E-391a Army Officerís Dagger, Unmarked, But
Surely by Richard Abr. Herder
This beautiful piece is right out of the woodwork! Although the
blade is unmarked, it appears to be of Herder pedigree (Volume I, page 31).
The silver plating exhibits a black appearance, grading 100%. The pommel
is the 14-leaf style Type C, having minor storage edge wear, in addition to
having a couple of plating speckles here and there (Volume I, page 114).
The silver plating to the pommel rates 100%. The detail to the standing
oak leaves is very nice indeed. The grip appears almost unissued, showing
NO edge wear or storage age. There is minor age soiling to a few recess
areas, which should clean up nicely. It is a light pumpkin orange color,
being a Type C-gp grip with the thinner segments (Volume I, page 12). The
ferrule is the standard style, having seven joining leaves exhibiting
outstanding definition to the leaves, in addition to having a matching silver
plated finish. The crossguard eagle is the Herder style, displaying
outstanding detail to the eagleís head, chest and wing feathers (Volume I,
page 31). What differentiates this piece from the Generic B type is the
fact that this example DOES NOT have the slight dip at the meeting point of the
brow and beak area (Volume I, page 99). The edges are crisp, in addition
to having smooth surfaces. NICE guard here! The unmarked blade is a
quality example remaining mirror bright. It is the nickel plated style
with the finish grading 100%. The in and out runner marks are faint at
best. The edges and tip remain perfectly crisp. There are a few
superficial scratches to both sides, which is a common condition among plated
blades. The ricasso areas are void of any makerís mark.
Accordingly, the blade grades mint-. A short brown leather washer remains,
grading strong excellent+ (Volume I, page 18, upper). The scabbard is a
CHOICE example perfectly matching the look of the hilt. There is one tiny
carrying hit to obverse and reverse tip areas, but ever so slight! The
bands are highly detailed, reflecting lots of hand engraving to the oak leaves.
The throat is the thinner variety, being retained by two flushed mounted side
screws which show NO turning signs. A DECENT representative example!