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This is an original miniature WW1 German trench dagger/ fighting knife by SMF (Stocker & Co) Solingen most likely a manufacturer's sample piece made to advertise the quality of their full size weapons. The full size pattern of Trench dagger were made in the form of Dress bayonets most without bayonet slots and functioning lug buttons (pages 37-40 of the book Fighting Knives by Frederick Stephens illustrates similar full size examples). This quality miniature example of the full size Trench dagger measures 8 ¾” overall with a 5 ½” nickel plated steel blade. It has a nickel plated ‘Eagles Head’ form pommel. The chequered grips are secured with two rivets. It has an up-swept quillon nickel plated cross guard. The riccaso of the blade has the characteristic ‘SMF Seated King’ trade mark of the manufacturer Stocker & Co, Solingen. The reverse is DRGM marked (Deutsche Reich Gebraumeister Patent Protection Quality Assurance mark introduced in 1891) and is engraved with retailer detail ‘Georg Wegener Verden Aller Erd-U Stassenbau’. It comes with its original black enamelled metal scabbard. The scabbard retains most of its original finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 10478