RARE M-1924 Royal Yugoslav Navy Officer’s Dagger w/Black Grip, Portepee & RARE Hangers (#26530)

RARE M-1924 Royal Yugoslav Navy Officer's Dagger w/Black Grip, Portepee & RARE Hangers (#26530)




No maker. An example of this RARE dagger can be found on page 277 of World of Dress Daggers 1900-1945 by Robert J. Berger. Lacquered brass hilt fittings show light surface to highlights with much of the factory lacquer remaining in the recesses of the Turk’s head pattern pommel and crossguard with quillons in the form of two dolphins facing a seashell motif on the quillon block. The black celluloid grip is perfect with no wear, cracks or chips and is complete with tight twisted brass wire wrap. As stated in the above reference, the significance of the black grip is presently unknown. Nickel-plated, double-etched, diamond cross-section blade grades EX++/Near MINT showing light surface wear/runner marks but, no lifting, pitting and no nicks to cutting edges, and is complete with dark brown/black leather buffer pad. The double-etched blade features a raised floral motif on both obverse and reverse with a center obverse panel etched with a crowned Cyrillic “P” above the Roman Numeral II cipher of King Peter II. The dent-free, lacquered brass scabbard retains approximately 98% of the factory lacquer showing only la small spot of surface wear on the upper reverse shell but, no damage to the shell or lower ball. The scabbard features obverse/reverse pebbled panels with two impressed laurel leaf pattern suspension bands, and on the obverse, a raised fouled anchor motif surmounted by the Yugoslav Royal crown below the upper scabbard fitting. The lower obverse scabbard shell features a raised facsimile of Neptune above a trident flanked by an intertwined floral/vine motif. The off-white portepee grades Near MINT showing only minor age soiling and features dark blue flecks in the cord and stem, off-white crown/acorn and a red/white/blue pattern in the acorn insert. In the above reference the author states that “off-white cotton [portepees were] possibly for warrant officers”. Perhaps the black grip was also used by warrant officers. An example of the hangers also appears on page 277 of the above reference, and feature double black leather straps, elongated gilded brass buckles, plain lower spring clips and a large plain, brass upper spring clip with plain upper fitting. Superb example of a RARE dagger with all accouterments. EX++/Near MINT (26530)