10-03-2014 03:55 PM
Honestly.........i have never sEen a dagger so complete,and untouched.......it looks like a time capsule. Thanks for sharing. It is wonderful. 😍
When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling
After a number of experiences good and bad, I normally tend to be cautious, and with a completely untouched piece I would expect some more consistency with the patina. With my own personal phase two being a really good closeup look at why it might be lacking for one reason or another, on both the front and the rear of all of the components. Best Regards, Fred
Hi Stefan... a nicely conditioned B1 for sure..and more so impressed by the SS marked Teardrop hanger...very rare find. I have to agree with Fred..as far as the patina is concerned. These early nickel guards will patina nicely..but never darken to the extent of being blackened..and why only one guard?
Is there a possible metal composition other than what we know about how nickel reacts to environmental conditions over the last 80yrs? I know depending upon the nickel content....which some of these guards will take on a slightly toned yellowish hue. Other than that... we see late crossguards with plating removed..revealing the pot metal beneath. These guards are not that. I can not explain why this lower guard being nickel..if it is......is darkened.
Overall the dagger has a tight crossguard to grip fit.
Below is an example of high content nickel that has reacted over the decades. Regards Larry
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Thanks for the replies,
I have no idea why the lower crossguard has darkened so much. On the photos it's more extreme than in reality. The upper crossguard has a light darkening as well. The dagger itself comes from the grandson of the former owner together with other items. The dagger seems to be never apart. All screws with no damage, perfect fit. Perhaps these crossguards have lower content of nickel.
Two photos of the lower crossguard from the scabbard side, where the crossguard is protected by the scabbard. Here we have the more yellowish colour of patina.
Nice looking chained SS dagger
Regards Mac 66
It is a bit odd looking that the lower guard has build a much richer patina then the rest of the dagger, one reason could be a higher level of silver then the upper guard.
Nice you showed us a shot of the underside of the guard where it was protected and that shows us a normal patina, i like it.
It also shows that the fit is very tight.
Other then the color change its a darn sharp looking set with a lovely fit!!
Museum class M36 with a known provenance. Almost impossible to upgrade.
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