Ok, so I love these pieces that come in with "aluminum shadow", meaning evidence the portepee has been in place forever. This is sure evidence this was an officer owned example. The blade on this one looks good. It's been cleaned hard and is a bit shiny but the crisp acid etched "Meine Ehre heist Treue" motto is beautifully executed and wonderfully contrasts the bright blade! It has a perfect tip and traces of crossgrain remain. There is no maker mark and this is exactly how they were issued from the factory. The blade rates an Exc+. The steel based, black anodized scabbard body on this one looks great! The dark and smooth black finishing remains in wonderful condition! Most of the time you see these all nicked up from the chain, but not this one! It shows only minor spotting throughout yet continues to remain completely dent-free! The steel based, nickel-silver plated scabbard fittings look good with normal small bumps from honest wear. They retain 99% plating! The ball has a few small hits but not too bad. You have to hold this upside-down to find it, if you want a better picture just ask me). All six screws remain intact. The chain is the later type I variation that is steel based and nickel silver plated. The chain links show wonderful detail to the skulls and SS runes! It's really something when you can see each individual teeth to the skulls! The correct first upper link is clearly "SS" proof marked. The clip looks great and continues to work well. If you look in the hole you can see some letters from the "DRGM" stamp, not neccessary but always nice to see. The scabbard to crossguard fit is perfect and closes with a snap! The alloy based, nickel-silver plated crossguards are in fine shape. They show perfect plating with 99%+ coverage. The black hardwood grip looks quite typical for SS Daggers. There are some scratches and normal small hits. The solid nickel eagle is beautifully detailed with an excellent fit! The SS roundel retains 90% of its enamel with a small scratch and has a perfect fit! To top this piece off, is a nice, correctly tied portepee. A great piece that I am happy to offer to the collecting community!
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