Kriegsmarine Dagger found at Le Havre 1944
I picked this dagger up back in 1988 from the vet who found it in a hotel at Le Havre in 1944.
His wife decided to clean it in 1985 with Brasso and steel wool, what a shame!
I filmed the daggers story back in 1988, as it was very interesting and worth sharing now.
03-27-2016 07:07 AM
Ahh fantastic -- great you recorded the history -- priceless.
Yes, even as a teenager, I made sure I got provenance for everything I found. The only problem was the old VHS technology of the day, a lot of my old tapes had deteriorated before I could copy them. This is one of the few that survived.
I have to add that some of my old VHS cassettes still are workable maybe it was a storage issue? or a VCR head clean?
Great Job Tobruk in preserving History with this film. Once it makes it to Youtube it is saved forever..no worries of VHS demise.
The Dagger itself..is in decent condition regardless of the cleaning. It is missing the grip wire...... BUT ...It has one great and rare attribute that is not commonly found on these 2nd model Navals. The blade is the plain type without the etch,,,and is considered desirable among the type collectors.
Alexander Coppel is the producer "Alcoso" . Great story with Provenance . Thankyou for sharing this here with the forum community.
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- Larry C
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Hello Larry, thank you for the information on this dagger. I had always thought it was a common example because of the plain blade. Nice to know a bit more about it. You also make a good point re Youtube, the story will be saved forever. I intend to save what I can from my old home movies and post some more, just so they survive. I hope others may do the same if they have filmed the exchange of a vet souvenir, to its new caretaker, because at the end of the day, that's what collectors are.
this is a textbook kriegsmarine dagger by Alcoso. It`s a latest variant with a steel scabbard and a zinc parts also known as "Kriegsmetall". These daggers in a such condition are relative rare, because most of them has a damaged parts, eagles and crossguards. Many collectors still looking for a such one example. The missing grippwiring can be also restored.
Thank you for the further information. I am unsure if I should have the grip wire added or not. I may just leave it as it was presented to me.
Thank you again, Tobruk.