ITEM: D113- ( Alcoso ) German Army Officers Dagger
Rarity (1-10) -
Early / Mid
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D113 While the
configuration of parts may not be the rarest
on this Type 3 dagger from Alcoso, the
condition and appeal most certainly are.
Virtually mint throughout, the fittings have
a glorious very dark chocolate patina from
top to bottom giving it an almost glass like
appearance on the smooth surfaces. I have
noticed this chocolate toning on many
daggers by ACS and although not totally
unique to just this firm, it does seem to
occur on far more examples and may be due to
a unique process employed by ACS before
applying the silver plate or lacquer to the
fittings. Dating to around 1937 this dagger
has the later shouldered tang to the
flawless Alcoso marked blade, this blade
retains a highly visible cross grain running
down the length of the blade and a fully
burnished large Alcoso and Scales Trademark.
The orange grip, unique to Alcoso due to the
flared upper third, which was required to
marry with the firms typically flared
pommels is excellent, it has a darker tone
to the recesses or grooves and in certain
cases was an intentional effect applied by
the factory. This is such an example and
very pleasing on the eye, especially when
the two tone orange finish is complimented
by the chocolate hues of the hilt fittings.
A 12 leaf pommel unique to ACS, very well
detailed and finished along with a good
example of the ACS 3rd cross guard. The only
very minor flaw worth a mention is that
there is a mark to the left side of the
swastika wreath, not sure if this is surface
contamination or plating loss. The scabbard
is also Alcoso's own, the throat retained by
two large flat headed side screws, again the
patina that has developed on the scabbard
shell is outstanding, glass like to the
sides and rings, with no dents or dings.
Condition wise this dagger fantastic, if you
only ever want to own a single dagger, you
should be looking for one in this kind of
condition. After 80 years, finding examples
as nice as this one, is becoming extremely
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