Original Item: Only One Available. This early war Army Officer's Dagger is equipped with fine silvered fittings which do not look to have been cleaned in many years. They have a fine black patina. The crossguard highly detailed. This guard shows some almost no wear to and the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika are in excellent crisp shape. The matching pommel has sharp oak leaves which run throughout the edges and the pommel shows almost no wear.
The grip is a very appealing deep tangerine color orange having some graining in the surfaces giving it a really nice look. This grip is in perfect condition. The scabbard of this example is nice and straight and has matching patination. The panels have good pebbling and the bands are in excellent condition showing overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The screws have dome heads. This scabbard probably was made by Pack as we know that Puma did not really make anything. It is also interesting to note that there is a silhouette of the wreath on the lighter part of the scabbard patination.
The blade of this example is outstanding. It is completely mirror bright and has most of its crossgraining with a needle tip. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small Puma cat head. This trademark does not have the diamond around it. Beneath the cat is the firm’s name and location, “Puma Solingen”. The original new-like large leather blade buffer is in place. The tang on this piece and it is the early tapered tang style which goes with the early trademark.
Attached to the two carrying rings is a deluxe set of hanging straps. These brocade straps feature textured aluminum in good condition, sowing some age. The reverse of the straps has the high pile dark green velvet that shows little wear. The hardware includes the oak leaf decorated box clip at the top. The oval buckles and slides feature over oak leaves and they have most of the original silvering intact. The “push-up” style deluxe snaps also have most of their silvering, and are decorated with oak leaf sprigs on the obverse. A very fine set of straps here.
Puma Heer daggers are hard to find so this one is an excellent find collectors. We acquired this dagger from the family of a veteran.
The German Army (Heer) first carried a dagger beginning in 1935. The weapon was worn in lieu of occasions not demanding the wearing of a more formal sword. The dagger design was quite attractive featuring silvered heavy fittings with white or colored grip. The crossguard depicted a Wehrmacht open-winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika.
The pommel depicted oak leafing around the outer circumference. The scabbard had panels of pebble designs. Later produced examples were plated with nickel, and late war-made pieces were unplated, finished in a gray color metal. These daggers are often encountered with an aluminum portepee.