Miniature South African Air Force (SAAF) Dagger/Letter Opener w/o Scabbard (#26133)

Miniature South African Air Force (SAAF) Dagger/Letter Opener w/o Scabbard (#26133)

No maker; Condition: Ex++

$395.00

The consignor of this RARE, possibly one-of-a-kind, miniature states that, “[it] is the only one I have ever come across and was apparently made in the Air Force workshops as gift”. The miniature measuring 8 3/8″ in overall length features cast brass hilt fittings which match the design of the full-size dagger, but with less detail. The hilt is comprised of features a nozzle-shaped pommel and crossguard shaped like the eagle emblem of the SAAF. Quillons form the wings of the eagle with the body and claws of the eagle forming the obverse and reverse langets which are without the SAAF motto as found on the full-size daggers. White leatherette-over-cast brass base shows only light surface wear and is divided into three sections by two ribbed, cast brass ferrules. Plain, plated, cast diamond cross section blade measuring 5 ¼” in length shows some loss of detail and minor casting flaws, but no speckling, graying or nicks to the cutting edges, and is without buffer pad. RARE possibly one-off, miniature. EX+/EX++.