Product Description: This FW Höller Heer Dagger is a pristine piece, in outstanding, near mint condition. The blade is near mint, with excellent crossgraining. The tip is perfect, and the full original luster is present. On the reverse of the blade, the ricasso is neatly etched with the commercial style “thermometer” maker mark of the firm of F. W. Höller. Höller was a quality manufacturer, who used only the finest materials and fittings, and that shows clearly with this piece. The handle of this dagger is gorgeous, with a beautiful orange Trylon Grip that is free of any damage. The top quality metal handle fittings indicate this piece is of earlier manufacture (Höller was making these as early as 1935). The crossguard, ferrule and pommel have clean, crisp surfaces, with attractive age toning. The scabbard of this FW Höller Heer Dagger is also nearly perfect, with only extremely light, even age, and no damage or issues. This dagger would be difficult to upgrade.
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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