Product Description: This is an excellent Alcoso Government Official Dagger. The blade has some spotting and graying due to age, but retains original crossgraining, as well as its correct, original blue buffer pad. The reverse of the blade has the commercial type manufacture etching for the firm of Alcoso in Solingen. The handle on this dagger is an absolute beauty, with no chips, cracks or damage to the excellent pearl grips. The crossguard eagle has excellent detail, and all of the metalwork on the handle has a lovely old patina to the original finish, with dark recesses that contrast beautifully with the silver gleam to the high points. It does show minor wear, with a few tiny dings to the top of the eagle head pommel. The scabbard of this Alcoso Government Official Dagger is nice and straight, with most of the original finish, though there is some blistering of the scabbard finish due to age. The scabbard bands have beautiful and finely detailed ornamentation, with the original suspension rings both intact. This Alcoso Government Official Dagger is a great example of a very scarce and desirable dagger type.
Historical Description: German Diplomatic and Government Officials daggers are among the rarest and most sought-after of all of the production daggers of the Third Reich. These were elegant pieces, made in the highest quality, befitting the high status of the diplomats and officials who carried them. Both the Diplomatic and Government Officials daggers featured silver handle fittings with artificial mother-of-pearl grip plates, and an art-deco style eagle’s head pommel. The Government Officials dagger was produced in greater quantity than the Diplomatic pattern. The easiest way to tell the difference between these two very similar patterns of dagger is the way the eagle head faces on the cross guard. If the eagle faces to the left it is a Government Officials dagger and to the right it is a Diplomatic Officials. Most extant examples are made by Alcoso, who may have been the only authorized maker, though some examples with different maker marks are known. Surviving examples of the Diplomatic and Government Officials Daggers are very desirable among collectors.
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