Swiss M1943 Officer Dagger w/ Service Book - sn 10829
Swiss model 1943 dagger (Dolch Mod. 43) with scabbard made by Elsener Schwyz. Includes white portepee. Portepee is dark from age, handling, and storage.
Dagger was produced in 1944.
Includes the Swiss military service book of Rubin Francis. Every conscript is issued a service record book which records their military activities as well as the equipment issued to them. The serial number noted in the service book for the dagger (Dolch) issued to this officer matches the serial number stamped on the dagger's blade. This dagger was issued to this officer in May 1944.
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.