These Army Officer’s Daggers when found in outstanding condition reflect the fine craftsmanship that we normally associate with the Eickhorn firm.
It comes as little surprise that they are highly regarded by collectors.
The pommels are attractively crafted with frosted silver finish having twelve standing oak leaves .
Crossguards are extremely crisp . Eagle have outstanding detail to the heads and beaks, as well as the breast and wing feathering. Eagles clutch vaulted, mobile swastikas on toned black backgrounds.
The grips are a beautiful shade of orange.
The matching 2nd Style scabbard is also very nice, perfectly straight and with very crisp pebbled panels. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns and the thick throat is retained by a single flat screw in the reverse center.
The mint blade could not be any better; it is mirror bright and retains a needle-like tip. The reverse is deeply etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original leather blade buffer is in place.
A very fine Eickhorn example here that is priced to sell.
Very fine Eickhorn Army Daggers is of initial production have two side screws in the scabbard, a design trait that existed only for a very short time. As we know Eickhorn used one screw set into the reverse centre shortly after going into the Army Dagger business.
The mounts are fantastic in that they all have much of the original frosting still on them. The pommel is a brass-based 1st Style. It has remarkable standing oak leaves and acorns running around the circumference. Each and every leaf has a hand-applied vein in the center.
The upper pommel is nearly 100% frosted and has no hits to the rim. The ferrule is an outstanding 1st Style. The upper arms of the crossguard as well as the turned quillon ends retain much of the original frosting.
It is very rare to see an initial production dagger remaining in this kind of condition. Needless to say the guard eagle is totally crisp throughout.
The grip of this dagger is a very attractive light shade of orange, perfectly uniform in tone and in perfect condition.
The early scabbard is not the brass type. It does, as mentioned above, have two screws retaining the throat, a feature only seen on very early Eickhorn scabbards. The bands are the convex type, decorated with outstanding hand-enhanced oak leaves.
The blade of this dagger is a stone mint, perfect example with full grain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the famous 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small brown leather blade washer is in place.
A real beauty here, of earliest vintage. The original owner either took extremely good care of it or never wore it at all.
This remarkably well preserved Army example retains frosting on all of the mounts. It is an interesting dagger in that the parts are all the 2nd Style Eickhorn, with the sole exception of the generic “A” pattern crossguard. I have seen several Eickhorn daggers with this same anomaly. It simply means Eickhorn ran short of guards at one point and was forced to order some generic guards which they finished themselves.
The guard has frosting on the upper area, throughout the quillons and also in the recesses of the eagle. This frosting matches that seen on the top as well as on the protected areas of the scabbard, so there is no question the dagger was built this way. . This guard is a generic “A” type and is in perfect, pristine condition, with full detailing through the eagle.
The pommel is in perfect condition, showing no wear to the top and with no hits to the rim. The standing oak leaves and acorns are in fine condition. The ferrule is the 2nd Style, and also has frosting remaining on it.
The grip of this dagger is a very pretty lemon color, which is unusual to see as this shade usual turns orange when exposed to sunlight over a period of years. This dagger must have been extremely well cared for!
The 2nd Style scabbard is a beauty, being 100% mint and with frosting clinging to the edges, bands, and throat. The bands have excellent overlapping oak leaves. The thick throat is retained by a flat screw in the center reverse.
The blade is pristine, with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the iconic 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small brown leather blade washer is in place.
A very fine Eickhorn Army Dagger here; this is an excellent example for the “type” collector.
AOD #37954C Army Officer’s Dagger with Double Etched Blade
A double etched Army Dagger
The hilt mounts are the generic “A” type. The pommel is in excellent condition, with choice silvering and a smooth top. The rim has a couple of minor signs of wear but they are negligible. The standing oak leaves are in fine condition with hand engraved veins. The ferrule is the proper example for the generic mounts.
The “A” pattern crossguard is a beauty, with perfect silvering throughout. The eagle has full detail throughout the head, eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The grip is a most pleasing deep orange and is in perfect condition throughout.
The scabbard is pristine, with full silvering and totally free of dents. The panels are choice and crisp, and the oak leaf bands are perfect down to the hand engraved accents. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.
The blade is in choice, full mint condition. 100% of the original nickel plating is intact from the ricasso to the needle-like tip. This blade has frosted backgrounds on both sides, with a beautiful floral panel with an open center. There is an open-winged eagle and swastika with oak leaf sprigs beneath each wing. The reverse has a full floral treatment. The original small brown leather blade washer is intact and in place.
These unmarked etched blades often have thicker threads than we see on a typical Voos blade, and that is the case here. This example has the same thread pattern as the piece shown on page 134, with the tang having a pointed tip. If you are looking for an unmarked double etched blade, this dagger is just about the best you could find. It is in fantastic condition and deserves a place of honor in your collection.
This Army Dagger is in very choice condition throughout; it is uncleaned and has and outstanding, even patination across the surfaces.
The pommel is the 2nd Style, with much of the original frosting around the rim of the upper edge. The rim is in fine condition, with no signs of any hits. The standing oak leaves are nicely done, each having fine hand-enhanced details.
The ferrule and the crossguard are the 1st Style. The guard is outstanding, with full detailing crisp throughout the bird. Like the pommel the crossguard has remnants of frosting clinging to the upper surfaces are well as on the turned quillon ends.
The grip is an extremely dark shade of orange and very pleasing to the eye. This grip is in perfect condition, and the rich orange color is beautifully complemented by the dark patina seen on the mounts.
The scabbard is the 1st Style, completely dent free and with the early, closely pebbled panels. The bands are the convex type, with very fine, hand-enhanced oak leaves. The throat on this earlier is not the later, fatter type, and is held in place by a single flat head screw in the reverse center.
The highest quality blade is in stone mint condition. This blade has a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original small leather blade buffer is in place.
A very desirable early Eickhorn Army Dagger here.
This Höller Army Dagger is a classic example, retaining much of the original frosting spread throughout all of the mounts.
The pommel is in excellent condition, with nearly 100% frosting across the upper areas. The standing oak leaves and acorns are also in excellent, crisp condition.
I personally like the Höller crossguard better than any other manufacturer; I believe the Höller eagle was the very best design made and is very pleasing to the eye. Like the pommel this eagle retains much of the original frosting.
The glass grip of this dagger is also a beauty, being a deep amber. It is almost completely perfect but for a minuscule crack at the lower right segment and an extremely small chip between the segments halfway up the grip. I cannot overempasize how minute these flaws are, and the grip is otherwise perfect.
There is a fine original 42cm aluminum portepee attached to this dagger, showing some age but with no fraying.
The scabbard is the generic style frequently see with Höller daggers. This scabbard also retains most of the original frosting on its surfaces. It is perfectly straight with crisp panels and excellent oak leaves on the bands. The throat is retained by a single headless screw set in the reverse center.
The blade of this dagger is in pristine mint condition throughout, with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgraining. The reverse is darkly etched with the famous Höller Thermometer logo, with 17 tiny hash marks on either side of the main scale. The original small, brown pebbled leather blade washer is in place. The original small brown leather blade washer is in place.
If you do not have a glass gripped Army Dagger in you collection, this piece represents an excellent opportunity to correct this shortcoming. A very exciting Army piece in nearly top condition here.
This wartime production Army Officer’s Dagger remains in nice condition. The hilt has the later style fittings, with nickel-plated surfaces instead of the silver type. The mounts are the generic “A” style. The pommel has not hits to the rim and all of the nickel plating is intact throughout the upper surface. The oak leaves around the circumference are nicely placed, and the pommel eagle is finely detailed throughout. The ferrule exactly matches the pommel and guards.
The grip is a light orange, fading slightly to an almost egg-yolk yellow on the reverse. This grip remains in perfect condition.
The scabbard is also a generic type, but this one has a good silver-plated surface. The silvering is 100% intact, and has toned quite darkly. The scabbard has good pebbled panels and the oak leaf bands remains quite crisp. The throat is the thinner type, retained by a single headless crew in the reverse center.
The blade of this example is in very choice condition, bright throughout and retaining a needle-like tip. It also has an appealing wider segment to the geometry of the blade. The original large leather washer is in place within the crossguard.
A good, late production Army example here.
This Carl Eickhorn Army Dagger is in mint condition. It sports the 2nd Style fittings, being completely textbook.
The 2nd Style pommel is a beauty, with a completely clean upper pommel and some frosting clinging to the recessed areas. The twelve standing oak leaves are shot through with acorns, and all are in great condition. The base area of the pommel retains the original frosting. The ferrule and crossguard are both the 2nd Style. The eagle is in remarkably preserved condition, with frosting that covers almost the entire design. It could just not be any better, with striking deatil throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The 2nd Style scabbard is also in the same fine condition. It is straight throughout and has frosting evident around the bands, throat and upper surfaces. The panels are as crisp as the day they were made, and the carrying bands have a wonderful pattern of overlapping oak leaves. The thick throat is retained by a flat screw in the center reverse.
As we would hope the blade is also in the same superior condition; it is in a fully mint state with a bright mirror finish. All of the original crossgrain is intact and the tip is needle-like. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original brown blade washer is in place within the guard.
A beautiful, mint condition Army Dagger here.
This early Army Officer’s Dagger is quite beautiful, having never been cleaned and with a fine, dark, evenly patinated surface throughout.
The pommel is in choice, perfect condition, with no wear to the top area. The crossguard of this piece could not be better; all of the detail to the bird’s head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika is present and crisp.
The grip is a very pleasing light orange color and it remains in perfect condition.
The scabbard is also in totally perfect condition, with 100% of the original silvering. The panels are crisply pebbled and the carrying bands are decorated with very fine overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The thick throat is retained by a flat head screw placed in the reverse center.