in the reverse center.

The mint blade could not be any better; it is mirror bright and retains a needle-like tip. The reverse is deeply etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine Eickhorn example here that is priced to sell.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #37955C Early Army Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This very fine Eickhorn Army Dagger is of initial production; it has two side screws in the scabbard, a design trait that existed only for a very short time. As we know Eickhorn used one screw set into the reverse center shortly after going into the Army Dagger business.

The mounts are fantastic in that they all have much of the original frosting still on them. The pommel is a brass-based 1st Style. It has remarkable standing oak leaves and acorns running around the circumference. Each and every leaf has a hand-applied vein in the center. The upper pommel is nearly 100% frosted and has no hits to the rim. The ferrule is an outstanding 1st Style. The upper arms of the crossguard as well as the turned quillon ends retain much of the original frosting. It is very rare to see an initial production dagger remaining in this kind of condition. Needless to say the guard eagle is totally crisp throughout.

The grip of this dagger is a very attractive light shade of orange, perfectly uniform in tone and in perfect condition.

The early scabbard is not the brass type. It does, as mentioned above, have two screws retaining the throat, a feature only seen on very early Eickhorn scabbards. The bands are the convex type, decorated with outstanding hand-enhanced oak leaves.

The blade of this dagger is a stone mint, perfect example with full grain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the famous 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

A real beauty here, of earliest vintage. The original owner either took extremely good care of it or never wore it at all.

Mint. $1,255.50

AOD #37948C Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This remarkably well preserved Army example retains frosting on all of the mounts. It is an interesting dagger in that the parts are all the 2nd Style Eickhorn, with the sole exception of the generic “A” pattern crossguard. I have seen several Eickhorn daggers with this same anomaly. It simply means Eickhorn ran short of guards at one point and was forced to order some generic guards which they finished themselves.

The guard has frosting on the upper area, throughout the quillons and also in the recesses of the eagle. This frosting matches that seen on the top as well as on the protected areas of the scabbard, so there is no question the dagger was built this way. In my Army Book I show an Eickhorn example on page 111 that has a WKC guard. This guard is a generic “A” type and is in perfect, pristine condition, with full detailing through the eagle.

The pommel is in perfect condition, showing no wear to the top and with no hits to the rim. The standing oak leaves and acorns are in fine condition. The ferrule is the 2nd Style, and also has frosting remaining on it.

The grip of this dagger is a very pretty lemon color, which is unusual to see as this shade usual turns orange when exposed to sunlight over a period of years. This dagger must have been extremely well cared for!

The 2nd Style scabbard is a beauty, being 100% mint and with frosting clinging to the edges, bands, and throat. The bands have excellent overlapping oak leaves. The thick throat is retained by a flat screw in the center reverse.

The blade is pristine, with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the iconic 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine Eickhorn Army Dagger here; this is an excellent example for the “type” collector.

Mint. $1,075.50

AOD #37954C Army Officer's Dagger with Double Etched Blade

This double etched Army Dagger is a classic example, identical to the example I show in my Army Book on pages 134 and 135.

The hilt mounts are the generic “A” type. The pommel is in excellent condition, with choice silvering and a smooth top. The rim has a couple of minor signs of wear but they are negligible. The standing oak leaves are in fine condition with hand engraved veins. The ferrule is the proper example for the generic mounts.

The “A” pattern crossguard is a beauty, with perfect silvering throughout. The eagle has full detail throughout the head, eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The grip is a most pleasing deep orange and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is pristine, with full silvering and totally free of dents. The panels are choice and crisp, and the oak leaf bands are perfect down to the hand engraved accents. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.

The blade is in choice, full mint condition. 100% of the original nickel plating is intact from the ricasso to the needle-like tip. This blade has frosted backgrounds on both sides, with a beautiful floral panel with an open center. There is an open-winged eagle and swastika with oak leaf sprigs beneath each wing. The reverse has a full floral treatment. The original small brown leather blade washer is intact and in place.

These unmarked etched blades often have thicker threads than we see on a typical Voos blade, and that is the case here. This example has the same thread pattern as the piece shown on page 134, with the tang having a pointed tip. If you are looking for an unmarked double etched blade, this dagger is just about the best you could find. It is in fantastic condition and deserves a place of honor in your collection.

Mint. $3,595.50

AOD #37951C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Dagger is in very choice condition throughout; it is uncleaned and has and outstanding, even patination across the surfaces.

The pommel is the 2nd Style, with much of the original frosting around the rim of the upper edge. The rim is in fine condition, with no signs of any hits. The standing oak leaves are nicely done, each having fine hand-enhanced details.

The ferrule and the crossguard are the 1st Style. The guard is outstanding, with full detailing crisp throughout the bird. Like the pommel the crossguard has remnants of frosting clinging to the upper surfaces are well as on the turned quillon ends.

The grip is an extremely dark shade of orange and very pleasing to the eye. This grip is in perfect condition, and the rich orange color is beautifully complemented by the dark patina seen on the mounts.

The scabbard is the 1st Style, completely dent free and with the early, closely pebbled panels. The bands are the convex type, with very fine, hand-enhanced oak leaves. The throat on this earlier is not the later, fatter type, and is held in place by a single flat head screw in the reverse center.

The highest quality blade is in stone mint condition. This blade has a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small leather blade buffer is in place.

A very desirable early Eickhorn Army Dagger here.

Mint. $1,165.50

AOD #37952C Early Personalized Army Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This fine, early Army Dagger has the 2nd Style pommel. This pommel is in perfect condition, showing little wear of any kind. The standing oak leaves are in very crisp condition with expertly hand-enhanced veins.

The ferrule and crossguard are the 1st Style. The crossguard eagle retains full, crisp detailing throughout his eye, beak, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The reverse of the crossguard is professionally engraved with a really nifty personalization. The name of the original owner of this dagger has been beautifully applied in double scribed, shaded letters. It reads “Dr Hi”, which has to be among the best names of all time, especially for a Nazi doctor. I tried looking up "Doctor Hi" in the rank lists but had no luck; it is possible this could be an abbreviation of the last name. Either way this is a sensational engraving and would this piece would be a highlight of any Army Dagger collection.

The grip of this dagger is a most beautiful shade of orange, almost like a popsicle, and it remains in perfect condition.

The 1st Style scabbard is the steel type, with outstanding pebbled panels. There are a couple of signs of usage here and there, but overall the scabbard is nearly mint. The carrying bands are the convex type with fine overlapping oak leaves, each showing evidence of hand enhancement to the veins. The throat is retained by a single flat head screw in the reverse center.

The stone mint blade is a real head turner, with a needle-like tip and all of the original grain. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the iconic 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the small brown leather blade washer is in place.

A fantastic personalized Army Dagger here; it is a conversation piece that is just loaded with character.

Mint Minus. $1,435.50

AOD #37956C Army Dagger with Glass Grip – F. W. Höller

This Höller Army Dagger is a classic example, retaining much of the original frosting spread throughout all of the mounts.

The pommel is in excellent condition, with nearly 100% frosting across the upper areas. The standing oak leaves and acorns are also in excellent, crisp condition.

I personally like the Höller crossguard better than any other manufacturer; I believe the Höller eagle was the very best design made and is very pleasing to the eye. Like the pommel this eagle retains much of the original frosting.

The glass grip of this dagger is also a beauty, being a deep amber. It is almost completely perfect but for a minuscule crack at the lower right segment and an extremely small chip between the segments halfway up the grip. I cannot overempasize how minute these flaws are, and the grip is otherwise perfect.

There is a fine original 42cm aluminum portepee attached to this dagger, showing some age but with no fraying.

The scabbard is the generic style frequently see with Höller daggers. This scabbard also retains most of the original frosting on its surfaces. It is perfectly straight with crisp panels and excellent oak leaves on the bands. The throat is retained by a single headless screw set in the reverse center.

The blade of this dagger is in pristine mint condition throughout, with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgraining. The reverse is darkly etched with the famous Höller Thermometer logo, with 17 tiny hash marks on either side of the main scale. The original small, brown pebbled leather blade washer is in place. The original small brown leather blade washer is in place.

If you do not have a glass gripped Army Dagger in you collection, this piece represents an excellent opportunity to correct this shortcoming. A very exciting Army piece in nearly top condition here.

Mint Minus. $1,165.50

AOD #37670C Unissued Army Officer's Dagger with Issue Tag & Hangers – Carl Eickhorn

This fantastic example produced by Carl Eickhorn was never issued. It still has much of the original frosting throughout all of the mounts. There are some darker oxidized areas, where air managed to penetrate the protective lacquer.

The mounts are the 2nd Style that I show in my Army Book on pages 25, 26, and 27. The crossguard is actually the 3rd Style, as there was a 2nd Style that I missed when I originally published my book.

The pommel is a textbook 2nd Style example. The top of the rim has about 70% of the frosted finish, with some mild oxidation. The rim is completely crisp throughout. The standing oak leaves are nicely detailed, with the rim below the pommel still being frosted. The ferrule is the standard type, shown on page 25. The crossguard is identical to that shown on page 25, being in brand-new condition. This guard has much of the original frosting around the recessed areas around the quillon end curls as well as around the head and breast of the eagle.

The grip is extremely desirable, being a deep orange on the obverse which fades to a slightly lighter shade on the reverse. This grip is in totally perfect condition.

The 2nd Style scabbard is amazing, with 60 to 70% of the frosting is still bright, while the oxidized areas has turned to a blackish color. This scabbard has fine details to the pebbled surfaces, and the carrying bands are decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is the thicker style, retained by a single flat head screw in the reverse center.

Accompanying this scabbard are an outstanding, high quality set of Mint hanging straps. These hangers are still stiff and do not appear to have ever been used. The brocade is in beautiful condition on the obverse, while the reverse has a green backing of what appears to be felt. There are a couple of moth nips in the backing but it is easy to see that these straps were never used. There are tow high quality leather fasteners, each retained by a rivet. The hardware is the deluxe type, the upper clip being a closed style with a pattern of raised oak leaves and “DRGM” on the upper bar. The oval buckles and slides have matching overlapping oak leaf and acorn details. The snaps at the bottom are the “push-up” style. These snaps are decorated with oak leaves on the obverse. And each on is DRGM on the reverse. It is very unusual to see, but the hardware on these hangers still has 100% of the original silvering. A rare sight indeed.

As we would expect the blade of this dagger is absolutely stone Mint. It has a beautiful mirror-bright surfaces, with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. The blade dark etched with the 1935 through '41 Eickhorn trademark. It features a seated squirrel, looking to the viewer's left and holding a downward pointing sword. Above the rodent we see the word “Original” and below the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. The original small brown leather blade buffer is in place.

Attached to the upper ring of this choice dagger is an Eickhorn string tag. The string itself is in good condition, showing normal age. The tag is the style which constructed of two metal halves joined together. It is a red color. The obverse of the tag shows the 1935 logo with the addition of the protected patent term “Ges Gesch” at the bottom. On the opposite side the tag is printed “Eickhorn / Tradition / Qualität”. The original paper advertising piece is missing from the lower slot but it still a fine original control tag.

This is a great combination here, being an issued, full Mint Army Dagger complete with issue tag and Mint hanging straps. None better!

Mint. $1,975.50

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 #37909C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early Army Officer's Dagger is quite beautiful, having never been cleaned and with a fine, dark, evenly patinated surface throughout. The mounts are all of the 2nd Style, the same as I show on pages 25 and 26 of my Army Book.

The pommel is in choice, perfect condition, with no wear to the top area. The crossguard of this piece could not be better; all of the detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika is present and crisp.

The grip is a very pleasing light orange color and it remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is also in totally perfect condition, with 100% of the original silvering. The panels are crisply pebbled and the carrying bands are decorated with very fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The thick throat is retained by a flat head screw placed in the reverse center.

The beautiful blade is totally mint, with full crossgrain and a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking to just buy one Army Dagger this example should work for you; it would be extremely difficult to upgrade.

Mint. $1,195.00

AOD #37933C Late Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn (Over the Shoulder Logo)

This late production Army Officer's Dagger is in top condition throughout. It is finished in the gray tones which were used after the war began, when silver became next to impossible to obtain. This does not mean there is any lack of quality, however, as the workmanship is terrific throughout this piece. The mounts are all the 2nd Style, the same as those shown in my Army Book on pages 25 and 26.

The pommel is in outstanding condition, having no signs of wear on the upper areas or hits to the rim. The standing oak leaves are crisp throughout. The 2nd Style ferrule is and excellent example, and the crossguard below is in perfect condition. The bird retains full detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika.

Providing a fine contrast to the gray mounts is the fine, tangerine colored grip. This grip is in totally perfect condition.

The standard 2nd Style scabbard is as straight as an arrow and shows virtually no wear whatsoever. It has very crisply pebbled panels and excellent oak leaves and acorns on the carrying rings. The thick throat is retained by a single flat head screw mounted in the reverse center.

The blade of this dagger is still bright, although there is a small amount of smudge on the obverse as well as on the area near the trademark. Beyond this it is nearly mint, with a needle-like tip and full crossgraining. This blade is stamped with the very rarely seen Eickhorn “Over the Shoulder” Squirrel trademark. The squirrel looks, as the name would suggest, over his shoulder, and is seated above the words “Original”, “Eickhorn”, and “Solingen”. The original small brown blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for a late Eickhorn example with a gray finish and the variant trademark, this is piece for you. It is very rare to see Army Daggers with this logo.

Near Mint. $1,295.00



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 #37360 Army Officer's Dagger – WKC

This WKC Army Officer's Dagger is textbook throughout, looking identical to the example I show in my Army Book on pages 63, 64 and 66.

The pommel of this dagger is in excellent condition, showing a little wear around the rim but nothing bad. The silvering is completely intact throughout this pommel. The standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good black backgrounds. The ferrule is the same as the piece shown on page 66, as is the “Hatchet Beak” crossguard.

The crossguard retains full silvering and has a fine patination. The details throughout the characteristic WKC eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip is a very pretty, deep orange color, with a reverse grip that has toned to an even darker shade. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is a fine WKC example, with all of the silvering and much of the frosting along the edges. This straight scabbard has very crisp, finely grained panels. The carrying bands have an excellent pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns, with hand enhancing evident on each of the leaves. The throat is the thicker style and is held in place by a single flat head screw on the upper right edge.

The Mint blade is nice and bright throughout, having all of the original crossgrain. It is interesting as the center segment drifts slightly off to the right. We see this a lot on later daggers, and it is nothing to be concerned about, It was caused by the polisher being a little off at the time he finished the blade. The needle-like tip is still intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and a large size leather blade washer is in place.

An excellent, textbook WKC Army Officer's Dagger here.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #36197C Early Army Officer's Dagger with Damascus Blade – Gustav Häker

This early Army Officer's Dagger is of initial production, and apparently its original owner appreciated the quality and beauty of a Damascus blade and ordered it with his dagger. He also had his monogram engraved on the crossguard. Obviously this officer was either high ranking or a man of wealth or possibly both.

The hilt mounts are all of silvered solid nickel. They are the early style as produced by the E. Pack and Company. The crossguard is identical to the example I show on page 50 of my Army Book. The pommel is the same early solid brass type as is shown on page 53. This pommel shows a little hand wear around the pommel rim but no hits. The top of the pommel shows some carrying time but no problems. This pommel is the style that is equipped with fourteen standing oak leaves that run around the circumference of the pommel’s outside. The leaves all show some hand enhancing as to their veins. The crossguard is about in the same condition as the example that is shown on page 50. This Pack eagle is a good looking bird featuring the head turning to the viewer’s left with hand enhanced breast feathering. The breast feathering shows some mild wear particularly in the center area as does the head. The wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika however are still in choice condition.

The reverse of the crossguard is engraved with the original owner’s monogram, “W.B”. The engraving is professionally done having both initials with shading in the center area. Both of these mounts have fine silvering with very deep patination. The ferrule is an early type matching the book piece on page 53. As we would expect on an early piece this example is equipped with a “slant” grip. This grip is a fine orange color being in totally perfect condition. The ribs on these slant grips have a very deep separation line and there is much dirt and residue of the period that is still trapped in these recesses.

The hilt is decorated with the original-to-the-piece portepee. This aluminum portepee has a slight fray where the cord comes out of the original knot but otherwise it is in excellent condition. The scabbard is also a fine early example having the finer pebbled panels only seen on early pieces. The scabbard is straight throughout showing mild carrying time but still having 100% of the deeply patinated silver plating. The bands are in fine condition also having extensive hand enhancing to the veins. The throat is retained by two flatter head side screws which are positoned slightly lower than norm, a typical Pack trait.

Now to the best part of this outstanding dagger. The blade is a wonderful maidenhair pattern, having some interesting round swirls in the center areas. The pattern is extremely prominent and still remains in mint condition with a needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is raised etched with the very rarely seen trademark featuring the mountaineer with a pick slung over his left shoulder. The raised logo has 100% gilt to its features. Below the mountaineer in an upward pointing arch manner are the capital letters of the firm and the location city, “Gust. Häker / Solingen”. Since Häker was a very small producer, the original purchaser of this fine dagger went into their offices and had this piece custom ordered. Häker would have purchased the mounts from E. Pack who was a known supplier of early fittings to other producers.

Looking at the tang of the dagger it is stamped, “Echter / Damescener”, however most of the letters from the word “Damescener” were ground off during the fitting process of the grip and crossguard. Also on the tang in an oval design are the maker’s initials, “AM”. This is the marking of Paul Müller’s father who may have made the blade or Paul Müller himself could have also made the blade as it is known that he did use his father’s trademark up until the years until he became one of Germany’s best known Damask smiths on his own. There is a brown leather blade washer protecting this outstanding example.

To me this is a very, very desirable dagger because of the fact that is it an early maker bearing an early Damask smith’s trademark. It also has survived the last seven decades in outstanding untouched condition. This is a fine dagger to add to an advanced collection and to my way of thinking should be an outstanding investment for the future. I sold this dagger to a collector a couple of years ago and he is now retiring from the hobby and that gives us all a chance once again to possibly acquire this piece for our own collection. An absolute original example here with very desirable characteristics.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $12,500.00

AOD #37328 Army Officer's Dagger with Deluxe Upgrade Grip - Carl Eickhorn

Well, I guess today was my lucky day. A man called me from California and wanted to know if the dagger he had was real. I asked him what it looked like and he said it was shiny and the blade had a mark that looked like "Elkhorn" or something like that. He also said the "handle" had some cracks in it and there was a rope around it. I asked him to send me a couple of email pictures and he did.

Wow, I could not believe it when I looked at the images he sent. There it was; a choice Eickhorn Army Officer's Dagger with portepee and, believe it or not, complete with a beautiful, deluxe, extra-cost grip! Like he said, the "handle" indeed has some cracks in it, but boy are they gorgeous! I returned his email and told him what he had, what it was worth and what I would give him for it. At this point I thought he was going to pass out! He told me that he had bought one of those unseen foreclosure storage bins and the dagger was in it! Amazing how good things can turn up in the oddest places. Well, he was so excited he sent the dagger next day air service, and here it is for you guys. I would say over thirty years, I have purchased maybe three or four standard daggers equipped with one of these luxury option grips. They are extremely rare, as the cost of the grip from Eickhorn was more than the entire dagger. Anyhow, this is your chance for those of you out there that have been looking for a dagger with one of these rare deluxe grips.

This piece is a textbook Eickhorn, having the last style mounts and scabbard, all having 100% silvering. The pommel has only the slightest signs of usage on the upper surface. The 12 standing oak leaves are nicely accented with good backgrounds. The crossguard eagle has all of the fine detail this firm is noted for - nice.

The grip is a real treasure, being a typical Eickhorn carved type, having a slight oval-shape and most attractive golden tones. It is just like the grip I show in my Army Book on page 10, right. There are a number of cracks that run down the surfaces bringing this grip to life - just lovely. There are two minuscule flakes each being at the very top of the grip where the ribs end on both sides, but it is nothing.

The original-to-the piece portepee remains set in place in the proper tie; the slide was at the top loop area but I moved it down. There is no fray and the knot remains in full mint condition, a sure sign that this dagger saw little usage.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow, being the 2nd Style. It retains its crisp pebbled panel design. There are frosted remains in the protected areas around the carrying bands. The bands are very fine with each overlapping oak leaf reflecting hand-enhancing. The thick-style throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse center. A very fine scabbard here.

The blade, as we would hope, is also a choice example. It is completely bright and retains 100% cross grain with needle-like tip. There are a few small age lines that run along the edges of both sides. I never saw these type age lines before, but believe me, they do not detract from the blade's mint condition, and if anything, they give the blade some pleasing character.It is interesting to note that the trademark is the seldom-seen, small, stamped-style of the 1935-41 hallmark. These stamped marks were done circa 1941, prior to the over-the-shoulder style adopted after this time. The mark depicts the squirrel holding a downward-pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, "Original", and below are the name and location, "Eickhorn/ Solingen" The original small leather blade washer is in place.

This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a factory-purchased Army dagger with an amazing, extra-cost deluxe grip. This optional upgrade is in demand; I get calls from collectors looking for these from time to time, so now is your chance to add a rare Army example to your collection. Very fine piece here! A real killer!

Mint Minus. $2,695.00

AOD #37256 Army Officer's Dagger – E. & F. Hörster

This Army Officer's Dagger recently came in from a veteran family and is totally untouched. All of the silvering is intact throughout, which is unusual on Hörster pieces. This dagger is identical to the example I show in my Army Book on page 40.

The pommel is a beauty, showing some hand wear around the edges but with no hits. The top surface looks really great with all of the silvering intact and no flaws. The pommel oak leaves are interesting in that this pommel is the style with fourteen leaves instead of the usual twelve. The fine ferrule is identical to the example shown on page 40.

The crossguard is textbook style Hörster, which you can see a closeup of on page 43 of my Army Book. This guard features a very noble eagle who looks to the viewer's left with very close hand checkered breast feathering. The guard on this dagger is in better shape than the one shown in the book. The detail throughout the design of the bird is really impressive. The silvering is completely perfect on both sides of the guard.

The grip is most pleasing, being a very dark pumpkin orange. It is a solid celluloid type and is in perfect condition. It is just a tad darker in color on the reverse.

The scabbard is very, very fine, being straight throughout and with matching patination. The pebbled pattern is quite fine on this scabbard. The bands are the same as those seen on page 42 of my book. These bands feature overlapping oak leaves with hand done accents. The throat of this example is slightly unusual in that both sides of the throat cantilever over the scabbard edges quite a bit. The screws are also located fairly low; they are the dome head steel type.

The blade is as nice as you will see. It is a real killer, completely mirror bright and with 100% graining in the surfaces. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse of the blade is etched at the ricasso with the same trademark we seen on page 39 of my Army Book. The dagger is complete with the in place, new-like leather washer.

A very fine, untouched Army Dagger here that has never been in a collection.

Untouched Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #37195C Army Officer's Dagger 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. $1,495.00

AOD #37049 Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn piece shows some period wear but no abuse whatsoever. The dagger has the 3rd Style fittings, being the same as I shown in my Army Book on pages 25 and 26.

The pommel shows some usage and has a few taps on the smooth upper surface, but the rim seems to escaped any damage. The twelve standing oak leaves are crisp with good handwork to the veins. The ferrule is the same as I show on page 25 of my book, as is the fine 3rd Style crossguard. This guard is slightly different than the examples shown on page 24 and 25. It is a transitional piece, having the same head with slightly different breast feathering.

The grip is an attractive, deep orange color and in perfect condition.

The Eickhorn scabbard is the standard type, night and straight and with good pebbled panels on both sides. The carrying bands have good overlapping oak leaves, and the throat is the thicker style retained by a single screw in the reverse center.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. There are a few minor signs of age in the metal, but you have to look closely to see them. Overall this blade is in near mint condition. The original brown leather washer is in place.

A good collectible Eickhorn piece here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

AOD #37163 Early Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early Army Officer's Dagger is equipped with the 1st Style crossguard, ferrule, and scabbard while having a 2nd Style pommel.

The pommel is a very fine example, still having frosting visible on the upper surfaces. The rim is nice and crisp, and the twelve standing oak leaves all have fine enhancing. The crossguard is the same as the one I show on page 24 of my Army Book. The eagle is in very fine condition, with full detail to his head and the fine checkered breast feathering, as well as the wings, talons, wreath and raised swastika. The ferrule is the 1st Style. This guard also has lots of frosting evident on the top quillon arms.

The grip has toned to a deep pumpkin orange and is in totally perfect condition. A nice hilt here.

The 1st Style scabbard has very fine pebbled panels and is nice and straight. The bands are the convex type, and each and every oak leaf shows evidence of hand enhancement. The throat is a thinner style, retained by a single screw on the center reverse. There is also a large amount of frosting that remains in the areas that were protected by the guards as well as the carrying bands.

The blade is a beauty, completely mirror bright and with 100% of the factory grain. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse has a very dark etched Eickhorn squirrel; the 1935-41 type, featuring the seated animal holding a downward pointing sword. The small sized brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine, investment quality early Army Officer's Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

AOD #36549C Army Officer's Dagger – H. Kolping

This Army Officer's example is a classic Kolping, having the usual white grip that we normally see offered by this producer. It is essentially the same as the dagger and scabbard is show on pages 105 and 106 of my Army Book.

The silvering is in perfect condition throughout this fine piece. The pommel is a beauty, having a perfect top without a trace of use or hits to the rim. It features a design of twelve standing oak leaves interspersed with acorns. The crossguard is a generic “A” variety, and is in remarkable condition with full detailing through the bird, with no wear. The ferrule is the same as the book piece mentioned above.

The grip is an off-white color being slightly darker on the upper sections of the ribs, undoubtedly a result of being held for many years. It has a great look to it, and remains in completely perfect condition.

The scabbard is a generic type, being identical to those shown on pages 105 and 106 of my book. This scabbard has completely perfect silvering with extremely crisp pebbled panels on both sides. The bands have outstanding oak leaves and acorns. The throat has no retaining screw; it was put into place while the scabbard was heated, and was held in place when the metal contracted upon cooling. This is an indication of later production.

The blade is a fine, bright specimen, with a needle-like tip. It has crossgraining throughout the surfaces, and only shows the most minor signs of age. This blade is easily in Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, “H. Kolping / Solingen”. Inside is a beer mug with a emblazoned with a large letter “S”. At the upper part of the “S” is a the letter “H” and below the letter “K”. The small-style dark brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice Kolping example here; a relatively rare maker to find.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #36540C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Puma

This early Puma dagger is the first example I have seen that has a custom designed crossguard and an early pommel top. Apparently Puma did make a few extremely early pieces.

The pommel and crossguard appear to be brass-based, with outstanding heavy silver plating. There hilt pieces are in full Mint condition, and do not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The pommel has no wear on the upper surface and no hits to the rim. The standing oak leaves number fourteen, and they are they early style with each and every leaf having hand-enhancing. The two leaves that fall on the casting seams show extra handwork, with pebbling in the center areas. A great pommel here!

The crossguard resembles the SMF style that I show on page 57 of my Army Book, the difference is that this particular eagle has more hand-enhancing to his head and feathering. Also the SMF guard eagle is usually produced of lightweight metal, while this piece is of brass. The eagle is most beautiful, almost looking like a piece of jewelry. It has no wear and is in beautiful condition. The reverse guard also is in first-rate condition. The ferrule is one of the early types, with matching patination.

The grip is an appealing dark orange color, and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard is also a rather unique type, having convex carrying bands which resemble the early, 1st Type Eickhorn variety. The oak leaves are well done, having hand-enhancing to the veins. The panels have very crisp pebbling, and the throat is retained by two dome-head screws, both being positioned fairly low.

The blade is something that you could write home about! It is a beauty, with a needle-like tip and perfect crossgraining. It also has an interesting trademark. It features a diamond with the famous Puma cat inside, with the firm's name below the head. The diamond, however, is smaller than the type we normally see from this producer. This is the first example I have seen with this smaller sized trademark. The original, large tan blade washer is in place and in good condition.

This dagger is probably almost unique; a great piece here for “type” collectors who really know what they are doing! It should bring a smile to the faces of this sophisticated group.

Untouched Mint. $1,395.00

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 #36550C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Arthur Schüttlehöfer

This early Army Officer's Dagger is produced by the ASSO firm, which is highly unusual an early example. The mounts are of highest quality, and appear to have been produced by the WKC firm. These mounts and scabbard are identical to example I show on page 65 of my Army Book.

The hilt mounts are of heavy brass base metal, with outstanding silver plating. Although the plating is highly patinated, it is easy to see that it is all still in place. The pommel has a fine upper surface, with no signs of usage and no hits to the rim. It features the characteristic fourteen standing oak leaves around the edges. These oak leaves have all been hand-enhanced, and some pebbling is evident in the decoration. The choice matching crossguard features the same bird as page 65. This bird retains excellent detail to the beak, eye, hand-enhanced breast feathering, talons, wreath and raised mobile swastika. The open wings also have fine, hand-enhanced detail. The matching ferrule is the same as shown in page 65 of my book. The grip is only of the early, “slant” type grips. It is a deep orange color, and just slightly light on the reverse facing. This grip is a real beauty. A beautiful guard here!

The attached, original-to-the-piece portepee is the standard Army tie, and is in full Mint condition, with only the most minor signs of use.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has matching, deep patination, with crisp panels and no signs of lifting to the steel base. The bands feature outstanding overlapping oak leaves, also displaying hand-enhancing to the veins. The throat is a somewhat thinner type, and is retained by two dome-head style screws.

The blade is a real killer, completely mirror-bright and having full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is in stone Mint condition, and is etched on the reverse with the unusual trademark of the Schüttlehöfer firm. It is basically a double oval with the name and location of the firm within, “A. Schüttlehöfer & Co. / Solingen Wald”. Inside can be seen a pair of crossed hobby horses, positioned over a rectangle box and bearing the abbreviation of the firm's name, “ASSO”. The original small style blade buffer is in place.

A great dagger here for the “type” collectors out there, and I believe it is the first Schüttlehöfer dagger I've seen of this vintage. We mostly see this firm's name on later pieces. A good, untouched, invest quality dagger here.

Uncleaned Near Mint. $1,495.00

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 #36539C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Alcoso (Rare Crossguard)

This Army Officer's Dagger is a very early Alcoso, and has the much sought after crossguard that we almost never see. This is the guard that appears in my Army Book on page 21, upper. It has a much wider wings than a normal Army eagle, giving it a very distinctive look. It is also the type that Alcoso used to produce their ¾ size miniature Army Daggers.

At any rate the pommel is an all-brass, silvered example, having fine patination. The upper surface areas are nice and smooth, showing little wear, and the rim is still very crisp. The pommel features the usual fourteen standing oak leaves around the periphery, and each and every one has been hand-enhanced.

The crossguards are in absolutely Mint condition; the silvering is totally perfect, with a black patination that matches the pommel. This crossguard bird has perfect definition to his eye and beak, as well the his hand-checkered breast feathering and hand-lined talons. The very wide wingspan is beautifully executed with detailed feathering, and the wreath and mobile swastika are similarly exceptional. A truly beautiful set of crossguards here! The ferrule has a matching black patina.

To add to the spectacle of this hilt, the perfectly conditioned grip is a very deep orange. It may be just the slightest bit lighter on the reverse, but even this side of the grip is an eye catcher.

The scabbard is also a very desirable example, being of silvered brass construction an having the fine pebbling we only see on early pieces. It is nice and straight, having some light frosting still intact in the protected areas, as well as around the throat. The bands are well executed, with hand-enhancing visible on the pattern of overlapping oak leaves. The thick style throat cantilevers on both sides, and is retained by flatter-head small bore screws in the usual manner. A great scabbard here!

The blade, as we all would hope, is mirror-bright. It also has all of the crossgrain, and a needle-like tip. There are a few extremely minor age marks, but they are nothing and not enough to effect the full Mint rating of the blade. The trademark is the very early Alcoso style that was used prior to 1936. It features a large set of scales with the initials of the firm, “ACS” interspersed. This early mark does not feature a company name, and is the same as we see on early RLB Officer's pieces. The large style brown leather washer is in place.

This is the ultimate dagger for the “type” collectors out there, as it really does have everything. You can look for many years and never find this particular model in this particular condition. An outstanding investment quality piece here.

Near Mint. $1,695.00

AOD #36547C Early Army Officer's Dagger – C. Gustav Spitzer

This early Army Officer's Dagger is a remarkable specimen, and an extremely rare find. As luck would have it I show an identical piece on page 59 of my Army Book.

This highest quality dagger is equipped with brass hilt mounts, having a deeply patinated silver surface. The upper are of the pommel shows some mild use, but no bad hits; the rim is still in near perfect condition but for a small tap at about 3 o'clock. It features the usual design of fourteen standing oak leaves separated by acorns. Each of these leaves has been hand rendered, with particular attention to the two leaves which fall on the casting seams.

The crossguard has an outstanding bird, which resembles the early Pack style guards. It was more than likely produced by another firm, but I feel was most likely finished by Spitzer. This bird basically the same as the example I show on page 59 of my Army Book. It has a little wear to the head, but the silvering is still all there. The eye and beak are both hand rendered, as is the closely checkered breast. There is also noticeable enhancing on the first row of wing feathers. Beautiful work here! The wreath is extremely well done, as is the prominent mobile swastika. The silvering is in choice condition, having a fine, dark patination. The ferrule has matching patination.

The grip is one of the early “slant” types. It is most attractive, being a dark, pumpkin orange with just a slightly lighter tone on the reverse. This grip is in full Mint condition.

The scabbard is one of the early steel types, having very fine pebbled panels. It is a beauty, having 100% silvering that has patinated to a coal black tone. This fine scabbard is equipped with carrying bands that feature a decoration of hand-cut oak leaves. Each and every leaf is formed of lines coming out of a vein with handwork edges, and the surfaces have been pebbled to give relief to the design. Outstanding work here, which cannot help but be admired by those in the know in this hobby. The throat is a thinner type, and is retained by two dome-head side screws.

Since this dagger is equipped with a blade tang that has the early straight edges, it is a fine example. It has a good, straight lined center ridge and is still bright, having most of the crossgrain in the surfaces and needle-like tip. There are some very minor age spots which could possibly come out with a little work as they do not look deep. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar trademark with the firm's name and location in capital letters, “C. Gustav Spitzer Solingen”. Inside is a well defined prancing lion who holds his left front paw high in the air, with a wagging tail and a flickering tongue. A great trademark here! The original small size brown leather washer is in place.

An outstanding early, initial-production example here, which is perfect for the appreciative “type” collector out there.

Near Mint. $1,596.00

AOD #36538C Early Army Officer's Dagger – Anton Wingen, Jr.

This Wingen piece is of extremely early vintage, being the same as the example I show in my Army Book on page 71. The hilt mounts are of early brass construction, having nice silver plating. The pommel is the early variety, having fourteen standing oak leaves separated by acorns. These oak leaves have hand-enhancement, with particular attention paid to the leaves that fall on the casting seams. The top of the pommel shows some normal usage signs and the rim has a couple of hit; none of this is too bad, however.

The crossguard is identical to the one shown on page 69 of my book. It features a open-winged eagle, with visible hand work on his eye, beak, breast feathering, talons and wreath. There is some wear to the head and breast, but again it is not too bad. The swastika is nicely vaulted out of the black backgrounds of the wreath. The ferrule is the same as the book piece.

The grip is a most attractive, very dark orange color, with a uniform tone on both sides. This grip is in nearly perfect condition, with just a slight hairliner on the lower left side rib. Because if the darkness of the grip, though, this minor flaw is barely noticeable.

The scabbard has matching patination, and is an early steel type. The pebbling is still in excellent condition, and both sides are nice and straight. The carrying bands are embellished with overlapping oak leaves which do have hand-enhancing to the vein, but so show a little bit of wear on the surfaces. The thicker style throat is retained by two dome-head side screws which appear unturned.

The quality blade of this dagger still has the original sheen to the surfaces, along with a needle-like tip. Unfortunately there is some smudge on the blade, probably a little more on the obverse than the reverse. Not much can be done with this; when you view smudge under magnification you'll see that it does go into the metal. All in all, though, the blade is not too bad. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the little knight trademark, having the firm's name and location above and below, “A. W. Jr. / Solingen”. The small style brown leather blade washer is in place.

A difficult early dagger to find here, and I think it has special interest since a like piece is pictured in my Army Book.

Excellent. $995.00

AOD #36529C Army Officer's Dagger with Simulated Ivory Grip – F.W. Höller

This Army Officer's Dagger is in absolute choice condition throughout, with each hilt part, as well as the scabbard, having much of the original frosting still intact in the surfaces. The dagger is a textbook Höller piece, being identical to the example I show on page 33 of my Army Book.

The pommel is in totally perfect condition, having a nice black patination with frosting signs evident around the upper area. The pommel features twelve raised oak leaves separated by acorns. The detail is excellent throughout.

The crossguard eagle, in my opinion, is one of the best types produced during the period; I really like these style of these eagles. The head has an outstanding hooked beak, with a hand-enhanced eye and closely checkered breast feathering. Even the talons are extremely well rendered. The open wings are in excellent, crisp condition throughout, as is the detailed wreath with its raised-out mobile swastika. This guard still has maybe 80% of the original frosting still on the surfaces. I love to see this on daggers, don't you? The ferrule is the same as the book piece.

This dagger is equipped with one of the rarely seen simulated ivory grips which were introduced by Höller. This grip has a beautiful ivory tone throughout, and if you look closely at the ribs you will see a simulated grain running through them, more prominent on the reverse than it is on the obverse. We don't see this much, but when we do I think it is a most attractive and desirable variation. These grips were still the late plaster filled type, but that is the way things were done after the war started.

The dagger is equipped with the original-to-the-piece aluminum portepee. This portepee is in the original tie, and is in completely prefect condition showing no fray anywhere.

The scabbard is also a beauty, exactly matching the patination and frosted finish traces of the hilt mounts. Höller frequently used the generic scabbard with their product, being the same as the example I show on page 120 of my Army Book. This scabbard is absolutely flawless, with finely pebbled panels. The carrying bands feature a decoration of raised oak leaves separated by parallel acorns. The throat is a thinner type, retained by a single headless screw in the reverse center. A choice, Mint scabbard here!

As we would hope, the blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see, being in full Mint condition. This blade is mirror-bright, having 100% grain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar double ovals of the Höller firm, as well as the thermometer logo, having too many digits to ever count. The small style leather blade buffer is in place.

An extremely nice and hard to find simulated ivory grip example here.

Mint. $1,495.00

AOD #36216C Early Army Officer's Dagger with “Burnt Almond” Grip

This early Army Officer's Dagger is unmarked. The hilt fittings however appear to be those of the E. Pack company. The crossguard is the same as I show on page 50 of my Army Book. The pommel is in good condition but does show a little bit of wear to the silvering around the edges and also some on the top surfaces. The rim is nice and crisp however. The eagle shows wear to the bird’s head and breast feathering. This is also the case with the talons. The wing feathering, wreath and swastika however are still crisp. The ferrule is a fine example being the same as page 51. I think the best part of this dagger, though, is the grip. The grip is so dark that it has almost turned a red color. It is very, very beautiful and is in perfect condition throughout. If you have been looking for an ultra dark grip to accent your collection this one should excite you.

The scabbard also appears to be a Pack example. It is straight throughout and has good pebbled surfaces. There is some mild slight discolorations here and there in the silvering but this could be cleaned out if desired. The bands feature good overlapping oak leaves. It is interesting that the upper band appears to have been installed backwards as the oak leaves are going towards the carrying rings rather than the opposite as they usually are. Even the Germans were not perfect! The throat is retained by two dome head screws.

The extra cost blade also does a lot for the excitement of this dagger. The blade is a nickel-plated example. The nickel plating still retains its mirror finish and has lots of appeal together with the needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The original large style brown leather washer is in place.

A nice dagger here and, as stated above, the “burnt almond” color grip is very rare to see.

Excellent. $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 #35963 Early Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early Army Dagger has never been cleaned since the war. It is deeply patinated throughout and if you like uncleaned pieces is quite beautiful. If you don’t like uncleaned pieces perhaps you might want to get the semichrome out as I’m sure the silvering below the surfaces of the dirk on this dagger is still 100%. The crossguard is the same as the example I show on page 24 of my Army Book. This crossguard was the first type used by Eickhorn. It has an outstanding eagle which has very close checkered on the breast area and the head is also different than the style used later on. The detail throughout this bird is exceptional. The bird clutches a wreath with raised swastika. The early ferrule is the same as the one I show in the book picture.

The pommel cap is the second style. We do see vintages sometimes mixed on these daggers which merely represents using up of parts. This pommel is in good condition throughout having the same dark patination. It features twelve standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The grip is a real beauty having the appearance of being a “glass” type. It is an appealing darker orange color on the obverse being toned slightly lighter on the reverse and also around the lower area which apparently was covered by a portepee at one time. An extremely nice hilt here.

The scabbard is the first style example. This scabbard is the same as the one shown on page 24 having the narrow fine pebbling with oak leaves on the carrying bands being more converse than the second style. This scabbard has the same dark matching patination and remains in perfect condition throughout having 100% silvering. The throat is retained by one center screw in the reverse. There are also remains of frosting on the upper portion of the scabbard.

The blade is a fine, bright example, showing a little bit of age but still rating in near mint condition. This blade has some of the graining still in place but most of it appears to have been worn off. Nevertheless it has not lost its fine factory shine. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark used from 1935-1941. This trademark show a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality work “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original small brown leather washer is in place. A nice early Army Dagger here.

Uncleaned. Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

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 #35973C Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer’s Dagger is the 2nd style and is in nice condition throughout. The crossguard and pommel are the same as I show on page 25 of my Army Book. These mounts are in excellent condition having good silvering throughout and only the most modest amount of age evident. The grip is a fine orange color being in perfect condition. This grip is wrapped with the original army portepee. This portepee shows just a tad of fraying where the cord comes through the knot but it is negligible. This is a fine original portepee. The scabbard is the 2nd style, being the same as page 25 of my Army Book.

This scabbard has outstanding crisp pebbled panels and all of the silvering is in place and in good condition. The bands are in excellent condition with nicely detailed oak leaves. The thicker style throat is retained by one center placed screw in the reverse.

The blade is nice and bright throughout having good needlelike tip. This blade shows a little bit of in and out usage but basically it is still in good condition. There are some minor scratches on the reverse upper segment. With the brightness of the blade though it still grades easily at excellent plus, plus. The reverse ricasso has an etched 1935-41 trademark. It features a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. A good solid Eickhorn army dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #33816C Army Officer's Dagger with Damascus Blade

This Army Officer’s Dagger is composed of all early silver mounts being the “generic A” style that I show in my Army Book on page 79, upper. The pommel is in excellent condition showing only nominal usage signs around the rim. There is just the slightest of age in the silvering but none of it has left the surfaces. The twelve standing oak leaves separated by acorns are of crisp depiction running around the circumference. There is good age darkening in the backgrounds of these leaves. The ferrule is a matching generic type and also has fine oak leaf and acorn depiction with perfect silvered surfaces. The generic crossguard depicts a noble eagle with good detail to his eye, beak, breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. There is fine factory darkening in the backgrounds of the swastika. The quillon arms swell outward and down into a curl. The reverse of the crossguard shows a little lifting also but like the pommel, there is no silvering gone from the surfaces.

The grip is an extremely attractive example being slightly ovaled from the side. It has the nine ribs which descend downward from right to left. The grip has one small crack at the reverse left, but other than this remains in perfect condition. This grip has a very pleasing gold tone to the surfaces and also has some graining in many of the areas. This is a beautifully made period grip, designed to fit the tang of this blade in one direction only.

The scabbard is a matching generic type being identical to the example I show on page 120 of my Army Book. This scabbard is straight throughout and has fine silvering. There is only the slightest of age noticeable on a couple of the raised pebble patterns but that is it. The bands feature adjoining oak leaves with acorns in between and are nicely presented. The throat is a thinner style having a headless flush mount screw in the reverse center. The viewer is treated to a real pleasurable sight when the blade is pulled from the scabbard. This very beautiful hand forged Damascus blade appears to be the work of Paul Dinger. It features Dinger’s favorite mix of small roses in the center and a maiden hair style pattern on the edges. The blade has a needlelike tip and is in perfect, Full Mint condition. This period blade is the best you will see; the workmanship is absolutely astounding. Unfortunately the blade is not maker marked nor does it have the stampings of Paul Dinger on the tang. It is possible that the stampings were ground off during the fitting process or perhaps they were never there to begin with. I have handled a number of Damascus blades over my thirty year plus period of selling daggers and swords. After awhile you develop a pretty good eye for what is right and what is not.

Despite the lack of markings, in my opinion, this blade is absolutely of pre-1945 construction. The original large style brown leather washer is in place. Because of the unmarked status of this blade this dagger sells for about one half of what its value would be had it shown a marking. This is a very good deal for someone who recognizes quality and is willing to have a blade in his collection that is unmarked. Should there be any doubters out there please ask another trusted dealer his opinion of this Damascus blade. This blade is easily on par and in fact looks identical to the example I show, in color, on page XXIII of my Army book. It is also identical to the Damascus blade and fittings shown in color on page 158 of my Army book.

Near Mint. $9,500.00

AOD #35046 Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Army Officer's Dagger is equipped with the second style fittings produced by the Eickhorn firm, and being the same as in my Army Book on page 25. The pommel shows a little bit of usage across the top surfaces, and also a couple of minor carrying signs along the rim. The twelve standing oak leaves are in choice condition, with hand enhancing visible. The crossguard eagle is a beauty, having all details to the bird's head, breast fathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and raised out swastika. The ferrule is the same as the book example on page 25. These mounts have been cleaned recently, and they all have perfect silvering throughout. The grip is an egg yolk color, being in perfect condition, except for a tiny hairliner, noticable on the reverse first rib. Otherwise, it is a great grip.

The scabbard is a traditional second style, having full silvering throughout. This scabbard is straight as an arrow, and still has good, crisp, pebbled panels. The carrying bands are in excellent condition, with good detail to the overlapping oak leaves. The thick style throat is retained by a center placed, flatter head screw.

The blade is pretty much in mint condition, except for a small portion near the tip area. All of the graining is still intact, and the brightness is all there. The lower area of the blade has just a bit of smudge and some minor age, but the blade still rates in near mint condition, retaining its needle like tip. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the 1935-41 squirrel trademark. The small style, leather washer is in place.

A fine Army Dagger here, made by the prestigious Eickhorn firm. It is interesting that the lead weight inside of the scabbard is loose. This is something that we frequently see on Eickhorn scabbards. The weight was initially put into the scabbard hot, and most of the time it stuck to the inside edges. After years of usage though, often this weight does come loose. If it bothers you, it is an easy thing to repair, being just a matter of taking the throat and runners out, and then being able to get to the weight. A little glue on the bottom of the weight, and putting it back in place, will take care of the problem. There is no reason to do any of this though, as the weight does not shift within the scabbard. It does not cause any trouble with the blade, so if it doesn't bother you, the weight can be left loose just the way it is. A nice dagger here which is reasonably priced.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

AOD #35356 Army Officer's Dagger – Robert Klaas

This Army Officer's Dagger is in untouched. “as found” condition. It is the early version Klaas having the mounts that I show in my Army Book on page 47, lower. These mounts show some age with a little bit of freckling in the finish but overall the silvering is still pretty much intact. The pommel has some usage signs around the rim and the oak leaves are the standing variety which run around the circumference. The crossguard eagle is outstanding showing hand checkering to the breast feathering area as well as to the eye and the beak. The later Klaas examples do not have this nice handwork. It is rare to see this particular crossguard as apparently Klaas gave up early making their own mounts preferring to buy from others. We see a lot of Klaas daggers with Pack style crossguards.

The grip of this example is a deep orange color being in perfect condition. The original 42 cm portepee is still wrapped about the hilt in the original tie. It has quite a bit of fraying where the cord comes out of the tie. I have left the knot in place as I kind of like the look of this untouched piece. Perhaps the dagger would look better without the frayed knot but that would be the choice of the next purchaser.

The scabbard is the same as the example I show in my Army Book on page 46. The scabbard also shows some usage and age with some slight freckling in the surfaces throughout. There is no real lifting of the plating however. The carrying bands are nicely done with good detail to the oak leaves. It is interesting to note that these bands have the asterisk engravings on the ends of each one which was done to cover the casting flaws. You can see this same identical treatment pictured on page 119 of my Army Book. To my knowledge Klaas was the only producer to use this asterisk to cover the casting flaws and it was probably not a company policy per se but was the method used by the hand enhancer employed by this firm. In fact, sometimes we will see Klaas scabbards which have no asterisk being an indication that a different employee was doing the work that day. The throat of this example is retained by two flatter head side screws.

As we often see with Klaas daggers the blade of this piece is nickel-plated. The nickel-plated finish is mirror bright throughout and other than just a tiny ripple at the tip this blade is in mint condition. The trademark is on the upside of the blade but the next purchaser can change this around if he wants to as it is my decision not to take this dagger apart. As far as I know it hasn’t’ been apart ever so why do it now just to change the trademark around. The original small style leather buffer is in place. An interesting dagger here which is by no means in mint condition but to the student of Army pieces it should be of interest.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

AOD #35066C Untouched Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Pattern Carl Eickhorn army dagger is in an all black, uncleaned state. It does not appear to have been touched since the war. The mounts are the same as I show in my Army Book on page 25. The pommel has a good clean upper section with crisp rim. There are minor amounts of frosting that are still in the protected areas of the cap. The twelve standing oak leaves are in choice crisp condition running around the pommel edges. The ferrule is the same as the book piece as is the crossguard. This crossguard is a real beauty having full 100% detail to the bird’s brow, eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. Although the guard is completely black there is still frosting to be seen around the swirls at the quillon area as well as the protected areas around the ferrule and head of the bird. The grip is a beautiful tangerine orange color being just slightly lighter on the reverse. This grip is in absolute perfect condition.

The scabbard is the 2nd variety the same as page 25. It is completely black throughout also having lots frosting evident around the bands and also around the throat area which has been protected by the in place crossguard. The pebbled panels are crisp and the bands have outstanding overlapping oak leaves. The thick throat still retains its silvered frosting and is retained by a single flatter head style screw in the reverse center area.

The blade is as nice as they come being completely factory fresth. This blade has full crossgrain with needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is dare etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel logo. This mint blade has been protected by the new-like tan leather small blade washer which is firmly in place. A beautiful untouched army officer here. This is an excellent candidate for people who enjoy a mint piece yet being in untouched condition. Hard to find them this nice!

Mint. $1,395.00

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

AOD #34428 Early Army Officer's Dagger – WKC

This example is probably produced about 1936 or early '37. It is not of the earliest vintage but it was produced prior to the time that WKC standardized their mounts with the so called “hatchet” eagle crossguard. These mounts appear to be a white metal base and I know this because unfortunately some of the silvering has flaked on the crossguard and also the pommel. However, the mounts are severely handworked and have a high quality look. The pommel top has some flaking around the edges and the silver remains are highly patinated. The oak leaves that run around the circumference outside have lots of hand enhancing to each and every one. There are fourteen of these oak leaves. The crossguard also has a great looking bird head which is more serpentine than the normal eagle head. It also has hand done checkering which is done very closely. The crossguard is not exactly the same as I show on page 65 of my Army Book but it is very similar. This well detailed eagle clutches a wreath with a good raised swastika in the center. The pommel looks a lot like the example I show on page 62. Unfortunately the reverse of this crossguard also has some flaking to the silver but the obverse is pretty good. The ferrule also shows hand done work and is the same as page 62.

The grip is a most beautiful deep, deep orange color. The tone is darker on the obverse than the reverse but it is interesting to note that the upper part of both sides of the grip are also lighter than the lower sides. It is just amazing how this celluloid reacted to color and time. This very beautiful grip is in perfect condition. I think because the entire upper part is lighter in tone could mean that there was a portepee wrapped about the top of the dagger and maybe not the bottom. Every once in a while you see a dagger with a portepee like this and considering the fact that this is an early dagger, chances are it was a high up officer who could have worn his knot any way he wanted to. The scabbard is the early type having the very fine early style pebbling. This scabbard has good silvering throughout but there is just a little bit of lifting on the edges. The scabbard is very similar to the example shown on page 62. The bands have good enhancing to the oak leaves. The thicker style throat is retained by one screw on the right side. This is typical WKC.

The high quality blade is the style with the early tapered tang. It has the center section which is well formed with fine two edges. The tip is still needlelike and the surface is still mostly bright. Unfortunately there is a little bit of smudge which is evenly spread throughout the lower and center part of the blade. The blade still grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the knighthead trademark with the firm’s initials and location beneath, “WKC Solingen”. The large style brown leather washer is in place. An interesting dagger here that definitely is fairly early in the period but does not exactly conform to anything that I show in my book.

Excellent. $695.00

AOD #34751C Army Officer's Dagger – E. & F. Hörster

This Army Officer's Dagger is an interesting dagger in that it is equipped with aluminum hilt mounts. These hilt mounts despite the fact that they appear on a Hörster dagger were produced by the Pack company. The pommel is the type that has fourteen leaves around the edges and each and every leaf has hand enhancing to the veins. It is interesting to study this pommel to see the type of work that was done during the period. It is also interesting to note that the acorns are also really nothing more than holes in the metal that are made to shape. The pommel surfaces are still nice and smooth with no hits to the edges. The crossguard displays a most interesting bird which has a finely cut eye, nicely hand cut beak but the best part is the very close checkering that was all done by hand. This bird clutches a wreath which also has hand touching up and there is a swastika raised out in the center.

If you like this kind of stuff this is a most interesting crossguard to study. We can just imagine some guy sitting at a bench with a loop connected to an eye piece and a set of cutting tools and he was probably left to his own imagination to create something that he felt would look good from a distance of perhaps a foot away. Each one of these engravers was kind of his own little master of Third Reich art because each and every one of these early crossguards displays a unique talent. It really is lots of fun to study these things and if you stay with army daggers the cost is not great and hopefully others in the future will understand the draw here and prices then will naturally escalate. Anyhow, sorry to go on but I like these kind of guards a lot and I hope that you do too! The grip of this example is a nice dark pumpkin orange being just slightly lighter on the reverse. This grip is in completely perfect condition. The ferrule is a good example having a plain steel finish with engraved veins to the oak leaves.

The scabbard with this example is especially nice. It has a silvered finish and there is still quite a bit of frosting at the upper portion of the scabbard. When in place with the dagger this tends to match nicely with the aluminum crossguard and gives the eye pleasure as the gaze goes further down the scabbard and it becomes more of a patinated silver finish. The scabbard is in choice condition with crisp pebbling. The bands have very fine hand enhanced oak leaves. The throat is a thinner type and it is retained by two flush mount headless side screws. This scabbard is in mint condition.

The blade is a very fine example. This blade is still mirror bright and has all of its crossgraining still in place if you look closely. There are some signs of age in it but not enough to take it away from a mint rating. The tip is still needlelike and the blade is installed with the trademark being upward. I think it was probably originally produced like this as it seems to fit in the scabbard better in this position. The trademark is nicely etched in the dual ovals having the firm’s name and location trapped in between, “E. & F. Hörster Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword which goes through a large letter “H” which has smaller letters of “H” and “S” inside of the larger letter. The brown leather blade buffer is in place. A very interesting dagger here, and a pretty thing.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #26084C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger - SMF

The SMF firm produced a lot of Luftwaffe etched weapons, but their Army production was very small. No one seems to know the reason for this, but it is a fact, and most collections are missing this particular brand. This dagger is identical to the example I show on page 56 and 57 of my Army Book. It has some very nice extra work, which has been rendered throughout the crossguard bird, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The pommel is the early brass variety, having fine oak leaves running around the perimeter. There are 14 of them, and many of them show hand enhancing. The silvering is just beginning to thin a little over the upper areas, but at the lower points the silvering is fine. This pommel top also shows some mild usage. The crossguard bird is the same as page 57, with the exception, the tops of the wings have hand done feathering. This is a nice touch, and gives a deluxe look to the bird. The unique bird has a very pointy beak, and the details to his head, cross-checkered breast, wing feathering, wreath, and raised swastika are still excellent. The reverse has been professionally engraved with the original owner's surname. Unfortunately, it is quite a common name negating any research on this officer. It is, "Müller". The lettering is the Gothic type,and is beautifully rendered.

The grip is a pretty orange popsicle color. It is the early "slant" type, which we seldom see. The grip is nearly perfect on the obverse, having a hairliner, which runs down from the top along the right edge, and a little bit into the 4th and 5th rib. This hairliner is hardly noticeable, however. There is also a small one at the lower right edge, down by the ferrule. But from the obverse, none of this shows. The scabbard is also a textbook SMF type, being the same as page 56 and 57. The scabbard is straight throughout, but does have some mild age in the surfaces. The silvering is showing some wear, particularly along the edges. The oak leaf bands have good hand rendering throughout. The throat is retained by two flush-mount headless screws.

The blade of this example is still mostly bright. It shows a little bit of smudge in the surfaces, which someone has mostly removed a while ago. The needle-like tip is still there, and all-in-all, the blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse is marked with the well known seated king trademark. The king holds a sword pointing upwards, while he sits on the initials of the firm, "SMF". Below, in an arch shape, is the location town of, "Solingen". The large style leather washer is in place.

A pretty nice example here, of a rarely seen Army type, and the personalization also makes it nice.

Excellent, Plus. $995.00

AOD #34170C Army Officer's Dagger – Alcoso

This Army Officer's Dagger has the traditional Alcoso mounts throughout. The pommel is the same as I show in my Army Book on page 22 and 23. This pommel is the style that flares outward further than any other maker’s example. The upper example shows some minor usage with just a tiny flick of silvering missing at the very center. There are a couple of minor hits around the rim but nothing serious. The standing oak leaves are nicely done with each and every one having hand enhancing to the veins. The crossguard of this example is the same as page 21. It features the standard Alcoso eagle. It is interesting to note that when the chiseler applied the eye to this bird he put it more to the center giving the bird a look of a Cyclops! I like things like this as it shows that the Germans were human too. The rest of the eagle still has good detail to the breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The plating is good throughout except the upper area around the ferrule where there is a little bit of flaking. The ferrule is the same as the example shown on page 21.

The grip is an off-white example most likely being a plaster filled type. The reverse of the grip has a rather golden tone which is slightly deeper than that of the obverse. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.

The textbook Alcoso scabbard is the same as I show on page 22 and 23. This scabbard has good crisp pebbled p3anels and the silvering is perfect throughout. The carrying bands have nicely detailed overlapping oak leaves. The throat is retained by two flathead side screws. The blade of this example is in very fine mint condition. This blade has mirror finish with all crossgraining and needle-like tip. It is marked with the second to last trademark used by this firm with a circa of 1941. The scales are interspersed with the initials, “ACS”. Next to the trademark is the script written name of the firm, “Alcoso” over the location city of “Solingen”. This trademark is positioned horizontally with the blade. The original large size leather washer is in place.

A good textbook Alcoso dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

AOD #33779 Army Officer's Dagger – E. & F. Hörster

This Army Officer's Dagger by Hörster is recently out of the woodwork, and does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. It reflects a very dark overall matching patina. This Hörster dagger is a textbook example being the same as I show in my Army Book on page 40. The pommel has an excellent upper area showing minor usage only. The rim has some signs of usage but it is still crisp. The ferrule is the same as the book example being coal black. The crossguard displays an outstanding Hörster eagle having full detail to the bird’s eye, beak, close grained breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and raised swastika. Beneath the patination the silvering appears to be excellent on this example.

The grip is a fine dark orange color on the obverse, fading slightly lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition throughout. The matching all black patinated scabbard appears the same as the example on page 41. This scabbard is straight throughout having fine pebbled surfaces. The bands are more of a convex shape and have good oak leaf depiction. The throat is retained by a single rounder head type screw positioned in the center reverse.

The blade is just like you like them. It is nice and bright throughout having all of its crossgraining and needlelike tip. This blade shows just the slightest of age but not enough to really take it from a near mint to mint rating. The reverse ricasso is etched with the smaller Hörster trademark featuring double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “E&F Hörster Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword which pierces a large letter “H”. Inside of the large letter is a smaller “H” over “S” letter. The original new-like brown small leather blade buffer is in place.

A fine textbook Hörster dagger here in untouched condition. I personally like to see these army daggers with original patination as it is a rare sight anymore.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

AOD #33689 Army Officer's Dagger – WMW Waffen

This Army Officer's Dagger is identical to the example that I show in my Army Book on page 81. It features generic “A” hilt fittings. The pommel is in excellent condition showing minor usage to the top and a crisp rim. The standing oak leaves are also in good condition. The ferrule is the same as the book piece shown on page 81. The crossguard is the generic “A” type having full details to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The silvering is perfect throughout this hilt having a nice patination. The grip is a fine pumpkin orange color being just slightly lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition. The fine straight scabbard is identical to the example on page 81. It has good pebbling throughout being perfect on the reverse. There is just a little bit of age in the center area on the obverse panel but it is nothing. The bands are very nicely done with each and every overlapping oak leaf having hand enhancing. The thicker style throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade is nice and bright throughout. It does have most of the crossgraining with needlelike tip. This blade would be mint except for the fact that it has some scratching on the surfaces of both sides of the lower half. It looks as though someone used the blade to try to maybe pry something open but fortunately the tip is not affected still being needlelike. Even with the scratching this blade still grades at excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped horizontally, “WMW Waffen”. The original large size brown leather washer is in place.

We do not see many WMW produced daggers so this is your opportunity to acquire one if you are an army “type” collector. A good conditioned Army Officer example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

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 miniscule, 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. $1,295.00

AOD #34314C 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. $1,495.00

AOD #26064C Army Officer's Dagger Presented to Afrika Korps Panzer Commander Oberst Johann Mickl - PD Luneschloss

This Army Officer's Dagger has all-silvered fittings of the generic "B" variety, being identical to the style I show in my Army Book on Page 99. The pommel is the usual type we see with the "B" generic cross guard, being the style with threaded stem inside, and having 14 leaves running around its perimeter. The cross guard eagle is an extremely good-looking example, having noble head, excellent breast and wing feathering, fine detail to the wreath and a highly-vaulted swastika. The grip is a beautiful egg-yolk yellow type, being in perfect condition. There is a 42 cm portepee in the proper tie wrapped about the hilt. The scabbard is a standard generic variety being identical to Page 120. The blade of this example is in pristine, mint condition, having the standard sword-piercing-helmet, double ellipse trademark, used by the P.D. Lüneschlöss firm.

However, all of this is of little consequence, as it is the presentation appearing between the scabbard bands on the reverse that is of astounding nature. It is interesting to note the engraver removed the pebbled surfaces of the paneled area between the bands so that the four-line engraving could be easily read. This engraved dedication is "UNSEREM KOMANDEUR/OBERST J.MICKL HERZLICHEN/GLÜCKWUNSCH ZUM RITTERKREUZ/DIE STOLZEN 155 er". This dedication basically translates to "TO OUR COMMANDER COLONEL J. MICKL, WITH HEARTFELT BEST WISHES, ON THE KNIGHT'S CROSS AWARD FROM THE PROUD 155 er". Oberst Mickl was one of Rommel's Panzer commanders and was instrumental in Rommel's fight against Tobruk in North Africa. He won the Knight's Cross for his outstanding leadership, and as the Allies were soon to learn, Rommel and his Panzer generals were huge adversaries despite their smaller numbers. Mickl went on to win the oak leaves for operations in Russia on 6 Marz 1943. At that time, he was the commander of the 25th Panzer Greniedere regiment. He was later killed on 10 April 1945, while commanding the 392nd Croatian Infantry division. At that time, he had been promoted to General Leutnant and had been wounded five times.

This dagger was owned by one of the great German Panzer commanders who, to this day, were responsible for the reputation which will live on through history of these fantastic trained troops. He was a career officer, having served in both wars. This is a grand opportunity to own a dagger in which a whole display could be built around. This dagger comes with a large dossier detailing Mickl's career. It is a wonderful artifact and would make even the most advanced collectors in our community smile. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Mint Minus. $9,995.00

AOD #33128 Early Army Officer's Dagger - Robert Klaas

This very early Army Officer's Dagger is quite an interesting example. The Klaas firm made some pieces and often bought other pieces. This example appears to be initial production, as the scabbard is definitely a brass base and the hilt mounts appear to be also. These mounts are actually the generic “B” type, and you can see identical ones on a Voos piece pictured in my Army Book on page 107. The early pommel has the 14 standing oak leaf depiction, and it has the stem thread inside. Its heavy weight, though, suggests that it is a brass base. The silvering is outstanding across this mount, having a very black patinated finish. The rim shows a couple of minor carrying signs, as does the top surfaces of the pommel. But, overall, it is still in nice condition. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt fittings and is the same as depicted in the book piece. The crossguard is a very choice eagle, looking nearly identical to the one on page 107. This bird has outstanding detail to his eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and raised mobile swastika. The patination is also very dark, matching the pommel.

The grip really looks great on these dark fittings. It is a dark pumpkin-orange color, still being in near-perfect condition. There are a couple of extremely minor hairliners on the right edge, but they hardly show. There are also some slightly lighter sections on the grip where it was once covered by a portepee. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard of this example is also outstanding. It is the early type that has very close grain pebbling. There is a little bit of rippling toward the tip where there was some minor squeezing, but it is not bad. There are also a couple of edge “dings” on the left side, but again, they are not bad. The silvering is still 100% throughout this fine scabbard and it is black patinated, matching the hilt. The bands are extremely well done, having fine accent lines to the leafing. These bands do not have the accent marks on their ends, but there is still nice handwork covering the casting marks. The throat is also a very interesting part, as it not only cantilevers on both sides, but the edges of the throat are beveled downward towards the scabbard. As we know, the throats are usually squared off. This is a great looking touch here, and something we would only see on early pieces. Lots of workmanship on this scabbard! The throat is retained by a flush mount headless screw positioned in the center reverse.

The blade is also an outstanding extra-quality example. This blade is completely mirror bright, being a high quality nickel-plated example. There are a couple of tiny nicks where there may have been some swordplay somewhere along the line, but they are extremely minor. The original needle-like tip is still there, and aside from these tiny nicks, this blade remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the kissing cranes, having the firm’s name and location beneath in capital letters, “ROBERT KLAAS/SOLINGEN”. The new-like small style brown leather washer is in place.

A very fine dagger here, for those who are into early quality and superb workmanship.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #33549 Army Officer's Dagger – Unmarked 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 semi-chrome. 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 #33264 Early Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Carl Eickhorn Army Officer's Dagger is quite beautiful having all 2nd Style fittings, and each mount, including the scabbard, has 100% perfect silvering with beautiful patination. The pommel has a very crisp rim with perfect surface at the top. The 12 standing oak leaves and alternating acorns are crisp throughout. The ferrule is the proper Eickhorn type, being identical to the example in my Army Book on page 25. The 2nd Style crossguard is as good as they come. It is identical to page 25, having exquisite detail to the bird’s head features, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. These fine patinated fittings are set off by a yellow candystick-like grip. Usually, the grips turn to a darker color. In the case of this dagger, the grip must have been protected from light over the years as it still has its original lemon-chiffon color. Other than a couple of tiny lifts in the edge of the grip where the pommel rests at the left edge, the grip is totally perfect. These “blemishes” are hardly noticeable and, of course, with a portepee they would completely cover.

The scabbard is fantastic, having full silvering and crisp pebbled panels. The Eickhorn bands are as nice as they come with their overlapping oak leaf and acorn motif. The throat is a thicker type, being retained by a flatter head screw placed in the center reverse panel. The blade of this example is nice and bright and still has all of its crossgraining. There is just the slightest hint of age toward the bottom of the obverse tip. The reverse also has a smidgen of the same. Other than this, though, the blade is still in as nice a condition as you normally would see. Because of these slight flaws, though, this blade would not grade full mint. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935 through 1941 squirrel logo. This squirrel holds a downward pointing sword, and above the animal is the word “Original”, and below the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn, Solingen”. The original small style brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice Eickhorn dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,195.00

AOD #33029 Army Officer Dagger's with Hangers - WMW Waffen

This Army Officer Dagger's has not been cleaned since the war and reflects a dark patination throughout. The mounts appear to be the style as used by the E. Pack Company and are the same as I show in my Army Book on page 55. The pommel is in nice condition having no hits to the rim, and the upper areas show little wear. The standing oak leaves are crisp throughout, being 12 separated by acorns. The ferrule matching the other parts and is the same as page 55. The crossguard has a very fine Pack eagle. This eagle has outstanding detail to his eye, beak, close checkered breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. All of the silvering is intact on this crossguard. The grip is a nice orange color, being in perfect condition. The color of this grip is a nice medium-orange.

The scabbard also appears to be a Pack type. It is identical to the scabbard I show on page 54 of my Army Book. This scabbard is straight throughout and has matching silvered patination. The silvering is all there. The panels are still fairly crisp, as too the pebbling. The bands are outstanding, having fine hand enhancing to each and every oak leaf. The throat is retained by two domehead side screws in the Pack manner. These screws are untouched.

Attached to the scabbard rings is an interesting set of army hangers. These hangers have been shortened by the original wearer, and only measure a little over 6 inches in length. This type of shortening appears to me as though they were made for purposes of wearing with the army greatcoat. Often, hangers were attached below the flap of the coat and, therefore, did not require a long length. Despite there shortness, the hangers are still in nice condition, having deluxe fittings. The closed clip at the top is decorated with raised acorns and oak leaves, and on the upper bar is stamped “D.R.G.M.”. The oval buckles and slides are equipped with overlapping oak leaves. The snaps are the deluxe type, having oak leaf and acorn decoration on the front surfaces with “push-up” style catches. The reverse of each snap is marked “D.R.G.M.”. The brocade is still in excellent condition, still being bright and showing little age. The reverse of the straps has the usual high pile field-green velvet. An interesting set of hangers here, being original-to-the-piece.

The blade of this army dagger is as nice as they come. It is completely mirror bright with needle-like tip and full 100% crossgraining. This blade is easily in full mint condition. It is stamped on the reverse center ricasso segment horizontally, “WMW/Waffen”. The original larger size brown leather pebbled washer is in place.

A very nice Early Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

AOD #30999 Early Army Officer's Dagger with Distributor Mark - Alcoso

This Army Officer's Dagger is a great example for the “type” collectors out there. It is not only equipped with the extremely rare second style Alcoso crossguard but it also has a distributor on the blade. This army dagger is identical to the example that I show on page 126 in my Army Book, having the same maker and same distributor. First off the mounts are extremely early brass types having rich silver-plated surfaces. They are nicely patinated and very attractive. The pommel is the style that flares out as it goes upward. It has the fourteen leaf depiction running around the outside and each and every one of these leaves has hand enhancing to the veins. The top of the crossguard shows only modes carrying time and also has great black patination. The crossguard is identical to page 21 upper. This eagle has a dramatic upward sweep to the bottoms of this wings making this bird a unique design and making it very attractive to type collectors. We very seldom see this eagle design used as Alcoso did not make many pieces with it. The firm also used this same eagle for the crossguards of their popular three quarter size army miniature letter openers. This crossguard has excellent silvering over the brass base. The head details are still good as are the open wings, the talons, the wreath and the raised mobile swastika. The center of the bird’s chest has a little rubbing to the weave but that is understandable. The ferrule is also the same as the book example. This dagger has a beautiful lighter color tangerine grip. The grip is evenly toned throughout and is most attractive. This grip is in a full mint state. An outstanding hilt here!

This scabbard is also nicely patinated and exactly matches the silver tones of the hilt. This scabbard is a first style early Eickhorn type. Perhaps Eickhorn sold some of these to Alcoso early on. This scabbard is identical to the example shown on page 24. It is straight throughout and has fine crispness to its pebbled panels. The bands are the convex type having really great oak leaves with hand done veining being identical to the way the book shows except the bands of this piece are in better condition than the book piece. The throat is slightly thicker and is retained by a flathead screw in the center reverse. This scabbard is in near full mint condition.

The blade is probably one of those “tapered tang” types that were used early on as this dagger is really heavy. This blade is nice and bright throughout and still retains its needlelike tip with full crossgraining. There are a couple of very minor smudge marks in the obverse and the reverse but the blade still easily grades in near full mint condition. There is no maker mark on the blade but it is obvious that this piece was made by Alcoso. The piece on page 126 of my Army Book is identical to this example. Etched onto the reverse center blade segment is the distributor, “Albert Kuhl, Münster I/W.- ESSEN”. This particular supplier had a retail shop in Essen as well as one in Münster. They no doubt made a deal with Alcoso to produce daggers for them so that they could sell them with the newly introduced German officer’s uniform. The original large sized leather blade buffer is in place.

A great dagger here and an especially nice piece for the type collectors out there.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00