Red Cross Leader Dagger

Condition: Excellent



Product Description: This Red Cross Leader Dagger is a stunning piece that you do not come across that offered. Also called a 1938 Deutschen Rotes Kreuz (DRK) Führer Dolch. The bright blade has most of the crossgrain. It’s nearly perfect except for a couple of scattered stains. It retains a nice and tight fit and the tip comes to a perfect point. The blade rates excellent plus. The original brown leather buffer pad remains intact. The steel based, nickel-silver plated scabbard has some stain and oxidation. It remains dent-free and retains 95%+ of its plating.  Both throat retaining screws remain intact and look to have not been turned. The zinc based, nickel-silver plated crossguard is in decent condition with the medallion displaying fine vaulting to the swastika on the bird’s chest and the cross in its talons. There is some plating loss, surface cracks and crazing. The pommel screw cap has not been turned but the pommel itself is heavily oxidized and has some surface plating loss, surface cracks and crazing.. The orange trylon grip is undamaged but does have some hairline cracks on the front and the back of the grip.  This Red Cross Leader Dagger is in excellent condition.



Historical Description: The German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK) was given organizational status by the Nazi Party in 1938. As with all official organizations, it fell under the auspices of the NSDAP, and had uniforms and regalia for formal and ceremonial wear. The first formal uniforms for the DRK were introduced in 1935, and in 1938, new formal edged weapons were introduced, including the Red Cross Leaders Dagger, which was intended for wear by officials with the rank of Wachtführer (an NCO in charge of a guard) and above. The Geneva Convention stipulated that medical personnel could not be armed, so the Leaders Dagger was not intended to be functional, but rather purely ceremonial. Production of these Red Cross leaders daggers ceased in 1940, and the short production run, coupled with the relatively small size of the organization, resulted in relatively few of these daggers being produced. As a result, they are rare today, and very sought after by collectors.


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