Product Description: This Heer Dagger by Höller is an all-original, late war piece. The blade is really nice, in excellentt condition, with a perfect tip, original crossgraining, and just a few tiny gray spots. The handle fittings, including the grip, are all typical late war production. The crossguard and pommel retain great detail, and have an attractive, dark age patina, with scattered freckling. The white grip shows some traces of age and wear, with light patina. This Heer Dagger by Höller is complete with its original, zinc based scabbard. The scabbard has an old, even, dark age patina. There is a small dent on the scabbard, that does not affect the function. The ornamentation on the scabbard is crisply detailed, and both of the scabbard bands and suspension rings that would allow this to be fastened to a uniform, are intact. Overall, this desirable, maker marked Army dagger is in excellent plus condition.
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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