Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by Carl Eickhorn
Original Item: Only One Available. This Carl Eickhorn Army Officer's Dagger is lovely. The pommel of this dagger is in good condition, showing a little wear around the rim but nothing bad. The silvering is mostly intact throughout this pommel. The standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good black backgrounds.
The crossguard retains silvering and has a fine patination. The details throughout the characteristic Carl Eickhorn eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swas. The grip is a very pretty, deep orange color, with a reverse grip that has toned to an even darker shade. This grip is in perfect condition throughout with the excpetion of a small ship at the top reverse side.
The scabbard is a fine Carl Eickhorn example, with much of the silvering and some of the frosting along the edges. This straight scabbard has very crisp, finely grained panels. 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 thicker style and is held in place by a single flat head screw.
The very nice mint blade is bright throughout, having most of the original crossgrain. The needle-like tip is still intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark; a seated squirrel holding a sword, with the word Original above and the firm's name and location, Carl Eickhorn Solingen below. The original blue pebbled leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.
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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