Product Description: This Army Officer Heer Dagger is a very attractive, personalized piece, with a lot going for it. The plated blade on this dagger is in fantastic shape, extremely clean, with beautiful shine. The ricasso is maker marked with the “scales” logo of the firm of Alcoso in Solingen, neatly etched. The handle on this dagger is gorgeous. The metal fittings show only minimal wear, with an even, uncleaned age patina. The grip is free of chips or cracks, and has taken on a deep and very attractive orange shade. The reverse of the crossguard is neatly engraved with the initials of the original owner, “E.W.” The handle retains an original Portepee, which looks to have never been removed. It shows slight wear to the aluminum wire. This appealing Army Officer Heer Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is very nice, with good original finish and only light traces of age and wear. It’s straight, with no dents, and the suspension rings are intact. This is a choice example of this dagger type, with great eye appeal. The condition rates as excellent plus overall.
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 detail, especially regarding 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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