A Royal Yugoslav Government and Police Officials Dagger c. 1940
A Royal Yugoslav Government and Police Officials Dagger c. 1940 - The dagger measures 412 mm, with the scabbard on, featuring a 263 mm nickel-plated steel blade, magnetic, remaining bright and crisp, with dull edges and having a semi-sharp tip. It exhibits faint scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, rating better than very fine. The obverse of the blade is engraved with an ornate leafed floral design, while the reverse is engraved with a similar design flanking the cypher of Peter II (1934-1945) in the centre. The washer is silvered brass, along with the crossguard, with a push release for the scabbard in the centre of the crossguard on the obverse. Pumpkin-coloured celluloid grip features a series of four parallel ridges, fed with two rows of intertwined aluminum wire. The silvered brass pommel is designed with a multi-cord wrap look and has experienced contact marks on its neck and surface wear on its end. The grip is free of chipping, the dagger measuring 408 mm in length overall. The silvered brass scabbard is bedecked with ornate designs on the chape, on the bands and the immediate areas flanking the bands. There is a brass Yugoslav coat-of-arms, the version of which was used between 1918 and 1941, affixed to the obverse of the scabbard between the bands, engraved with a shield on the underside of the arms and the Royal crown above on the body of the scabbard. It comes with a stub-nosed finial, dual screws holding the throat in place, with contact marks evident throughout, measuring 295 mm in length. Very fine.