Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with 1933 Small Logo
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Army Officer's Dagger, produced by the legendary Solingen-based firm Carl Eickhorn. The pommel of this dagger is in excellent condition showing a little wear but nothing bad. The silvering has a nice aged patina throughout, and the standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have wonderful backgrounds.
The silver plated crossguard is in similar condition, with a nice clean finish, with oxidized accents. The details throughout the characteristic Carl Eickhorn eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip ferrule is also silver-plated, and is in very nice condition.
The grip wonderful deep orange tone, typical of celluloid grips from this period. This grip is in almost perfect condition throughout, with just a bit of staining and wear.
The scabbard is a fine Carl Eickhorn example, and is plated zinc alloy. This straight scabbard has very crisp, finely grained panels. The carrying bands have an excellent pattern of overlapping oak leaves and acorns, which are nicely enhanced, but also show some wear. The throat is the thinner style with one securing screw. The finish is silver with a lovely patina.
The very nice blade is bright throughout, showing almost all of the original cross grain in the light. The needle-like tip is still intact, with no bending. The edge is still nice, with no chips or sharpening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the early pre-war 1933 small Eickhorn trademark: a seated squirrel holding a sword, with the word ORIGINAL above and the firm's name and location, Eickhorn / SOLINGEN below. The original 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 swastika.
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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