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Jock,

The only way to tell the arm of service is by the colour of the material on the hanger.  The hangers shown here are for the Border Guard.  I have a similarly engraved dagger in a white case with Border Guard hangers.  Mine is a General Officers dagger with the state seal on the end of the pommel.

Regards,

Gordon

 

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Jock,

The state insignia on the end of the pommel is only on a General Officers dagger.  Officers daggers had a hammered surface where yours has the state crest.  Generals daggers are gold coloured.  Air Force and Army officers daggers are silver coloured.  Officers daggers for the Volksmarine are gold coloured.  Your daggers has lost a lot of the surface finish on the handle, cross guard and scabbard.  This unusual and indicates poor storage.  All of the daggers that I have seen in the box are in excellent condition and the finish is perfect.  I doubt very much that your dagger started out in this box.  I think that it was added later.  I'll take pictures of some of my daggers later today and post them to show you what I mean about the finish on the daggers and scabbards.

Regards,

Gordon

 

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