Product Description: This is a beautiful example of the extremely rare German Diplomatic Alcoso Dagger. This pattern is not to be confused with the more frequently encountered Government Officials dagger. Although the Government Officials dagger is not a common piece, this Diplomatic Dagger is ten times as rare. This rare dagger is made by Alcoso, the maker that many believe was one out of only two authorized manufacturers of the Diplomatic dagger. This is a textbook piece, bearing all of the expected and characteristics that are found on true original Alcoso Diplomatic daggers. The blade features a nicely etched commercial style Alcoso manufacturer makers marking, which is the correct mark to find on early war era production pieces. The blade does have some age greying and typical runner marks but does sport cross graining throughout the blade. The original leather buffer pad continues to remain intact. The steel based and nickel-silver plated scabbard is in wonderful shape and remaining completely dent-free. The scabbard body depicts beautiful details with randomly pebbled panels and the two oak leaf and acorn bands. The two side throat retaining screws remain intact. The handle fittings show wear on the inside area of the metal grip area. Most of the platting is worn from wear in this area. The grip plates on dagger are the correct artificial mother of pearl celluloid. You can see where the top of the grips have been cut down to fit into the grip fittings. At the top of the pommel, the spanner bolt shows some marks that may indicate it was taken apart. Most likely by a collector ensuring that the internal parts have the same matching numbers. We are pleased to be able to offer this extremely desirable German Diplomatic Alcoso Dagger, which would be extremely challenging to upgrade!
Historical Description: German Diplomatic and Government Officials daggers are among the rarest and most sought-after of all of the production daggers of the Third Reich. These were elegant pieces, made in the highest quality, befitting the high status of the diplomats and officials who carried them. Both the Diplomatic and Government Officials daggers featured silver handle fittings with artificial mother-of-pearl grip plates, and an art-deco style eagle’s head pommel. The Government Officials dagger was produced in greater quantity than the Diplomatic pattern. The easiest way to tell the difference between these two very similar patterns of dagger is the way the eagle head faces on the cross guard. If the eagle faces to the left it is a Government Officials dagger and to the right it is a Diplomatic Officials. Most extant examples are made by Alcoso, who may have been the only authorized maker, though some examples with different maker marks are known. Surviving examples of the Diplomatic and Government Officials Daggers are very desirable among collectors.
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