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This superb example is in beautiful condition, the NPEA Staff leaders dagger is considerably harder to find than the standard enlisted model and is probably as rare as the chained leaders model and especially one in this condition which is exceptional. In my opinion Eickhorn produced only the Staff leaders and the chained leaders models and Burgsmuller produced only the enlisted and chained leaders model daggers. The mint condition brown wood grip is inset with the eagle and swastika insignia. The silver plated crossguard and pommel nut still retain almost all silver platting.
The blade features the NPEA motto to the obverse side, the reverse side features Eickhorn Solingen squirrel trade mark and this being the late 1941 pattern, the beautiful blade is in near mint condition with just some faint spotting mostly close to the crossguard but this is very minor, this is a fine blade.The scabbard retains 99% original olive paint finish, this is an exceptional scabbard. Complete with leather bayonet frog which is dated 1941 and maker marked, this is not the standard NPEA frog but it does match the dagger perfectly (the official NPEA frog is only normally seen with early production Burgsmuller daggers). A superb example of a very rare dagger missing from most collections. [Condition: Near Mint]