~ WW2 Era German RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer ~
The beak shaped hilt & spine retains a little of the original silvering. The grip plates are made of natural antler. Both plates curve inward toward the centre. The plates are retained by screws.
The scabbard shell is straight with original black paint. The scabbard mounts, made from silvering, retains the RAD iconography decoration.
The blade has the usual matte finish and Bowie-style tip. The obverse is etched the the RAD motto "Arbeit adelt" (German to English it translates as "Work is ennobling"). The reverse ricasso is marked with an RAD triangle set above the protected trademark term “GES. GESCH.”. Below is the” Carl Jul Krebs” makers mark.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade has a length of 9.5 inches (24.1 cm), the dagger has an overall length of 15 inches (38.1 cm), 15.5 inches (39.3 cm) when in scabbard. It weighs 1.07 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The screws in both the upper & lower areas of the scabbard are missing. The silvering has started to degrade from the top decoration of the scabbard & on the grip. The black paint is also chipped in areas. The blade is pitted. The text on the blade has lost most of the original black paint decoration, but is still legible, the makers stamp is in extremely good condition.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or the dagger can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic dockyard.