Interesting example! One short lived experiment was to switch from trylon to wood based grips. This was short lived and eventually manufacturers settled on celluloid over plaster. This is one of the few wood grip army daggers you will ever see. The blade on this one looks fine. It has a nice looking maker mark. The fit is perfect and the tip comes to a sharp point. The blade rates Exc+/Exc++ with awesome crossgrain but some spotting. The brown leather buffer pad remains intact. The steel based and nickel-silver plated dent-free scabbard is in excellent condition. It provides wonderful detail with the pebbling and oak leaves and acorn bands.Both throat retaining screws remain intact. The alloy based and nickel-silver plated Type A generic crossguard also provides crisp details throughout the wings, wreath and chest! The pommel and ferrule are also beautifully detailed with proud oak leaves and acorns! The wood based, white enamel painted grip is a cool one that’s for sure! It retains 95% paint coverage and shows crazing hairlines and minor chips throughout. All of the patina matches throughout. Finally nicely finishing this one is a restored portepee. the ball is original but I had a restorer add a replacement cord. Looks great and I toss it in at NC.
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