#47709 2nd Model Luftwaffe - SMF Wittmann Antique Militaria - Army (Heer) Officer's Daggers, Page One
Wittmann Alder Wittmann Militaria Army Officer's Daggers,Page One
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The German Army (Heer) first carried a dagger beginning in 1935. The weapon was worn in lieu of occasions not demanding the wearing of a more formal sword. The dagger design was quite attractive featuring silvered heavy fittings with white or colored grip. The crossguard depicted a Wehrmacht open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika.

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



AOD #47478 Army Officer’s Dagger by Carl Eickhorn

This dagger has the “3rd Style” fittings and does not look to have been cleaned in many years. The hilt components have good silvering, albeit thinning at the edges. The top surface of the oak leaf pommel is free of wear and the crossguard remains in good condition throughout.

The grip is a pleasant shade of dark orange which is slightly lighter in color on the obverse.

While the scabbard is straight and has decent silvering, it looks as though there was a dent that someone tried to repair at some point, with mixed results. This “repair” managed to open the weld between the scabbard halves, with faint traces of this split visible on close inspection. To add insult to injury the dent is still present. The bands remain in decent shape and the throat is retained by a single screw on the reverse.

The blade, although still reasonably bright, has age marks on the lower areas of both sides. This might be polished out if you were so inclined. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar 1935 through 1941 Eickhorn Squirrel and the original blade washer is in place.

A decent piece here, despite the condition issues. After 80 years who isn’t going to show some wear and tear?

Good. $650.00

AOD #47715 Early Slant-Gripped Army Officer - WKC

This fine early dagger is of initial production having silvered brass hilt parts and scabbard. The dagger is identical to the piece that I show in my Army Book on Page 65. The pommel is in fine condition with good smooth upper surface and no hits to the edges. It features 12 standing oak leaves, all reflecting hand-enhancing. The cross guard is the initial WKC eagle having all details to his finely enhanced head, cross-checkered breast feathering and very fine detail to the wreath which grasps a swastika, The attractive orange grip remains in perfect condition with its slanted ribs.. The early ferrule matches the other hilt mounts.

The scabbard, despite it being a brass base, still is straight throughout and has excellent pebbled panels. The carrying rings feature outstanding hand-enhanced overlapping oak leaves, the same as the book piece. The early blade, although still bright, shows just the slightest of age in its surfaces, but still easily grades at near full mint. Althjough I did not take the dagger apart, I am sure the tang is the early tapered variety. The reverse ricasso is etched with the knight head trademark and "WKC / Solingen", below. The original new-like, large-sized blade washer is in place.

An extremely fine early slant-grip here.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

AOD #46861C Early Army Officer by P. D. Lüneschloss

This is a very fine dagger which is attributable to a maker we see very infrequently being P. D. Lüneschloss.

The hilt mounts have good silvering throughout showing only minor age. The mounts are the generic “B” style. The pommel shows some mild usage to the upper portion featuring a 14 leaf depiction running about the outside. The ferrule is a fine matching example. The generic “B” crossguard has good detail to its well defined eagle with its open wings clutching a wreathed swastika.

The grip is a real beauty here being a very deep orange color and being in perfect condition.

The silvering to the scabbard is excellent and features good crisp pebbled panels. The carrying bands are also well done with their overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is retained by tow flat head side screws.

The blade of this example is a real winner being in completely mint condition. It has all of its crossgrain with needlelike tip. It is etched on the reverse with the double ellipse which enclose the firm’s name and location P. D. Lüneschloss Solingen. Inside is an old fashioned fire helmet pierced by a sword. The large style leather buffer is in place.

Quite a rare army dagger here and an especially good one if you are collecting army types.

Near Mint. $1,150.00

AOD #47306 Personalized Army Officer by WKC

This personalized army officer has not been touched since the war and as a result it has very fine a desirable dark patination which matches throughout the pommel crossguard and scabbard.

The pommel is in nice condition with no hits to the rim and most of the silvering remains at the plain surface on the top. It features the 12 standing oak leaves all having hand enhancing. The ferrule matches nicely. The crossguard has the in-house hatchet beaked eagle typical of WKC. The bird has full details throughout and remains completely crisp to its head breast and wing feathering wreath and swastika.

The grip is a very attractive dark orange color remaining in perfect condition. The original to the piece 42cm portepee is in place in the original tie. The knot is still in excellent condition showing only the most vague signs of wear.

The matching deeply patinaed scabbard is also a fine WKC product. The pebbling to the scabbard is the thinner finer type which dates this as a fairly early example. The bands are in nice condition with fine hand enhancing to each overlapping oak leaf. The throat is a thicker variety and is retained by a single screw at the right.

The reverse crossguard is professionally engraved with the original owner’s surname “Platz”. I looked the name up in a couple of references but unfortunately since there is no first initial it is hard to say which Platz owned this dagger. Just for fun I’ll mention that there is a Knight’s Cross winner by this name and there is also Wehrmacht weatherman who won the German cross having the same name. If only we had an initial here it would be really fun to be able to positively identify the owner.

The blade of this example is absolutely superb being in full mint condition and being mirror bright. It also has all of its crossgrain with needle tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the knight head trademark with the firm’s initials WKC and Solingen location below. The original large size brown leather washer is also in place.

A very fine completely untouched WKC personalized piece here.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,395.00

AOD #47319 Army Officer with Hangers by Carl Eickhorn

This example is an early piece. It has fine pommel with no hits around the rim and only nominal usage showing at the top of the pommel. It features the 12 standing oak leaves each with hand enhancing. The ferrule is the earlier Eickhorn type and matches the patination of the other mounts.

The crossguard is the first style eagle used by Eickhorn. It is a most beautiful bird having all of its details to include the eye beak close checkering breast feathering good enhancement to the wreath and raised out swastika. The reverse of the crossguard has 100 percent of the silvering.

The scabbard is also the first style that was produced by Eickhorn. The silvering is quite good throughout except there are a few minor dimple type pits in the obverse pebble pattern only. Other than this the scabbard remains mint throughout. The fist style carrying bands are the more convex type and it is interesting to see that there is also pebbling on top of the overlapping oak leaves. The throat is a thinner type and it is retained by a single flatter head screw in the reverse.

Attached to the hanging rings is what appears to be the original hangers. These hangers show some usage but the brocade is still in good condition with its textured surfaces. The mounts have good silvering to the closed top clip as well as top the two oval buckles featuring the raised oak leaves. The lower snaps are the push in style and they are pebbled with rounded tops. The reverse of the hangers shows some mild wear to the green velvet but overall they are still in good condition.

The blade is bright throughout however there are few mild ape spots in the surfaces of both sides. They are not bad however. The blade still retains its crossgrain and its needlelike tip. The grade grades are about excellent. The reverse ricasso is deep etched with the 1935 through 41 squirrel. The original leather washer is in place.

A good piece here showing some mild age but an excellent textbook example for those just starting out or for those that are on a budget. You can really see the quality of the Eickhorn firm in this dagger.

Excellent. $895.00

AOD #47099C Early Army Officer with Portepee & Hangers

This early army officer dagger is complete with all accouterments and aside from being a very beautiful dagger it is also of very early production. All of the fittings have a deep even beautiful dark toning.

The pommel is very beautiful with the top being of all black and the black patina matching throughout the 12 standing oak leaves. The crossguard is the 2nd style that Eickhorn used and is not seen very frequently. It is quite a beautiful bird having fine detail to its head very close checkering to its breast and nice detail throughout the wings wreath and raised swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is in full mint condition with its beautiful black patination. The ferrule is the early variety also matching the tone of the rest of the hilt fittings.

The grip is a most beautiful orange example. It remains in absolute perfect condition. Wrapped about the grip is a fine army officer portepee being a thicker cord type. It appears original to this piece and although it shows age there is virtually no fraying. It is in the official tie that was the 1st style instituted.

The scabbard is also of matching dark patination with beautiful silvering and not a hint of lifting anywhere along the edges. The pebbled panels are crisp throughout. T bands are the convex variety we see on these early varieties. It also has two dome head screws on the side. It is also interesting to note that the area where the crossguard swastika covered at the scabbard throat and upper section is a lighter color being in the outline of the fitting.

Attached to the rings is a fine army officer hanger. The hanger has excellent brocade showing a little bit of modest usage but still all there with its textured finish. The snap clip is the style that has the oak leaves and it is DRGM marked at the top. The oval buckles and slides feature the raised oak leaves and most of the silvering is still there. The snap clips are the deluxe push up type that feature oak leaves on the front surfaces. Both snaps are marked with DRGM. The reverse of the hangers still has a fine high pile to the green velvet showing little wear.

The blade of this example is the best you will see. It is just outstanding having all of the crossgraining and needle-like tip. This mirror blade is about the best you will see. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935 through 41 trademark. The original blade washer is in place.

A lovely complete early army officer dagger here.

Mint. $1,295.00

AOD #47291 Army Officer No Maker

This army dagger has beautiful silvering throughout all of its mounts and scabbard. It has a fine patination having not been cleaned in a number of years. The pommel’s top surface is still in excellent condition with no hits to the rim. The 12 standing oak leaves are also well executed with the blackening in the backgrounds. The ferrule is a fine matching type.

The crossguard features the generic A design bird. The bird has a very fine crisp head with finely checkered breast feathering wing feathering wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is also in perfect condition with 100 percent silvering.

The grip is a fine dark orange being in totally perfect condition.

The matching scabbard is also a beauty probably being a generic type. It remains in perfect condition with good crisp panels. The scabbard is fitted with outstanding caring bands featuring overlapping oak leaves all with hand enhancing. The throat is a thinner style that is retained by two dome head screws.

The blade is also a very fine example being bright throughout. It has the tiniest of age on the obverse left upper edge toward the tip and just a little on the same place on the reverse blade but still this balde easily grades in near mint condition. It is an unmarked variety and is complete with a large style blade washer.

A very fine dagger here.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #46910 Army Officer by Carl Eickhorn

This army is a very nice early example with fine silvering throughout. The hilt fittings are the 2nd style.

The pommel shows little usage featuring the 12 standing oak leaves running around the perimeter. The ferrule is a fine Eickhorn type.

The crossguard is the 2nd style featuring a very fine open winged bird with outstanding detail. There is nice patination throughout these fittings giving them a very good look.

The grip is a very dark orange on the obverse fading to a lighter color almost egg yolk yellow on the reverse. There is a small crack at the right lower rib edge but it is difficult to see.

The scabbard is a very fine 2nd style Eickhorn example still having excellent pebbled surfaces. It has good carrying bands and the throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse center area. There is also frosting on the silvering particularly in the areas around the throat which were protected by the in place crossguard.

The bright blade is still in near mint condition but showing mild age in a couple of places. It is marked on the black with the 35 through 41 squirrel trademark. The leather buffer is in place.

A nice army officer here.

Near Mint. $1095.00

AOD #46705C Army Officer No Maker

This army dagger is equipped with generic “A” style hilt mounts.

The pommel shows some wear around the edges but the upper surface is still good as are the 12 standing oak leaves that surround the perimeter. The ferrule is nicely matching.

The crossguard features the generic “A” style eagle with fine details throughout the bird and wreathed swastika. The reverse of the crossguard also shows good silvering.

The grip is an orange color and is slightly lighter in color on the reverse. Unfortunately there is a crack that runs up both of the edges but the grip seems to be sound.

The scabbard appears to be a WKC type and has good silvering throughout with good overlapping oak leaf bands. The throat is retained by a single screw at the right edge.

The blade is an extremely fine example still remaining in mirror mint condition with all of its grain. It is an unmarked variety. The leather washer is gone to time.

Good Plus. $695.00

AOD #46915 Early Army Officer by Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn dagger is an especially nice example as it has the 1st style brass mounts to include a brass scabbard.

The pommel has excellent dark patina showing a little bit of the brass base and along a little bit of the edges.The pommel oak number 12 around the perimeter. The ferrule is the 1st style used by Eickhorn as is the crossguard. The crossguard features a well defined eagle with good hand enhancing to the bird’s head closely checkered breast feathering wings wreath and swastika.

The grip is also a beauty being a deep orange color and being in perfect condition.

I took a look at the tang of this example and as we like to see it is the early straight tapered variety.

The scabbard as mentioned above is an all brass example. It has excellent silvering throughout which i deeply patinated. There are a few carrying signs mostly around the bottom which is one of the problems with brass scabbards as they do ding very easily. The pebbled patterns are the very close grained variety and the carrying bands are the style that are convex and have much hand enhancing to the oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse.

The blade is as good as they come which appears to be a nickel plated example. This blade is extremely bright with needlelike tip. This was one of the first production pieces produced by the Carl Eickhorn firm. It must have been made right after they stopped using the 33 through 1935 trademark as this example is etched with the 35 through 41 trademark. The original leather buffer is in place.

A nice early example here if you are into collecting army types.

Excellent. $995.00

AOD #46577 Army Officer by Carl Eickhorn

This is a classic Eickhorn example having all 2nd style hilt fittings and scabbard.

The pommel is in nice condition showing only normal usage but having fine patination. It features the 12 standing oak leaves and acorns around the perimeter. The ferrule nicely matches.

The crossguard featuring the 2nd style eagle portrays a very elegant bird which has all full details showing no wear. The reverse of the guard is also in good condition showing just nominal age.

The grip is in perfect condition and is an orange color being slightly lighter on the reverse.

The scabbard is a typical 2nd type having excellent pebbled panels. It is straight throughout and has good scabbard bands with fine overlapping oak leaves. The thicker style throat is retained by a single flatter head screw in the reverse.

The blade still remains bright throughout but there is a just a vague sign of a minor sharpening attempt which is visible on the reverse lower edge and there are a couple of very minor age marks. The reverse is etched with the 1935 through 41 squirrel. The small style leather blade washer is in place.

A decent Eickhorn example here.

Excellent. $895.00

AOD #46407C Late Army Officer by Tiger

This late army has the gray plating that was used after the war began. The plating is still in excellent condition throughout. The hilt mounts are the generic A variety.

The pommel is in outstanding condition with little wear to the upper portion. It has the 12 standing oak leaves around its perimeter. The ferrule nicely matches. The crossguard is the generic A variety with perfect crisp detail to the eagle's head breast and wing feathering wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard also has a fine smooth gray plated area.

The grip is a nice white example which remains in perfect condition throughout.

The matching gray plated scabbard is also a generic variety. It is in good condition throughout being nice and straight and still having good pebbled patterns. The carrying bands have good overlapping oak leaves. The thin throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse center.

The blade is completely pristine throughout with 100 percent of its crossgrain. This mint blade is stamped on the reverse with the tiger making his way down the center blade section. Behind the animal is the firm's name and location "Tiger Solingen". The large style new-like blade washer is in place.

This is an excellent conditioned example of the gray finish used later in the war. It is a fine dagger for those of you out there collecting types.

Near Mint. $850.00

AOD #46229 Personalized Army Officer by F. W. Höller

This piece is a classic Holler example. It has fine silvered fittings throughout showing minor age but overall really nice.

The pommel has good silvering to the surfaces and shows a little wear around the rim. The standing oak leaves however are still crisp throughout. The ferrule nicely matches. The Holler crossguard has good detail to the eagle's head breast and wing feathering wreath and swastika. The silvering is still good throughout the obverse and reverse of the guard.

The reverse crossguard is jeweler monogrammed with the letters "W. B". The letters are done having dual script formation with some pebbling in between. Nice work here.

The grip is a white example still being in perfect condition. The original portepee is still on the dagger showing some age but no fray and most likely is original to this piece.

The scabbard matches nicely and still has good silvering with only a couple of minor signs of wear. The pebbling is still crisp and the oak leafing to the bands is nicely done. The throat is retained by two flatter head side screws.

The blade is nice and bright being just about in mint condition. It has a tiny amount of surface age here and there but not much. The tip looks like it would have been jammed into something and was bent at one time and it appears to have been mostly straightened out. The blade still has its crossgraining. It is marked on the reverse F. W. Holler Solingen within two ovals and inside is the familiar thermometer. The original leather washer is in place.

Overall a pretty nice dagger here especially with the monogram.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

AOD #46288C Early Army Officer No Maker

This early army officer is in very choice condition having never been cleaned and also having a really gorgeous black patination evenly spread throughout all of its parts. The hilt mounts are the generic A variety.

The pommel top shows no wear and is completely smooth throughout. The 12 standing oak leaves are very nicely done with hand enhancing. The ferrule nicely matches. The generic A crossguard is as black as coal nicely matching the pommel. The eagle has outstanding detail to his head checkered breast feathering wings wreath and swastika. The reverse of the crossguard also shows no wear.

The grip is a white color example but it appears to be a quality type white grip in having a nicely ivory tone. It remains perfect throughout.

Gracing the dagger is a fine 42cm aluminum portepee. This portepee is in the 2nd style white and is in nice mint condition. Judging by the looks of the portepee with the dagger it most likely is original to this piece.

The scabbard is also an outstanding example. It is straight throughout and still has much of the original frosting along the edges. The obverse and reverse have patinated black matching that of the hilt mounts. The areas at the upper portion that are covered by the crossguard have silhouettes of these images in the form of lighter silvering. The bands are beautifully done with much hand enhancing. The thicker throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade is a real beauty being completely bright and mint with needlelike tip. It has all of its crossgraining. The original lighter colored larger style washer is in place.

One of the nicest early daggers you will see and also most unusual with this fine white grip.

Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #46285C Personalized Army Officer by E. & F. Hörster

This Hörster dagger still has good silvering throughout. The fittings are textbook Hörster. The pommel is a fine example with good smooth upper portion and outstanding 12 oak leaf pattern running around the circumference. The ferrule is in good condition. The crossguard is the traditional Hörster eagle having very fine detail to its tightly checkered breast along with the full details to the bird's head wings wreath and swastika. The silvering is still excellent throughout.

On the reverse of the crossguard is professionally engraved the original owner's name "Thienhans". The name is somewhat unusual so there are good prospects here of possibly researching this owner.

The grip is a fine lighter orange color being in perfect condition. There is a portepee wrapped about the hilt in a rather unusual tie for an army dagger but I believe that it has been this way throughout the dagger's life. The portepee is in nice condition but apparently there was a fray that was developing where the cord comes out of the knot and it appears that the original owner repaired this failing by using some closely wound thread to solve the problem. I like repairs like this as they talk to you and certainly saved the life of this portepee. It is also interesting that the slide and stem of the portepee have gold weaves in the bullion. A nice looking hilt here.

The Hörster scabbard matches nicely being straight throughout and having good pebbled panels. The bands are excellent having good overlapping oak leaves having hand enhancing. The throat is retained by a single dome head screw in the reverse.

The blade of this example is still completely bright having all of its crossgrain. It is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location E. & F. Hörster Solingen and inside is the large H letter with the letters H and S inside the larger letter being pierced by a downward pointing sword. The original small style blade washer is in place.

A very nice personalized dagger here with good research abilities.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

AOD #46450 Army Officer by Puma

This army officer dagger is in very nice condition throughout not looking to have ever been cleaned. The mounts are the generic A type at the hilt.

The pommel is in nice condition with little wear showing at the upper smooth area and good 12 standing oak leaves running around it. The ferrule is a fine example.

The crossguard with its generic A eagle has outstanding detail throughout the bird's features including the head breast feathering wreath and swastika.The grip is a very fine orange color which is in pristine condition.

The portepee on the dagger is original to the piece. It is tied in the 1st style officer method. Unfortunately it shows some fraying where the cord comes out of the knot but if anything it speaks of the usage of the dagger and its history.

The scabbard is a very fine early example having perfect silvering which has also nicely patinated. It is interesting to note that the upper area is silhouetted in lighter shades where it was covered by the crossguard swastika at the obverse and the crossguard lower area on the reverse. The scabbard still has excellent pebbling and the carrying bands are extremely well done with their hand enhanced overlapping oak leaves. The throat is a thicker variety and it is also interesting to note that the two dome head screws that retain it are very low positioned on the scabbard.

The bright blade is in just about mint condition with its needlelike tip. It has just a little bit of very very slight surface age mostly on the left side of the obverse blade but the reverse is basically mint. This blade is marked with just the Puma head with the firm's name and location Puma Solingen below. This is a very early marking which indicates this dagger was one of most likely initial production. The original large size leather washer is in place.

A very fine Puma example here.

Mint Minus. $1.095.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

AOD #46012 Late Army Officer by WKC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $695.00

AOD #45850 Army Officer with Double Etched Blade No Maker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $3,495.00

AOD #45813C Army Officer by Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice untouched army dagger here.

Uncleaned mint. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A decent wartime produced example.

Excellent Plus. $595.00

AOD #45133C Army Officer by WMW Waffen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A nice basic untouched army dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

AOD #44775C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

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

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

Excellent Plus. $795.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,495.00

AOD #41180 Personalized Army Officer's Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine personalized Army Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

AOD #31043 Army Officer's Dagger - WMW

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $695.00

AOD #30748 Army Officer's Dagger - Puma

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

AOD #30461 Personalized Army Officer's Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,095.00

AOD #26779 Army Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice and interesting Höller example here.

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #30523C Army Officer's Dagger - WKC

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

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

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

A very nice dagger here.

Mint Minus. $795.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $995.00

AOD #38116 Late Army Officer's Dagger

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

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

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

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

A good, late production Army example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

AOD #36076 Late Army Officer's Dagger – WKC

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $695.00

AOD #35025 Army Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $895.00