Hi Michael, an Unorthodox thread, complete with excellent presentation, a pleasure to see as usual .
Hi SK, Thank you for your kind words and for following the thread. If you want to add anything, please feel free!!!
With thanks regards and best wishes Michael R
ITEM 10. Railway Officer's Dagger (First Model).
About 45 years ago, I purchased a “First Model Railway Officer’s Dagger with a black grip. A couple of years later, I purchased a second dagger of the same pattern. Both came from trusted sources and both were entitled “Railway Dagger”. At that time most, if not all of my fellow dagger collectors accepted these items at face value and as titled. It is only since joining this Forum that I have become aware of the controversy as to not only the title but even of the existence of this particular dagger. Whilst I am confident of there having been later pattern(s) of this dagger, I now wonder if the two in my collect are Railway Daggers, black hilted Army Daggers or just plain spurious?? In any event, I am not too worried one way or the other! Until someone can make and support a definitive statement, to me they are, as purchased, Railway daggers. All this said, I would be very interested in any opinions on either the daggers or the general subject. I have some opinions of my own on these daggers which I will keep to myself for now and see what comments the weapons evoke.
This dagger bears the trade mark Alexander Coppel of Solingen (ALCOSO) along side a set of scales and the initial “ACS”.
1. Grip. The grip is of black plastic with spiral grooves and ridges running low left to high right.
2. Grip insignia. Not a feature on the weapon.
3. Knuckle bow. Not a feature on this weapon.
4. Pommel. The pommel on this weapon is in the form of plain domed disc cap of metal which has an internal screw thread into which the blade tang is inserted. The pommel has a pattern of vertical oak leaves around its central panel.
5. Quillon block. The block, devoid of langets, is quite plain but elegant and terminates in rounded scroll typ ends. The obverse bears a National Eagle looking to its right. The reverse is devoid of a central device but is occasionally used as an escutcheon for the owner’s name or initials etc..
6. Quillon finials. Not a feature on this weapon.
7. Clam shell guard. Not a feature on this weapon.
8. Serial numbers. None found.
9. Hilt finish. Bright finish nickel plating.
1. Finish. Plated plated steel.
2. Etch. Not a feature on this weapon.
3. Style. The blade on this weapon is of six sided flattened section and without fullers.
1. Body. Manufactured in stippled steel with two scabbard bands and attached suspension rings.
2. Chape. Plain in the form of a stylised cap and with a rounded base.
3. Locket. Not a feature on this weapon.
4. Scabbard finish. Bright finish nickel plating.