Army Dagger – Höller

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Höller

SKU: JW3739 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Army Dagger – Höller is an outstanding piece. The blade is incredible, with 100 percent of the original crossgraining still intact. There are three very small “resting” spots on the front and back of the blade, where the scabbard spring touches the blade when it is sheathed. The blade is very bright, with all of the original luster and no indication it has ever been cleaned. On the reverse, the ricasso is very cleanly etched with the commercial type “thermometer” manufacturer logo of the firm of F. W. Höller, in Solingen. The handle of this dagger is also very pristine, showing almost no wear. The boldly executed crossguard eagle shows crisp detail, and all of the fittings retain their original finish, which has attractive toning to the silvering. The grip is white Trylon, and is free of any chips or cracks. This Army Dagger – Höller is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is straight, with no dents, and lots of nice toning to the intact silver finish. The condition of this dagger rates as excellent, with a great blade and only extremely minor overall wear.



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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