This dagger was posted on another forum, I've seen it before. The scabbard is a reproduction, no question whatsoever.
The dagger might be period but we'd need to know the tang markings & inner crossguard markings to know for sure. BTW, the Bergsmuller mark is a later one, either Type 2 or Type 2a which, while not dispositive in itself, does lessen the chances the blade is a reproduction.
12-05-2013 01:48 AM
autenthic=authentic, or better yet, NPEA Dagger Authentication.
Hope this doesn't appear trivial, as it's just a attempt to help out. I'm actually quite sure you were aware of this, and it was probably just an accident. My intent was to point it out so that a Mod. could fix it for future researchers and such.
Sorry about the disappointment of the scabbard. Besides that, hopefully the other parts are original.
For Beefy..a description of the NPEA dagger as there were 3 types......Tom Wittmann description.
The National Political Educational Institute (Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalt) was an SS-run organization established for the purpose of training future leaders for the Reich. A number of NPEA schools were set-up throughout Germany and many of its occupied countries, with most leaders and instructors coming from the SS.
There were three forms of Political daggers associated with the NPEA. The Student version, the Staff Leader and the Chained Leader.
( The Student version produced by Karl Burgsmüller and WMW ) had no insignia in the SA style wood grip. The crossguards were solid nickel on early versions and aluminum on later types. The scabbards were an all- steel version painted olive drab. There were no mounts on the scabbard. The blades were etched with the motto of the NPEA, Mehr Sein als Scheinen (Be more than you appear).
( The Staff Leader versions were produced by Eickhorn ), and were identical to the Student, except there was a National eagle design in the grip.
( The Chained Leader produced by Burgsmüller, Eickhorn and WMW) was worn by instructors and leaders of the NPEA. The dagger itself had the National eagle in the grip but was otherwise the same as the Student version. The scabbard was olive drab, having three nickel plated mounts. The upper and center scabbard mounts carry a chain hanger.
Below are 2 pics one of a "Staff leader" and the other of a "Chained leader"...your auction house dagger would resemble...the "Student version"
Dagger compliments by members Pascal and Moderator Horst
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