Product Description: This Heer (Army) Officer Dagger by Carl Eickhorn is a beautiful, high quality example. It is a textbook original in every aspect. The plated blade shows great luster, and only slight age, with typical runner marks and some minor graying. The buffer pad is intact. The reverse of the blade is marked on the ricasso with the maker logo of Eickhorn in Solingen. The handle of this piece has outstanding eye appeal. The beautiful orange grip is free of chips or cracks, and has an eye-catching, glossy look. The crossguard and pommel have nice clean surfaces, with most of the matching original silvering intact. This Heer (Army) Officer Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard has great finish, with nicely defined pebbling. The suspension rings are intact, and the screw on the scabbard does not appear to have ever been turned. This choice dagger displays extremely well. 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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