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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 #45519C Red Cross Hewer with Frog

This hewer has excellent plating throughout the hilt. The plating shows little age to the pommel and the crossguard is in near perfect condition.

The grip plates are in fine condition having the black checkered obverse and smooth reverse.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has its original black paint. This paint shows some minor wear throughout but is not in bad condition.

The blade is bright and has only the slightest traces of age, with a nice, sharp sawback. It is marked one the reverse “Gesch Geschutzt” and the original black blade buffer is in place.

A decent Red Cross hewer here.

Excellent. $795.00

RCALL #45627 Red Cross Officer's Dagger with Artificial Damascus Blade named to Dr. Leonardo Conti, Reich Health Leader and SS - Obergruppenfuhrer

When I purchased this dagger a short time ago, I thought it was quite a rare piece, but had no idea that the dagger would prove to be once the property of one of the most infamous personages of the 3rd Reich. This dagger represents an unthinkable time in history. Maybe not so good history, but of importance to the study of the madness of the 3rd Reich and the actions that took place under the guise of proper medical practice. Before I get into Conti's role during the Hitler regime, the below will describe this original Red Cross Officer dagger.

The dagger's hilt is equipped with the standard Red Cross Officer parts. The pommel remains in good condition, retaining its nickel-plated surfaces and showing only a little modest age in the plating. The cross guard features the center ovals on both sides. The reverse is plain, while the obverse portrays an eagle with half-open wings. There is a vaulted swastika that appears on the bird's breast and the eagle clutches the Geneva Cross in his talons. The cross guard shows some surface wear to the rounded quillon areas and also to the plating at the rear oval. It appears that this dagger saw quite a bit of usage during the period. The grip remains in perfect condition. The celluloid is a light orange color on the obverse, and on the reverse, the grip color has turned to a deep orange.

When I purchased the dagger a couple of weeks ago, I figured that Conti was an important Red Cross doctor, but I was not prepared to learn that he was a lot more than that! Conti was born in Switzerland with a Swiss father and German mother in 1900. After completing his medical schooling, he became an SA member in 1923, and went on to become their first official physician. One of his initial patients was Horst Wessel, of whom all of you know, went on to become a Nazi martyr after his death and with the intense propaganda work instituted by Goebbels. In 1927 Conti founded the organization of the "National Socialists German Doctors League". Conti also joined the SS as an "Old Fighter" and held many government physician posts. In 1939, he was appointed "Reich Health Leader and State Secretary". To his discredit, Conti controlled the euthanasia program of the Nazis and was a promoter of genetic control and selection of the population in order to remove "weak" elements, a program known as eugenics.

So, this is quite a dagger here with a very interesting history. There is much that could be researched involving Conti's life and his influence on medical policy during the time of Hitler's reign in Nazi Germany. It would be a worthwhile project to put together a dossier on this war criminal, not to bring any undo notice to him, but to illustrate some of the beyond belief programs that were imposed during these times, in the hopes that they will never happen again.

Excellent $3,995.00

RCALL #45335C Red Cross Hewer

This Red Cross hewer is in nice condition throughout. The nickel plating throughout the hilt is in perfect condition with no lifting. It shows only the most modest of age in the surfaces.

The sharp edges of the pommel also have their plating. The reverse crossguard has the plain oval and on the obverse the oval presents a raised half open winged eagle looking to the viewer's left with a raised mobile swastika on its breast. The eagle clutches a Geneva conference cross.

The Bakelite grip plates are in good condition having a smooth version on the reverse and a checkered versions on the obverse. The screws and spanners are in place and appear to be unturned.

The scabbard is a fine straight example having original paint. The paint is all there however there is some minor age spots in the paint that are evenly spread throughout. The lower mount is the style that is pressed on and the upper mount is retained by two dome head side screws.

The original frog is a fine example being in very good condition and being the style with four rivet construction. It is marked on the reverse with the capital letter D at the upper area and at the lower area has the stamping "51".

The saw backed blade of this example has the typical blunted tip and is in nice condition throughout. It remains completely bright and the crossgrain is still in place. The blade is gesch gesch marked on the reverse ricasso and the original leather washer is in place.

A good solid example here in nice condition.

Mint Minus. $895.00

RCALL #45183C Red Cross Officer

This Red Cross officer has never been cleaned. It has fine nickeling throughout the hilt. Even the sharp edges of the pommel retain their nickeling.

The cover screw at the top looks like it may have been out once but it has little burring. The crossguard features the oval with raised half open winged eagle with swastika vaulted at its breast. The bird clutches the Geneva Cross in its talons. The reverse crossguard is the same oval but it is plain.

The grip is a very fine deep orange color on the obverse fading just a tad on the reverse. It is interesting to note that the original to the piece portepee remains in this dagger. The portepee is a standard 42cm variety and it is still tied in the original recommended fashion for Red Cross officer leaders. The knot is in near perfect condition having only just a slight bit of fray where the cord touches the crossguard end. The standard knots like are what are seen 99 percent of the time on issued Red Cross officers daggers.

The scabbard is a fine straight example. It also has not been cleaned and reflects good pebbling to the patterns on both sides. The upper portion of the obverse has a little bit of darkening in the surfaces but this seems to be only patination and would probably clean out if the next owner elected to clean this dagger. I think it looks fine the way it is however. The throat is retained by by two unturned dome head screws.

The blade is a perfectly mint conditioned example. It is bright throughout and has all of its crossgrain. The unmarked ricasso is nickel plated as was the case with Red Cross officer blade. The black washer is in place.

A nice example here.

Excellent Plus. $1,795.00

RCALL #44088C Red Cross Officer's Dagger

This Red Cross Officer's Dagger is an extremely nice example, with outstanding plating.

The pommel has crisp edges and the cover nut looks like it only may have been off a few time, with no serious burrs.

The lower guard has plain oval on the reverse, while the obverse oval features the Red Cross eagle with a vaulted mobile swastika on the breast, sat atop a Geneva Cross.

The grip is a beautiful orange color and remains in perfect condition. Wrapped about the grip is a Johnson reproduction portepee. It looks good but an authentic one would be better.

The scabbard is also in perfect condition, with outstanding pebbled panels and 100% of the original plating. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade is nice and bright. It is polished except for the ricasso, which is nickel plated. This blade shows the slightest traces of age in the surfaces by it is still nearly mint. The original black leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine Red Cross Officer's Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,795.00

RCALL #43895 Red Cross Officer's Dagger

This Red Cross Officer's Dagger is in nice condition, with all of the nickel plating intact on the pommel and the crossguard. The pommel even has the plating on the sharp edges, which are typically worn away.

The lower guard has plain oval on the reverse, while the obverse oval features the Red Cross eagle with a vaulted mobile swastika on the breast, sat atop a Geneva Cross.

The grip is a very fine dark orange color, with a great, pleasing look to it. This grip is in perfect condition.

There is a portepee on this piece which looks to be original to the dagger. This portepee is the standard 42cm type, showing some fraying but basically still in good shape. It is in an interesting two loop tie with the cord exiting from between the loops.

The scabbard in in perfect condition, with full nickel plating. It is the type with rounded edge carrying bands. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade is a beauty, in mint condition. The original black leather blade buffer is in place, showing some wear but still intact.

A very nice Red Cross piece here.

Near Mint. $1,695.00

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 #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