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The Red Cross Officer and Social Welfare Patterns were instituted in 1938. The hilts are produced of a pot metal base, having muted nickel-plated surfaces. The crossguard features an oval medallion which bears a Red Cross eagle. The bird is a closed-winged design, clutching a Red Cross symbol in the talons. A vaulted swastika is superimposed on the bird's chest. The grip is a celluloid variety being a yellow color, usually toned to varying orange shades. The scabbards are steel with matching nickel plating over pebbled panels. There are two variations. Those with rectangular-shape eyelets on the carrying bands are Red Cross, while those having round holes in the eyelets are Social Welfare. Blades are not found with maker-marks.



RCALL #32461 Red Cross Officer's Dagger with Monogrammed Personalization

This Red Cross Officer's Dagger has fairly good plating throughout the hilt. The plating shows a little patination throughout but would probably clean up to be in choice condition should someone wish to do this. I do not see any wear to the edge areas. The Red Cross langet has a very fine depiction of a raised half closed-winged eagle having a vaulted swastika on his breast. The eagle clutches a red cross in his talons. The reverse oval circle on this hilt has the original owner’s initials nicely cut into the surfaces, “K R”. The workmanship could be professional or it could have been done by the original owner as it is relatively simple and therefore hard to tell. The cover screw on top of the pommel shows that it has been out a few times but it is not in too bad of a condition. The grip of this example is a fine tangerine color and is relatively the same tone throughout. The grip is in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout and is the type that has the slightly curved edges to the bands. There is some minor wear to the plating mostly on the obverse just noticeable around the second band and above in the pebble pattern. There is also a little bit of wear at the lower area. The reverse of the scabbard appears to have perfect plating. The throat of this example is retained by two side mounted dome head screws.

The blade is in choice condition. This mint blade has a fine bright surface with all crossgraining intact. The ricasso is the nickel-plated type which contrasts nicely with the polished finish of the blade itself. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

This is a good solid Red Cross officer’s dagger here showing some mild wear and the monogram gives it a little more interest.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

RCALL #39465 Red Cross Hewer

RCALL #39367 Social Welfare Officer’s Dagger

This Social Welfare Officer’s Dagger is in the best condition you are likely to encounter. It is amazing that all of the nickel mounts are 100% intact and in beautiful condition.

The pommel has crisp top edges and, looking at the nut, it looks to have been turned once or twice but it remains free of gouges or problems.

The crossguard is as crisp as the day it was made, with an oval containing a raised eagle on the obverse. The eagle has a raised swastika on his breast and clutches the Red Cross in his talons. The reverse has another oval, which is smooth and plain.

The grip of the dagger is a very pretty lemon-chiffon yellow. It is very rare to see a grip in this light tone; it is indicative of the storage conditions experienced by this dagger over the last seven decades. This is the original color of the celluloid. When exposed to light these grips change to all sorts of different shades, ranging from egg yolk to tangerine. It is a pleasure to see one in the original state. This grip is in totally perfect condition.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and retains 100% of the original nickel plating. The pebbled panels on both sides are so crisp you could file your nails on them! The carrying bands are smooth and the eyelets are the type that are rounded, a trait of the Social Welfare Officer’s Dagger. The scabbard throat is retained by a pair of unturned dome head side screws.

As we would expect the blade is as fine as the outside of the dagger. It is in mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. For some reason only the ricasso was nickel plated (something we see on these and Red Cross blades) while the rest of the blade was polished. The nickel is in fine condition. The original, new-like black leather blade buffer is in place.

A terrific example here for those of you out there that are looking for only the finest pieces. An outstanding dagger here.

Mint. $2,195.00

RCALL #32120 Red Cross Officer's Dagger

This Red Cross Officer's Dagger is in fine overall condition. The hilt fittings have excellent dull nickel plating. These fittings do not look to have ever been cleaned. The pommel is still nice and crisp throughout its edges and the cover screw appears to have been out maybe once or twice but there is no burring of the grooves. The crossguard is an excellent depiction with its oval disks on each side. The reverse disk is plain and the obverse disk features a half closed-winged eagle clutching a cross in his talons. There is a raised out mobile swastika on the bird’s chest. The grip is a fine deep orange color being just the slightest bit lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition.

The scabbard has good nickel finish throughout. It appears as though this scabbard may have been cleaned not too long ago but in a couple of years it will tone down to exactly match the hilt fittings. The owner of this dagger told me that he cleaned the scabbard but did not clean the hilt parts. If you want the unit to match cleaning the hilt parts would also do the trick otherwise just let it patina for a while. This scabbard is the style that has the more rounded carrying bands. The plating is very good throughout having a little bit of age noticeable on the center obverse panel but it is really nothing. The rest of the pebbling is still nice and crisp and has 100% plating. The throat is retained by two nickel dome head side screws.

The blade is nice and bright throughout. It appears to have all of its graining in the surfaces with a needlelike tip. The ricasso has been nickel-plated in the normal way. This blade remains in a mint state having only the normal runner marks on the ricasso area. The blade is unmarked. This blade is protected by an in place black leather buffer.

A nice Red Cross dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00

RCALL #33574C Red Cross Officer's Dagger

This Red Cross Officer Dagger is in fine condition throughout having excellent plating to the hilt mounts. There is only the tiniest of beveling on the reverse crossguard but otherwise the plating is all there. The cover screw at the pommel top has been out a few times but remains tight and the dagger is also nice and tight accordingly. The crossguard features a good raised out half closed-winged eagle which looks to the viewer’s left. The bird has a raised out mobile swastika on his chest and clutches a Geneva cross in his talons.

The grip of this example is a very fine dark pumpkin orange. The orange fades slightly to a little lighter tone on the reverse. The reverse however is orange, not yellow.

The original-to-the-piece portepee is still in place. This knot is tied in the regulation tie. It is the thicker cord variety and is in good condition except where the knot comes out of the tie. At this area it is frayed. The slide is the style which is built into the stem. Both parts have good “V” weave decoration to the bullion. The ball has good yarn-like bullion and the insert is a textured material.

The scabbard is nice and straight with good crisp pebbling. There is only the tiniest signs of a little age on the scabbard but basically the plating is still at 100%. The bands are the style which have sharp ridges. This scabbard is interesting in that it is the style that we see only once in awhile having a dome head screw inserted at the left side of the lower chape area. This screw was employed to hold the leg weight in place at the bottom of the scabbard. It is an interesting variation of Red Cross scabbard and points to one very small maker as we do not see this feature very often.

The blade of this example is still bright and has all of the crossgraining in the surfaces. There are some extremely modest signs of age but not enough to keep the blade from still having a mint rating. The ricasso area has the traditional nickel-plated surfaces. The original black leather washer is in place.

A nice Red Cross officer’s dagger here.

Excellent. $1,795.00

RCALL #28153 Red Cross Hewer

This Red Cross hewer is in good overall condition. The plating is all intact throughout.

The pommel is still nice and crisp. There is a little bit of bubbling in the plating surfaces on the obverse but it is nothing and there is no plating missing. A nice looking pommel here! The crossguard is also in good condition, having all plating intact. The obverse features the oval disc having a half-closed winged eagle looking to the viewer’s left with a vaulted mobile swastika on its breast. This bird clutches a cross in its talons.

The grip plates of this example are black Bakelite being checkered on the obverse and smooth surfaces on the reverse. Both grip plates are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware. The screw heads are both pointing in the nine o’clock to three o’clock direction.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It does have a couple of tiny “bb” type dings, but they are pretty shallow and don’t amount to much. The original black paint has a few scratches and some signs of age, but overall, it is about 95% and still retains most of its original brightness. The scabbard shell is complete with a lower fitting which is pressed into place and the upper fitting is retained by dome head side screws. These fittings are in good shape with full plating.

The original black leather frog is in place. This frog shows only normal wear and is still in excellent condition. It is a four-rivet type construction and on the reverse it is stamped with the capital letter “H” at the lower area.

The blade of this hewer is a sawback variety in fine condition. The reverse of the blade is easily in nearly full mint condition, having all of the crossgraining. The obverse is very near this state, showing only the most modest of age. As is the case with these hewers, the tip is blunted in order to conform with the Geneva Convention. There is no maker mark on this blade, but the reverse ricasso is stamped with the words “Ges. Gesch.” The black leather washer is in place.

A very nice hewer here!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

RCALL #29506C Red Cross Enlisted Man's Hewer

This Red Cross Hewer has good plating to the hilt. There is no lifting and the plating only shows the most modest of age.

The pommel cap is still fairly crisp around the edges. The crossguard is in good condition, having the obverse oval disk. This oval displays a half-open winged eagle, which looks to the viewer’s left and clutches a cross in his talons. There is a raised-out mobile swastika on the eagles’ breast area.

The grip plates are in good condition, being of black Bakelite material. The obverse example is checkered, whereas the reverse grip plate is smooth. They are both retained by screw and spanner hardware. The screw heads are rusted, but are both pointing north-to-south. They do not look to have been removed. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint does have some spidering and also some lifting, with rust evident in the surfaces. This paint rates at about 90%. The scabbard shell has matching nickel mounts. The nickel mounts are retained with unbuggered flathead screws throughout.

Accompanying this hewer is a good black leather frog. This frog shows only mild usage, being 4-rivet type with all of the rivets present. It is stamped “B” on the reverse.

The blade of this example is nice and bright, having the blunted tip and the sharp sawback spine. The blade has most of the original graining still showing, and it easily grades in nearly full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped “Ges. Gesch.”. The original black leather blade buffer is in position, doing a good job.

A good collectable Red Cross hewer here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

RCALL #34300C Red Cross Hewer with Property Stampings

This Red Cross Hewer has excellent conditioned hilt mounts. The nickel plating to both of the mounts is still all there showing only the most minor of age across the pommel top surface. The crossguard area still is in perfect condition. The crossguard is equipped with the two oval discs being plain on the reverse and the obverse equipped with the raised out Red Cross eagle. This eagle is seated on a Geneva cross and there is a mobile swastika that is raised out of the bird’s chest. The reverse oval is property stamped, “WEIMAR / 164.”. It is fairly unusual to see property stampings on these Red Cross hewers so those that have it are quite desirable by collectors.

The grip plates feature the smooth Bakelite example on the reverse with a heavily checkered example on the obverse. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware. This hardware has quite a bit of rust on the surfaces throughout. The scabbard shell is straight on the reverse and has a small ding on the left edge of the lower obverse. The scabbard paint is still bright throughout having signs of wear but still rating at about 90%. The scabbard is equipped with a lower nickel-plated mount which is “pressed” into place. The upper mount is complete with a throat retained by two dome head side screws.

The original black frog is in excellent condition being the style that is retained by four aluminum rivets. The reverse of this frog is maker marked and dated, “Carl Busse / Mainz / 1940”. In addition, the frog is stamped with the number “164” which matches the number stamped into the reverse crossguard. Quite an unusual thing to see here which should be of interest to collectors. The blade of this example is a choice one having fine bright finish with 100% crossgrain. Yhis blade is in full mint condition, the spine equippped with the nasty looking saw back . The blade is protected by a black leather, in=place washer. An interesting Red Cross hewer here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

RCALL #37356 Red Cross EM Hewer

This Red Cross Enlisted Man's Hewer is one of the best examples I have seen. It is new-like throughout.

The hilt mounts have 100% of the fine original nickel-plated surfaces and do not show any signs of age; it is really nice to see a hewer with this kind of preservation to the hilt as the base metal is pot metal and often the plating did not hold up very well. The pommel edges are as crisp as the day they were made and even retain all of their plating.

The crossguard features an oval boss, plain on the reverse with the obverse featuring an eagle with half-opened wings and a raised out mobile swastika on his breast. The bird clutches a cross in his talons. The grip plates feature the smooth Bakelite example on the reverse with a heavily checkered example on the obverse. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware.

The scabbard shell is also in perfect condition. It is as straight as an arrow and has outstanding Mint original paint. This paint is still factory bright and other than a few signs of normal age it remains in nearly Mint condition. The scabbard is equipped with two nickel mounts, the upper being retained by nickel side screws. The lower mount is the style that is set into place with no screws. This was done by heat expansion of the mount before installation. As the metal cooled and contracted it gripped the shell of the scabbard quite tightly.

The blade of this hewer is an outstanding saw back type with the characteristic blunted tip, a nod to the Geneva Convention. This blade is mirror-bright and has 100% of the original grain. The saw back is sharp and nasty, as it should be. These saw backs were ostensibly used to cut splints in the field. This Mint blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso “Ges Gesch” and is protected by a new-like, in-place black leather washer.

If you have been looking for a really outstanding Red Cross hewer you cannot go wrong with this piece.

Mint. $1,195.00

RCALL #36219C Red Cross Hewer

This Red Cross Hewer is about as nice as you will find them. All of the nickel surfaces are 100% intact throughout. It appears as though the piece was cleaned not too long ago, and it really looks its best.

The pommel cap is crisp throughout its entirety, having all of the plating around the edges.

The crossguard area is also in exceptional condition. The crossguard features oval disks on the obverse and reverse; the reverse oval is plain, while the obverse is decorated with the half-opened winged Wehrmacht-style eagle with a raised mobile swastika on his breast. The eagle clutches a Geneva Convention cross in his talons.

The grip plates are the black Bakelite type. The reverse plate has a smooth surface, while the obverse plate is nicely checkered. These plates are retained by screws with spanner nuts. The screws retain of of their surface plating, with no rust to be seen. And outstanding hilt here.

The scabbard shell is perfectly straight. The original paint is in choice condition, and easily is in a Near Mint state. There are a few minor crazing marks in the finish, but basically they just tell you that this paint is old; some remarkably conditioned paint here. The lower scabbard mount is retained by two flatter-style screws on each side. This mount has all of the plating intact. The upper mount is also fully plated, showing little to no age and is retained by two flatter-head side screws.

The blade of this dagger is extremely impressive. It, of course, has the characteristic blunted tip and brutal looking sawback spine. The sawback is so sharp that it grabs at your finger with even the lightest touch. This blade is completely factory bright, and in stone Mint condition. The ricasso on this blade is unmarked, and the original black leather blade buffer in in place.

Unfortunately there is no frog with this hewer, but if the net owner can acquire a like conditioned frog, it will make for one of the best Red Cross hewers in a collection today. A real beauty if you can say that about these somewhat ugly weapons.

Near Mint. $995.00

RCALL #32120C Red Cross Officer's Dagger

This Red Cross Officer's Dagger is in fine overall condition. The hilt fittings have excellent dull nickel plating. These fittings do not look to have ever been cleaned. The pommel is still nice and crisp throughout its edges and the cover screw appears to have been out maybe once or twice but there is no burring of the grooves. The crossguard is an excellent depiction with its oval disks on each side. The reverse disk is plain and the obverse disk features a half closed-winged eagle clutching a cross in his talons. There is a raised out mobile swastika on the bird’s chest. The grip is a fine deep orange color being just the slightest bit lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition.

The scabbard has good nickel finish throughout. It appears as though this scabbard may have been cleaned not too long ago but in a couple of years it will tone down to exactly match the hilt fittings. The owner of this dagger told me that he cleaned the scabbard but did not clean the hilt parts. If you want the unit to match cleaning the hilt parts would also do the trick otherwise just let it patina for a while. This scabbard is the style that has the more rounded carrying bands. The plating is very good throughout having a little bit of age noticeable on the center obverse panel but it is really nothing. The rest of the pebbling is still nice and crisp and has 100% plating. The throat is retained by two nickel dome head side screws.

The blade is nice and bright throughout. It appears to have all of its graining in the surfaces with a needlelike tip. The ricasso has been nickel-plated in the normal way. This blade remains in a mint state having only the normal runner marks on the ricasso area. The blade is unmarked. This blade is protected by an in place black leather buffer.

A nice Red Cross dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00

RCALL #31584 Red Cross Enlisted Man's Hewer

The hilt fittings of this example have good nickeling throughout. Even the edges of the pommel and crossguard still have full plating. The crossguard oval depicts a half open-winged eagle, looking to the viewer’s left, having a mobile raised swastika on has breast, and clutching a cross in his talons.

The reverse grip is smooth type, and the obverse grip has the checkered finish. Both are a bakelite and both are in perfect condition. The two retaining screws are unturned and have grooves, both pointing from east to west.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent original black paint. The paint shows some minor age, but overall it is about 95%. The lower nickel fitting is the pressed on type. The upper throat fitting is retained by two unturned domehead screws.

There is a fine black leather frog attached to this hewer. This frog has the usual 4-rivet construction, and on the reverse it is stamped “39”. This frog is in nearly mint condition.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright and does have all of its crossgraining. It is equipped with the blunted tip and the sawback spine. This blade is marked on the reverse “Ges .Gesch”. The blade has a few mild age signs in the surfaces but it has never been cleaned, and I’m sure with a little work this blade would come up to easily near mint condition. The original black leather blade washer is in place.

A pretty nice Red Cross hewer here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00(#080917)

RCALL #29356 Red Cross Hewer

This Red Cross Hewer still retains its fine bright nickel fittings. The nickeling appears to be 100% throughout.

The pommel has a good crisp edge and there is even lacquer still remaining throughout this fitting. The side straps also have lacquer. The crossguard, also lacquered, depicts an oval in the center with a raised-out half-closed winged eagle. The eagle clutches a cross in its talons, and there is a swastika vaulted out of the chest area of this eagle.

The grip plates of this example feature checkered variety on the obverse, and the reverse plate is smooth. These plates are in perfect condition, and are retained by screw and spanner hardware. There is a little rust to the upper screw, and the lower screw is still has all of its plating. These screws do not appear to have been out of this piece.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Its original period black paint is still mostly bright, but it does have quite a bit of spidering in the surfaces. I would say that the paint, all in all, is about 98%, but would clean up some if someone were to work with it. The nickel scabbard mounts nicely match the condition of the hilt. Both mounts are retained by nickel flathead side screws.

There is also a frog attached to the scabbard. This black frog is in good condition, showing some mild usage, and being constructed with aluminum rivets. The lower right rivet has gone to time, but the other three are in place. This Red Cross frog is not marked on the reverse.

The blade of this example is as nice as you will ever see. It is completely bright throughout and has 100% of the factory crossgraining. The tip is blunted to conform with the Geneva Convention, and the spine has an extremely sharp sawback, which was a simulation of cutting a splint in the field. It only strikes me funny as to the blunted tip being acceptable, but nobody seemed to notice the deadliness of this sawback, which could cut your head off with one stroke.

At any rate, a beautiful blade here, which is protected by a new-like tan leather buffer. The ricasso on the reverse is marked, “Ges. Gesch.”. A nice example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

RCALL #27698 Red Cross EM Hewer

The Red Cross EM Hewer is a fine looking example still having nearly all of the frosted finish preserved over the fittings. There is a factory lacquer substance which has coated and protected these fittings.

The pommel is still nice and crisp throughout its flared edges and the cross guard depictions are also in good condition. The oval obverse cross guard depicts a half-closed winged eagle which looks to the viewer's left. The bird has a raised out swastika on his breast and he clutches a cross in his talons. The reverse oval is plain. In the case of this example, it does appear as though the original owner may have scratched his initials into the center area. It looks like it could be "WE" but I can't be sure.

The grip plates of this example are in good condition throughout. They are the black Bakelite type. The obverse is checkered and the reverse is smooth. These plates are retained with steel screw and spanner hardware. This hardware has a light coating of rust on its surfaces.

The scabbard is straight throughout. This shell has good, original black paint showing some spidering in the surfaces, but the paint is still nearly 100%. The lower scabbard fitting has minor age in the surfaces but it is nothing. This fitting is retained by two flat head side screws. The throat is in place and nicely matches the condition of the hilt fittings. This throat is retained by two flatter head side screws.

There is a black leather frog attached and it is the style which is retained by four aluminum rivets. I do not see any markings on the reverse of this frog. The frog shows some mild usage but remains in generally good condition.

The blade of this example is a fine one. It is still nice and bright and has all of its original graining in the surfaces. The saw back is sharp and threatening. Other than just a little bit of minor smudge here and there, this blade is still in near full mint condition. It has been protected by an in-place brown leather blade buffer.

A good Red Cross hewer here.

Near Mint. $800.00