Early War Nickel Plated Steel Aero Corps Dagger

This is a handsome dagger that contains unique features. The dagger mounts are costructed of steel and nickel plated. The entire ensemble has endured the ages very well and is near mint in condition. The open crown pommel is highly detailed, but shows no differences in the cross de-sign as seen on some models. Historically this Christian cross comes from the one adorning the top of the Imperial Orb dating back to Karl der Grosse in the 8th century. The Prussian eagle de-sign dates from the 1500’s. The slightly toned ivory grip is double wire wrapped with twisted steel wire. As with other daggers of this design the wire ends are concealed under the hilt fittings. The crossguard obverse features the Aero Corps propeller displaying nearly all of it original gilt. The reverse side has a rather large two piece scabbard release button drilled through the center of the panel. A steel butt plate and red felt washer completes the hilt. The standard length blade is of the center ridge style and the ricasso is stamped with the high neck WKC trademark. The blade is un-adorned and nickel plated.

Early War Nickel Plated Steel Aero Corps Dagger
Early War Nickel Plated Steel Aero Corps Dagger
Early War Nickel Plated Steel Aero Corps Dagger

The brown leather scabbard contains fittings that are stapled to the reverse. The bottom fitting is scalloped in design and is slightly more slender than others that have been observed. The top fitting contains both the frog stud and an affixed ring for horizontal wear. The frog stud is different in design than most, being flat in shape rather than the typical raised saddle design. The ring is affixed directly to the top scabbard fitting without a suspension band and eye. This is completely original and has been observed on other period daggers. Collectors may be aware of reproduction naval daggers with scabbard rings constructed in this manner, but in the case of Auto/Aero daggers this configuration is totally correct. The reader is directed to the sketches in the Automobile-Corps article of this dagger being worn both vertically in a frog and horizontally from a single leather hanger.

 

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The Early Prussian Aviators and their Daggers - By Vic Diehl and H.Hampe