Swiss M1943 Officer Dagger - sn 158873
Swiss model 1943 dagger (Dolch Mod. 43) made by Elsener Schwyz Victoria. Includes red and white portepee, indicating a senior non-commissioned officer. Portepee is very clean with consideration to age. Scabbard is included. Available records show that this dagger was manufactured in 1955 and was numbered by Kaspar Bürgler on 14 December 1955.
The Swiss dagger (Schweizerdolch) is a distinctive type of dagger used in Switzerland. The characteristic mark of the Swiss dagger are two crescent-shaped, inward-bent metal bars delimiting the hilt. The curved shape of the Swiss dagger hilt appeared as early as the 13th century and remained peculiar to Switzerland. The blade was characteristically double edged, tapering to a point and usually had a diamond shape cross-section. There are two types of military portepees that were used with these daggers. White portepee indicated an officer, while red and white portepee indicated a higher NCO.