Yugoslavian WWII Pilot's Dagger
Measuring 400 mm, with the scabbard, this fine dagger features a 235 mm chrome-plated steel blade, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright, clean, and crisp, having a very sharp tip. The blade's ricasso is maker marked in Cyrillic script on one side and marked with the Yugoslavian coat-or-arms on the other. It retains a very bright reflective quality, with only light wear and faint scratches common to extraction and return to the scabbard, natural shine, in near extremely fine condition. The blue leather washer at the crossguard junction continues to remain supple and is intact. The silvered bronze crossguard is unique, in that it comes in the shape of a two-bladed propeller, exhibiting crisp detail and high relief, complemented by the rotor assemble at the junction of the blades on both sides. The adjacent navy blue synthetic grip has ten rows of rings for a firm grip when held. The pommel is in the design of an ornate Yugoslav crown, with only light contact marks visible. The accompaning scabbard appears without dents in the chrome-plated metal fittings, wrapped in a thin dark blue leather, with a ball finial on the chape, the Royal Yugoslav Air Force insignia on the locket, complemented by two dagger hanger rings. There are still traces of red paint remaining in the Air Force insignia. Although there are various small areas of contact on the crossguard, in addition to wear to the leather on the scabbard indicative to use, this remains a fine example of this type of dagger, overall, in very fine condition.