Recently, the daggers carried by the Axis powers, as well other European countries, have proved to be popular collectibles. Although generally they are not as well made as their German counterparts, they are still of great historical significance and certainly display well.
Also included in this category are edged weapons with non-German origins, from all countries and of all vintages.
AXIS #45525C World War Two Chinese Air Force Dagger
These Chinese air force daggers are quite rarely seen. This example is equipped with a pommel and backstrap that are probably brass base and in the shape of a bird which is clinging to the grip. The detail is quite good to the bird.
Below is line decorated ferrule and the crossguard is also decorated with a engraved bird flying to the viewer’s left. The quillon ends are rounded.
The grip appears to be made of a sharkskin like material in a white color. The grip shows some age and is missing in a couple of spots.
The scabbard is of steel being plain having an upper and lower brass mount attached. The upper mount has a scalloped end and is engraved with floral designs. The lower mount is in the shape of eagle’s wings which go upward on both sides.
Not a common dagger here.
AXIS #45609C Italian Air Force Officer Sword by E. and F. Hörster
It features an Italian style eagle head looking to the viewer’s left and having good detail throughout its beak eyes brow and bootstrapping which is feathered all the way down to the ferrule. The feathering all has hand enhancing. The tang appears to be kept in place by an elaborate brass nut at the top which is also hand enhanced.
The D guard of the sword is also in the form of a basket hilt. The entire hilt affair is made to look like the wing of an eagle being of all feather designs. Very nice presentation here. The reverse of the langet area has a folding lock mechanism which is holed to go over a male pin on the upper scabbard reverse fitting.
The grip is of all black celluloid being in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with triple narrow brass wire the center being slightly of large proportion.
The scabbard leather is of a black color but does show a little brown in the upper obverse area which may indicate the scabbard was originally made in a brown color and the Italians dyed it black. The leather is still in good condition with one kink toward the lower area but there is no breakage and it affects nothing. The scabbard features three brass mounts. The mounts on both sides have nice raised out floral type designs and the upper scabbard mount has a raised out propeller at the obverse. It also has a raised out flying eagle at the lower mount.
The blade is a very high quality nickel plated German type being double etched and still being in mint condition. The obverse etched portrays standartes crossed cannon and the like and then in the center there is a frosted panel which present and eagle flying to the viewer’s right. The blade finished with more floral designs. The reverse is very similar having military accoutrements along with floral devices. There is a center fuller with double edges. This mint condition blade measures about 30 inches overall. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location E. & F. Hörster Solingen and in the center is the large H letter with the smaller H and S letters in the middle being pierced by a sword. There is no washer on this sword and it does not look as though it ever had one.
A nice example here probably because it is of German manufacture. A nice item if you want to add some Italian pieces to your collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
AXIS #43613C Argentinian Fascist Youth Knife - Filtemple
The hilt is pot metal and looks to be chrome plated as opposed to nickel. The grip plates are identical to an HJ, being black checkered Bakelite retained by a pair of aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both facings. The reverse of the grip has an inset round medallion with a stylized cross.
The scabbard is identical to a HJ type, although it is nickel plated. This plating remains 100% intact. Riveted to the scabbard is a black leather belt loop which has a small retainer loop and a working snap.
The blade is also identical to a Hitler Youth type, with a short ricasso. Other than the maker's name, "Filtemple / Acero Sueco ("Swedish Steels"" / Industria Argentina) it is unmarked. It has never been sharpened and shows only minor age. The consignor attributes this piece to the "Tacura Nationalist Movement 1954 - 1965, the "Grupo Tacura de la Jueventud Nationalista". I think he means The Movimiento Nacionalista Tacuara (MNT, or Tacuara Nationalist Movement) was an Argentine far right movement in the 1960s, which later integrated with the infamous Juan Perón's right-wing “Special Formations”.
The MNT was deeply inspired by Nazi parades and rituals. They called each other “comrades”, instead of using their first names, and wore gray armbands with the insignia of the Knights of Malta. Consisting of youths educated in military high-schools and religious schools, the MNT took advantage of the conflict arising from the enactment of the law on secularization of schools a few years earlier. They advocated reestablishment of Catholic teaching, suppressed by Perón's government before his overthrow in 1955, and struggled against “Judaism” and the left-wing. They opposed what they named “liberal democracy” and admired Hitler and Mussolini.
An very interesting and very rarely seen youth knife here, patterned after the HJ knives of the Third Reich.
AXIS #43412 Model 1937 Royal Yugoslavian Pilot's Dagger
The pommel is oval with floral designs and smooth panels. It is all nickel plated. The matching nickel guard is formed into the shape of a propellor, complete with mounting bolts and nice detailing throughout. The plating is completely intact.
The grip looks to be solid black celluloid. It has ten ribs which are slightly canted down and to the left. This grip is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The metal scabbard is covered in black leather. The leather remains in good condition, with no cuts or problems. Fitted to the shell are three nickel plated mounts. These mounts have scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard and are plain, with with the exception of the top mount which has a crisp likeness of a Yugoslavian pilot's badge. The top and center mount have lined eyelets and the rings are quite large, nicely matching the mounts.
The blade is a fine example, with nickel plated surfaces. The plating is in nearly perfect condition, still being completely bright throughout and with only one minor flake near the tip. The obverse of the blade has a rectangular etch of the retailer's name, and the reverse has the double headed eagle the cypher of King Peter II, who ruled from 1934 through 1941. The original blade washer is still in place.
A nice looking dagger here, and one not seen too frequently.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
AXIS #43410 MVSN Model 1932 Border Guard Dagger
The Border Guard Dagger is a very rare Italian piece. It was introduced in 1932, ostensibly to be worn by officer's and adjutants. Italian regulations being what they were, however, was worn by unsanctioned personnel, up to and including generals who were not even even remotely connected with guarding the border!
The grip plates are ebony, rounded in form and attached together by means of three flushed head rivets. The grip remains in perfect condition and is a good, solid example.
The obverse guard is rectangular and marked "M. V. S. N.". The reverse is shaped into the shape of a Roman fasces.
The steel scabbard has a blue-like finish. The throat flares slightly outward and the whole affair tapers to a button chape. The finish shows some normal wear but remains in good condition overall. The brown leather hanging loop is retained by a pair of rivets.
The blade has a short ricasso, center ridge, and double edges. it measures 6 ½ inches long. The blade shows age and minor staining, much of which could probably be cleaned off if desired. It is not maker marked by these daggers were primarily made by the Nautti firm from Maniago, Italy.
A very, very rarely seen Italian piece here, and one that you will absolutely want for your collection. This piece is identical to the example pictured on page 166 of the Burger book.
AXIS #41961C Hungarian NCO Pilot’s Dagger with Hangers
This Hungarian Pilot’s Dagger is similar to the officer’s example we see, the difference being the NCO version has a nickel plated pommel and scabbard. The crossguard, however, was left in brass, the same as the officer’s version.
The pommel is in the shape of an eagle that looks to the viewer’s left. This bird is finely detailed, with a crisp brow and good feathering. The crossguard and ferrule are nickel plated, with a brass eagle. This bird looks to the left and is also nicely detailed, with hand enhancing to the feather. There is a push button blade lock on the reverse of the guard.
The grip is fluted black wood. This wood is most likely painted as the higher portions show some wear to the surface. The grip itself remains in excellent condition, with no chips.
The scabbard is tapered and nickel plated. It features the Hungarian crest surrounded by an oval on the upper portion. Below this are floral designs a series of lines leading down to the knob chape. The reverse of the scabbard is plain except for the lower accent lines. There are a pair of hanging rings attached directly to the scabbard with no bands.
Attached to the rings are the original hangers. They are constructed of brown leather which remains in very fine condition, with no signs of rot or other problems. The upper clip is constructed of brass and is missing the reverse snap. The rings are oval and have lined surfaces. The lower snaps are conventional, similar to the types we see used on flags and the like.
The blade of this dagger is 8 inches long and has a plain surface. It is nicely nickel plated, with a short ricasso. The blade has a slight center ridge, double edges, and a needle-like tip.
A nice looking dagger here. The NCO version seem to be harder to locate than the officer variant.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
AXIS #30478C Bulgarian Military Hanging Straps
This set of hanging straps at first glance resembles the German army type. The brocade straps are pretty much the same as the German army style except that they are an inch longer than the German type. The brocade is an aluminum style with textured front. The backs are an olive drab velvet showing a little minor wear.The top clip is a typical Bulgarian type being a rectangular shape where the snap is located.
A set of hangers very similar to these is shown in the Glemser Volume IV Book on page 113. In this case Kurt shows them suspending an air force officer’s dirk. I believe these hangers could have been used also for army dirks. The buckles are similar to the German type except they are of larger proportion and they are made of brass. The leaves are more pronounced than German types and the snaps are also larger being the push in type with pebbled finish.
A good set of hangers here if you would like to complete one of your Bulgarian daggers.
Excellent Plus. $650.00
AXIS #30474C Bulgarian Military Leather Hanging Straps
The hardware at the bottom consists of brass oval buckles and slides having oak leaf or similar leaf designs running raised throughout their surfaces. The lower snaps are more substantial than most and they have pebbled appearance. The upper snap clip is a typical Bulgarian type having a closed bracket below and a rectangular like clip attached at the top. The straps are brown leather being in excellent condition throughout. They show wear but no rot or problems. There is also a name which is ink written on the back of the straps. The name appears to be, “Matakch-Hamo”. There is also some other writing but not being familiar with this language I do not know what it is.
An interesting set of straps here.
Excellent Plus. $650.00
AXIS #40906 Italian Fascist Model 1925 Poignard
The pommel is rounded and swings to the left. The backstrap is part of the pommel and the ferrule below is a separate component. Some of the original plating has been lost from these parts, mostly around the edges of the fittings.
The crossguard is a simple affair, with rounded quillon ends. On the obverse center block are the letters "MVSN". The reverse is stamped "D386".
The grip plates are constructed of ebony, fitted in the the pommel and backstrap. Each plate has a recesses fasces insignia.
The steel scabbard tapers down to a ball tip. It is equipped with two carrying bands and a matching steel belt loop.
The four-sided blade shows age in the surfaces but is free of rust. It probably would clean up nicely if someone wanted to take the time to do it. These blades were apparently repurposed from WW1 bayonets.
A decent Model 1925, and priced accordingly.
Good Plus. $1,095.00
AXIS #41086 Model 1939 Italian Dress Bayonet
The grip is constructed of with two wooden plates which butt together forming a hand hold. These plates are retained by three rivets, each countersunk on both sides. The crossguard is a fairly thick steel oval.
The steel scabbard is straight throughout, with the original black paint. There is a flared throat at the top and a tapered tip. Attached to the reverse of the scabbard is a metal belt loop.
The blade is in fully mint, new-like condition. It is single edged type, with a false edge running back down about a third of the blade length. The original crossgrain is visible and the black leather blade washer is in choice condition.
A very fine Italian Dress Bayonet here.
AXIS #33903 Model 1935 Austrian Pilot's Dirk - Zeitler
The pommel is a staged affair that almost looks like a stubby witch's hat. It has fluted areas along each stage, and it ends in a set of beads which run around the circumference. In between the pommel and the lower ferrel there is a "U" bracket, which was used to hang a portopee. The ferrel area has matching beading running around its top circumference, and then it extends into five points, which go around the upper portion of the grip. The lower ferrel also has the same five point design, and it ends in beaded work. The crossguard is an interesting example, in that it has three segments, each extending further outward than the other, going upward. Below the segments is an arch shaped mount which resembles a spider web. The reverse of the mount has lines which indeed look like a spider web. On the obverse, the lines continue to the rounded center area which encloses a red and white round enamel insignia. The insignia has red dots with black highlights around the outside, and on the inside of the insignia is a triangle pointing downward. The enamel on this triangle has some breakage in the surfaces, where something may have been dropped on it, or vice versa, however none of the enamel is missing. The left side of the crossguard also has a small knob which would have been used to retain the lower section of the portopee. The grip is an off-white color, and I'm not sure if it is painted wood, or celluloid. It remains in perfect condition throughout.
The scabbard is tapered downward to a small ball at the bottom. The nickel plated scabbard exactly matches that of the hilt, and it has vaulted designs, which show an engine with propeller at the top example and the bottom example, with repeats of the same on the reverse. The edges of the dagger each have just a motor-like presentation sans the propeller. These designs at first appear to be carrying bands, but they are not. There are no bands on this dagger, rather there are eyelets soldered directly to the right edge. These two eyelets are beaded in the center, and are equipped with small nickeled rings. The blade is released by a push button mounted on the reverse of the crossguard, having a blade mounted release lock.
The blade has a short rounded ricasso, with a center ridge design, having double edges. This blade measures eight inches in length. It still has extremely bright, mint nickel plated surfaces, and a fine, needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the producer's name and Vienna location "Zeitler/Wien VIII". There was no washer worn with this weapon. The Austrian pilot's dagger is a difficult weapon to find, as after the Anschluss in 1938, Austrian pilots were issued second model German Luftwaffe daggers and apparently the old model was returned for recycling. A fine example here, and in very collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
AXIS #37096 Italian Model 1925 MVSN Poignard
This Musketeer's Poignard shows some age and usage, but it is all there and in collectible condition. The nickel-plated hilt has the pommel which is rounded and swings to the left at the top. This pommel has a little bit of age in the plating, but overall is still about 85% to 90% intact. The same is true of the ferrule below.
The crossguard is a simple steel affair that was never plated, having squared center plated which, on one side, have the initials of the Mussolini organization, “MVSN”, and a serial number of the poignard on the other. In this case the number is “6298”. The rest of the guard ambles out in rounded quillons with ball style ends.
The grip is a hard ebony wood, and has a pair of Italian fasces insignia set into both sides.
The scabbard is a tapered tube steel style, ending in a rounded chape. There are two carrying bands which are used to attach a belt clip which is metal and slanted to a 45 degree angle. The throat appears to be part of the scabbard metal stamping.
The blade is a four-side style adopted and redone from an Italian Imperial type. This blade shows some age evenly spread through all of the surfaces, but it is still in good condition with no nicks and a good point.
A textbook poignard here, available at a reasonable price.
AXIS #36975C Italian MVSN 1932 Mutilati Dagger – Frosolone
This Italian Mutilati Dagger is extremely rare. These daggers were made for presentation to MVSN fighters who were wounded while fighting for the cause. Because of this they are considered Honor Daggers and are quite rare.
The hilt of this dagger is composed of a one-piece casting which appears to have a silvered finish. The pommel has a leopard head that looks to the viewer's left. The crossguard has quillon arms which end in an eagle head on each. In the center of the obverse there is a crest which features the ancient symbol of the Fasces. The reverse of the guard has an identical seal which features the cypher of the Mutilati; a sword flanked by two bayonets over a wreath of laurel leaves. The grip is ribbed in the center.
The scabbard is a straight example which is tapered at the end. It is done in a blued finish, and has a mount at the top that is scalloped on the edges. The mount is also blued to match the shell. On the reverse is a typical Italian belt loop, being mounted on a 45 degree angle and made of matching metal.
The blade of this dagger is quite interesting. It has a center ridge with a curved tip, and has an edge on the lower portion and a false edge on the top portion that runs back to about half the blade length. The ricasso area of the blade is thinner, and the blade thickens as it rises outward towards the center area. This blade is still bright, having lots of crossgrain in the finish. There is some copper color that runs outward from the ricasso for about 3 or 4 inches. This may be a basic plating that was put on prior to the nickel-plated finish which is since worn off. The reverse of the blade is stamped with a maker mark that runs horizontally next to the center ridge. It is stamped, “Frosolone”. Also the lower guard arm is stamped with the number “146”. This number may indicate the specific person who was awarded this rare dagger.
This is the first example of the Mutilati Dagger that I've handled. It is extremely rare, and to an advanced Italian collector should be a key piece.
Excellent Plus. $6,495.00
AXIS #36976C Bulgarian Pilot's Dirk – Carl Eickhorn
These Bulgarian Pilot's Dirks are, in my opinion, one of the most attractive of all daggers produced in Europe. This piece is quite small, being a couple of inches shorter than most dirks, but that is what give is a special look.
The dirk is constructed with all brass mounts which are heavily decorated with Bulgarian designs, reminiscent of Russian embroidery. The pommel features a most noble eagle which looks to the viewer's left, having the tip of his beak nicely pointed downward. The bird has a large brow which extends over the faceted red jewel eyes. The feathering is beautifully rendered into the brass running down the backstrap. In the center of the backstrap is a Bulgarian seal, featuring a crown over a crowned lion rampant.
The crossguard, which is actually built into the hilt casting, features quillons each having a propeller. The propeller is lined to give an impression of movement. The center block has an applied eight cylinder radial airplane motor. The reverse of the guard has the original owner's monogram engraved into the surfaces.
The grip of this piece is some type of celluloid, or possibly horn, which is vertically lined throughout. Great looking stuff here!
The scabbard is straight throughout, with black painted surface. The paint appears original, having a few scratches from wear-time, but overall is at least 95% intact. The scabbard has three matching mounts, in gilded brass. These mounts are decorated with Bulgarian designs, and are most interesting to study. The center and upper mounts are equipped with serrated eyelets that retain rope-like carrying rings. The lower mount has more Bulgarian patterns and ends in a bird claw which is grasping a round, marble-like sphere.
The delicate blade is constructed with a ricasso and two fullers tapering to a tip at the end. The blade is etched on the reverse with the cypher of King Boris, having a blue background. There are raised designs which flank the monogram. The obverse blade has blue panels which have the raised Bulgarian motto. Unfortunately some old pitting has set in to about half of this blade; the other half, however, is still fairly clean. This is a shame, but with a seven decade old edged weapon we all know things like this can happen and the piece is priced accordingly. The reverse of the blade is marked with a large double oval style Eickhorn trademark used from 1933 to 1934, with a serrated tail squirrel. The blade has a black leather buffer.
A great outside here, if you can live with the age on the blade.
AXIS #36977C Yugoslavian Pilot's Dagger – Oficirska Zadruga (Officers Cooperative)
This Yugoslavian Dagger is quite nice looking and of good quality. It features all nickel mounts throughout. The pommel is a round shaped item that has floral decorations set against contrasting smooth areas. The crossguard is in the shape of an airplane propeller, with the engine cylinders at the reverse.
The grip appears to be constructed of black celluloid, and is in perfect condition. The grip has ribs which run downward from right to left, and is wrapped with silver wire.
The scabbard has a metal body with a leather covering. The leather is in very dark blue, and is in perfect condition. The scabbard has three matching nickel mounts, each having scalloped edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The upper mount is stamped with a Yugoslavian symbol; a crown over an eagle. The upper and center mounts are equipped with eyelets and carrying rings.
The blade is a fine example, with a long ricasso, double edges, and a center ridge. This blade is nice and bright throughout, being nickel-plated.. There appears to be a little bit of failure to the nickel-plated in the area of the reverse center ridge. Otherwise it is in bright, Near Mint condition. The obverse ricasso features a two-headed eagle cypher with a crown above it. The reverse ricasso has the name, in Cyrillic, of the maker cited above. There is an in-place brown leather washer that protects the blade.
This is a fine looking dagger, and a great example to add to any air force collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
AXIS #27865C Holbein Style Swiss Dagger
This Holbein-style Swiss Dagger appears to have been made probably in the 1930's. It consists of cast parts which are finely nickel-plated. It does not seem to come apart. The pommel is in an interesting shape having a staged door knob look top and below is a larger rounded shape part which depicts figures on all four of its quadrants. The figures appear to be female in nature and are not too clear. The crossguard consists of quillon ends which gently swoop upward to a tip and in the center there is the face of a goddess. Next to the face on both sides is a raised floral design. The edges of the crossguard are smooth. The grip appears to be part of the crossguard casting and simulates a wrapped rope effect. The pommel seems to be separate from the grip and crossguard and most likely is peened together within the doorknob shape top.
The scabbard is an outwardly oval shape on both sides. The metal is pierced at the center areas revealing a red leather base below. The leather has some age to it but is still intact. Above the leather in the oval design is a scene of knights fighting with spears and swords on horseback. The scene seems to be the same on both sides. Bordering the fighting scene at the top is an outward oval raised floral scene having another head at the center area. The edges of the scabbard are smooth and it is possible to see where both of these are seamed together with the counterpart. The lower chape depicts another fairly well detailed head with designs throwing around the figure and a round tip at the bottom. This chape is also part of the scabbard shell casting.
The blade of this example is very similar to an SA type, having a center ridge with double edges. The blade appears to be of good quality and does have a Germanic look to it. This blade is a polished type and it is still bright. There are some old finger print smudges here and there on the surfaces but overall the blade is in near mint condition. The throat of this example is equipped with two red leather buffers. These buffers appear to possibly have been originally split so that the one was attached to the blade shoulders and the other to the throat itself. The way it is now though they are both fused together from time.
This Holbein dagger is not a well defined example but it does have a certain amount of quality to it. It is possible that it could have been a tourist item made in the 1930s and possibly sold in Switzerland or some other European outlet. It is of interest to the Third Reich political dagger collector at the basic Holbein design was used for the format of the political dagger of the 1930s. An interesting example here to display with your collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
AXIS #34946 Austrian Air Defense Dagger - Zeitler, Wien
These Austrian Air Defense Daggers are very similar to the Austrian pilot. The differences are there is a bow and arrow image on the enamel inset of the crossguard, as opposed to the triangular style image we see on the pilot's dagger. Also, the scabbard has a set of wings that act as a band, whereas there are propellers on the pilot's version. The dagger is quite heavy, being of solid nickel construction to the hilt. The pommel is a round affair with a pointed top. Below is a device which acts as a loop to hold the portopee. The neck area of the pommel has four sections which point downward to grab the grip. The ferrel below is opposite, having four upward pointing sections to grab the lower grip. The crossguard is basically shaped in a "V" design, having descending platform type segments, which become more rounded at the base. On the reverse side there is no insignia, and on the obverse side it has the round, enamel insert, which is red on the top, white in the center, and red on the bottom. In the center area is a bow and arrow instrument, being an indication that the branch of service was anti-aircraft. The surfaces throughout this hilt are in perfect condition, with no age problems.
The grip itself appears to be a wood type, which is painted white. The grip is bulbous in the center, and tapers at the upper and lower areas. The paint remains perfect on this grip. Below the left crossguard quillon, there is a small catch, which also acts to keep the portopee in place. The scabbard is a nickel plated, steel based type, slanting thinward throughout its length, into a round ball at the bottom. There are two small eyelets with hanger rings. In the center is a simulated band, which is beaded, having four round objects which run around the surfaces, probably representing airplane engines. The blade is a high center ridge type, having dual edges. The tip is still needle-like, and there is a short ricasso. The blade appears to be a matte surface type, and it is in excellent condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the maker name and the city of Vienna, "ZEITLER/WIEN B1". A nice looking example here, and for some reason, the air defense examples seem to be much rarer than the pilot pieces.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,995.00
AXIS #27655C GDR Army/Air Force Dirk
This dirk comes from the German Democratic Republic which of course was run by the Soviet Union. The mounts are all fine steel having a chrome plate. The pommel is a circular style having a peened top. The ferule below is plain, having a blade release button in the reverse. The cross guards are a straight form having acorn like quillon ends. The grip is a plastic or celluloid which has four ribs for a handhold. The obverse portion of the grip has toned to a deep tan color while the reverse is still mostly off-white. The scabbard is of all steel having upper and lower matching chrome mounts. The mounts have a “V”shape design where they meet the scabbard shell. The shell is either painted black or has a blued finish. The obverse of the upper mount is decorated with a shield shape with pebbled finish having a raised oak leaf and acorn in the center. Above this is a double circle with wheat shafts in between and a symbol resembling the Mason’s Compass. The two eyelets are positioned in the upper mount being round and having plain surfaces. The carrying rings are more of a “V” shape but rounded at the bottom. The fine blade is similar to a Third Reich Naval type having dual fuller construction with ricasso. The blade is a fine chrome plated type being in perfect mint condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with a shield having a building like representation. I don’t know the maker’s name who holds this logo. On the reverse there are some lines that were put through to erase the original serial number. The blade lock is situated on the reverse ricasso. The new-like brown leather washer is in place. A nice high-quality dirk here.
Mint Minus. $595.00
AXIS #30962 Model 1934 French Pilot’s Dagger
This French Pilot’s Dagger is a period piece and not one of the ones from the 1950’s. The hilt has squared mounts that are made of brass construction. The upper pommel has a nut-like device retaining the tang. The lower portion of the grip ferrule has a “U” bracket, which is installed to aide with the use of a portepee. The grip appears to be white celluloid, exactly meeting the squared proportions of the two grip mounts. The crossguard below consists of a matching brass straight type, having tapered quillon arms that also end in squared off depiction. The scabbard is also squared on the edges and is probably a wood base. This scabbard shell is covered with blue-black leather, having a decorative edge on both sides. The leather has good grain and is still in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts match the square design of the hilt type. There is an upper, center and lower example that taper to a chape end tip. The upper and center brass examples are fitted with plain eyelets and carrying rings. The blade is a double-edge type with center ridge and ricasso. The blade appears to have a chrome-plated finish. There are some nicks to the center ridge of one side of the blade. The other side looks fairly clean and in near mint condition. A good, original, French Pilot’s example.
AXIS #27549C French Air Force NCO Dirk
This French Air Force NCO Dirk is similar to the example shown in the Berger book on page 108, except it is the NCO version, having a blue grip instead of a white grip. Otherwise, it is the same. As is the case with the French Officer dagger, all fittings have squared corners. The pommel and ferrule are of brass construction, being square pieces, and having small signs of gilt remaining. The grip is a blue color, which could be a celluloid material or painted wood. The crossguard below is very simple with two short quillons, having squared ends. The scabbard shell has squared corners, and appears to be made of wood, covered with blue-black fine grained leather. This leather is still in fine condition. The scabbard is fitted with squared brass mounts. The upper and center mounts have eyelets and carrying rings. The reverse of the ferrule has a “U” fitting, which would have steadied a portepee. The blade is a nickel plates example, having double edged construction with center ridge. The ricasso is short and has the name of the producer, “Ets Sabatier Jeune/Bellevue-Thiers”. There is a small spring assembly installed on the left edge of the blade, which keeps the dagger within the scabbard. These pieces were first produced in 1934, but they were worn through the 1950’s. It is impossible to tell the vintage of this piece, but it does have some age.
Excellent, Plus, Plus $995.00
AXIS #23874 Bulgarian Labor Corps Dirk - Puma
This attractive Bulgarian Labor Corps dirk is the same as is shown in the Glemser Volume IV Book, page 121. It is also very similar to the example shown in the Berger Book on page 48, except the insignia of Bulgaria is missing from the center scabbard on this Berger Book piece, but is shown on the Glemser piece. At any rate, the fittings of this hilt are cast in fine gilded brass. The pommel is in the shape of a crown which is thicker at the top and tapers down at the neck. There is also a ball like device at the top of the crown. This example shows some hand wear from the original bearer of this dagger, but it is still possible to see most of the complicated detail that decorates this pommel. The crossguard is also a most interesting unit. The center block area depicts a Bulgarian royal crown having a shield-like device with a lion in the center of the shield under a royal crown. The shield is supported by additional crowned lions standing on each side of the shield. This center block area is depicted in silver contrasting nicely with the gilded brass of the quillon arms. The left quillon arm extends outward in a tapered manner having pebbling to its backgrounds. At the end, is a quillon detailing a lion's head. The right crossguard arms extends outward in the same manner, and at the quillon end, is depicted the shape of a spade. Superimposed over the spade is also a pick. Most interesting designs here having much eye appeal. This dagger was made in Germany so the designs and craftsmanship are of the highest caliber. The grip is a very pleasing pumpkin orange color. It is the same as the type we would see on a German Naval dirk. The grip is in perfect condition on the obverse, and has a small chip at the reverse top as well as a couple of hairline cracks in the two center rib sections. None of this is bad, however. The grip is tightly wrapped with gilded single twisted brass wire. The scabbard is nice and straight throughout and is a steel shell. The shell has a pebbled background in the metal and is painted black. It deceives the viewer into thinking the shell is covered with finely grained leather, but it is only paint. The shell is fitted with two carrying bands and eyelets which also resemble the German Naval type. These bands are made showing overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The upper eyelets are plain and the upper ring is plain. The lower ring has a roped depiction similar to the way both book pieces are depicted. (Assumedly the top ring could be a replacement.) In between the two bands is a silvered crest. This crest is egg shaped and depicts a mountain with sunrays coming up from it. There are Cyrillic writings over the top of the mountain and below, which are typical Bulgarian. The lower chape of this example is a smooth smaller type which is not exactly like the ones which are shown in both book pieces, but it does appear to be original. The blade is identical to a German Navy type. It reflects double fuller construction and has highest quality nickel-plated finish. This blade is in mint condition and really looks great. The obverse ricasso has the etching of a crown over a stylized "B" letter. This is the cipher of King Boris. The reverse ricasso has the familiar Puma cat with the firm name below the cat's head, which is all depicted within a diamond. Below the diamond is the place of manufacture, "Solingen". There is a leather washer which seals this blade. This is a rarely seen dagger and is in a highly collectible state.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,195.00
AXIS #27551C French Air Force Officer's Dagger with Hangers
This Model 1934 French Air Force Officer Dagger is complete with hangers. These pieces were worn before the war and after the war, and it is difficult to tell the vintage, as they were all made the same. The regulations did not call for an orange grip, as this example has, but rather a white grip or a black grip. It can be assumed that possibly the white grip turned to this pleasing color orange, as it does appear to be made of a celluloid material. The dagger has all fittings that are squared in nature. The pommel and ferrule are square style blocks of brass. The crossguard is a standard straight type, having short quillons with squared off ends. The orange grip is also rectangular shaped. The scabbard appears to be of leather covered wood. This wood also has four squared corners. The leather is in choice condition, being a very fine grain, and a blue-black color. The center fitting is equipped with an eyelet, as is the upper fitting, and the original set of black leather hangers are still attached. This leather is still supple, and is equipped with squared brass buckles. The lower chape of the scabbard is a separate brass piece, also having squared corners, with a square small tip at the bottom. The blade is a high quality nickel plated example. The blade has a center ridge with double edge construction. There is also a short ricasso. There are a few minor age signs in the nickel fitting, but for the most part, it is in good bright condition. The blade easily grades at excellent plus. The braid ricasso is stamped with the producer, "Lafayette, Paris/Depose". A nice looking high quality dagger here.
Near Mint. $1,495.00
AXIS #22415 Communist Era Bulgarian Dagger with Chain Hanger
This dagger consists of fine quality gilt fittings. The pommel is squared off similar to a Russian dagger, as are the up-and-down quillons, which end in teardrops. The grip appears to be a form of white plastic or celluloid which has a brass design band running through the center of both sides. This band is similar to a chain link design which is traditional for Bulgarian weapons. The scabbard is a steel shell to which are connected three brass mounts. The top mount depicts the Bulgarian lion above a rising sun. These depictions are raised out. On the reverse is a large state building with a communist star at the top. The center ramp and bottom mount are plain. Attached to the upper and center mount is a ringlet style chain with clip in matching brass. This chain link has twelve ringlets on each end. The brass snap clip is unmarked and has the chain scabbard similar to a 1st model Luftwaffe snap clip. The blade is a high quality nickel-plated doubled etched example. It has a fuller which runs down the length of both sides. There is also a short ricasso and the blade is protected by a red leather washer. A good looking example.
Excellent Plus. $595.00
AXIS #27550C French Air Force Officer's Dagger
This French Air Force Dagger appears the same as the example shown on page 108 of the Berger book. All of the fittings are of a squared corner nature, and the white celluloid grip indicates officer status. These daggers were first introduced in 1934, but they were also worn after the war. This one looks like it could come from the 1950s or 60s. The pommel and ferrule are squared corner brass fittings. The white celluloid grip is also squared, and is in perfect condition. The crossguard is a simple device, having short quillons which have squared tips. The scabbard is made of a wood base with squared corners. It is covered with a fine grained dark blue leather, which remains in perfect condition. The wood shell is fi