Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by C. Gustav Spitzer
Original Item: Only One Available. This rare C. Gustav Spitzer Army Officer's Dagger is fantastic. Purchased directly from a veteran's family this is the real deal of an extremely hard to find maker for Army daggers. The pommel of this dagger is in excellent condition with excellent leaf work especially by the casting lines. The silvering is completely intact throughout this pommel. The standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good smooth backgrounds.
The crossguard retains full silvering and has a fine patination. The details throughout the characteristic C. Gustav Spitzer eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swas. The grip is a very clean ivory color. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.
The hilt is decorated with the original-to-the-piece portepee in very good condition.
The scabbard is a nice example, with much of the silvering and some of the frosting along the edges. This straight scabbard has very crisp, finely grained panels that show some wear. The carrying bands have an excellent pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns, with hand enhancing evident on each of the leaves. The throat is the thinner style and is held in place by a two dome head screws.
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 which is stamped DRGM. 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, as well as being DRGM marked on the reverse of each. A very fine set of straps here.
The blade is still bright, having most of the crossgrain in the surfaces and needle-like tip. There are some minor age spots which could possibly come out with a little work as they do not look deep. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar trademark with the firm's name and location in capital letters, C. Gustav Spitzer Solingen. Inside is a well defined prancing lion who holds his left front paw high in the air, with a wagging tail and a flickering tongue. A great trademark here! The original brown leather washer is in place.
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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