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This is example is a nice representative example that would be more then appropriate for someone on a budget or for a “starter” collector. The “nickel plating” grades an overall 95% with most of the “wear” confined to the obverse and reverse sides of the scabbard. The pommel is “loose” in addition to showing “wear” to the top and the edge. The “pommel tang-covering nut” is “sunken-mounted” exhibiting “extensive turning signs.” This “loose” condition is found on the vast majority of Social Welfare and Red Cross Officer’s Daggers that are encountered in collections or coming straight out of the woodwork. The grip is a very pretty “yellow-orange squash” color showing a few “faint scratches,” a “faint stress fracture” and “chip” to the upper reverse side. The detail to the “guard eagle” is phenomenal being “crisp” and “well defined.” The “Red Cross eagle, emblazoned with a vaulted swastika on his chest” displays MUCH “highlight wear/age.” In addition, the guard edges also display MUCH “wear/age.” The blade is “semi-bright” with extensive “spotting” to both sides. The blade edges exhibit a few “minor nicks” while the tip has a “hit.” The “crossgraining” is gone to time. The reverse ricasso does not contain any maker’s marks. The blade grades “fair!” The leather washer” is missing. The scabbard shell is “straight” to all sides while the “nickel-plating” grades 90%. The “pebble pattern” is as “crisp” as the day it was made. The “carrying bands” are fit with “round-style eyelets” – the only difference between this dagger and the Red Cross version. The throat is retained by “two domehead side screws” that appear “turned!” NICE representative example! Good+.
- Item #: E-507