Original WWII German Army Heer Officer Personalized Dagger by Zeitler-Wien
Original Item: Only One Available. This personalized Dagger by Zeitler-Wien Army Officer's Dagger is lovely. The pommel of this dagger is in excellent condition, showing a almost zero wear. The silvering is completely intact throughout this pommel. The standing oak leaves and acorns are crisply detailed and have good backgrounds.
The crossguard retains full silvering and has a fine patination. The details throughout the characteristic eagle are exceptional throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip is a very pretty, deep orange color. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.
The scabbard is a fine example, with some 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 "Zeitler-Wien" name and a large size leather blade washer is in place.
There is personalized initial engraving reads
This was a specially personalized dagger sold by the firm "Zeitler-Wien" who also did the engraving for the original owner, these are very hard to come by.
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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