Original WWII Chinese National Revolutionary Army Officer Dagger - Kuomintang

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a rare example of the type of dress dagger that was approved for wear by officers of the Chinese National Revolutionary Army (國民革命軍) at the time of the Sino-Japanese war of 1937-1945. Often abbreviated as the NRA, the group was the military arm of the Kuomintang (KMT, or the Chinese Nationalist Party) from 1925 until 1947.

These officer's daggers were both finely and crudely made, with a great deal of variation apparent among surviving examples. This example is one of the finer variety, and measures approximately 16" with the scabbard on. Unsheathed, it is 15 1/4" long with a 9 3/8" nickel-plated steel blade, magnetic, with dull edges. The plating is retained very well, with only a bit missing near the cross guard, and a few spots of oxidation. Overall it is very good and shiny, with just a tiny bit of tip damage.

Gilt brass crossguard that sits tight against the adjoining ferrule, which is held in place with a single brass screw. The handle is fabricated from age-toned multicolored celluloid, with eight rows of wire wrap, with decorative brass panels on each side, which come together at the pommel. These show some Chinese plum blossoms underneath two rice plants, which are under the Kuomintang sun emblem. At the pommel there are two crossed flags: the Republic of China flag and the KMT flag.

The dagger comes with its nickel-plated steel scabbard, which has gilt brass fittings for the throat and drag, each held firmly in place by a single brass screw. Both fittings have several Chinese "Sun" emblems, as well as crescent moons.

Overall a nice condition rare WWII Chinese Army Officer Dagger!

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