Product Description: This Alcoso Army Dagger has a wonderful look, with attractive toning. The blade is beautiful, and retains original crossgraining. Light freckling can be seen along the length of the blade. The reverse of the blade is neatly etched with the commercial type, “scales” logo of Alcoso in Solingen. The handle on this one is outstanding, with very handsome, dark age toning to the metal fittings. The eagle and swastika emblem on the crossguard retains great detail. The Trylon grip on this dagger has a gorgeous, deep orange color, and is intact, with no chips or cracks. This Alcoso Army Dagger is complete with its original scabbard, which has a dark patina that matches the metal fittings on the handle. There are a couple of dents to the scabbard, that do not affect the function. The scabbard bands and suspension rings are intact, with no issues. Overall, this dagger is in a strong very good condition.
Historical Description: After WWI, the German military, known as the Reichswehr, was restricted to a relatively small force. Hitler changed this in 1935, reintroducing universal military conscription, and creating a new German Armed Forces- the Wehrmacht. Within the Wehrmacht, the German Army was known as the Heer, and a new dagger was designed and introduced for the officers of this new German Army in May 1935. As with all German Army officer uniforms and accoutrements, they were not issued; rather, the officer had to purchase them. These were ceremonial and decorative pieces of regalia, that were worn on occasions that did not call for carrying a sword. The overall pattern and design of the dagger remained consistent throughout the production run, but the large number of individual manufacturers created a wide variety in details, especially with regard to the handle fittings. There were approximately 42 different manufacturers of the blades. There were construction changes over time as well. Early German Army daggers generally featured plated brass alloy handle fittings. Later, zinc was used. Wartime type scabbards were generally unplated, with a gray finish. Production of German Army daggers ceased around 1943. The German Army was a huge organization, and large numbers of these daggers were produced. But there were many specific variants that were produced in low numbers, especially the highest quality, luxury type pieces for well-heeled officers. Some daggers were personalized and customized, and are unique. The striking and attractive design of the German Army dagger was well-received by officers at the time, and these are very sought-after by collectors today.
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