The Denny Roach Collection
The below daggers come from the collection of Denny Roach who many collectors will remember was one of the first specialists of “army types”. After the publishing of my book, “Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Army” in 1996, many collectors were stimulated by the fact that army daggers were no longer the same anymore and it was a learning experience as well as a feeling of accomplishment to be able to tell the differences between the different producers, pommels, crossguards, scabbards, hilts and blade. It started a whole new hobby for many of us, and Denny Roach was no exception to this. Denny focused on aluminum hilt daggers, particularly those of the E. Pack company. The below listed pieces represent some of the outstanding weapons Denny accumulated over the years. Each and every piece is guaranteed to be in its original state and one hundred percent authentic. These daggers listed below represent a great opportunity for collectors to acquire rarely seen variations and some outstanding quality daggers.
DROACH #34035C Half-Size Army Dagger Miniature – J.A. Henckels
This half-size miniature is much nice than most of the ones that we see. Instead of gray metal hilt fittings and scabbard this example has very nice silver plating throughout. The hilt fittings still have the majority of the silvering intact and have a nice patination. The pommel is nicely done with the standing oak leaves running around the circumference as is the ferrule. The crossguard has good detail to the open winged eagle which clutches a mobile swastika. The scabbard is a fine pebbled example with two carrying bands also having good oak leaf detail. The scabbard is equipped with a good strong metal runner. The blade is a fine example being nickel-plated. The plating is still 100% throughout and this blade rates in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the logo of the Henckels company consisting of two Eqyptian like twins. There is no washer on this example and I doubt that it was produced with one. A very good well preserved half-size Army Dagger miniature.
Near Mint. $525.00
DROACH #34037C Army Deluxe Hangers
This set of Deluxe Army Hanging Straps measures about 10½ inches in length. The brocade on both straps show some minor age and usage but overall there is no wear and the metal is still bright. The hardware is the deluxe silver plated type. The closed box clip at the top has raised out oak leaves and is marked, “D.G.R.M.”. The oval buckles and slides have the usual oak leaf decoration. The silvering is still quite good throughout these mounts. It is also interesting to see that the buckles are slightly higher than they normally lay on army straps. The snaps at the bottom are the “push up” deluxe type having the raised oak leaf decoration and the “DRGM” marking on the reverse of each one. The green felt on the back of these straps shows a little wear on the longest hangers edge but no fraying. A nice set of army straps.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00
DROACH #34038C Late Army Hangers with Leather Tabs
This set of Army Hangers is the type that was made during the war having no velvet backing. The obverse brocade though is still a fine aluminum with nice texturing running between the two raised lines in the center. These bullion straps are retained by fine green colored leather tabs which have aluminum rivets in each one. The closed box clip is a plain aluminum type and the oval buckles and slides are also aluminum color plate featuring raised oak leaves. The deluxe style snaps are the “push up” variety having oak leaf decorations on the obverse. The reverse of each snap is marked with the “A” indicating Assmann made these. There is little wear to these straps and they show only nominal age.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00
DROACH #34040C Early Quality Army Hangers
This set of early Army Hangers is fairly long measuring over 11 inches. The brocade is in excellent shape still being bright throughout and showing little age. The upper box clip is a brass based plain example. Most of the silvering is worn from this box clip. The hardware below though is also of brass and I’m happy to say that nearly all of the silvering is intact throughout these mounts. The buckles and slides have matching raised oak leaf designs and the snaps below are the “push in” type having pebbled surfaces rounded tops. These lower snaps are seldom encountered on army hangers. The reverse of the snaps shows only the most nominal of wear and there is good velvet pile to them. A nice set of straps here for a quality Army Officer's Dagger.
Near Mint. $225.00
DROACH #34041C Army Hangers with Metal Folded Tabs
This set of army hangers is about 10½ inches in length. The bullion shows some age and wear but overall it is still in good shape with no breaks or problems. The hardware is the deluxe type having silvered finish. The silvering is about 80-85% throughout. The upper closed bracket is the style with raised oak leaves and acorns marked, “DRGM”. The brocade straps below are connected to this box clip via aluminum tabs which are bent over and retained by rivets. They are stamped on the obverse with oak leaves and at the turning point have the marking, “DRGM”. The hardware below consists of oval buckles having raised oak leaves which match the slides. The snaps below are the deluxe type being the “push up” variety having oak leaf depictions. Each snap is marked, “DRGM” on the reverse. The velvet pile on the back shows little to no wear. A good set of army straps seldom encountered with these metal folded tops.
Excellent Plus. $195.00
DROACH #34015C Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts – E. Pack & Söhne
This Army Officer's Dagger is in choice condition throughout. The aluminum mounts are most striking being the same configuration as the type I show on page 55 of my army book. The pommel shows only the slightest bit of usage around the top area. The standing oak leaves along the outside have been extremely well done having lots of hand enhancing evident to the veins. There has also been substantial hand pebbling put into the surfaces between the tops of the leaves and the pommel rim. A great look here! The crossguard is also a beauty showing virtually no usage at all. It depicts the standard Pack eagle with full details to his eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. The engraver was kept quite busy with the enhancing of all the little parts on this bird. A beautiful job here. The ferrule is a patinated silver type being the same as page 55. Setting off this fine hilt is a most beautiful lighter orange colored grip. The grip has even color tones throughout and is in completely perfect condition.
The scabbard is also an outstanding item being the same as page 53. This textbook Pack scabbard has fine silvering throughout with good pebbled panels. It is straight as an arrow. The bands are remarkable as the oak leafing has all been hand engraved throughout the surfaces. The in house jeweler did a great job with this piece as at first glance from the distance of about one foot you would swear that these decorations are the real deal. Only when you look closely can you see that they are all done by a play on the eyes of engraved lines. Very interesting work indeed and something that most collectors really enjoy studying. These Solingen workers were masters at this technique. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. It is a full mint conditioned example having 100% crossgraining, bright surfaces and needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the hammering Siegfried figure and below is the firms name, “E. Pack & Söhne Solingen”. The original new-like brown leather blade washer is in place. A very fine Pack dagger here.
Near Mint. $1,595.00
DROACH #34034C Personalized Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts – E. Pack & Söhne
This Pack Army Officer's Dagger is produced with the aluminum hilt mounts being the same configuration as page 55 of my army book. The pommel is in choice condition throughout showing some nominal wear on the smooth top parts. The rim though is nice and crisp. The standing oak leaves have been very well done having all veins hand enhanced. There is also some pleasing pebbling added to the pommel in the areas between the upper leaves and the pommel rim. The crossguard is in choice perfect condition throughout showing no wear. This guard portrays an outstanding hand enhanced eagle. The engraver has done wonders with the bird’s eye and beak as well as the checkering to the breast feathering. Even the talons have outstanding detail to each claw. The wreath is a beauty and it greatly enhances the mobile vaulted swastika in the center. Nice work here! The ferrule is a patinated early silver type being the same as page 55. The grip is a most pleasing example being a tangerine orange color. It is slightly lighter at the upper area of both sides as well as on the reverse as there was a frayed portepee on this dagger but I took it off as I did not feel it added anything to the piece. Somehow an old frayed beat up portepee does little to add to the beautiful features of a dagger in this condition.
The scabbard is a fine example having good silvering throughout. There are just the slightest of ripples around the center point where it appears a dent was removed. The job looks good though and is not perfect but is not noticeable. The scabbard bands are the type that were completely engraved in the factory. On these bands the engraver pebbled the surfaces and then drew a likeness of oak leaves with his engraving tool. These bands are not quite as well done as some of the others I have seen in the past but nevertheless they are unique and typical of Pack. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.
The blade of this example is still nice and bright and is a extra crossed nickel-plated type. The plating is still bright throughout showing only modest age. There is a tiny break in the plating at the very tip but it is minor. The original owner of this example apparently wanted the extra cost plating as he had his surname professionally engraved on the center segment. The name is, “Morgenbrod”. This engraving is extremely well done and would have been a difficult process given the hardness of this blade metal. I would think that a career search could be made of this name as it is not a common name and should be easy to find somewhere in the German archives. Overall, this blade grades in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the hammering Siegfried figure positioned above the name and location of the firm, “E. Pack & Söhne Solingen”. The brown leather washer is in place. A most interesting dagger here and a good possibility for research.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00
DROACH #34030C Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts – Robert Klaas
This Army Officer's Dagger is extremely interesting as the aluminum hilt mounts have been produced using the Klaas style eagle. Chances are they were produced in house by the Robert Klaas firm. They are identical to the crossguards I show in my army book on page 46. Perhaps at this early time several manufacturers were interested in the aluminum casting process? The pommel of this example is a typical Klaas style pommel. It has some usage signs over the top surfaces. The standing oak leaves are very well done with acorns in between and obvious handwork to the outline and veins of the oak leaves. The crossguard is also nicely done showing handwork to the eye and beak area as well as to the breast feathering. Most of the breast feathering is worn from the eagle but the wreath and mobile swastika are still prominent. The ferrule is the same as the example shown on page 46 being a silvered steel type. The grip is a fine example being a dark orange pumpkin color. The grip is in perfect condition except for a minor hair liner on the reverse lower rib and also what appears to be a tiny chip at the upper grip where it meets the pommel on the reverse. These flaws sound worse than what they are.
The scabbard is a classic Klaas example being the same as page 46. The scabbard is straight throughout still having a good silvered finish which has patinated. The bands of this example have good oak leaf depiction and then on the ends of both bands they are finished with an asterisk cut into the surface. This is typical Klaas and although the asterisks do not appear on all Klaas bands they do on most. If you would like to see what these look like please turn to page 119 of my army book. The throat of this example is retained by two flatter head side screws. The blade, as is often the case with Klaas daggers, is nickel-plated. Unfortunately there is a little lifting to the nickel along the center segment of the reverse blade and also a bit to the tip where this blade was stuck into something at one time. There are also a few minor nicks on each side of the blade where someone was sword fighting. Nonetheless the blade is still not too bad and it is what it is. The reverse ricasso is marked with the kissing cranes logo and below the birds is the firm’s name and location, “Robert Klaas / Solingen”. The original leather blade washer is gone to time. Although this dagger has a few condition problems it still is a very rare variation and worthy of consideration by a serious collector.
DROACH #34021C Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts – E. Pack & Söhne
These mounts are the same configuration as the examples I show in my army book on page 55. The aluminum fittings are in choice condition. The pommel shows only modest wear on the upper surfaces. The standing oak leaves and acorns have all had hand enhancing to their veins. The areas above the oak leaves have also been pebbled to give relief to the depiction. The crossguard has also been nicely hand enhanced. The engravings are rendered to the bird’s eye, beak, breast feathering, talons and wreath. These are all nicely done additions to give a better look to the casting of this aluminum crossguard. To me, these extra touches represent artwork in the form of distinctive blade fittings. The ferrule is a silver type matching the picture on page 55. The grip is a fine orange example which remains in perfect condition. There is an original portepee that shows some usage and some age but no fraying. The portepee is in excellent condition throughout. The scabbard is a distinctive Pack type being the same as I show on page 53 of my Army book.
This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has excellent silver plating. This plating is nicely patinated throughout. The bands are particularly interesting as they depict oak leaves which have been completely hand rendered. These oak leaves have pebbled backgrounds and are made in a series of lines to resemble veins. Outstanding work here and fun to study. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade is a real beauty being bright throughout and having all of its crossgraining with needlelike tip. This mint conditioned blade is marked on the reverse with the hammering Siegfried figure and beneath the figure is the firm’s name and location, “E. Pack & Söhne / Solingen”. The brown leather blade buffer is in place protecting this fine example. This is a very nice example of a desirable aluminum hilted Pack dagger. Lots to study and look at here gentlemen and in my opinion no decent army collection would not be without one of these pieces.
Near Mint. $1,595.00
DROACH #34023C Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen
This Army Officer’s Dagger is plated in all early silver, and it is amazing to see that much of the original frosted finish is visible throughout the parts of this dagger. The areas where air has penetrated the surfaces have patinated and the areas where air has not penetrated remain a silvery color. The pommel is in choice condition throughout, with good crisp rim. The pommel features twelve standing oak leaves all nicely detailed. The crossguard is the same as I show in my army book on page 55. This crossguard features an outstanding bird with full details visible to his brow, eye, beak, breast feathering, and wings. The bird grasps a nicely detailed wreath containing a raised mobile swastika. The patinated ferrule nicely matches the rest of the mounts and is the same as page 55. The grip is a very pleasing orange color and it remains in absolutely perfect condition. The scabbard is the same as the book example on page 55, and there is also much frosting throughout the surfaces. The pebbled patterns are crisp, and the sheet metal is straight as an arrow. The bands are nicely done with overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is retained by two dome head screws which are unturned. One of the Pack traditions that we normally see are dome head screws and they are also located slightly lower down from the throat more than most other makers.
The blade is as nice as they come having full mirror finish, needle like tip, and one hundred percent of the original crossgraining. This beautiful blade is impressively etched with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark. The trademark shows an arch shape which has the Pack company details contained therein, and in the center is a hammering Siegfried figure. The original large size leather buffer is in place perfectly preserving this fine blade. This is an outstanding dagger, which should be of interest to not only Pack collectors, but also to those who are looking for mint features. It is very unusual to see the amount of frosted finish that remains on the parts of this dagger.
Mint Minus. $1,395.00
DROACH #34024C Early Army Officer's Dagger - E. Pack
This early E. Pack Army Officer's Dagger represents initial production. It is a very heavy dagger, as the hilt mounts are produced of silvered brass base metal. The silvering throughout is still in excellent condition with no worn through areas. The pommel cap shows a little mild usage but not bad. The rim has a couple of minor usage signs but basically it is still crisp. The standing oak leaves are very interesting to study, as it is the pommel cap type with fourteen leaves. Each of the leaves has the grains made literally by an engraving tool. The areas where the two casting flaws occurred have oak leaves that are literally hand formed and chased. There’s also some nice pebbling in the backgrounds to give relief to these beautiful decorations. The crossguard is the very early type being identical to the example I show in my army book on page 50. The details of the bird are all hand enhanced to include the eye, beak, breast feathering, talons, wreath and fine vaulted mobile swastika. The ferrule is the same as the book piece shown on page 51. All of the silvered fittings have a fine darkening throughout the backgrounds being patination accumulated from all of these years. The grip is a magnificent “Slant” type, which has turned a very, very deep orange color that is almost red. This grip is most impressive and remains in full mint condition. A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard is a heavy steel base, having fairly good silvering with some minor freckling noticeable on both of the edges and a little bit here and there on the panels. The very fine graining has smoothed from years of usage but is still all there. The very interesting part about this scabbard however, is the bands with their all hand engraved oak leaves. These bands are completely hand done and are identical to the bands I show on page 53. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade is a high quality very early example, having three very crisp well formed segments. This blade is the style with the tapered tang. If you are not familiar with a tapered tang you can see an example compared to the standard tang on page 16 of my army book. Early on, the blade tang was shaped with a taper on both edges running down from the threaded end. This tapering necessitated a great deal of work in fitting the grip. Later on, the blade manufacturers discovered the usage of a rounded tang having the taper flat area at only just above the shoulders. This way it was much easier to fit a grip as only the end of the inside grip required chiseled or filed fitting.
This blade is a beauty, having its original mirrored finish, one hundred percent crossgraining and needle-like tip. The blade is etched with the hammering Siegfried figure on the reverse. The etching is located further down than most later types, and probably the reason for this was to display the logo whether the blade was in forward or reverse position. In other words, the logo cleared the swastika crossguard. Beneath the hammering Siegfried is the name and location of the firm “E. Pack & Sohne Solingen”. The original large leather blade washer is in place. An outstanding dagger here of absolute highest quality and probably made no later than 1935 or early 1936.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00
DROACH #34027C Early Army Officer's Dagger - E. Pack
This early Pack Army Officer's Dagger example represents initial production. It is equipped with the seldom seen brass based silvered hilt mounts. The dagger still has its complete patination throughout its silvered surfaces. The pommel is an outstanding example, showing some minor usage at the top areas but still having a good crisp rim. Each of the twelve standing oak leaves has been hand enhanced as to the veins, and lots of hand done pebbling has been added in the areas between the rim and the upper leaves. The crossguard is the same as the example I show in my army book on page 50. This early guard has fine hand enhancing aspects to the bird’s eye, beak, chest feathering, and wreath. The wings are nicely formed as are the talons and the vaulted mobile swastika. A very fine guard here, seldom seen today. The grip is one of the very desirable “Slant” types. This grip has toned to a pumpkin orange color and remains in perfect condition. The grip covers an early tapered style tang. Gracing the hilt is a pearly army portepee. This portepee shows some age, and just a tad of fray where it rubbed against the reverse area from the swing against the uniform. Other than this though, the knot is in perfect condition.
The scabbard is a fine steel example of early production matching the hilt. Unfortunately the lower portion of the scabbard has some rippling and some scars that remain from a once present dent. It is not bad however. The rest of the scabbard is in perfect condition having close grained pebbling. The bands are the style where the oak leaves were formed through hand enhancing. It is a very nice job here and one can just imagine how tedious it must have been for an engraver to do all of this work. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.
The blade is a high quality example still having fine brightness and all of its crossgraining with needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the hammering Siegfried trademark which is positioned over the firm’s name and location “E. Pack & Sohne Solingen”. The original large style leather blade buffer is in place. A nice early dagger here.
DROACH #34025C Early Army Officer's Dagger - E. Pack
This early E. Pack Army Officer's Dagger is probably of about 1936 vintage. It has brass based hilt mounts and the crossguard is the same as the example I show on page 50 of my army book. The pommel shows some mild usage signs at the top with a good crisp rim. The leaves of this example have been mostly formed in the casting, not having the usual amount of hand work we see on earlier Pack pommels. The pebbling however, has been added to the leaves beneath the rim area. The crossguard shows a little bit of mild wear, but the breast feathering is still there and the hand done eye and beak are also highly visible. The bird is clutching a wreathed vaulted swastika in its talons. The standard style grip has turned a fine egg yolk color. There is an excellent aluminum portepee gracing the hilt. This portepee is in perfect condition throughout, with no fray, and is tied in the later army style.
The scabbard is a steel base with good silvered surfaces. The silvering is intact throughout. The pebble patterns are just slightly wider than the designs we see on the earlier scabbard. The bands each have angled borders and they are equipped with overlapping oak leaves and acorns in the center. The veins have been hand enhanced. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.
The blade of this example is an early quality type, having mirror mint finish with one hundred percent crossgraining and needle-like tip. This fine blade is etched further down than usual featuring the hammering Siegfried figure which is positioned over the firm’s name and location, “E. Pack & Sohne Solingen”. The new-like brown leather washer is still in place. A fine Pack dagger from about 1936.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
DROACH #34022C Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen
This Pack produced Army Officer's Dagger was most likely made about 1938. The hilt fittings are identical to the example I show on page 55 of my army book. These are the fittings which were of lighter weight and probably produced with a zinc base. The mounts have a good silver plating which is beginning to thin a few areas. The pommel features a good clean top showing little usage with crisp rim. The oak leaves are the twelve standing variety and they are fairly good castings, showing some enhancing here and there. There is also some pebbling added in between for relief. The crossguard is in good condition showing some usage. The details to the bird though are still there to include the eye, beak, and breast feathering. The talons show some wear as does the top of the wreath, but not bad. The swastika is nicely vaulted in the center. The ferrule is the same as I show on page 52. The grip is an egg yolk yellow color and it remains in perfect condition throughout. There is a fine conditioned army portepee, having no fray to the bullion cord.
The scabbard on this example is still in excellent condition being straight and having perfect silvering. The pebbled patterns are fairly close grained. The carrying bands have the beveled borders typical of Pack and the overlapping oak leaves and acorns show hand enhancing here and there. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.
The blade is a beauty having a fine brightness, one hundred percent cross graining and needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso has been etched with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark. Between the names is an arch containing the details of the Pack firm. Inside is the hammering Siegfried figure. The small leather blade buffer is in place.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00
DROACH #34012C Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts - Siegfried Waffen
This Army Officer's Dagger is not in good condition overall, but it does have the interesting feature of having aluminum hilt mounts. The hilt mounts are the traditional Pack style, having the same crossguard as I show on page 55 of my army book. The mounts though, are aluminum, like I show on page 51. The pommel has some usage signs at the top, but the rim is still nice and crisp. The pommel features twelve standing oak leaves and they have signs of hand enhancing to the veins. The crossguard eagle has most of the details still visible, although there is wear to the breast feathering area. The eye and beak are still quite prominent as are the wing feathers, wreath, and raised out mobile swastika. The ferrule is the same as the book example shown on page 51, being a patinated silvered version. The grip of this example is a deep orange color. Unfortunately, it has some breakage that is visible along the bottom obverse area and there is also a chunk of celluloid which has broken out of the center area rib on the reverse. It is a shame as the color of this grip is really striking. The hilt has a portepee wrapped around it, which may be original-to-the-piece. The portepee is frayed where the cord comes out of the knot. Otherwise the aluminum bullion is still in good condition. The scabbard is a Pack type being the same as is shown on page 54.
The scabbard is still nice and straight and does have the silvering intact with a mild patination. It appears as though one of the carrying rings was lost to time as there is a replacement example which is the style that we see on generic scabbards. If you are not familiar with these bands you can see a generic scabbard on page 120 that has the same band. The band on this scabbard though, is a later type, and some of the white metal base beneath is showing where the silvering wore off. The top carrying band is the proper Pack type being the same as page 55. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade of this example unfortunately, has turned gray uniformly throughout. The tip is still good, and the shape is still perfect. Perhaps someone could polish the blade slightly to bring it out a bit. The reverse is etched with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark. In between the two words is the arch shape which contains the Pack firm details. In the center of the arch is the hammering Siegfried figure. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. A good dagger here for someone who wants to take on a project. The proper carrying band, a new grip, maybe a change of blade would certainly add wonders to this piece. If you want to keep it original, though that is okay also, as that is the state that it is now in.
Excellent Minus. $695.00
DROACH #34013C Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts - Puma
These aluminum hilt mounts, despite the fact that the blade is marked by Puma, were produced by the Pack company. The crossguard is identical to the type I show on page 55 as far as the format goes. The aluminum pommel has some carrying signs on the top smooth portion, and the rim is still crisp. The twelve standing oak leaves have all been enhanced to the veins, as have the acorns that separate them. There is also some light pebbling applied to the smooth area between the leaves and the rim. The crossguard eagle is a beauty. It shows very little wear and all of the hand enhanced details are still there. This is to include the eye, beak, breast feathering, talons, wreath, and raised mobile swastika. The ferrule is a silvered steel type, identical to the book on page 55. The grip is a most pleasing lemon chiffon color. This grip is in full perfect condition. The scabbard is a textbook Pack type, having outstanding silvered surfaces. This scabbard has deeply patinated, and nicely matched the silvering of the grip ferrule. The pebbling is quite crisp to the panels and the carrying bands show excellent overlapping oak leaves and acorns, having the distinct slanted border on each side. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws and as is the norm with Pack, the screws are located further down than the usual.
The blade of this example shows a little bit of graying, or perhaps it has been rubbed with an abrasive material. Either way, its original shine is gone from the surfaces. The tip is still needle-like, and the shape has not been affected. This blade only grades at Excellent. It is marked on the reverse with the mountain lion cat head and below the name of the firm and its location “Puma Solingen”. The original large leather blade washer is in place. This is a very fine outside here, with rarely seen aluminum mounts. It would be a worthwhile venture to try and find a mint conditioned Puma blade. Otherwise an outstanding dagger.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
DROACH #34019C Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen
This Army Officer's Dagger has an untouched look throughout with good patination. The silvering is beginning to thin around the pommel rim and also on the reverse of the crossguard, but the obverse is still in fairly good condition. These mounts are textbook Pack and are the same as I show in my army book on page 55. The pommel has excellent standing oak leaves running around its circumference. These oak leaves have lots of hand enhancing, particularly in the areas where the casting flaws occurred. The crossguard is the same as page 55, and the eagle has outstanding detail showing little to no wear. The grip is a most pleasing deep orange color. It is in perfect condition throughout. The ferrule is a silvered type, the same as page 55. The hilt is equipped with an army portepee, which appears perhaps original to this piece. The knot shows some normal age, but no wear problems. It is missing the slide however, but otherwise is in good condition. The scabbard is a standard Pack type, the same as page 54.
The scabbard is straight throughout and does have a little bit of lifting of the silvering primarily along the right lower edge. The bands are the standard Pack type, having beveled edge borders, and good overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. Attached to the scabbard, is a set of army hangers. These hangers are the later type that have canvas backings instead of the green velvet. The brocade shows some wear and age, but no fraying. The hardware is the deluxe type. The silvered surfaces have all patinated quite dark, but there is still good detail to the oak leaves on the closed box clip at the top, the oval buckles and slides, as well as the “push up” style deluxe snaps which are both DRGM marked on the reverse. A decent set of hangers here which appear original-to-the-dagger. The blade of this example is a very fine one. This blade is nice and bright, has its original needle-like tip, and one hundred percent crossgraining. This blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is dark etched with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark. Between the two words is an arch which contains the details of the Pack firm. In the middle is a hammering Siegfried figure. This mint blade has been protected by a new-like in place brown leather washer. A good textbook example here that is complete with all accoutrements.
DROACH #34020C Army Officer's Dagger with Aluminum Hilt Mounts
This unmarked piece features the Pack aluminum hilt mounts. The pommel is in choice perfect condition, showing no usage whatsoever. The standing oak leaves running around the circumference all have signs of hand enhancing with highly detailed work showing to the acorns and their caps. Also each vein is hand done as are the two oak leaves that fall on the casting lines respectively. The matching crossguard is the same design as is shown in my army book on page 55. This crossguard also shows no signs of usage along the reverse or the upper shoulder area. The crossguard depicts a fine eagle looking to the viewer’s left. The eye, beak, breast feathering, talons and wreath are not as augmented as we usually see on these parts, but nevertheless, the details are all still there. The ferrule is a fine silvered example with nice patina across the overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule is the same as page 55. The grip is an excellent standard example, having a pleasing orange color. This grip is in totally perfect condition.
It is interesting to note that the scabbard on this example is definitely an Eickhorn product, being the second style produced by this maker. The thicker throat is retained by a single screw in the reverse, but differing from Eickhorn is the fact that the screw is a headless flush mount type. This is an indication that the firm that made this dagger completed its assemblage in house. The bands on the scabbard have nicely detailed, overlapping oak leaves, and the pebbled panels are still quite crisp, and straight throughout. The unmarked blade is as nice as they come. This blade has a mirror finish with one hundred percent of the crossgraining with needle-like tip. This blade has been protected by an in place, new like brown leather washer. A nice dagger here, with some interesting aspects.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
DROACH #34031C Army Officer's Dagger - Siegfried Waffen
This Army Officer's Dagger features plated lightweight Pack fittings being the same as shown on page 55 of my army book. There is some silvering thinning on the pommel top, and the standing oak leaves have all been hand enhanced. The crossguard shows good detail throughout the bird and also has just minor wear to the silvering. The grip is an excellent deep orange color in perfect condition. There is an army officer portepee in good condition with just the slightest bit of fray where the cord comes out of the knot. The Pack scabbard is the same as is shown on page 54. It is straight throughout, has good silvering, and a nice patination. The leafing is good to the carrying bands. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade of this example has full crossgraining, is bright and a needle-like tip. It is in mint condition. It is marked with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark.
Excellent Plus. $895.00