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    Air Force officer dress dagger with leather sheath, dated 1957.

    Air Force officer dress dagger with leather sheath, dated 1957.

    The pommel shows Soviet State Seal of post-1955 type, with 15 scrolls representing the republics in the Soviet Union. The throat is maker marked "ZIK" with the 1957 date, and shows serial number "PO1289". This very uncommon piece is form a limited 1957 series; note that the brass fittings do not have either the gilt finish or the lacquer varnish (the latter is a common feature of Soviet daggers produced after 1957). The artwork features a more realistic "slanted" Kremlin wall to show perspective as opposed to the more simplistic horizontal wall on the earlier daggers. Lightly stamped maker mark π (Cyrillic "P") to the leather under the upper fitting of the scabbard, on the Kremlin side.

    Excellent overall condition with a few very light bumps to the scabbard leather. The blade is clean and nicely factory sharpened. The grip is particularly nice with the less commonly encountered "flecking" in its coloration. Both the artwork and the seal of the USSR are sharply detailed. Brass fittings have acquired very attractive matching patina over the years.

    There is minimal amount of verdigris visible at the bottom edge of the pommel, under the state seal. Note that there is a rubber washer under the tang button, an expediency often used at the factory to affix poorly fitting parts of the grip and prevent them from rattling.

    Changes in uniform regulations in 1958 made daggers virtually obsolete for both Army and Air Force officers. Afterwards, they would carry daggers only on very special occasions such as military oath ceremony or a parade. Unlike the naval officers, they usually wouldn't keep a dagger in their possession, but were instead issued one just for a day or two if needed; these were always daggers from the existing pre-1959 stock. Although limited production of daggers for the Soviet Army (land forces) resumed in the 80s, the Air Force daggers were never manufactured again after 1958.


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