Product Description: This Heer Officer Dagger is a rare and desirable aluminum version. It’s very nice overall. The blade is bright, with minimal marks and nice cross graining, and no nicks or other damage. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the commercial style emblem of Puma, a desirable maker. The handle on this piece is beautiful. The aluminum crossguard and pommel show nice detail and are very clean. The grip presents attractive mellow yellow tones, and has only one small chip on the bottom. The ferrule shows uncleaned old patina to the silvering. This Heer Officer Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard shows nice original finish, and is straight, with no dents. This dagger has great eye appeal. The overall condition is excellent.
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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