Air Force officer dress dagger with leather sheath, dated
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
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