Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with Portepee - Excellent Condition

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition German Army Officer's Dagger, produced by the legendary Solingen-based firm Carl Eickhorn, complete with its original portepee sword knot. The pommel of this dagger is in very good condition, showing a little wear and a bit of scratching throughout the bottom, but nothing bad. The silvering has a nice aged patina throughout, and the standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good 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 swas. It really just looks great, with the perfect patina. The grip ferrule is also silver-plated, and is in very nice condition, having been protected by the portepee.

The grip is has faded to a nice pumpkin orange, typical of celluloid grips from this period. This grip is in almost perfect condition throughout, with just a bit of staining and wear. It is still tight and doesn't wobble at all. Wrapped around the grip and cross guard is an original aluminum bullion thread portepee (sword knot), tied in the Heer fashion. It is in good condition as shown, with fraying in the contact point areas, as shown.

The scabbard is a fine Carl Eickhorn example, and is plated steel. 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, and has a single securing screw on the scabbard's reverse. The finish looks to be silver or nickel, and has a great slightly oxidized patina.

The excellent 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 overall finish is great, with only a few tiny scuffs are specks of oxidation. The edge has not been sharpened, and the only wear is from the runners. 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, Eickhorn / SOLINGEN below. The original leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.

A really top tier example of this model of dagger, from a very desirable maker. Ready to display!

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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