Original German WWII DRK Red Cross Officer's Dagger with Scabbard - Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good example of a very rare German Red Cross (DRK) Officer's Dagger, complete with its nickel plated scabbard. Unlike the more commonly found EM/NCO Hewer, these daggers have a double edged spear point blade, which is actually fairly sharp near the tip. These were worn by officer's, and not intended for the utility use of the hewer, so they utilize more standard German WWII Dagger construction, with a tang fully enclosed in the grip.

The hilt mounts have over 90% of the original nickel-plating still intact, with some overall speckling and the usual wear points, but very little of the base metal alloy visible. This example looks to have seen only light use, and the wear is mostly on the contact points on the outer side.

The crossguard features an oval boss on each side, with the obverse featuring an eagle with half-opened wings and a raised out mobile swas (hook cross) on his breast. The bird clutches a Geneva cross in his talons, the emblem of the DRK. The celluloid grip of this example has faded to a very nice amber color. The end nut does show some wear, probably from tightening. As it is, the grip and crossguard are slightly loose on the tang, due to shrinking from age.

The blade of this dagger is in excellent near mint condition! It has just shy of full factory final grind crossgrain, with just the tiniest specks of oxidation in a few areas. This texture is iconic, and is the definitive identifying characteristic for a real WWII German Blade. There is some runner wear on the blade center ridge, to be expected. There is no evidence of post factory sharpening, and the original tip is intact and unbent. The blade is unmarked, as almost all DRK Officer Daggers will be. These were contract purchased and awarded directly by the DRK, so maker makers were not used. The original blade buffer is present, and looks to possibly be bakelite, or just very stiff leather.

The scabbard is in very good condition, with almost fully intact nickel plating, and minimal oxidation and wear. It features very nice pebble-grained panels, and a throat retained at both sides by small dome headed screws. They show no evidence of ever having been removed. There is just a bit of light oxidation where the plating has worn down over the years.

If you have been looking for a great condition Red Cross Officer's Dagger, you just found it!

Blade Length: 9 1/2"
Overall length: 14 1/8”
Crossguard: 2 1/4”
Scabbard Length: 10 1/4”

History of the German Red Cross (DRK)

The DRK, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross), a voluntary civil assistance organization originally instituted in 1864, was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. In December 1937 it gained status

as a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany, it came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior's Social Welfare Organization.
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