Item:
ONSV23FMF77

Original German WWII Miniature Salesman's Sample Army Heer Officer Dagger by Ed. Wüsthof with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a "Miniature" 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger, which have been observed from several different makers. This example is marked on the blade by maker Ed. Wüsthof, Dreizackwerk (Trident Works) of Solingen. Often referred to as "salesman samples", there is definitely debate over the purpose of these miniature daggers, which are quite useful as letter openers as well. They are constructed much as the full size daggers, with all parts scaled down accordingly. We assume they may have been distributed to potential customers as a form of "advertisement" for the firm.

The celluloid grip of this miniature dagger has faded to a lovely "pumpkin" orange color, as often seen. Originally an "ivory" color, light and UV rays cause the material to turn orange over time. It has the same spiral texture as seen on the full size examples. There is no cracking or other major damage seen, an the hilt is still tight on the blade. The hilt mounts look to zinc alloy, which were possibly plated at one point, but now show a dull zinc patina. The crossguard has the standard "Spread Wing" Heer Eagle over a wreathed mobile swas (hook cross), with the bird looking to the left, with the rear side smooth. Both ends of the crossguard terminate in scroll finials. The pommel fitting is still attached to the tang tightly, and shows the iconic "oak leaf and acorns" motif going around the entire circumference.

The blade is in very good condition, still retaining over 90% of the original nickel plating, with some wear through due to runner wear on the blade flats. The rear of the blade is marked with the "Trident in a Circle" trademark used by Ed. Wüsthof, Dreizackwerk (Trident Works), located in Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. During the WWII Period they manufactured many HJ Knives, both with their trademark and later with the RZM code M7/19. The firm was founded in 1814 by Johan Wilhelm Wüsthof, and recently celebrated its 200th anniversary. It is one of the premier mid-sized cutlery companies in Germany today. For more information please see GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS by J. Anthony Carter.

The scabbard for this miniature dagger looks to be a single piece of cast alloy, then plated. It replicates the look of the full size scabbard, but is made from only one piece. It does have a throat runner, and will only fit on the dagger in the correct orientation. There are holes for hanger rings, with two small brass rings installed

A very interesting miniature Army Heer Officer dagger by a well-known maker, complete with scabbard. Ready to add to your collection!

Specifications:
Blade Length: 5"
Overall length: 7 1/2”
Crossguard: 1 3/8”
Scabbard Length: 5 3/8"

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 swas.

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.

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