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Luftwaffe 1st Model Officer Dagger by Carl Eickhorn
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A very fine example of an early first model chained Luftwaffe officer's dagger by Carl Eickhorn. The dagger is in an uncleaned state. The pommel and guard, as well as the scabbard fittings, are of the nickel, rather than aluminum, style. The components all have uncleaned patina and it appears that the gilt finish on the pommel and guard swastikas is completely intact beneath the patina. The grip is covered in blue leather that is triple wrapped with wire. There is some green verdigris within the recesses of the wire, and the leather of the grip shows some signs of typical carrying wear, but it is complete and without cuts or serious abrasions. The blade is quite bright overall, with just a few relatively minor spots and scratches. The blade bears the trademark of the Carl Eickhorn firm that was used in the 1933 to 1935 time period. There is a waffenamt mark stamped below the Eickhorn trademark. The scabbard is blue leather over steel. There are some minor scuffs to the scabbard leather, and it appears to have shrunk just a tiny bit where it meets the lowest fitting. The chain is the aluminum style, with a suspension clip that shows pitting from use. Overall a very fine early Luftwaffe officer's dagger in a largely uncleaned and untouched condition.