German Government and Diplomatic Officials carried extremely elegant daggers having silvered mounts with artificial mother-of-pearl grip plates. The pommel top is constructed in the shape of an eagle bird head shown from the side, positioned looking to the left. The crossguard portrays an open-winged eagle which clutches a wreathed swastika. On the Government Official's dagger, the bird looks to the left, the same direction as the top pommel. On the Diplomatic version, the bird looks to the right, opposite from the pommel top. The silvered scabbards are equipped with carrying bands which portray overlapping oak leaves with an acorn mix.
GODO #35217C Government Official's Dagger - Alcoso
This Government Official's Dagger has fairly good silvering throughout the hilt area. The fittings do show some usage, and up at the pommel top, there are a couple of minor dings, which are next to spanner nut. The holes on the spanner nut show that the nut has been out a few times. Since the dagger had been opened, we took a look inside, and the parts are all numered "114". This includes the spanner, inside backstrap, wood grip, crossguard, and tang. The pommel head has good detail to the bird, and also shows some minor wearing signs. The backstrap is quite clean, having the accent lines which run along the border, where the grip plates meet the back plate. The left side plate was worn down to the steel, and was a little rusty, so we cleaned it up accordingly. The ferrule is the typical type used by Alcoso, having the hand cut, twin accent lines. The crossguard is the typical Alcoso type. It features an eagle looking to the eagles viewer's left with the wing tips pointed upward. The detail to this bird is quite good, having fine, visible, eye, beak, breast feathering, talons, wreath, and well formed, raised out, swastika. All of the silvering is intact on this crossguard.
The grip plates are the simulated mother-of-pearl, being a celluloid type. They are in excellent condition throughout, having a nice, yellowy color, and featuring swirl designs in the finishes. These grip plates were cut and installed by a master craftsman. The scabbard is a nice example, being totally straight on the obverse, and just having the slightest of a ding at the bottom of the reverse.
The scabbard features good, crisp, pebbled, panels and the smooth edges still have all of the silvering, with just the slightest of freckling evident on both sides. The classic, overlapping, oak leaf bands are in excellent condition. They both rise upward to eyelets, which have crisp, triple serrations, and feature the flared openings on both sides of eyelet, to prohibit excess wear from the hanger rings. The throat is retained by the two flatter head side screws, both of which look unturned.
The blade of this example is nice and bright throughout, still having the majority of its crossgraining. Other than just the most modest of age, visible in the surfaces toward the tip, the blade is in mint condition. The needle-like tip is intact. The blade is marked on the reverse with the trademark used circa 1940. This trademark consists of the scales with the firm's intitials, "ACS", interspersed. The firm's name is script written above the scales, "ALCOSO", and below in block capital letters, the location city, "SOLINGEN". The brown, leather washer is in place. A decent Alcoso government official here, being completely textbook throughout.
Excellent Plus. $4,850.00
GODO #35114 Government Official's Dagger - Alcoso
This Alcoso Government Official's Dagger is in outstanding condition throughout. It retains all of its silvering throughout the hilt and scabbard, except for the cover plate, which does show a little age. Other than the cover plate though, the silvering is really outstanding. The spanner nut has great formation to the original take down holes, and studying it would indicate that it may have been out once, but that is it. There is no scarring here, and it is a pleasure to see a spanner in this state. The eagle head pommel is in choice condition, with fine brows over the eyes, and excellent cantilever section on the reverse of the head. There are no hits to any of these areas. The beak is squared off nicely, showing only modest wear. The feathering below the bird's head is crisp. The accent lines which run along the border of the lower pommel and backstrap are nicely done. The ferrule below has the traditional hand-cut, dual accent lines. The crossguard is a nice example, featuring the eagle head, which looks to the viewer's left, the same as the pommel. This bird has fine detail to his eye and beak, as well as the chest, talons, wreath, and raised swastika. The crossguard, by Alscoso standards, is an excellent depiction.
The grip plates are a simulated mother-of-pearl celluloid, which has turned a fine, golden color. The obverse plate is just slightly lighter than the tones of the reverse plate. These grips have the usual, attractive swirl pattern in their surfaces. The scabbard of this example is straight throughout, and could not be any nicer. The edges are perfect throughout their entire lengths-it is rare to see scabbards in this condition. The pebble pattern is completely crisp, and the overlapping oak leaf bands and acorns provide fine detail. The eyelets have the triple serrated surfaces, still being crisp throughout, showing no wear. These eyelets are equipped with the standard sleeve that we see used by the producers of this dagger. The throat is retained by two flatter head side screws which are unturned.
The blade of this example is bright throughout, having fine 100% crossgrain, and the tip is still needle-like. This fine blade is marked on the reverse ricasso, with the trademark used from 1937-1939. This trademark consists of the scales, having the firm's initials interspersed "ACS". Above the scales is the firm's name in an arch shape, being in block letters, "ALCOSO". Below is the location city of "SOLINGEN". The original, blue leather blade washer is in place. An extremely fine example of the Alcoso government official. This dagger is completely textbook throughout, and judging by the fine mounts and excellent crossguard, it is an intial production example. Due to the outstanding condition of the spanner, I do not feel that it is necessary to take this piece down, as we know it is an original, and there is no need to see the assembly numbers. If you're looking for a "cracker" Alcoso GO dagger, this example should fill your bill.
Mint Minus. $7,495.00
GODO #33213 Uncleaned, Untouched Government Official's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This Government Official Dagger comes from a family, recently purchased by myself. The dagger has a deep dark silvered patination which appears as though it has never been cleaned. Examining the spanner on the top of the ferrule, it does appear that the nut was maybe out once but certainly not in modern times. The reverse pommel still has an extremely crisp edge to the eagle’s head. The left side which features the eagle’s beak shows a little bit of usage but not much. The brow above the bird’s eye on both sides is crisp as are the feathered sections that run down the bird’s obverse and reverse neck. The edges throughout the upper pommel area have the hand done engraved lines and they are nicely executed. The ferrule below is the style with twin accent lines running around the circumference. The Eickhorn firm cast these ferrules so the lines are deeper than the Alcoso counterpart. The crossguard features the wing ends with the upward rise. This rise is more dramatic than the Alcoso type and always gives the Eickhorn dagger a better look because of it. The bird is also highly detailed facing to the viewer’s left. The bird’s eye, beak, breast feather accents, wing feathering, legs, talons and wreath are nicely done throughout. In the center of the wreath is a raised out swastika with all of the blackening in the backgrounds. The wreath also has three ribbons, one on each quadrant. The upper ribbon would not show as the eagle’s talons cover it. The grip plates are real beauties on this dagger. They have toned to a very fine golden hue and feature lots of swirls and twirls in the surfaces simulating mother of pearl. The edges on both grip plates have been nicely rounded and perfectly fit the entry portions of the hilt. The front cover plate is a brass base type having full matching patinated silver finish. A very beautiful hilt here!
The scabbard is also a pristine example. These scabbards are the same as an Eickhorn army officer type except for the fact that they have overlapping oak leaf and acorn imagery which rise upward toward the eyelet on the obverse. The details to the oak leaf veins is excellent showing little to no wear. The eyelets are the typical Eickhorn type having triple serrated edges. The lower eyelet shows just a tad of wear no doubt caused by the handhold of the original owner. This scabbard has totally perfect silvering throughout with no lifting or age anywhere. The thick style throat has the earlier type of retainage having a headless flush mount side screw in each edge. The later examples will have a single screw in the reverse. This scabbard is easily in mint condition.
The blade is also a beauty. It is completely bright having all of the crossgraining in the surfaces as well as a needlelike tip. This blade shows a little in and out wear but that is about it. It remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is dark etched with the 1935-41 squirrel logo. This squirrel is positioned to the viewer’s left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original new-like small leather washer is in place. This is a very choice investment quality government official dagger. As we know now Eickhorn did not make a so called “diplomatic” version and used the same crossguard for both types. Because of this there is no way to know whether Eickhorn daggers were worn by diplomats or government officials. It is fun however to speculate! A very beautiful diplomatic / government official’s dagger here.
Uncleaned Near Mint. $8,500.00
GODO #33548 Uncleaned Diplomatic Official's Dagger – Alcoso
This Alcoso Diplomatic Official's Dagger is a lucky dog to have made it through these seventy years and now hopefully into a collection. I acquired this piece about four years ago with no scabbard and a terrible rusty Alcoso blade. I have been looking for a proper Alcoso scabbard for all of this time and finally through a lucky break an Alcoso army dagger showed up at a German show with a proper Alcoso diplomatic scabbard. I was notified of this and fortunately was able to purchase this scabbard. It is always fun to be able to find parts missing from a rare piece. If this has ever happened with you, you know the great pleasure that getting something together again can bring. We changed the rusted blade to a period Alcoso example fitted properly and are selling the dagger with the original blade so there is no faux pas committed here. The dagger has never been cleaned and is still in its natural state. The entire hilt is completely patinated. We were very lucky in that the spanner nut was still loose so there was no buggering to the holes when we made the blade change. The pommel of this example of course portrays a noble eagle looking to the viewer’s left. The sharp edge around the back of the head has one hit but it is not too bad. The beak at the front is not as crisp as when it was new but this does not look bad either. The brow over the bird’s eye is still good on both sides and the feather segments that go downward on either side are also still crisp. The back hilt and the borders of the front hilt areas have the hand engraved accent line. The cover plate on the left side is a brass one so we are lucky, it still has all of the silvering. The ferrule below has the usual cut in accent lines and is in good condition. The beautiful diplomatic crossguard has the raised quillons at the end of the bird’s wings and the bird’s head of course looks opposite the pommel head. This bird is looking to the viewer’s right. There is a little bit of “tap, tap” damage on the bird’s breast but other than that the details are nice and clear throughout the wing spread, head, talons, wreath and raised swastika. I may not have mentioned it previously but the silvering appears to all be here at 100%. If the next owner elects to clean this piece it probably would come up quite nicely. When we had the dagger apart of course, we looked at the number. The numbers inside are all matching being number, “102”. The Alcoso scabbard that we have discovered is a very choice example. It is nice and straight throughout and still has good crisp pebbling. Fortunately it is still fairly dark with patina so the two pieces make up nicely together. This fine scabbard has the raised oak leaf and acorn motif which run upward towards the triple serrated eyelets. These eyelets have the sleeve on both of the edges where the ring goes through. This is a typical Alcoso part. The throat is a slightly thin type and it is retained by two Alcoso small bore flatter head side screws. The silvering also is in totally perfect condition on this scabbard with absolutely no lifting. The blade that we put into this piece is a good Alcoso example still being nice and bright and having 100% of the graining throughout with needlelike tip. Other than in and out marks and just some very slight signs of age this blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the scales trademark having the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales is the firm’s name written in script, “Alcoso” and below the scales is the location city of “Solingen”. This trademark was used during 1940. There was no washer with the dagger when it was acquired so we used the brown leather washer that was with this blade. This is a nice diplomatic dagger here that admittedly has had some restoration work but it is 100% original and is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $12,995.00
GODO #31703C Government Official's Dagger - Alcoso
This Government Official's Dagger has excellent crisp hilt fittings throughout. The eagle head has no wearing, hits or damage to the beak or rim that runs around the reverse of the head. The eye, the brow and feathering are also extremely crisp. The spanner at the top of the eagle’s head has the usual two holes and I can see where it has been out once or twice but we have not taken this dagger apart. The upper hilt area along the edge where it meets the grip plates has a fine hand-done scribed line decoration. The back strap area is nice and smooth and the front cover plate is in excellent condition, having full silver plating. The ferrule is the typical Alcoso type, having decorative twin lines cut into its surfaces. The grip plates have a fine swirl in their golden surfaces. They are in absolute perfect condition and are splendidly fit throughout. This is an early example and the hilt parts are extremely well done. The cross guard is also a fine cast. The details to the eagle’s head which looks to the left are outstanding, showing the eye and beak. The open wings also have very fine detail, as do the talons, wreath and raised swastika in the center. There is evidence where the wreath has been factory enhanced. All of the silvering is intact throughout this hilt, something rare to see on most Alcoso government official daggers. The scabbard is also nice and straight. It has excellent pebbling to the panels, showing some hand wear to the surfaces but there are no wear spots. The two carrying bands feature the overlapping oak leaf and acorn motif. As is the case with this producer, the oak leaves are running upward toward the eyelets. The eyelets have the triple serrated surfaces which are still crisp. These eyelets also have the built-in sleeve which helps with the wear from the carrying rings. The throat is a thicker style and it is retained with typical flatter head style side screws which will be the small bore type which Alcoso used. The blade is also a fine example. It is still nice and bright and has most of its original cross graining. The blade has a couple of very hard to see age spots on the reverse side but it does not take away from the looks of this example. There is also a small spot over the trademark name on the last two letters, but again, it is not detractive and let’s face it, these things are some 70 years old. There is also a very minor ripple at the very tip of the blade and it does not show from the front but does a little bit on the reverse. Again though, it should not be a problem. The blade easily grades excellent plus plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the scales trademark. These scales have the firm’s initials “acs” interspersed. Above the scales, the firm’s name is written in script in an arch, “Alcoso”. Below the scales, the location is in block letters “SOLINGEN”. This trademark stems from about 1940. The original leather blade washer is in place. It has a slight blue tinge which is still left in its color. If you are looking for a good, textbook Alcoso piece, I am sure that you will enjoy adding this dagger to your collection. If you want to take it apart and see the numbers that is fine, as I am sure they are all there and I am sure they match. If they do not, please feel free to return the dagger. A very fine collectible example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,695.00
GODO #31559 Diplomatic Dagger - Alcoso
This Alcoso Diplomatic Dagger was a recent purchase at the Max show. I purchased it from a Las Vegas pawn shop dealer who was walking around with it. This dagger has never been cleaned and it still has a nice dark patination throughout. The dagger shows some minor usage signs here and there but basically it is still in good crisp condition. The eagle head has a good crisp brow over the eye as well as to the head which cantilevers over the reverse backstrap area. The beak itself is still good and squared at the surface. At the eagle’s head, just over the reverse brow, there is a slight hit where either the dagger bumped into something or it was dropped. It is not bad however. The spanner is in excellent condition meeting flush with the head and only looking to have been out once or twice. We know it was out once as we took a look inside and the numbers throughout this diplomatic piece are “21”. This includes the spanner, backstrap, front plate, grip wood, crossguard and blade tang. The backstrap has the usual hand done border line and decorative point which we see on these pieces. The ferrule has good detail having the two lines cut in separately for decoration. The side plate has most of the original silvering worn from the surfaces. It is however a brass base example. The crossguard is a very beautiful example. The Alcoso diplomatic crossguards are much nicer than those that were produced for the government official. The eagle looks to the viewer’s right opposite from the pommel top. This bird has a great splendor to its outspread wings. The detail is exceptional and the bird’s eye and beak are even discernible. The bird’s legs grasp a fine wreath of oak leaves which presents a raised mobile swastika in the center. The dimensions of the wreath are larger on the diplomatic dagger than they are on the Alcoso government official. Wrapped about the ferrule is an original diplomatic knot. This knot is the traditional small size having narrow cord and stem and slide to match. The ball is about half the size of a normal army dagger ball. This knot shows a little bit of usage and some oxidation but basically it is all there. There is also some fray where the cord comes out of the knot. We can’t be too fussy here though as these knots are extremely difficult to come by. The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good silvering having a little bit of lifting along the scabbard edges but no silvering is gone. The pebble pattern is still quite crisp throughout the panels. The bands are the oak leaf and acorn type with the oak leaves running upward towards the eyelets. These eyelets are the triple serrated type and as is the case with Alcoso they have sleeves to prevent wear in the areas where the rings go through. The throat of this example is retained by two small bore mostly flathead Alcoso screws. The blade of this example is a beauty. It is completely bright throughout and has all of the crossgraining. There are only the slightest signs of any age in the surfaces. This blade still grades at near full mint. It also retains its original needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade is etched with the early trademark. It features a set of scales which has the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in an arch shape in block letters is the firm’s name, “Alcoso” and below in a straight line is the location, “Solingen”. This trademark was used from 1937 through 1939. The blade is buffered by a fine dark blue felt washer. A nice diplomatic dagger here which has never been in a collection. A good opportunity to acquire an outstanding original artifact.