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    Navy dress dagger with leather sheath, maker marked ZIK, dated 1951.

    Navy dress dagger with leather sheath, maker marked ZIK, dated 1951.

    Maker marked "ZIK" and serial numbered "N03735" (note the low serial number.) The blade shows a 1951 date of manufacture. The pommel displays the Soviet State Emblem of the style introduced in mid-1946, with 16 scrolls representing the number of republics in the Soviet Union. The quality is spectacular, typical of Soviet daggers produced before the second half of the 50s (later, the austerity measures and high production demands called for cutting some corners and using cheaper materials - such as varnish instead of gold plating on the brass parts).

    The sailing ship and anchor artwork on the upper fitting has sharp dark outlines, a feature found on some of the earliest post-war daggers. The leather however is very smooth, without the typical graining found on the wartime issues. Nice dark toned Bakelite grip. The brass fittings show small diamond-shaped marks near the rivets.

    The dagger is in outstanding, excellent condition. The leather is nearly pristine and shows beautiful healthy sheen. There are only very light impression marks, no significant wear or scuffing. The crossguard has a couple of tiny dings to the edge, noticeable only at close inspection and not detracting at any rate. The factory-sharpened brilliant blade is in excellent shape: very clean and shows only the lightest in-and-out wear, completely free of dings, pitting or nicks. The grip is practically perfect, with just a couple of tiny dings, without scuffs, noticeable scratches, or cracks. The gold plating on all the brass parts is extremely well preserved and bright having only slightest wear to the bottom of the chape, otherwise perfect.

    To reiterate, this is a magnificent example of the early, Stalin era naval dirk - one the best we have had in the recent years.

    Item# 31773


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