Product Description: This Double Etched Army Dagger with Bone Grip is a textbook example of this ultra rare deluxe type. This dagger could be the centerpiece of an advanced collection, and is a top-quality variant that is only seldom offered for sale. Every aspect of this beautiful piece absolutely oozes quality and luxury. The blade is outstanding, with crisp etchings on both sides. The obverse etching features a German Army eagle and swastika emblem, while the reverse features dense leaves and scrollwork, which is correct. The “Emil Voos, Solingen” maker mark on the ricasso is perfect. The blade has beautiful shine, and no damage, with nice darkening to the etchings. The handle on this one features the top quality and extremely rare bone grip, which is original to the piece. The metalwork on the handle is extremely appealing, with original darkening in the recesses that contrasts handsomely with gleaming highlights. There is an even and extremely slight patina, and little or no evident wear. The handle retains an original Portepee, which is clean, with only a very slight hint of wear. This exceptional is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard boasts original finish and has only minimal age, perfectly matching the grip. We are pleased to be able to offer this choice dagger for sale. The condition rates as excellent plus.
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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