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    Air Force officer dress dagger with leather sheath, 1950s, with official 1977 document issued to Major Stanislav Taran.

    Air Force officer dress dagger with leather sheath, 1950s, with official 1977 document issued to Major Stanislav Taran.

    The dagger is of excellent early quality characteristic of the Soviet daggers produced before late 1950s, with gold finish to the fittings. The pommel features Soviet state emblem of pre-1955 style, with 16 scrolls representing the number of republics in the USSR. Maker marked "ZIK" on the throat; the other side of the blade has engraved serial number "NA 3447K". Attractive medium toned Bakelite grip.

    The dagger is in very good to excellent condition. The leather wrapping of the scabbard has a couple of scuffs, the bigger of them under the middle fitting, but no significant overall wear. The leather fully retains its beautiful healthy gloss. The gold finish of the fittings is bright and essentially perfect, completely free of the usual wear or tarnish. The brilliant blade shows only the slightest in-out wear, no nicks, pitting or scratches.

    The document was issued on 3 April 1977 by the Military Unit #60004 and has ink stamp of the unit as well as signatures of the owner, officer in charge of artillery armaments, and chief bookkeeper of the unit. It shows that the dagger #NA 3447 was originally issued to Major Stanislav Taran on 20 September 1950. Furthermore it certifies that Taran was allowed to keep the dagger upon his retirement in 1977 based on a 1974 Decree #0180 of the Supreme Command of the Soviet Navy. The document is in excellent condition. Although only the unit code number is provided, Internet search shows that it was a naval bomber unit stationed on the airdrome of Katunino (now defunct) located just south of Archangel in the Russian Northwest.

    It should be mentioned that after the change in Soviet military uniform code in 1958 only naval officers continued to wear a dagger on regular basis - whereas in the Army and regular Air Force a dagger was to be used only on very special occasions such as military parades. Henceforth, very few Soviet officers other than in the Navy had daggers in their permanent possession even while on active duty, let alone after the retirement. The fact that Maj. Taran was in Naval Air Force certainly explains why he was allowed to keep the dagger or even still had it in 1977 in the first place. The significance of the certificate is not to be understated: not only was a military dagger state property, but it was also considered an edged weapon explicitly prohibited in the Soviet Union. Having such an item without the permit would be a criminal offense practically guaranteeing a prison sentence if found out!


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