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WW2 German Luftwaffe 2nd Pattern Dress Dagger & Scabbard F W Holler - $1,075 (Richmond)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: F. W. Holler

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This WW2 German Luftwaffe 2nd Pattern Dress Dagger & Scabbard is in good condition overall but shows signs of age, damage from handling and storage.

The blade ricasso has a detailed etched makers mark depicting F. W. Holler's "Thermometer" hallmark, denoting production by the firm in Solingen, Germany. The blade is clean and un-sharpened, only mild evidence of age and light scabbard wear can be noticed. The crossguard Eagle is close in detail to original examples but some details appear a bit "soft." The reverse pebbling looks adequate and the "simplified" Acorn and Oak Leaf motif can be observed on other original Holler examples. The grip and it's braided cord both appear to be original however the grip is broken into several loose pieces underneath the crossguard cap, most likely a result of over-tightening. The pieces are secure as they are and have been left exactly as they were found. The pommel cap also has "soft" details but is close in appearance to other genuine Holler daggers. The portepee shows wear from age and handling, it is similar in appearance to images found of original examples. The scabbard is not for correct for a 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger however it appears to be period construction. The scabbard closely resemble that of a Government Official Dagger, the throat screw placement pointing towards production by Carl Eickhorn. Government Official Daggers are highly sought-after blades from the era and seldomly come up for sale making this pairing quite curious. As these daggers were commercially sold private-purchase pieces, substitutions in parts became more common during the Late War period. It is also known that US GIs captured and occupied Solingen, and it's many factories, in 1945 and brought home many "souvenirs" from their visit. The mismatched scabbard could be indicative of just this type of assembly and procurement. The scabbard appears to be made from a weak alloy, possibly Tombak, the finial end is noticeably deteriorating. The hanger bands are not securely fastened and can shift position if forced. The hanger rings are cleanly soldered together. The throat screw is easily removed and it's placement appears to be correct for Eickhorn made pieces. No stamps or markings can be found on the body or throat. The dagger is securely retained in the scabbard and all components appear to function as you would expect.

Some of the parts on this dagger appear to possibly be period replacements while others show "soft" details, these could be indicators that this is a "Parts Dagger." Please examine the photographs carefully for the best description of contents and condition. $1075 OBO

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