Recently, the daggers carried by the Axis powers, as well other European countries, have proved to be popular collectibles. Although generally they are not as well made as their German counterparts, they are still of great historical significance and certainly display well.
Also included in this category are edged weapons with non-German origins, from all countries and of all vintages.
AXIS #35365C Argentinean Police Dirk
This Argentinean police dirk appears to be of fairly modern production probably coming from the 1970s or 1980s. Overall it is a very long piece measuring about 23 inches within the scabbard. The hilt area has all gold-plated mounts. The pommel area features a crest on the obverse which appears to be a knight with swords and war implements behind him. Above the crest is a door knob shaped top which features a screw which no doubt holds the tang. The below portion has a matching ferrule with a straight style crossguard having a built-in clamshell. The clamshell has floral decoration around its border and in the center is an oval presentation which appears to have two hands shaking together. The detail to these mounts is not very good despite their pristine condition.
The grip gives the appearance of dark blue leather covering but I suspect it is probably plastic in nature. The grip has seven ribs which extend downward from right to left. The ribs are tightly wrapped with triple gold wire, the center being twisted. The metal scabbard is painted a dark blue black. The paint is in perfect mint condition. The scabbard is fitted with gilded mounts which match the hilt. These mounts have floral decorations with accent lines. The center and upper mount are equipped with carrying bands and rings.
The pristine mint conditioned blade is fifteen inches long. It has a single edge with a spine running the length of the upper area. The blade is double etched with fine frosting in the backgrounds portraying a series of oak leaves. The obverse area is etched, “Policia Federal Argentina”. On the reverse the blade is identical and is etched, “Republica Argentina. On both sides of the blade ending there is the same motif of the two hands joining together within an oval device. The reverse ricasso is marked with a maker logo that appears to be the initials, “TJ”. There is a leather blade buffer in place. An interesting weapon here which would be very difficult to obtain without going to Argentina and joining the police force. So despite the fact that it is a fairly new item it should be quite collectible.
AXIS #35323C Hungarian Defense Ministry Gift Dagger
This dagger measures about 12 inches long overall in the scabbard. The hilt is entirely fashioned of gilt material and is extremely regal in its presentation. The pommel is flat on the surface having a twisted wire that runs around the outside border. In the center there is a green stone of fairly large dimension in a gilded mount. Around the base of this stone is floral raised filigree. Below the pommel is more filigree that is positioned about the grip surface. The grip is shaped in four parts with the obverse and reverse being slightly wider. The grip is carved with scenes, floral devices and checkering. The reverse area leaves an open space for a dedication but there is none on this example. The crossguard is very beautiful with raised filigree designs extending from the upper portion to the lower portion of the grip. These filigree designs also have four pearls which are set into their surfaces. The crossguard has beaded borders formed of tightly twisted wire, the same as the pommel area. The outside surface of the crossguard has additional filigree work. Very beautiful indeed.
The scabbard shell is rounded on both sides which come to sharp edges on both sides. The scabbard surface is enameled in a appealing green blue color. The edges and center of the scabbard are also beaded. The throat area has a gold covering with more applied filigree on both edges. There are two jeweler proof marks which appear on the reverse center area. The scabbard tip has an additional green stone set into a lower chape. The stone appears to be the same as the one in the pommel although it is slightly smaller. The blade is a center ridged type with no ricasso and double edges forming to a sharp tip. The blade appears to be chrome plated and is in perfect condition. According to Glemmser these daggers were created to be used as birthday gifts for high ranking members of the Hungarian Defense Ministry. The book piece was presented in 1988. I suspect that this particular piece was probably produced about the same time. This is about as elegant a dagger as we are likely to see. The workmanship throughout is extraordinary and of highest caliber and quality. A beautiful dirk here!
AXIS #38739C American M1 Garand Bayonet
The crossguard of the bayonet has a circular portion designed to accommodate the barrel of a rifle on one side, the other side being rounded off. The guard is stamped “197” on the obverse.
The grip plates of the bayonet are constructed of black Bakelite, with horizontal grip lines. These plates are retained by a screw and spanner, and remain in very good condition throughout.
The scabbard is constructed of fiberglass and is colored olive drab; it is in good condition throughout. Both sides of the upper portion of the scabbard are marked with what appears to be a raised letter “H” with an arrow running throughout the center. There is a metal throat with an attached hanger on the reverse. The obverse of the throat is stamped “U.S. M7”.
The bayonet is equipped with a button that unlocks the blade. The blade itself is 9 ½ inches long, with a fine, blued surface and a wide fuller on both sides. The obverse ricasso is marked “A-113”, which the reverse ricasso reads “AFH / US” with a flaming bomb insignia between the “U” and the “S”. The AFH stands for the American Fork & Hoe Company.
A good, sound American piece here, in very nice condition.
AXIS #39189 French Bayonet with Original Frog
This French Bayonet is a Model 1886-93. It is equipped with metal grip plates and a small, round pommel. It is a bit grimy and encrusted with residue, looking to have made more than a few journeys across the fearful killing fields of No Man's Land. One can only hope that it managed to perforate a few savage Huns.
The crossguard is fitted with a circular portion to accommodate the barrel of a rifle.
The scabbard is rounded and tapers to a rounded chape. On the upper reverse of the scabbard is a “U” bracket presumably used for attachment to a belt rig or what have you.
Attached to the scabbard is the original frog. The frog shows age but the leather seem fairly sound. There is a stamping on the reverse of the frog which appears to be “35801” but it is hard to read.
The blade is 13 inches long in the four sided, cruciform pattern used exclusively for puncturing. It shows substantial rust but should respond well to a clean up. The obverse ricasso area appears to be stamped “C & P”.
This entire bayonet could probably cleaned up into a decent state. A good piece here for the budget-minded world bayonet collector.
AXIS #38684 San Marco Marine Officer's Dagger
The grip of this dagger is very interesting, being in an a somewhat Art Deco motif. The grip is constructed of Bakelite, a monolithic piece that comprises the entirety of the hilt. At the left side of the pommel area is a silhouette of a lion's head. His mane curls down the obverse and reverse of the grip in a eye catching manner. The lines of the mane continue down the grip, straightening out to form stylized fasces symbols, complete with ax heads. The Bakelite is flared out at the bottom to form simple quillons, the left being slightly longer than the right.
The scabbard is constructed of tapered steel. The throat is slightly flared out at the top. There is a small ding in the center obverse. The reverse has an applied metal belt loop attached at the top of the reverse throat with a screw and at the bottom with a rivet. The paint of this scabbard is still fairly nice, although it does shows some age and has a number of minor scratches. Overall, though, this paint is still about 90% intact.
The seven inch blade gives an unexpected surprise when pulled from the scabbard. It is completely bright and nearly in mint condition. It has all of the original crossgrain in the surfaces. The ricasso is shaped in a “V”; with Italian daggers the ricasso also acts to retain the blade in the scabbard throat via friction. This is also true of the 1937 and 1939 MSVN daggers. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
This is a very hard to find dagger in this kind of condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
AXIS #38448C Royal Hungarian Dagger
This dagger is a bit of a mystery to me, as I cannot find any pictures of it in any books. It does, however, have the Royal Hungarian crest on it so I'm assuming that is where it comes from. It may be be post-war but I can't be sure.
The hilt appears to have been fashioned from a sword hilt. The pommel and backstrap look to be take of a dove head swords. At the left of the pommel there is an eyelet which has a hook on it, presumably used to retain a portepee. The ferrule is large with dual decorative rings, while the crossguard is a plain brass affair with opposed quillon ends.
The grip is also very sword-like, being covered in a fine blue leather. It has many rows of ribs and all are beautifully wrapped with a skein triple brass wires, the center stand of being twisted.
The scabbard is constructed from steel with a leather covering. The leather matches that of the grip and it is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are plain with added hand engravings. At the upper portion there is a Hungarian coat-of-arms in a rectangle, while the lower portion has floral and line designs. The upper reverse of the scabbard is fitted with a “U” bracket and a leather hanger which has been fashioned into a belt loop. This leather is still supple.
The blade is also quite like a sword, measuring about 8 inches. It has a very short ricasso, with a center ridge and double edges. The blade is of polished steel and is in very fine condition. It is numbered “618”, which matches the number seen stamped on the center of the reverse guard. Beneath the number is a small stamping which looks to be a crown.
A most unusual dagger here, perfect for the research-minded collector.
Near Mint. $595.00
AXIS #38207 Argentinian Art Deco Sword
The hilt is of brass with 100% of the original fire gilded finish. The pommel is rounded with a squared off top. The backstrap is decorated with pebbling and raised designs. There is an insignia on the backstrap which probably is associated with Argentina in some way, but I am not sure. The ferrule is set at a 45 degree angle, having beautiful swirls that run upward.
The “P” guard is very elaborate, with the face of a goddess in the center. A winged creature perches on her head. The reverse langet has a Roman-style centurion with a fine helmet, while the obverse langet has yet another goddess head.
The grip appears to be solid celluloid with ribs that are slanted at at 45 degree angle, serving to contrast the ferrule. This is one of the greatest looks I've seen on a sword; it is very eye-catching!
The scabbard is straight throughout, in totally mint condition. It has pristine factory paint that looks like it was applied yesterday.
The blade is a 30 inch long example with a false edge at the bottom. It is a fantastic nickel plated example, etched on both sides. The obverse has a goddess figure, holding a spear and surrounded by floral designs. The reverse has a panel, surrounded by laurel leaves, that bears the motto of Argentina, “Sean Eternos los Laureles”. This blade is in completely mint condition, as is the entire sword. It is buffered by an in-place green washer.
This is most beautiful, German-made edged weapon here, a wonderful addition to any collection of swords.
AXIS #18052 Model 1941 Croation Army Dagger - Braca Knaus, Zagreb
This example is constructed with nickel plating over what is probably brass base metal. The pommel is circular, with a roped border design on both faces. The interior of the obverse pommel face has the raised letters, "NHD", which stood for the Independent State of Croatia.
The crossguard features a center block design of three connected roped interlocks. The crossguard quillons are also decorated with raised roped designs on the upper and lower edge borders. The quillon ends curl downward.
The horizontally placed, ribbed grip consists of eight sections. It appears to be a celluloid type with a plaster fill. The obverse is totally perfect. The reverse has a couple of minor hairliners at the upper and lower area, and a very small surface chip at the second rib from the top, but none of these are major in any way.
The scabbard is straight throughout. The seam extends down both sides where the two scabbard shell halves were braised together. The upper portion depicts interwoven roping matching that of the center block. The center panel has a pebbled pattern design. The lower scabbard portion depicts a series of ten descending sized roped circles, each of which enclose a raised star design. The upper carrying ring and eyelet are in place. The lower example is missing; it would be easy to make a new one, though, as they are just standard metal rod stock.
The blade shows quite a bit of age discoloration in the surfaces, but no pitting. Rates at less than excellent, though. It is a double-edged variety, having center ridge construction. There is a short ricasso. The maker name and location is stamped into the obverse ricasso, "Braca Knaus/Zagreb". The original leather washer has gone to time, leaving a minor blade shoulder gap; also easy to fix.
A good starter piece here for the budget-minded Axis collector.
Excellent Minus. $750.00
AXIS #37995C Italian 1939 MVSN Dagger with Original Portepee & Straps
The pommel has a highly stylized eagle head pommel, with an interesting, almost reptilian countenance. The side braces and crossguard are plain. The guard features an upward pointing left quillon.
The grip plates are inlays of black Bakelite. The reverse plate is plain, with the exception of a brass retention screw. The obverse is inset with a flush mount fasces insignia; a cylinder bundle of rods with an axe head projecting out from the right.
Gracing the hilt of this dagger is a fine, original black portepee. It is of woven cord which runs down to a combination slide and stem, also in black weave. The lower ball has a black fabric insert. This portepee is in completely perfect condition.
The scabbard is a real beauty, straight throughout and with outstanding original paint. This paint is at least 99% intact, in a nearly mint state. The scabbard has two plain brass bands equipped with eyelets and brass carrying rings. The lower chape tapers nicely to a ball at the bottom, and is an attractive copper color.
An outstanding set of leather hanging accompanies this dagger. 10 inches long, the leather is in excellent condition throughout. The reverse of the straps at the upper area is maker marked with elliptical symbols and the city of “Napoli”. The upper portion of the straps terminate in a brass “M”. Above this is a Roman eagle cartouche equipped with push-in snap clips.
The blade of this example is the typical Italian style, having the edge on the opposite side, rather than the “normal” placement. The upper portion has a false edge that runs about 2/3rds of the distance back down the blade. The blade has a short ricasso.
An excellent, complete MVSN Dagger here.
Near Mint. $2,495.00
AXIS #33903 Model 1935 Austrian Pilot's Dirk - Zeitler
The pommel is a staged affair that almost looks like a stubby witch's hat. It has fluted areas along each stage, and it ends in a set of beads which run around the circumference. In between the pommel and the lower ferrel there is a "U" bracket, which was used to hang a portopee. The ferrel area has matching beading running around its top circumference, and then it extends into five points, which go around the upper portion of the grip. The lower ferrel also has the same five point design, and it ends in beaded work. The crossguard is an interesting example, in that it has three segments, each extending further outward than the other, going upward. Below the segments is an arch shaped mount which resembles a spider web. The reverse of the mount has lines which indeed look like a spider web. On the obverse, the lines continue to the rounded center area which encloses a red and white round enamel insignia. The insignia has red dots with black highlights around the outside, and on the inside of the insignia is a triangle pointing downward. The enamel on this triangle has some breakage in the surfaces, where something may have been dropped on it, or vice versa, however none of the enamel is missing. The left side of the crossguard also has a small knob which would have been used to retain the lower section of the portopee. The grip is an off-white color, and I'm not sure if it is painted wood, or celluloid. It remains in perfect condition throughout.
The scabbard is tapered downward to a small ball at the bottom. The nickel plated scabbard exactly matches that of the hilt, and it has vaulted designs, which show an engine with propeller at the top example and the bottom example, with repeats of the same on the reverse. The edges of the dagger each have just a motor-like presentation sans the propeller. These designs at first appear to be carrying bands, but they are not. There are no bands on this dagger, rather there are eyelets soldered directly to the right edge. These two eyelets are beaded in the center, and are equipped with small nickeled rings. The blade is released by a push button mounted on the reverse of the crossguard, having a blade mounted release lock.
The blade has a short rounded ricasso, with a center ridge design, having double edges. This blade measures eight inches in length. It still has extremely bright, mint nickel plated surfaces, and a fine, needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the producer's name and Vienna location "Zeitler/Wien VIII". There was no washer worn with this weapon. The Austrian pilot's dagger is a difficult weapon to find, as after the Anschluss in 1938, Austrian pilots were issued second model German Luftwaffe daggers and apparently the old model was returned for recycling. A fine example here, and in very collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
AXIS #37353 Japanese Naval Dirk
The pommel cap is rounded at the top and comes over the grip area with a scalloped style edge. There are engravings of leaves on the sides of the cap and a raised out chrysanthemum on the top. The ferrule is of pebbled brass positioned over a crossguard with quillon ends that point upward on one side and downward on the other. There is a serrated style brass washer that separates these two parts.
The grip is constructed of wooden covered in a fine ray skin, not the simulated plastic type we see on later pieces. This skin is in completely perfect condition with good raised scales. The ray skin is separated into ribs which are wrapped tightly with wire. On both sides of the lower grip there are applied chrysanthemum flowers.
The scabbard shell is made of black leather. The leather is in fine condition throughout with a shine to the surface. The brass mounts have pebbled backgrounds with engravings of chrysanthemums on both sides and with scalloped edges. The lower mount has the same motif; it shows a few carrying dings but nothing serious. There is a release button located below the throat on the reverse of the scabbard.
Pulling the dagger for the scabbard is a pleasure to the eye as the blade is still extremely nice, have the unique Japanese geometry with the traditional tip. It is probably machine made, and has a nickel-plated surface, There is some extremely light age in a couple of places, but overall the blade still rates at Near Mint.
There is a ricasso fitting made of brass with a brushed finish. There is also a serrated edge metal buffer which separates the blade shoulders from the lower guard.
If you are looking for a quality Japanese Naval Dirk this one would be hard to beat. It is a very fine example.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
AXIS #37251 Bulgarian Model 1951 Officer's Dagger
The dagger is a very nice looking piece, having all brass mounts. The pommel is squared with a round tang nut on the top which features a raised out star.
The grip plates are also squared and are of a white celluloid-like material. In the center of both plates is a decorative metal strip with a rope-like motif typical of Bulgarian design. There is a squared ferrule at the bottom, and the the straight-armed crossguard has teardrop quillon ends, one up and one down.
The scabbard is of steel. The center area is in excellent condition and has a blued finish. Attached to the shell are three mounts. The upper mount features the symbol of Bulgaria; a standing lion raised out above a coruscating sun. On the reverse of the mount is pictured a raised out structure which must be the capital building. The lower portion of the upper mount is scalloped with a point in the center, matching the motif of the brass center and lower mounts.
Attached to the upper and center mounts is a long carrying chain. This chain consists of eighteen ringlets at the top and twenty at the bottom length. It is connected by way of two ringlets on each carrying ring. The ringlets all have a carved, rope-like motif. At the upper portion the chain is secured by two ringlets to a snap clap which very much resembles some of the early German sword clips. The workmanship throughout these fitting is quite well done.
The blade is a real beauty, being a plain style with a center fuller. There is also a ricasso. It appears to be nickel-plated and, like the rest of the dagger, is of high quality and in Mint condition.
A nice looking Bulgarian example here, that brings to mind the grim beginnings of the Cold War.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
AXIS #37096 Italian Model 1925 MVSN Poignard
This Musketeer's Poignard shows some age and usage, but it is all there and in collectible condition. The nickel-plated hilt has the pommel which is rounded and swings to the left at the top. This pommel has a little bit of age in the plating, but overall is still about 85% to 90% intact. The same is true of the ferrule below.
The crossguard is a simple steel affair that was never plated, having squared center plated which, on one side, have the initials of the Mussolini organization, “MVSN”, and a serial number of the poignard on the other. In this case the number is “6298”. The rest of the guard ambles out in rounded quillons with ball style ends.
The grip is a hard ebony wood, and has a pair of Italian fasces insignia set into both sides.
The scabbard is a tapered tube steel style, ending in a rounded chape. There are two carrying bands which are used to attach a belt clip which is metal and slanted to a 45 degree angle. The throat appears to be part of the scabbard metal stamping.
The blade is a four-side style adopted and redone from an Italian Imperial type. This blade shows some age evenly spread through all of the surfaces, but it is still in good condition with no nicks and a good point.
A textbook poignard here, available at a reasonable price.
AXIS #36975C Italian MVSN 1932 Mutilati Dagger – Frosolone
This Italian Mutilati Dagger is extremely rare. These daggers were made for presentation to MVSN fighters who were wounded while fighting for the cause. Because of this they are considered Honor Daggers and are quite rare.
The hilt of this dagger is composed of a one-piece casting which appears to have a silvered finish. The pommel has a leopard head that looks to the viewer's left. The crossguard has quillon arms which end in an eagle head on each. In the center of the obverse there is a crest which features the ancient symbol of the Fasces. The reverse of the guard has an identical seal which features the cypher of the Mutilati; a sword flanked by two bayonets over a wreath of laurel leaves. The grip is ribbed in the center.
The scabbard is a straight example which is tapered at the end. It is done in a blued finish, and has a mount at the top that is scalloped on the edges. The mount is also blued to match the shell. On the reverse is a typical Italian belt loop, being mounted on a 45 degree angle and made of matching metal.
The blade of this dagger is quite interesting. It has a center ridge with a curved tip, and has an edge on the lower portion and a false edge on the top portion that runs back to about half the blade length. The ricasso area of the blade is thinner, and the blade thickens as it rises outward towards the center area. This blade is still bright, having lots of crossgrain in the finish. There is some copper color that runs outward from the ricasso for about 3 or 4 inches. This may be a basic plating that was put on prior to the nickel-plated finish which is since worn off. The reverse of the blade is stamped with a maker mark that runs horizontally next to the center ridge. It is stamped, “Frosolone”. Also the lower guard arm is stamped with the number “146”. This number may indicate the specific person who was awarded this rare dagger.
This is the first example of the Mutilati Dagger that I've handled. It is extremely rare, and to an advanced Italian collector should be a key piece.
Excellent Plus. $6,495.00
AXIS #36976C Bulgarian Pilot's Dirk – Carl Eickhorn
These Bulgarian Pilot's Dirks are, in my opinion, one of the most attractive of all daggers produced in Europe. This piece is quite small, being a couple of inches shorter than most dirks, but that is what give is a special look.
The dirk is constructed with all brass mounts which are heavily decorated with Bulgarian designs, reminiscent of Russian embroidery. The pommel features a most noble eagle which looks to the viewer's left, having the tip of his beak nicely pointed downward. The bird has a large brow which extends over the faceted red jewel eyes. The feathering is beautifully rendered into the brass running down the backstrap. In the center of the backstrap is a Bulgarian seal, featuring a crown over a crowned lion rampant.
The crossguard, which is actually built into the hilt casting, features quillons each having a propeller. The propeller is lined to give an impression of movement. The center block has an applied eight cylinder radial airplane motor. The reverse of the guard has the original owner's monogram engraved into the surfaces.
The grip of this piece is some type of celluloid, or possibly horn, which is vertically lined throughout. Great looking stuff here!
The scabbard is straight throughout, with black painted surface. The paint appears original, having a few scratches from wear-time, but overall is at least 95% intact. The scabbard has three matching mounts, in gilded brass. These mounts are decorated with Bulgarian designs, and are most interesting to study. The center and upper mounts are equipped with serrated eyelets that retain rope-like carrying rings. The lower mount has more Bulgarian patterns and ends in a bird claw which is grasping a round, marble-like sphere.
The delicate blade is constructed with a ricasso and two fullers tapering to a tip at the end. The blade is etched on the reverse with the cypher of King Boris, having a blue background. There are raised designs which flank the monogram. The obverse blade has blue panels which have the raised Bulgarian motto. Unfortunately some old pitting has set in to about half of this blade; the other half, however, is still fairly clean. This is a shame, but with a seven decade old edged weapon we all know things like this can happen and the piece is priced accordingly. The reverse of the blade is marked with a large double oval style Eickhorn trademark used from 1933 to 1934, with a serrated tail squirrel. The blade has a black leather buffer.
A great outside here, if you can live with the age on the blade.
AXIS #36977C Yugoslavian Pilot's Dagger – Oficirska Zadruga (Officers Cooperative)
This Yugoslavian Dagger is quite nice looking and of good quality. It features all nickel mounts throughout. The pommel is a round shaped item that has floral decorations set against contrasting smooth areas. The crossguard is in the shape of an airplane propeller, with the engine cylinders at the reverse.
The grip appears to be constructed of black celluloid, and is in perfect condition. The grip has ribs which run downward from right to left, and is wrapped with silver wire.
The scabbard has a metal body with a leather covering. The leather is in very dark blue, and is in perfect condition. The scabbard has three matching nickel mounts, each having scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The upper mount is stamped with a Yugoslavian symbol; a crown over an eagle. The upper and center mounts are equipped with eyelets and carrying rings.
The blade is a fine example, with a long ricasso, double edges, and a center ridge. This blade is nice and bright throughout, being nickel-plated.. There appears to be a little bit of failure to the nickel-plated in the area of the reverse center ridge. Otherwise it is in bright, Near Mint condition. The obverse ricasso features a two-headed eagle cypher with a crown above it. The reverse ricasso has the name, in Cyrillic, of the maker cited above. There is an in-place brown leather washer that protects the blade.
This is a fine looking dagger, and a great example to add to any air force collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
AXIS #36565 Italian MVSN Model 1935 Officer's Bayonet
This Model 1935 Bayonet is a fine example. It is equipped with wooden grip plates. These plates are of a black colored wood, and are retained by two rivets, both sides of which are countersunk into the wood. The grip, on the left edges, has been configured to accommodate gripping fingers. Other than a small crack that runs down the lower obverse, this grip is in excellent condition.
The pommel top is a curved metal cap, which protects the grip.
The crossguard has a quillon end on one side, and is rounded on the other. This guard appears to be produced of steel.
The scabbard is a black painted steel shell, which tapers downward to a pointed tip. At the throat area it has a built in flare to accommodate the blade. The reverse of the scabbard has an integral belt loop, positioned at a 45 degree angle to given the dagger a rakish look while in wear. M35 scabbards without insignia were carried by MVSN officers.
The blade is areal beauty. It is a high quality blade, with polished nickel surfaces and in full Mint condition. Nearly all of the crossgraining is present in this blade, and there are no signs of sharpening or any other undue abuse. The blade has a standard cutting edge with a short ricasso on the lower portion, and a false edge at the top.
A very nice Italian example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00
AXIS #36383 Model 1925 MVSN Poignard
The pommel of this piece is rounded, and is shaped to taper to the left. The backstrap and ferrule are all of one piece construction with the pommel, and are of a basic steel finish. The grip is a one piece unit that fits within the side, obverse, and reverse section of the backstrap. This grip appears to be constructed of ebony, or some other species of black hardwood. Set into the grip, on both sides, is a brass fascist Fasces insignia.
The crossguard below is a simple affair, with two rounded guards that have rounded qullion ends. In the center area is it flat, and is decorated initials of the organization, “MVSN”. In addition there is an accountability number, “B 124”, stamped into the surface.
The scabbard is tapered steel example, which ends in a rounded ball-shaped chape. One the reverse facing t is fitted with two carrying rings, which have a steel belt loop attached to each of them. The loop is positioned at a slight angle, as the dagger was worn at a 45 degree angle. The scabbard has a blued finish, and shows some minor age and wear.
The blade of this example is a four-sided, cruciform type. I understand that these blades were actually cut down and recycled from WWI Italian bayonets. This blade shows some minor age, is is basically in bright condition with no flaws.
The MSVN poignards are very popular weapons, and have enjoyed consistently growing value over the years. This is a complete, good conditioned example, and a worthwhile purchase.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
AXIS #36343C Japanese Naval Dirk
This Japanese Naval Dirk is in exceptional condition. It is a wartime made piece but still does not lack in quality or workmanship. The pommel, grip and ferrule appear to be possibly one unit. It is also possible that they are made of a celluloid material but are colored to resemble separate pieces. The pommel has the chrysanthemum flower at the top and floral designs on the sides. The ferrule is pebbled with a flat border ring around the circumference. The grip gives the impression of being sharkskin. I notice though there is a line which runs down the edges of both sides which is normally associated with a molded device. The simulated sharkskin has excellent crisp pebbling and is also wrapped with twisted wire which again, is part of the mold. There is a chrysanthemum flower on each side of the grip which are also part of the mold. The crossguard has quillon ends which rounded with the left pointing upward and the right pointing downward.
The scabbard is a brown leather which is in exceptional condition throughout. This brown leather is an attractive rich color showing little age. Attached to the leather shell are an upper mount and lower mount which appear to be gilded brass. These mounts have fine pebbled surfaces and have raised out chrysanthemum flowers in the center areas with other areas being pebbled. There is an eyelet on each edge of the upper scabbard which is equipped with a round carrying ring. The blade is in the traditional Japanese shape and it remains in perfect condition with needlelike tip. The plating is not total high quality but it still remains at 100% and is bright. There is a leather washer that protects this near full mint blade. An extremely nice Japanese Naval Dirk here of late wartime vintage.
Near Mint. $995.00
AXIS #36339C Italian Youth Alpine Knife
This rarely seen variation of the Youth Knife is identical to the standard example except for the fact that the grips are painted a green color. The eagle pommel is the style that does not have eyes. (Some Youth knives have eyes and some don’t.) The gilded finish is in excellent condition showing only wear along the sharp edges. The pommel features an open beak on the eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. There is a good brow and feathered backstrap all of which show nice detail to the feathering. A small round nut on the top acts to remain the tang. The ferrule below has a raised area in the center that has a rope-like design. The crossguard is a flat oval shape having round quillons. The green painted grip is in excellent condition having 100% of the original paint. The grip is wrapped with dual twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is a sheath made of dark blue leather. This leather shows some mild age but is still intact. The leather is sewn up the edges of both sides. On the reverse there is a matching leather belt loop which is retained by two rivets. The blade of this example appears to have been a polished rather than plated type. There is some age darkening and a few spots in the surfaces of the blade. It still rates in fairly nice condition however featuring a short false ricasso, single edge and false edge which runs about halfway through the spine. There is also a red leather washer which is in place. The lower crossguard is stamped “55”.
A rarely seen Italian Youth knife here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
AXIS #35438 Model 1954 Polish Air Force Dagger
This Polish Air Force Dagger definitely was worn but still remains in good collectible condition. It is equipped with all silver mounts. The pommel is a smooth cap with a small round device at the top that most likely retains the blade. The pommel has a raised out Polish eagle on the obverse that shows a little wear to the details. The ferrule is built into the crossguard. The crossguard has one downward teardrop shaped quillon end, and the other crossguard quillon goes upward and is holed in the center of the teardrop. The grip is a black wood which appears to be ebony or some other wood that has been dyed black.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard is covered with a fine grained black leather. There is a seam that is sewn up the rear. The scabbard mounts are matching silver plate and each of the mounts has a pointed center where it meets the scabbard shell. The mounts are in good condition throughout. The upper and center mount are equipped with round eyelets which accommodate the two carrying rings. The upper mount has an applied Polish Air Force crest which is a diamond shape and has enamel work in the shape of red and white diamonds. The throat is quite thick and is cut out to accommodate the blade as well as the blade release lock.
The blade itself is a chrome plated example having a center ridge with good pointed top. There is a short ricasso which is stamped with the accountability number, “2065”. A nice example here that was carried for some time and has a good look about it.
Excellent Plus. $395.00
AXIS #27865C Holbein Style Swiss Dagger
This Holbein-style Swiss Dagger appears to have been made probably in the 1930's. It consists of cast parts which are finely nickel-plated. It does not seem to come apart. The pommel is in an interesting shape having a staged door knob look top and below is a larger rounded shape part which depicts figures on all four of its quadrants. The figures appear to be female in nature and are not too clear. The crossguard consists of quillon ends which gently swoop upward to a tip and in the center there is the face of a goddess. Next to the face on both sides is a raised floral design. The edges of the crossguard are smooth. The grip appears to be part of the crossguard casting and simulates a wrapped rope effect. The pommel seems to be separate from the grip and crossguard and most likely is peened together within the doorknob shape top.
The scabbard is an outwardly oval shape on both sides. The metal is pierced at the center areas revealing a red leather base below. The leather has some age to it but is still intact. Above the leather in the oval design is a scene of knights fighting with spears and swords on horseback. The scene seems to be the same on both sides. Bordering the fighting scene at the top is an outward oval raised floral scene having another head at the center area. The edges of the scabbard are smooth and it is possible to see where both of these are seamed together with the counterpart. The lower chape depicts another fairly well detailed head with designs throwing around the figure and a round tip at the bottom. This chape is also part of the scabbard shell casting.
The blade of this example is very similar to an SA type, having a center ridge with double edges. The blade appears to be of good quality and does have a Germanic look to it. This blade is a polished type and it is still bright. There are some old finger print smudges here and there on the surfaces but overall the blade is in near mint condition. The throat of this example is equipped with two red leather buffers. These buffers appear to possibly have been originally split so that the one was attached to the blade shoulders and the other to the throat itself. The way it is now though they are both fused together from time.
This Holbein dagger is not a well defined example but it does have a certain amount of quality to it. It is possible that it could have been a tourist item made in the 1930s and possibly sold in Switzerland or some other European outlet. It is of interest to the Third Reich political dagger collector at the basic Holbein design was used for the format of the political dagger of the 1930s. An interesting example here to display with your collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
AXIS #34946 Austrian Air Defense Dagger - Zeitler, Wien
These Austrian Air Defense Daggers are very similar to the Austrian pilot. The differences are there is a bow and arrow image on the enamel inset of the crossguard, as opposed to the triangular style image we see on the pilot's dagger. Also, the scabbard has a set of wings that act as a band, whereas there are propellers on the pilot's version. The dagger is quite heavy, being of solid nickel construction to the hilt. The pommel is a round affair with a pointed top. Below is a device which acts as a loop to hold the portopee. The neck area of the pommel has four sections which point downward to grab the grip. The ferrel below is opposite, having four upward pointing sections to grab the lower grip. The crossguard is basically shaped in a "V" design, having descending platform type segments, which become more rounded at the base. On the reverse side there is no insignia, and on the obverse side it has the round, enamel insert, which is red on the top, white in the center, and red on the bottom. In the center area is a bow and arrow instrument, being an indication that the branch of service was anti-aircraft. The surfaces throughout this hilt are in perfect condition, with no age problems.
The grip itself appears to be a wood type, which is painted white. The grip is bulbous in the center, and tapers at the upper and lower areas. The paint remains perfect on this grip. Below the left crossguard quillon, there is a small catch, which also acts to keep the portopee in place. The scabbard is a nickel plated, steel based type, slanting thinward throughout its length, into a round ball at the bottom. There are two small eyelets with hanger rings. In the center is a simulated band, which is beaded, having four round objects which run around the surfaces, probably representing airplane engines. The blade is a high center ridge type, having dual edges. The tip is still needle-like, and there is a short ricasso. The blade appears to be a matte surface type, and it is in excellent condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the maker name and the city of Vienna, "ZEITLER/WIEN B1". A nice looking example here, and for some reason, the air defense examples seem to be much rarer than the pilot pieces.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,995.00
AXIS #27655C GDR Army/Air Force Dirk
This dirk comes from the German Democratic Republic which of course was run by the Soviet Union. The mounts are all fine steel having a chrome plate. The pommel is a circular style having a peened top. The ferule below is plain, having a blade release button in the reverse. The cross guards are a straight form having acorn like quillon ends. The grip is a plastic or celluloid which has four ribs for a handhold. The obverse portion of the grip has toned to a deep tan color while the reverse is still mostly off-white. The scabbard is of all steel having upper and lower matching chrome mounts. The mounts have a “V”shape design where they meet the scabbard shell. The shell is either painted black or has a blued finish. The obverse of the upper mount is decorated with a shield shape with pebbled finish having a raised oak leaf and acorn in the center. Above this is a double circle with wheat shafts in between and a symbol resembling the Mason’s Compass. The two eyelets are positioned in the upper mount being round and having plain surfaces. The carrying rings are more of a “V” shape but rounded at the bottom. The fine blade is similar to a Third Reich Naval type having dual fuller construction with ricasso. The blade is a fine chrome plated type being in perfect mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with a shield having a building like representation. I don’t know the maker’s name who holds this logo. On the reverse there are some lines that were put through to erase the original serial number. The blade lock is situated on the reverse ricasso. The new-like brown leather washer is in place. A nice high-quality dirk here.
Mint Minus. $595.00
AXIS #30962 Model 1934 French Pilot’s Dagger
This French Pilot’s Dagger is a period piece and not one of the ones from the 1950’s. The hilt has squared mounts that are made of brass construction. The upper pommel has a nut-like device retaining the tang. The lower portion of the grip ferrule has a “U” bracket, which is installed to aide with the use of a portepee. The grip appears to be white celluloid, exactly meeting the squared proportions of the two grip mounts. The crossguard below consists of a matching brass straight type, having tapered quillon arms that also end in squared off depiction. The scabbard is also squared on the edges and is probably a wood base. This scabbard shell is covered with blue-black leather, having a decorative edge on both sides. The leather has good grain and is still in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts match the square design of the hilt type. There is an upper, center and lower example that taper to a chape end tip. The upper and center brass examples are fitted with plain eyelets and carrying rings. The blade is a double-edge type with center ridge and ricasso. The blade appears to have a chrome-plated finish. There are some nicks to the center ridge of one side of the blade. The other side looks fairly clean and in near mint condition. A good, original, French Pilot’s example.
AXIS #27549C French Air Force NCO Dirk
This French Air Force NCO Dirk is similar to the example shown in the Berger book on page 108, except it is the NCO version, having a blue grip instead of a white grip. Otherwise, it is the same. As is the case with the French Officer dagger, all fittings have squared corners. The pommel and ferrule are of brass construction, being square pieces, and having small signs of gilt remaining. The grip is a blue color, which could be a celluloid material or painted wood. The crossguard below is very simple with two short quillons, having squared ends. The scabbard shell has squared corners, and appears to be made of wood, covered with blue-black fine grained leather. This leather is still in fine condition. The scabbard is fitted with squared brass mounts. The upper and center mounts have eyelets and carrying rings. The reverse of the ferrule has a “U” fitting, which would have steadied a portepee. The blade is a nickel plates example, having double edged construction with center ridge. The ricasso is short and has the name of the producer, “Ets Sabatier Jeune/Bellevue-Thiers”. There is a small spring assembly installed on the left edge of the blade, which keeps the dagger within the scabbard. These pieces were first produced in 1934, but they were worn through the 1950’s. It is impossible to tell the vintage of this piece, but it does have some age.
Excellent, Plus, Plus $995.00
AXIS #23874 Bulgarian Labor Corps Dirk - Puma
This attractive Bulgarian Labor Corps dirk is the same as is shown in the Glemser Volume IV Book, page 121. It is also very similar to the example shown in the Berger Book on page 48, except the insignia of Bulgaria is missing from the center scabbard on this Berger Book piece, but is shown on the Glemser piece. At any rate, the fittings of this hilt are cast in fine gilded brass. The pommel is in the shape of a crown which is thicker at the top and tapers down at the neck. There is also a ball like device at the top of the crown. This example shows some hand wear from the original bearer of this dagger, but it is still possible to see most of the complicated detail that decorates this pommel. The crossguard is also a most interesting unit. The center block area depicts a Bulgarian royal crown having a shield-like device with a lion in the center of the shield under a royal crown. The shield is supported by additional crowned lions standing on each side of the shield. This center block area is depicted in silver contrasting nicely with the gilded brass of the quillon arms. The left quillon arm extends outward in a tapered manner having pebbling to its backgrounds. At the end, is a quillon detailing a lion's head. The right crossguard arms extends outward in the same manner, and at the quillon end, is depicted the shape of a spade. Superimposed over the spade is also a pick. Most interesting designs here having much eye appeal. This dagger was made in Germany so the designs and craftsmanship are of the highest caliber. The grip is a very pleasing pumpkin orange color. It is the same as the type we would see on a German Naval dirk. The grip is in perfect condition on the obverse, and has a small chip at the reverse top as well as a couple of hairline cracks in the two center rib sections. None of this is bad, however. The grip is tightly wrapped with gilded single twisted brass wire. The scabbard is nice and straight throughout and is a steel shell. The shell has a pebbled background in the metal and is painted black. It deceives the viewer into thinking the shell is covered with finely grained leather, but it is only paint. The shell is fitted with two carrying bands and eyelets which also resemble the German Naval type. These bands are made showing overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The upper eyelets are plain and the upper ring is plain. The lower ring has a roped depiction similar to the way both book pieces are depicted. (Assumedly the top ring could be a replacement.) In between the two bands is a silvered crest. This crest is egg shaped and depicts a mountain with sunrays coming up from it. There are Cyrillic writings over the top of the mountain and below, which are typical Bulgarian. The lower chape of this example is a smooth smaller type which is not exactly like the ones which are shown in both book pieces, but it does appear to be original. The blade is identical to a German Navy type. It reflects double fuller construction and has highest quality nickel-plated finish. This blade is in mint condition and really looks great. The obverse ricasso has the etching of a crown over a stylized "B" letter. This is the cipher of King Boris. The reverse ricasso has the familiar Puma cat with the firm name below the cat's head, which is all depicted within a diamond. Below the diamond is the place of manufacture, "Solingen". There is a leather washer which seals this blade. This is a rarely seen dagger and is in a highly collectible state.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,195.00
AXIS #27551C French Air Force Officer's Dagger with Hangers
This Model 1934 French Air Force Officer Dagger is complete with hangers. These pieces were worn before the war and after the war, and it is difficult to tell the vintage, as they were all made the same. The regulations did not call for an orange grip, as this example has, but rather a white grip or a black grip. It can be assumed that possibly the white grip turned to this pleasing color orange, as it does appear to be made of a celluloid material. The dagger has all fittings that are squared in nature. The pommel and ferrule are square style blocks of brass. The crossguard is a standard straight type, having short quillons with squared off ends. The orange grip is also rectangular shaped. The scabbard appears to be of leather covered wood. This wood also has four squared corners. The leather is in choice condition, being a very fine grain, and a blue-black color. The center fitting is equipped with an eyelet, as is the upper fitting, and the original set of black leather hangers are still attached. This leather is still supple, and is equipped with squared brass buckles. The lower chape of the scabbard is a separate brass piece, also having squared corners, with a square small tip at the bottom. The blade is a high quality nickel plated example. The blade has a center ridge with double edge construction. There is also a short ricasso. There are a few minor age signs in the nickel fitting, but for the most part, it is in good bright condition. The blade easily grades at excellent plus. The braid ricasso is stamped with the producer, "Lafayette, Paris/Depose". A nice looking high quality dagger here.
Near Mint. $1,495.00
AXIS #27567C Bulgarian Labor Corps Dagger - Puma
These German made Labor Corps daggers are very popular with 3rd Reich collectors, as there was a relationship between King Boris of Bulgaria and the Führer. The daggers are German made, and are of high quality. This example can be seen on pages 47 and 48 of the Berger book, with the exception the book piece does not show the scabbard symbol of Bulgaria. This hilt has brass mounts. The pommel is in the shape of a Bulgarian crown, being highly detailed, and having a small ball on the top. The crossguard features a center block, which has a silvered seal of Bulgaria on the obverse, and the rectangular center block on the reverse is stippled. The quillon arms are most interesting on this dagger. The left example ending in a detailed lion head, and the right example ending in the shape of a spade, and depicting a superimposed pick at the center. The legs are stippled throughout the outward arms. The grip of this example is most attractive, being a solid celluloid, and being an orange pumpkin color. The grip is in perfect condition, with the exception of one small hairliner at the lower obverse rib. This grip has seven ribs, which run downward from right to left. The ribs are wrapped with a twisted gilded brass wire. Fine looking hilt here! The scabbard is a tapering steel base, having upper rings consisting of overlapping oak leaves with acorns, similar to those seen on German Naval daggers. The eyelets are plain finished, and the carrying rings are a roped design. In between the two carrying bands is a silvered crest, which portrays a mountain with a ray of sunshine above it. The depiction is bordered with wheat sheafs. Unfortunately, the lower brass fitting for this example has gone to time. The blade is a high quality example, being very similar to a German Naval blade, having dual fuller construction. It is nickel plated, and the nickel surfaces are high quality and mirror bright. This blade is in mint condition, other than normal in-and-out marks. The obverse ricasso area portrays the seal of King of Boris III, being a crown over the letter B, with Roman numeral III at the lower portion of the letter. On the reverse is the Puma trademark, consisting of a diamond shape, showing a cat head and the name Puma below. Below the diamond shape is the name of the city where this dagger was produced, Solingen. There is a brown leather buffer in place. A fine dagger here, which because of the missing chape fitting, is priced accordingly.
Excellent, Plus. $1,995.00
AXIS #22415 Communist Era Bulgarian Dagger with Chain Hanger
This dagger consists of fine quality gilt fittings. The pommel is squared off similar to a Russian dagger, as are the up-and-down quillons, which end in teardrops. The grip appears to be a form of white plastic or celluloid which has a brass design band running through the center of both sides. This band is similar to a chain link design which is traditional for Bulgarian weapons. The scabbard is a steel shell to which are connected three brass mounts. The top mount depicts the Bulgarian lion above a rising sun. These depictions are raised out. On the reverse is a large state building with a communist star at the top. The center ramp and bottom mount are plain. Attached to the upper and center mount is a ringlet style chain with clip in matching brass. This chain link has twelve ringlets on each end. The brass snap clip is unmarked and has the chain scabbard similar to a 1st model Luftwaffe snap clip. The blade is a high quality nickel-plated doubled etched example. It has a fuller which runs down the length of both sides. There is also a short ricasso and the blade is protected by a red leather washer. A good looking example.
Excellent Plus. $595.00
AXIS #27550C French Air Force Officer's Dagger
This French Air Force Dagger appears the same as the example shown on page 108 of the Berger book. All of the fittings are of a squared corner nature, and the white celluloid grip indicates officer status. These daggers were first introduced in 1934, but they were also worn after the war. This one looks like it could come from the 1950s or 60s. The pommel and ferrule are squared corner brass fittings. The white celluloid grip is also squared, and is in perfect condition. The crossguard is a simple device, having short quillons which have squared tips. The scabbard is made of a wood base with squared corners. It is covered with a fine grained dark blue leather, which remains in perfect condition. The wood shell is fitted with three brass mounts. These mounts are all of squared shape and they are of gilded brass. The two upper mounts have plain eyelets and carrying rings. The gilding is nearly 100% throughout these mounts. The reverse of the upper ferrule has a small U fitting. I believe that this was for use of a portepee. The blade appears to be a chrome plate type. It has a center ridge with double edges, and short ricasso. It is in mint condition. A nice looking example here in top rate shape.
Near Mint. $995.00
AXIS #31819C Gurkha Kukri
This Gurkha Knife was carried by the elite troops coming from Napal to help the British as well as other allies during World War II. This Gurkha knife measures overall about 18 ½ inches. The hilt of the dagger is composed of a steel base with flared pommel and grip plates of hard wood. The grip plates appear to be retained by rivet style hardware. The metal from the hilt continues to form the curved Gurkha blade. This blade has a fuller and a couple of notched teeth towards the ricasso. The blade measures about 13 inches and has the distinctive curve going outward and downward, typical of Gurkha knives. The scabbard appears to be made of a hard, leather-covered, wood base. There are two layers of reinforced leather held together with rawhide at the upper portion of the scabbard. This leather retains the two carrying straps, which are also equipped with buckles. Inserted into the rear throat section of the scabbard are two smaller knives of similar shape and construction. Overall, this piece shows some age and usage, but it appears to be quite old and most likely of WWII vintage.
AXIS #30886 Slovak Army Officer Dagger
These fairly rare daggers are of all nickel construction. The untouched, good-conditioned hilt is a one-piece unit, with the exception of the grip plates. The pommel is a two-stage affair, having pebbled backgrounds. The pebbling extends to the backgrounds of the ferrule. Raised out of the ferrule is the coat-of-arms of the Slovak State, a double-style cross. The crossguard arms flair upward. The tops of the arms are also pebbled, while both edges are grooved. The grip plates are an off-white, rather greenish material, retained by two rivets. The obverse plate is perfect, while the reverse has a minor crack. The scabbard reflects the same pebbled surface, with dull nickel finish. There is an upper, lower and center fitting of matching material. The upper and center fittings are equipped with carrying rings. The blade is pressed into the hilt, and is not as fine as a German example would be. It is nickel-plated, and is still in excellent condition. It reflects a center ridge, double edged design, having short ricasso. This piece is identical to the one shown in Johnson, Volume 3, Page 323 and 324. Fine example of a hard-to-find Axis dagger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
AXIS #27653C Bulgarian Model 1951 Army Dagger
This Bulgarian Army Dagger is identical to the example that is shown on color on page 65 of the Fedurin book. The dagger has gilded brass fittings. The pommel is a square like device with a round top that acts as a tang nut. The top has the Soviet star raised out. The ferrule matches the square like design of the pommel having a slight taper to it. There are two brass strips of decorative metal that run across the obverse and reverse grip, they are inlaid into the grip which appears to be made of a white plastic or celluloid. These metal strips have a pigtail like roped look to them. The crossguard is straight having quillons that go upwards on the right and downwards on the left and they are in a teardrop shape. The scabbard of this example is a nickel-plated steel. It is straigit throughout. The steel shell is fitted with gilded brass mounts. There are three of them. The top mount is decorated with a standing lion positioned over a rising sun and on the reverse there is a government style building with a star at its peak. The center ramp and lower mount are plain but they do have a point at the center of the edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The center and upper mount are equipped with smooth eyelets and there is a chain hanger. The hanger consists of a number of matching metal ringlets which are held together with connector tabs. The two chain assemblies are connected to a matching gilded snap clip at the wearing area. The blade of this example is similar to a German naval type except that it has a single fuller instead of dual fullers. It is a double edged style blade with ricasso. The blade is a high quality example having good tip and fine mint nickeled finish. There is a red washer which is in place to protect the blade. A good-looking dirk here of high quality. This dagger measures approximately 14-inches overall.
Near Mint. $495.00
AXIS #27642C Polish Model '54 Air Force Dagger
This Polish Air Force Dirk is identical to the example shown in color on page 269 of the Fedurin book. The dagger features chromed fittings throughout, and does show some actual usage. This piece has a pommel that is cylindrical shaped, having a doorknob shaped ball at the top. The pommel displays on the obverse a raised-out Polish Eagle. The ferrule is matching cylindrical shaped at the bottom. It rests over a crossguard that has quillon arms, extending to ends having teardrop shape. The left crossguard arm rises upward and is holed, and the right crossguard arm extends downward in the teardrop shape. The grip of this example is an off-white plastic, which is rounded at both the obverse and reverse, and is oval-shaped on the edges. The scabbard shell is metal and is covered with a black leather, having very fine grain. The leather is sewn up the rear. The leather shows some mild usage scuffs, but there are no cuts or problems. The scabbard shell has three mounts. The mounts are a matching chromed finish, and each has a pointed center where the edge meets the scabbard shell. The upper mount has an enameled diamond applied insignia, which is checkered with red and white boxes. It is equipped with an eyelet and carrying ring, which matches that of the center ramp. The lower fitting tapers downward slightly, and has a ball that acts as its bottom chape. The blade is a double edged type with center ridge. It has a short ricasso that becomes “v” shaped as it meets the center ridge. The tip is still needle-like, and the blade has its bright original nickel finish rating in near mint condition. This blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso, “24242”. The reverse has no stamping and is equipped with a blade lock, that is button operated from the reverse of the ferrule. A nice dagger here! The dagger comes with its original hanging straps. These straps are of a white leather equipped with dark colored metal oval buckles. At the lower portion, there is a matching dark colored metal snap on each strap, and at the upper area the straps are equipped with matching “D” rings, having white leather belt loops. A complete example here, which shows some mild usage.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
AXIS #27594C Spanish Air Force Dirk
This Spanish Air Force dirk is quite long, being about 20½” in overall length. The hilt parts are made of a solid brass. This dagger looks very similar to the example shown in the Fedoran book on Page 216, except the book piece is an army, where as this one is an air force. The basic difference seems to be the center part of the cross guard. At any rate, the pommel of this example is a doorknob shape having nice raised decoration which goes around the thicker part of the center area. The top of the pommel has a round knob. The cross guard is quite hefty in the center and has quillon arms which become smaller and go outward for a short distance, ending in a pointed tip. The tip has a raised out design giving them the look of the tip of an air ship. The center portion of the cross guard has an open wing design with a crown over the center area. The reverse of the cross guard has the raised out seal of Spain which is a closed-wing eagle having a crest in its belly. The grip of this example is a tan color celluloid. It is wrapped with brass wire with no attempt to hide the ends. The wire is nice and tight and the grip is in perfect condition. This hilt shows some wear and patination. The scabbard shell is a matching brass. It is dent-free and has two mounts, both of which act as carrying bands. On the obverse, they have a 6-sided figure with floral designs and there is an eyelet that is built-in with a small carrying ring. The lower area of the scabbard has a floral design small panel ending a button shape. Other than these areas, the scabbard is plain. The original portepee is still attached to this scabbard. It is tied in a special knot positioned above the first band. It is a gold bullion cord ending in an acorn shape. The acorn shows quite a bit of fraying at the bottom. The blade is about 16” in length. It is of excellent quality, having a center segment with double edges and a ricasso. This blade is of quality nickel plate and it appears to be in near full mint condition, still with a good tip. The reverse of the blade is etched with a crown over initials which look to be “FTN”. There is also a leather washer which buffers the blade. A good Spanish Air Force here which is probably circa 1950s.
Excellent Plus. $550.00
AXIS #27630C Hungarian Officer's Award Dirk
This Hungarian Officer's Award Dirk was apparently adopted in 1992 and was given to Hungarian officers for long excellent service. The dagger measures about 16” overall. It has brass mounts. The pommel is in the shape of a snail shell having a curl design to the raised lines in the center. The cross guard has more of these curl designs which go around the extended quillon arms and come back again to form a “v” shape in the bottom of the cross guard. The same is true on the reverse. There is a Hungarian seal stamped into the center of the obverse cross guard. It appears as though there was an applied or glued seal here but it has gone to time. The grip is a bulbous style which narrows at the top and bottom area. It is of wood or plastic and is a black color. The scabbard is of wood base, having fine leather covering. The leather work is done quite well and in perfect condition. The carrying bands have the same style raised curls as the cross guard. There are lined eyelets with plain carrying rings. The lower chape fitting also repeats this raised curl design. The blade is a double-etched variety having a short ricasso that comes to a rhombic tip. This blade is in mint condition throughout and has a fine brown leather washer which is deep within the cross guard recesses. The cross guard is the type which goes over the scabbard throat and seals the blade. A good looking dagger here which is identical to the example shown on Page 98 of the Fedoran book.
Near Mint. $550.00
AXIS #28462C Bulgarian Labor Corp Dagger
This Bulgarian Labor Corps dagger was made in Bulgaria, and is not a German made piece. Because of this, it is somewhat crude compared to the Solingen produced pieces that I have had in the past. It is on about the same par as the piece that is shown in the Berger book, on page 48. Also, there is a piece shown in the Russian Fedurin book, which also compares with this example, except the Fedurin piece is missing the leather on the scabbard. The fittings of this dagger are composed of brass metal. The pommel has the shape of a regal crown, and it is fairly well detailed, having fleur-de-lis that runs around its center area. The crossguard is in the shape of a lion’s head quillon at the left side, and a shovel at the right side. The shovel has a superimposed pick in the center of the shovel. At the crossguard center block, there is a Bulgarian Crest featuring two lions holding onto the edges of a shield, with a crown on top of it. The detail to this crest is not very good, but there is enough there to make out the depiction. The reverse center block is plain with a rectangular raised figure. There is a flared ferrule part above the crossguard that accepts the bottom grip area. The grip itself appears to be a painted wood base. It features seven ribs, which descend from right to left. The grip is wrapped with a twisted brass wire. Some of the original white paint is beginning to flake, and I would say this paint is about 80% to 85%. The scabbard shell is most likely a steel base. It is covered with a blue-black leather which is original. This leather is still in good condition, having no cuts or problems. The area between the two upper bands has an inverted heart shape device that depicts the sun over mountains, which is the Bulgarian Crest. The bands on either side are matching brass, and they roughly depict oak leaves. The eyelets are smooth, and the carrying rings have a roped design. The lower chape depicts sprigs of oak leaves and acorns, which run its length. The blade of this example is slightly more narrow than a German blade, but is has the same shape with center segment and double edge construction. The tip is still needle-like. This blade is nickel plated and is still quite bright, having a couple of minor age spots, but nothing bad. This blade grades in near mint condition. There is a leather blade buffer, which protects it. Overall, not a bad conditioned dagger, but being somewhat crude compared to those produced by Germany.
AXIS #19280 Royal Yugoslavian Dagger
This example shows overall carrying time, but no abuse. It appears identical to the example shown in the Berger Book, Page 263. The stylized brass pommel has beaded designs and gives the impression it is an open finials design, but it is solid material throughout. The matching crossguard is an up and down design with quillons ending in ball designs. The grip is a wood based style, having eleven ribbed sections running downward right to left. The surface is painted a lighter brown color. Some of the paint is missing from wear, but still rates about 85%. The grip is wrapped with single twisted aluminum wire. The scabbard shell has a textured raised look which represents overlapping oak leafing. The shell is fitted with three brass mounts. They have scalloped edges where they meet the shell. Both the upper and center examples have dual rows of overlapping oak leafing. The leaves extend to the round eyelet center areas. The upper mount also has a silvered Yugo two-headed crowned eagle with crest in his stomach. This design is applied. The lower mount is plain, ending in a ball chape. These fittings are retained with headless, flush-mount brass screws. The blade is removed with a push-button release positioned in the center reverse of the guard. The blade is a fine quality nickel-plated example, remaining in mirror bright condition. This near full mint blade has a center ridge with double edges and short ricasso design. The obverse ricasso portrays an etched Yugo eagle, while the reverse is etched with a cross design containing cyrillic writing of the producer name, and with a further Yugo eagle in the center. The brown leather blade buffer is in place. A good sound example.
Excellent Plus. $695.00