Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger by WKC
Original Item: Only One Available. This WKC Army Officer's Dagger is lovely. The pommel of this dagger is in excellent condition, showing a little wear around the rim but nothing bad. The silvering is completely intact throughout this pommel. The standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good black backgrounds.
The crossguard retains full silvering and has a fine patination. The details throughout the characteristic WKC eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. 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.
The hilt is decorated with the original-to-the-piece portepee in excellent condition. The scabbard is a fine WKC 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 on the upper right edge.
The near mint blade is nice and bright throughout, having all of the original crossgrain. The needle-like tip is still intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and a large size leather blade washer is in place. The logo reads
WKC stands for the firm Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co and has been manufacturing military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany- a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. The traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company WKC was formed as it exists today.
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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