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Really an interesting dagger for the advanced collector. Now before I tell you why, just for fun, take a second and look at the dagger and see if you can figure out what's different about this one, before I tell you..... I like to buy these Höller Navy daggers they are unique and once you know them you can pick 'em out in a second. Blade is plated example with a sailing ship etch that is the only one used by Holler. The blade is real nice, it's properly maker marked on the reverse with the double oval Höller trademark thermometer. The buffer is intact. It rates NM, the only think holding it back a bit is that it’s been cleaned at some point lightning the etch slightly. Fittings are nicely detailed brass with excellent detail. The fittings have nice finish. Button functions quite fine. The hammered scabbard is dent-free and look at all the gilt remaining!!! You just never see this anymore. The scabbard throat is secured with a two screws. Grip is a crack-chip-free orange trylon example. The correct springy brass wire is nice and tight. Finally, did you find the unique feature of this piece? Look at the grip... The grip wire and profile runs opposite to every other Navy you will ever find. It runs down and to the right where every other one runs up and to the right!! Interesting and quite fine. Tom shows one in his textbook. They are a rare and desirable variant. Why the unique grip? Who knows, but my guess is a early factory error quickly fixed.
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