An Army (Heer) Dagger by Carl Eickhorn, Solingen
An Army (Heer) Dagger by Carl Eickhorn, Solingen; Dagger measures 395 mm, featuring a 258 mm nickel-plated steel blade, magnetic, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, and having a semi-sharp tip. The blade's ricasso is maker marked Carl Eickhorn, Solingen with the company's later period squirrel insignia. It retains its crossgraining, with faint scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, and a natural shine, rating near extremely fine. The thick black leather washer at the crossguard junction is intact. Crossguard with a finely-detailed Army eagle, a wreathed swastika clenched in its talons, oak leaf design on the ferrule and pommel. Light contact marks, along with wear streaks in the plating on one edge and one bruise of the pommel's end. Pumpkin-coloured celluloid grip features a series of ten parallel ridges, the grip with two minor chips at the halfway mark on the obverse, measuring 377 mm in length. Attached is a large period aluminum wire portapee tied to the handle as found, with slight fraying in the cord in two locations. The scabbard is nicely pebbled, magnetic, the bands exhibiting the traditional oak leaves design, each with rings, dual screws holding the throat in place, two dents visible on the finial, measuring 282 mm in length. Accompanied by dagger hangers with silver bullion uppers and olive green corduroy backers, the clips are unmarked, the hangers exhibiting wear in the bullion, exposing the underlying beige threading. Extremely fine.