Alcoso Heer Dagger with Monogram

Condition: Very Good

Maker: Alcoso

Pattern: Standard

SKU: JW3174 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: ThisAlcoso Heer Dagger with Monogram is a very desirable, personalized piece. The dagger is of earlier production. This pattern of dagger made by Alcoso is regarded by some collectors as among the most attractive Heer daggers ever produced. The blade on this example has areas of freckling, mostly towards the blades tip. The reverse of the blade is marked with the second pattern “scales” logo of Alcoso. The handle is beautiful, with attractive orange toning to the grip. The grip has a couple of stable hairline cracks, and one tiny chip. The metal fittings on the handle have a great look, with dark age toning that contrasts nicely with brighter silver on high points and edges. The top of the pommel has a great, original personalization, with a “KL” monogram that has been neatly and professionally hand engraved.  ThisAlcoso Heer Dagger with Monogram is complete with its original scabbard, which is nice and straight, with no dents or damage. The scabbard has light wear, and retains most of the original silver finish. This is a great example of a German Army dagger, by a desirable maker, and that was certainly carried by a German officer.



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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