ULTRA-RARE M-1946 Hungarian Air Force Dagger w/ Documentation (#26535)

ULTRA-RARE M-1946 Hungarian Air Force Dagger w/ Documentation (#26535)

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No Maker on blade, however the upper reverse scabbard is marked with a two-line, stamped/cast, possible marker mark. Documentation included with the dagger indicates that after the conclusion of WW II, the Hungarian government established an Aviation Department that was “responsible for collecting the remained {sic} aviation materials, crew and aircraft in 1946/47. …On 17th of September, 1945 the Chief of Staff, Field Marshall Janos Vörös regulated that new daggers must be produced for the Air Force and River Forces. The Air Force received the daggers in 1947…and the new daggers just were used up to 1949 and about 40-50 daggers were produced all together.” Noted collector of other-nation daggers, and author of World of Dress Daggers 1900-1945, Robert Berger, stated that this is the only example of this pattern dagger he has ever seen. Factory darkened, brass hilt fittings show light surface wear/age to the cylindrical pommel with protruding bands and domed top and crossguard with a well-designed eagle with down-sloping wings looking to its right. The reverse crossguard is complete with a blade spring release button. The dark brown, celluloid grip with eight grip swirls complete with tight twisted brass wire wrap, shows minor wear/age with one small scuff with loss of color on the upper right, but no cracks or chips. Plain, nickel-plated, double-edged, diamond cross-section blade EX/EX+, showing light surface wear/runner marks some light speckling/lifting to the lower obverse/reverse blade and tip, but no nicks to cutting edges. The reverse blade is complete with release spring but, is without a buffer pad and no indication that one was ever present. The dent-free, factory darkened, brass scabbard shows light surface wear with features a raised Hungarian crest on the upper obverse, and a raised vine and leaf pattern running the length of the obverse shell with a vine pattern on the reverse. The reverse upper scabbard, adjacent to the throat, is complete with the afore-mentioned possible maker’s mark however the letters cannot be deciphered, and is complete with two suspension rings and a small lower ball. ULTRA-RARE dagger. EX+/EX++ (26535)