Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Dagger Simulated Ivory Grip by F.W. Höller
Original Item: Only One Available. This Army Officer's Dagger is in very nice condition throughout, with each hilt part, as well as the scabbard, having much of the original frosting still intact in the surfaces. The dagger is a textbook high quality Höller piece.
The pommel is in totally perfect condition, having a nice black patination with frosting signs evident around the upper area. The pommel features twelve raised oak leaves separated by acorns. The detail is excellent throughout.
The crossguard eagle is one of the best types produced during the period. The head has an outstanding hooked beak, with a hand-enhanced eye and closely checkered breast feathering. Even the talons are extremely well rendered. The open wings are in excellent, crisp condition throughout, as is the detailed wreath with its raised-out mobile swastika. This guard still has maybe 80% of the original frosting still on the surfaces.
This dagger is equipped with one of the rarely seen simulated ivory grips which were introduced by Höller. This grip has a beautiful ivory tone throughout, and if you look closely at the ribs you will see a simulated grain running through them, more prominent on the reverse than it is on the obverse. We don't see this much, but it is a most attractive and desirable variation. These grips were still the late plaster filled type, but that is the way things were done after the war started.
The scabbard is also a beauty, exactly matching the patination and frosted finish traces of the hilt mounts. Höller frequently used the generic scabbard with their product. This scabbard is wonderful, with finely pebbled panels. The carrying bands feature a decoration of raised oak leaves separated by parallel acorns. The throat is a thinner type, retained by a single headless screw in the reverse center. A choice scabbard here!
The blade of this dagger is in very nice condition. This blade is mirror-bright, having 80% grain and a needle-like tip with a few pathces of minor surface rust. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar double ovals of the Höller firm, as well as the thermometer logo, having too many digits to ever count. The small style leather blade buffer is in place.
This is an extremely nice and hard to find simulated ivory grip example!
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