Army Dagger by Alcoso

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Alcoso

Pattern: Standard

SKU: JW2347 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Army Dagger by Alcoso is a beautiful example, with a lot going for it. The blade is really nice, with a sharp tip and plenty of crossgraining remaining. There are just a few small areas of graying on the blade. The ricasso of the blade is marked with a desirable, horizontal maker mark for the firm of Alcoso in Solingen. The handle on this one has a wonderful look. The original finish has taken on a very attractive, dark toned patina, with bright high points that give an appearance of depth to the crossguard eagle and swastika. All of the metalwork on the handle has excellent, smooth surfaces. The white grip has no chips or cracks, and shows only very minor wear. The metal fittings and white grip are all typical late war production. The original scabbard of this Army Dagger by Alcoso retains great original luster and finish, and is nice and straight, with no dents. The scabbard bands and suspension rings are intact, with no issues. This dagger displays extremely well, and remains in excellent plus 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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