One for the experienced collector. This is a unique early SS dagger with chrome plated nickel-silver based fittings. Whitty speaks to this in his SS reference, saying it may have been an extra cost option offered by manufacturers. Another unique aspect of this piece is that you can see a brown under tone to both the scabbard and grip. This is commonly encountered on these early SS daggers by E.P & S. Under closer examination you can see it was stored with the scabbard on backwards. The sun light got to it leaving that brown undertone you see to one side and the darker tone to the other. Evidence suggests E.P. & S. was the earliest manufacturer of SS daggers. The blade on this one is wonderful! The acid etched “Meine Ehre Heißt Treue” motto and “E.P. & S. Solingen” maker mark are both dark, crisp and beautifully executed! They truly provide a wonderful contrast to the bright minty blade! The full crossgrain is stunning as you shine it in the light! The blade is nicely seated up against the hilt and the and the tip comes to a perfect point. The blade rates NM. It shows runner marks, surface scratches and the slightest traces of age spotting. The dual toned scabbard looks excellent! It continues to remain completely dent free! All four scabbard screws remain intact. The chrome plated nickel-silver crossguards look excellent as well. I love it when you can tell this thing has been together like this forever! The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamp “I” (Munich). The black died hardwood grip is in excellent condition! There are a few pressure marks and some flake chips to the obverse-top. The heavily burnished solid nickel-silver eagle is wonderfully detailed. The SS roundel retains 99%+ of its enamel and has a perfect fit! A wonderful unique piece I am pleased to own. This exact piece will be in an upcoming SS dagger article.
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