Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with Rare Glass Grip
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Army Officer's Dagger, with a rare orange glass grip, produced by the legendary Solingen-based firm Carl Eickhorn. The pommel of this dagger is in very good condition, showing a little wear and 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 swastika. The grip ferrule is plated brass, and is in very nice condition.
The glass grip itself is a very nice translucent orange color, and is in very good condition. There is some chipping around the ferrule, but only a small amount, and the grip fits the pommel and ferrule well. The crossguard is however a bit loose, possibly due to the same incident that chipped the grip.
The scabbard is a fine Carl Eickhorn example. 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 thinner style and is held in place by a single screw on the side, though that screw is missing on this example. The finish looks to have been zinc or nickel, but it has faded mostly to a dull gray patina.
The very nice blade is partly bright throughout, showing a good amount of the original cross grain in the light. The needle-like tip is still intact, but is bent a tiny bit. Overall finish does show some light staining throughout, though the edge is still nice, with no chips or sharpening. 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.
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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