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 #37611C Diplomatic Official's Dagger with Original Hangers – Alcoso
I had originally purchased this Diplomatic Official's Dagger with Hangers from the son of an Austin Texas veteran; this was about three or four years ago. It is in completely untouched condition, with very fine silvered surfaces throughout and a deep patination.
The pommel features a noble-looking eagle head which looks to the viewer's left. It has a good beak with very crisp edges, and a fine, protruding brow, set above the deep set eyes. The reverse of the eagle's head is cantilevered out over the backstrap and has taken no hits over the years. The feathering of the bird stretches out to the backstrap and they are very crisp, providing a good contrast to the plain surfaces of the strap. The backstrap is decorated with a cut-in “V” design in the center, with lines which rises upward to follow the borders of the pommel area. Looking at the spanner nut on the top of the pommel, I see no signs that it has been removed, as the two small take-down holes remain crisp. Since the spanner is in this condition, there is no reason to take the dagger down; we all know it has numbers inside.
Sometimes we will see Alcoso daggers with steel cover side plates, but that is not the case here. The side cover plate of this dagger is made of brass, with 100% of the original silvering remaining. The ferrule has cut-in, dual accent lines which are traditionally seen on Alcoso pieces.
The crossguard of this piece is a dandy, with a Diplomatic eagle that looks to the viewer's right, opposite from the pommel eagle. The wings of this bird are very nicely rendered, with wing tips that sweep slightly upward. The detailing throughout the bird's head, eye and brow are still all there. The breast has the traditional pair of cut-in accent marks, the remainder being smooth down to the talons. The eagle grasps a wreath of oak leaves inset with a raised mobile swastika. The swastika is precisely shaped on this example, something we often see lacking on the Government Official dagger produced by this maker. The celluloid grip plates effectively simulate mother-of-pearl. They are most elegant with their golden tones blending effectively with the unique swirls in the design. These plates are attached to the carved wood base below, and are perfectly fit to the complicated angles of this hilt. The craftsman that did this work was a true master.
The scabbard is straight throughout, and like the hilt, retains all of the silvered finish, matching the patination exactly. The pebble pattern of the panels remain crisp. The edges of the shell have just a couple of areas where slight age is revealed, but no silver missing anywhere. The bands are the overlapping oak leaves and acorn mix. On the obverse, the leaves rise upward toward the eyelets. The eyelets are the Alcoso types having the triple-serrated edges and the small sleeves on each side of the eyelet openings. The throat slightly overlaps on each side and it is retained by two unturned side screws being the type with flatter heads used by this firm.
The blade of this dagger is mirror bright having all of its cross grain and needle-like tip. Other than two very minor marks left by the in-place runners, this blade is in full mint condition. These could be removed with some Simichrome, but I don't want to touch anything on this classy piece.) The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark used from 1937 to 1939. It features the scales logo, having the initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in a downward arch shape is the block-lettered firm's name, “Alcoso”. Below, is the location city, “Solingen”. The original blade washer has gone to time. The area where the buffer would have been has been resting against the scabbard throat and accordingly this area still reflects the bright original silver finish. It is also interesting to note that the numeral “6”, is stamped on the area next to the blade shoulders; this normally would have been covered by the original washer. So, with this number showing, there is no need to disassemble the dagger, as this will be the number we will see inside. This is an extremely low number, representing a dagger of initial production.
Accompanying the dagger are the original-to-the-piece set of hanging straps. The textured brocade obverse straps feature the herring bone design. The brocade is clean and free of soiling. The reverse of the straps is covered with blue-black velvet, showing no wear signs. The blue-black hangers were the first type made and were meant to match the new blue uniforms worn by the Diplomatic Corps during their 1938 visit to Italy. The hanger hardware is of aluminum, the top snap clip being plain. The rectangular-shaped buckles and slides below, feature raised oak leaves.. The lower snaps are the type with rounded tops. They are the “push-in” style having pebbled finish. They show little to no wear.
As indicated above, this complete rigging was purchased from the son of the returning veteran, Army Staff Sgt. Leonard Sanford Meddaugh. Meddaugh was assigned to Bavaria and was involved with clean-up duties at war's end, participating in the capturing and arresting high ranking Nazi personnel in the area. During this operation, Maddaugh was present in Himmler's lodge, located in Tegernsee, where he secured the dagger and hangers, along with a photo album detailing an SS wedding which Himmler had attended. Along with this booty, was Maddaugh's hand-written diary of 1944-45. There is mention of the visit to Himmler's lodge in the diary. Maddaugh's son still has possession of the diary and the Himmler photograph album. Accompanying this dagger and hangers is a testamentary letter that I had Mr. Maddaugh sign, after I originally bought this weapon on September 10, 2010. Why the dagger would have been in Himmler's residence is unknown. Perhaps it was left by a visiting Diplomatic Official, but I don't know. I do 100% know, however, that this is the place the dagger was discovered.
A great opportunity to acquire a really first-class piece here in choice condition and never having been disassembled. This dagger is of investment quality throughout. Should the next owner wish to acquire the Himmler photo album from the vet's son, or look at the pages of the diary involving the Himmler lodge visit, perhaps it can be arranged. I can supply the address.
Near Mint. $17,095.50
GODO #38278 RMBO Gold Government Official's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
The RMBO organization were the officials assigned in the Eastern Peoples area of Poland. The dagger that was carried by this group was essentially an Eickhorn Government Official's Dagger that was treated with a gilded finish. Since this area was occupied during the war it probably was not practical to design a new dagger type, thus the expediency of gilding the existing design.
This example is in nice condition throughout, showing traces of usage mostly to the upper hilt area where the original owner probably rested his hand. The pommel features the noble eagle that looks to the viewer's left. Looking at the spanner it does not look to have ever been out in modern times. The holes are still quite nice; not perfect, but there are no signs of improper usage.
The detailing is outstanding to the bird's squared off beak, brow, and the cantilever at the back of the head. This cantilever is still completely crisp and has no dings. The feathering that runs down the edges of both sides of the head is also in crisp condition. Most of the original gilding remains in the recessed areas of the pommel and the backstrap, and the brass base of the metal shows throughout where the gilt is missing. Since the brass is nearly the same color this does not detract from the look of the dagger. The side plate is also a brass type with some original gilding intact around the edges. The ferrule is a typical Eickhorn type, with a decoration of twin lines that are part of the casting. This ferrule has 100% of the original gilding.
The crossguard is an outstanding, impressive Eickhorn example, having the high tipped wings. This great eagle retains full detailing through the bird's eye, beak, breast and talons, as well as the oak leaf wreath and raised swastika. All of the gilding remains on this guard. The grip plates are the beautiful swirled mother of pearl variety which have toned to a most pleasing shade of gold. These plates have been masterfully cut and just could not be any nicer.
The scabbard is a very fine Eickhorn Government Official's type, having outstanding crisp pebbled panels and bands of overlapping oak leaves shot through with acorns. The scabbard appears to have nearly all of the original gilded finish, showing only traces of wear along the edges. The bands remain nice and crisp, rising up toward the eyelets. The eyelets themselves are the triple serrated type. The throat is the thick Eickhorn style, retained by a flat screw set into the center reverse.
The blade of this dagger is still bright throughout, showing only the most minor traces of age. There is crossgrain remaining on this blade and it retains a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original blade washer is in place. One side of the leather washer is mostly gone to time.
This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a rarely RMBO Dagger. It shows some period usage but remains an extremely desirable collectible. These daggers are very, very rare and it is seldom that I have the honor to offer one.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $13,500.00
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 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 #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.