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 #40749C Government Official's Dagger - Alcoso
This GO Dagger is a choice, textbook example. The silvering throughout the hilt is perfect, with no wear or vague areas. We took a look inside of this piece and all of the parts having a matching number "23".
The eagle head pommel looks to the left. The beak of the bird remains sharp and crisp, an indicator of little (or gentle) wear. The eagle's brow extends far out over its eye, giving a great, "know-it-all" kind of look. The back of the head cantilevers out over the start of the backstrap. The usual engraving runs around the edge of the backstrap. The spanner at the top top looks to have been out only a few times, with no damage to the holes. The left side plate is a silver plated steel example, being standard for Alcoso. The ferrule is the style with twin accent lines cut into the surfaces.
The crossguard has a fine Alcoso eagle, with upturned, curled wing tips. The bird has nice detailing to the eye, beak, wing feathering, talons, and wreathed swastika. The grip plates have toned to a nice golden color. They have the swirling patterns that are unique to each dagger.
Decorating the hilt is a standard 43cm portepee. It is nicely tied with a single loop at the top and a double loop at the bottom. This knot is in same condition as the hilt - perfect!
The scabbard is a typical Alcoso type, with good pebbled panels on both sides and as straight as an arrow. This scabbard has 100% of the original silvering, even on the edges which show no lifting. It is unusual to see Alcoso pieces with no lifting on the edges. The bands are decorated with a pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns, rising towards the crisp, triple-serrated eyelets. These eyelets are fitted with a small internal sleeve which reduces friction wear to the rings to a minimum; as I see no wear these sleeves are working well. The thick throat is retained by a pair of flat head Alcoso side screws, the type with a small bore that is unique to this firm.
The blade of this dagger is a beauty, being in mint condition. It has most of the original crossgrain and is mirror bright. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark. There is a fine blue felt blade washer on this piece, something we usually only see on early daggers.
If you are looking for a fine GO Dagger showing little wear and with lots of really good looks, this example will satisfy you.
Mint Minus. $5,895.00
GODO #40928C Government Official's Dagger - Alcoso
The pommel retains sharp detailing throughout the head of the eagle. This bird has a fine jutting brow and good square corners at the tip of the beak. The usual accent lines are cut into the edges of the upper portion and backstrap. The ferrule is a typical Alcoso example, with hand applied accent lines. The left side plate is nickel, something normally seen on early Alcoso pieces; the later examples were constructed of steel. Because of the nickel bade the silvering remains perfectly intact. The spanner nut at the top looks to have been out once to twice, but the holes remains nice and don't bear the scars of a wrench.
The crossguard features an open winged eagle with upswept wing tips. This bird retains fine detailing throughout and the black background remains behind the swastika. This crossguard is quite fine, much better than the later examples from Alcoso.,/P>
Decorating the hilt is what appears to be the original portepee. It is not the small type but it is in a most intricate tie and looks to have been set in place for decades. The knot shows wear commensurate with the age of the piece but if free of fray. A nice portepee here that really sets off the hilt.
The textbook Alcoso scabbard is straight, with fine silvering throughout. The pebbled panels are very crisp and there is no flaking or lifting to the edges. The carrying bands are decorated with oak leaves and acorns, positioned going towards the serrated eyelets. These eyelets show no wear and are equipped with the internal reinforcing sleeve characteristic of Alcoso pieces. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head Alcoso screws, having a smaller bore than those used by other manufacturers.
The blade of this dagger is a absolute mint beauty, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the 1937-39 style Scales trademark and the original blue felt blade washer is in place, another sign of an early piece.
A very nice dagger here, and reasonably priced for everything you get.
Near Mint. $5,995.00
GODO #40769C Early Government Officer's Dagger with Hangers - Carl Eickhorn
This Government Official's Dagger is absolute top of the line; you will find none better. This set was sold by me to a very, very fussy collector in November, 1992. The collector is getting up in years and has decided to part with his beloved piece.
We all know that Carl Eickhorn made the most beautiful and detailed Government Official's daggers. The fittings on this piece are totally striking and the high upward peak to the crossguard eagle's wings is just thrilling to look at. In my humble opinion, these Eickhorn G.O. daggers are the most beautiful standard edged weapon produced in Solingen during the time. We also know that since Eickhorn did not produce a Diplomatic dagger per se, any one of these surviving examples could certainly be a Diplomatic type, as the two organizations worn the same dagger when it had the Eickhorn name on it. Despite both Diplomatic and Government Official pieces depicted separately in their catalog, Eickhorn did not feel it practical to produce two identical pieces with only the direction of the head being a difference. In fact, if you look closely at the catalog pictures, the dagger designated as "Diplomatic" is the same dagger pictured as "Government Official" merely having the direction of the head painted in on the photo.
The hilt of this piece is in gorgeous, spectacular condition. It has not been cleaned in many years and has a luxurious even patina. The eagle head pommel is completely crisp with sharp corners to the beak. The spanner shows no sign of being taken down, although I know it was once, as it was done by myself in 1992, as the last purchaser wanted to know the numbers inside - he is also a Luger collector and therefore was tuned into numbers! The dagger is match numbered "143". The back strap is totally perfect as is the brass base side plate which still reflects 100% silvering. The ferrule has the two accent lines, which on Eickhorn daggers, was part of the casting.
The crossguard is to die for, with an outstanding depiction of the eagle clutching a large wreathed, well-formed swastika. As mentioned above, the tipping upward of the wings is breathtaking. The grip plates have deeply toned, with beautiful swirls and twirls in the celluloid material that simulates fine mother-of-pearl.
Wrapped about the hilt is the original portepee. In this case, the portepee is the large Army type, but was see this occasionally. It is specially tied with a upper loop at the top and twin loops wrapped about the ferrule. It shows some fraying exactly wear the knot rubbed against the sharp point of the left wing tip and "talks to you".
The scabbard is in the same choice condition as the hilt. It is completely straight and has 100% silvering intact. The pebbled patterns in the panels are crisp and the carrying bands are formed to project overlapping oak leaves and acorns which are directly upward toward the eyelets. The eyelets are the triple-serrated type and they show no wear to the serrations. The throat is the typical Eickhorn thick type. We know this to be an early dagger, as the throat is retained by two headless side screws; the later varieties had one flat head screw in the center reverse.
Coming with this great dagger is a superb set of hanging straps. The brocade is in perfect, clean condition, featuring the famous herringbone pattern in the design. The reverse is covered in a high-pile blue velvet, showing no wear spots. The hardware is the standard type with the top clip being plain and cast-marked on the reverse, "DRGM". The buckles are the rectangular variety with oak leaves having a fine silvered finish. Except for the silvery finish, the buckles used are the same design as Luftwaffe types. The slides match the buckles. The snaps are the smooth, "push-in" type. The plating is good on the snaps, showing typical wear on the push-in portion and the rounded lower carrying areas caused by the natural wear of the dagger in wear.
The fully mint blade is mirror bright throughout, having all of the original factory grain in the surfaces. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel trademark. The original brown leather blade buffer is in position.
So, here you have the best of the best in the Eickhorn Government Official/Diplomatic dagger and straps offering. If you are as fussy as the previous owner, this set is irresistible. None finer and in my opinion, a choice investment for the future.
GODO #40561C Government Officer's Dagger - Alcoso
Studying the spanner nut at the top it looks to have been apart on a few occasions, but I will leave it like this as there is no question as to the authenticity of this piece.
The pommel is outstanding, featuring the noble eagle head which looks to the viewer's left. The brow folds over nicely and the head has a nice rear cantilever. The beak is nicely squared, indicate little (or very gentle) usage. The backstrap has the usual engraved lines that run around the grip plates on both sides, meeting in the center beneath the beak of the eagle. The ferrule is a typical Alcoso example, with twin, hand-done accent lines.
The crossguard is a fine example, featuring nicely upswept wing tips on the qullions. The eagle looks to the left and retains very fine detailing throughout. The silvering throughout the hilt remains in perfect condition.
The left side plate is also a typical Alcoso example, being magnetic and having a good silvered finish.
The grip plates have toned to a fine golden color. They are very impressive, with beautiful swirls in the surfaces. These plates are in excellent condition, with obverse being totally perfect. The reverse, at first glance, looks to have a small crack at the lower left, but upon close inspection it is revealed to be just a part of the swirled pattern in the plate. These plates fit perfectly and were obviously installed by a real craftsman.
The scabbard has good pebbled panels on both sides and shows little age. The silvering is completely intact. The edges have signs of age but retain all of the finish. The carrying bands are typical Alcoso example, with overlapping oak leaves that rise up toward the crisply serrated eyelets. These eyelets have a small flare at the opening to accept the carrying ring, something we see on Alcoso pieces. The thick throat is retain by a pair of small bore Alcoso flat head screws, one on each side.
The blade is a nice example. It is bright throughout and has most of the original factory grain. There is a very minor amount of age on the reverse tip area, but other than this the blade is nearly mint. It is etched with the early Alcoso Scales trademark used from 1937 to 1939, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.
A good, sound GO Dagger here, with no real flaws. It would make a great addition to any collection.
Excellent Plus. $5,495.00
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 #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