MWM Waffen Heer Dagger

Condition: Excellent

Maker: MWM Waffen

Pattern: Standard

Base Material: White Metal

SKU: JW3182 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This MWM Waffen Heer Dagger is a less commonly seen maker. It features a gorgeous blade, with excellent crossgraining. The reverse of the blade has the scarce “MWM Waffen” manufacturer stamp used by the firm of Max Weyersberg in Solingen. The handle on this dagger is as nice as they come. The orange Trylon grip is beautiful. The pommel, ferrule and crossguard all show crisp detail, with smooth, clean surfaces, showing only extremely light, even age toning, and retaining much of the original luster. The high-quality fittings on this piece indicate it is an earlier production example. The scabbard for this dagger is also near mint, with virtually all of the original finish. The scabbard shows only extremely light age and handling wear, with a couple of small hits to the ring side edge. The scabbard bands and suspension rings are intact, with no issues. This is an outstanding example of the MWM Waffen Heer dagger, that would be extremely difficult to ever 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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