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 #39810C Government Official’s Dagger
The hilt and backstrap of the dagger are in the Alcoso style. They are nearly identical to Alcoso pieces, except for the small accent line that runs around the edges where the backstrap and pommel meet the grip, which has been more definitively hand enhanced than we normally see. The head, beak and eye of the bird are in fine condition, with the usual overlaps at the eyelid and beak.
The spanner nut is also interesting. Instead of the close spacing seen on Alcoso spanners this nut has holes that are wider apart, much like those used by Eickhorn.
The left grip cover plate is similar to an Eickhorn type in that it is non-magnetic; Alcoso examples usually are magnetic. The ferrule is definitively an Alcoso type, although the twin trim lines are hand accented more deeply than we normally see.
The crossguard of the dagger is definitively an Eickhorn example. This guard has the very high tipped wings unique to Eickhorn, as well as the very large raised, wreathed swastika. The detail to to the bird remains pretty good, and the silvering is completely intact throughout the hilt.
The grip plates are quite beautiful. They are slightly different than we normally see, but that is hardly a surprise on this unique piece. These plates have very beautiful swirling patterns and really do resemble mother-of-pearl. What is really interesting, however, is the fantastic fit achieved by the original craftsman; these plates fit much, much better than any Eickhorn or Alcoso example I’ve seen in the past. Some really beautiful work here!
When we took this dagger apart it was obvious that the carved wooden base grip was also a fine piece of craftsmanship. All of the parts are numbered “281”, right down to the spanner.
The scabbard of the dagger is definitively an Alcoso example, straight throughout and with outstanding pebbled surfaces on both sides. The bands are decorated with oak leaves and acorns which rise towards the eyelets. The eyelets are triple-serrated and, like Alcoso products, have the internal enforcing sleeve.
The unmarked blade is a standard example. It shows some minor surface age, but has a needle-like tip. The original small leather blade buffer is in place.
A most interesting Government Official’s Dagger here that is priced to sell.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
GODO #39691C Diplomatic Official’s Dagger – Alcoso
This Diplomatic Official’s Dagger is quite a fine example. It is on consignment and arrived here without a scabbard; unfortunately the owner was not able to find one and decided it sell it as-is. As luck would have it I did have an extra scabbard in my parts box. This scabbard shows some age and usage (slightly more than seen on the dagger itself) but at least it completes the piece. If you’d like to buy this dagger without the replacement scabbard our asking price with be significantly lower.
The scabbard I’ve added to this dagger is dent free, but shows some wear to the pebbled finish. Nothing too bad, though. It has the proper bands with overlapping oak leaves that run towards the eyelets, a sure sign of an Alcoso scabbard. The eyelets are the textbook Alcoso types, having triple serrated surfaces and the small sleeves on the interior of the rings. The throat is retained by flat head, small bore Alcoso screws.
The hilt of this dagger is in choice condition, with 100% of the silvering intact. The noble pommel eagle looks to the viewer’s left. The edges of the eagles beak remain nice and crisp; apparently this dagger was not worn often, or treated gently. The cantilevered portion of the bird’s head over the backstrap is also crisp, with no hits. The brow, eyes, and feathering of this bird all remains in fine condition. The hilt area below the pommel is hand scribed with a decorative line that runs about half way to the backstrap, following up identically on the opposite side.
The side plate is of steel, something we seen on Alcoso pieces. All of the original plating remains on this plate. The ferrule is in crisp, choice condition, with the characteristic scribed lines that run around the circumference.
The crossguard is in very fine condition. It depicts an open-winged eagle that looks to the right, opposite to the eagle head on the pommel. This bird retains fine, crisp detailing throughout.
The grip plates are simulated mother-of-pearl crafted from textured celluloid. This celluloid is quite beautiful, with fine swirls and having toned to a golden sheen after all of these years. I did not bother to disassemble this dagger; it is more than obvious that it is genuine and there is no need to disrupt the tight fit of the parts with an unnecessary take down.
The blade of this dagger is a fine, mint example, with all of the crossgrain. The reverse is marked with the last trademark used by Alcoso; a set of scales with the firm’s initials interspersed. To the right of the scales is the name of the firm, in script. This dagger, like many we see, has a blue leather washer.
So, there you have it. This is an opportunity to acquire a Diplomat Dagger for an extremely reasonably price, roughly half of what they usually sell for. As stated above, if you don’t want the replacement scabbard you can take $1,000.00 off our asking price.
Excellent, Plus. $6,995.00
GODO #39142C Diplomatic Official's Dagger - Alcoso
The eagle head pommel has fine detail to the bird's feathering, brow, eye and nicely squared beak. The backstrap has the hand-done enhancement grooves that run along the edges and connect at the reverse back strap and beneath the beak. The back portion of the eagle head pommel has a good cantilever, having no hits to the edges. The upper pommel surfaces have a few small taps. The spanner appears to have been out a few times, but the holes are still rounded and are not buggered up. The ferrule below has the Alcoso hand-done twin accent lines running around their circumference; on the Eickhorn versions these enhancement lines are built-in the mold.
The Diplomatic crossguard depicts an open-winged eagle facing toward the viewer's right, being opposite the pommel eagle. The detail is still good to the bird's head, feathering and talons. The oak leaf wreath surfaces around the raised swastika show some surface wear, obviously caused by the hand of the original wearer as he steadied his dagger while walking; this kind of detail really talks to you! The upper rim of the reverse guard has either a small hit to the metal or it is a casting flaw, although I think it is probably the latter. It is not bad, but it is there.
The fine grip plates on this dagger are of celluloid simulating mother-of-pearl. They have turned a pleasing golden color and are most attractive with swirls and twirls in the surfaces.
The scabbard is straight throughout have excellent silvered surfaces with no lifting to the edge areas. The finely pebbled panels are also still fairly crisp. The oak leaf and acorn bands are the style that properly rise to the eyelets on the obverse. These bands show minor surface usage. The attached eyelets are the Alcoso type, having the small flair around the entrance holes, typical of this producer. The eyelets have the triple serrations. The serrations also have surface wear commensurate with the cross guard, and bands. It is easy to picture this dagger while in wear 75 years ago, as these mild wear spots are all what you would expect on a weapon that was actually worn. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws. Although I did not remove them, these screws will be a very small bore, typical of what was used by the Alcoso firm. The blade is bright throughout. It is not the usual, polished type, instead having a fine nickel finish. The blade shows a few usage signs, but basically it is in mint condition with a good needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the logo used from 1937-1939. It consists of a set of scales having the firm's initial's interspersed, "ACS". Above the scales is the firm's name block-lettered in an arch shape, "Alcoso". Below is the location city of "Solingen". The original blue leather blade washer is in place.
A good original, solid example here.We took this dagger apart since we could see on the spanner where it had been disassembled in the past. What a surprise! The dagger is stamped "1" throughout all of the internal parts! Could it have been the first one produced by Alcoso? Additionally, the tang on the blade is the first style early type with the tapered straight shoulders, not the normal style that has the edges flared at the bottom. This is the earliest Diplomatic dagger we have seen. This number "1" discovery certainly explains why the dagger shows a good deal of wear on the surfaces of the cross guard wreath as well as on the serrations of the eyelets. This also explains why the scabbard shell has the early ultra-fine pebbling, as compared to the later, less course type.
Excellent Plus. $12,500.00
GODO #35937C Diplomatic Official's Dagger – Alcoso
I think most collectors would agree that the Diplomatic Official’s Dagger is probably the most elegant of all the pieces made during the Third Reich time. This piece whole heartedly conforms with that opinion, being in choice condition throughout. The dagger is a textbook Alcoso piece and does not appear to have been apart recently. There are some scars on the spanner but they look to have been done a long time ago. The dagger is nice and tight fitting throughout and I am reluctant to take it apart just to see the numbers inside. I am sure that it is matched numbered but if the next owner wishes to check out the inside parts and if for some reason they do not match I will gladly except the dagger back as I am sure that they will match.
The silvering throughout the hilt is outstanding. The eagle head is extremely crisp throughout the beak, brow and extended point at the back of the head. There are no hits. The eagle’s head has excellent detail to the eye and the feathering on both obverse and reverse that flows downward from the brow area. The border below the beak and the pommel, stretching down to the backstrap has very fine hand engraved lines that follow the edges. The left side plate is in outstanding condition having 100% plating. The reason for this is that this side plate is non-magnetic indicating that it is a brass base as opposed to the usual steel base where the silvering often comes off. The ferrule area is in excellent condition having the hand cut twin sets of accent lines around the circumference.
The crossguard is as nice as you will see on one of these daggers. It depicts a outstretched wing eagle which looks to the viewer’s right. The detail to the bird’s eye and the two accent lines at the breast area are nice and clear. The wing feathering has lots of hand treatment to give a crisp look to each area. The talons of the bird are also hand accented and they grasp an oak leaf wreath which contains a raised mobile swastika which is positioned deep within the center area of the wreath. The upper areas of the crossguard also have full silvering with some frosting still evident. The Alcoso diplomatic crossguards have a larger wreath than do the government official counterparts. This is the case here also. The grip plates are a great simulated mother of pearl actually being celluloid. They have impressive swirls in the surfaces and have turned a very desirable golden color.
The scabbard is also a dandy. This scabbard has 100% silvering with almost no age in the surfaces. The silvering has taken on an outstanding black patina which is uniform throughout. The pebbled patterns are still nice and crisp throughout this straight-as-an-arrow shell. The carrying bands feature the overlapping oak leaves decorated with acorns. The oak leaves are positioned upward on the obverse toward the eyelets. These eyelets have extremely crisp triple serrated edges and are designed with a flare at the opening to save wear and tear caused by the hanging rings. The hanging rings also are nicely patinated. The throat of this scabbard is retained by two typical flatter head style Alcoso screws, both of which are unturned.
The blade is nice and bright throughout having good needlelike tip. The crossgraining is evident when moved in a proper light. This blade remains in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark used from 1937-1939. This trademark consists of a set of scales which have the firm’s initials interspersed, “ACS”. Above the scales the firm’s name is written in block letters in an arch shape, “Alcoso”. Beneath is the location city of “Solingen”. The blade is buffered by a fine small brown leather washer in choice condition.
An extremely nice Diplomatic Dagger here ready to enter an advanced collection with pride. No collection is complete without one of these impressive daggers.
Mint Minus. $14,995.00
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 Alcoso 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 #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 #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's Dagger.
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.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $13,950.00