The dagger features a roughly 26cm long drop forged steel construction nickel/silver plated stiletto style blade with a flat central ridge and a full length including the hilt of roughly 38cm. Maker marked to "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". The original brown leather washer is still intact. The dagger has a cast alloy crossguard, ferrule, and pommel. The obverse crossguard features the embossed army style national eagle with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed canted swastika in its talons and a plain reverse. The ferrule and pommel both feature embossed repeating oak-leaf patterns. The dagger has a molded dark orange celluloid grip with the correct diagonally angled ribbing. The dagger comes with its original tooled magnetic sheet metal construction scabbard with a random pebbled pattern to both the obverse and reverse and smooth side panels. Both of the sweated on scabbard bands with a repeating horizontally embossed oak-leaf pattern and the hanger suspension rings are intact. The single dome headed throat retaining screw is also intact. The dagger comes with a set of dagger hangers and portepee. Nice example showing the expected age. Traditionally German Army Officer’s had worn a saber as part of the uniform dress and this tradition was carried on through the Weimar era and on into the Third Reich. In an attempt to build morale and curry favour within the Army, Hitler introduced the dress dagger for optional wear with the walking out dress, and retained the saber for wear on more formal occasions. The dress dagger was designed by Berlin graphic artist Paul Casberg and was officially approved for wear on May 4TH 1935 along with specifically styled dagger hangers and a new pattern portepee. Production of the dress dagger was to be discontinued as per regulations of May 27TH 1943 and further wear of the dress dagger was prohibited by order of September 5TH 1944. Additional regulations of December 23RD 1944 indicated that officer ranks were to wear a pistol in place of the dress dagger.