02-20-2015 08:52 AM
Hi Tom, given it is a family piece I would not go for any kind of restoration. Replacing the grip wire and pommel would just make it is "bitsa". I doubt the pommel would come off easily? Odd on how the metal has been lost on this where it meets the grip.
Preservation would be the road to go down. Clean the grease off the blade and give it a coat of museum grade wax. The zinc parts would benefit from a wipe over with some Vaseline to help slow down any zinc pest.
Tiger's come with two makers logo's: large and small size. This is the small version. No idea on any rarity?
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This dagger screams with totally untouched History. I agree also with Ade...to leave it well enough alone. Not sure which was harder on the daggers existence....the barn it was kept in....or the wife who told him to keep it there. Nice find regardless.
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Thanks gents, I'll give it a gentle clean and leave the wire as it is. My great-aunt always used to say that I could have 'that old Hitler Youth knife in the barn', when I was younger, but I'd forgotten about it until my relative turned up to give it to me last Sunday! These were the other things he picked up from Delmenhorst, that were kept in a drawer in the house, that were given to me when I was younger:
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Still interested to know if anyone can tell me a little more about the maker/rarity?