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Mtripp
6/29/2009 5:34am,
In my family, passed down now to me, is a German Officers Dagger from WW2.

My understanding is that it sells for a great deal of money on the market, or at least did. A great deal of money is exactly what I need now.

I will post pictures later today; however, here are my concerns:

1. Where would one list such a thing to sell it?

2. Am I going to be labeled a "nazi" for trying to sell it?

3. Am I going to be dealing with said folks when I do sell it?

Thoughts?

Matt Phillips
6/29/2009 5:45am,
1. I think you can start with ebay.
2. No.
3. Anything is possible, but ebay is pretty anonymous.

honesty
6/29/2009 6:03am,
Could try a proper auction house as well if its worth a lot?

Matt Phillips
6/29/2009 6:04am,
If its really valuable, contact Christie's.

Tonuzaba
6/29/2009 6:05am,
War Wheel is correct, it would also help if you'd personally know some war historian/antique collector whom you trust. People interested in historical stuff tend to know each other and know who wants to buy what and what it's worth...

Mtripp
6/29/2009 6:11am,
I don't think ebay lets you sell nazi stuff

Matt Phillips
6/29/2009 6:18am,
Is this a German Army dagger, or the dagger issued to the S.S.? The former is not a "Nazi" artifact.

Vorpal
6/29/2009 6:34am,
My experience is more with guns than knives but I've found the following to usually be true. Most WWII weapons were mass produced on a scale never seen before or since and are generally not as valuable as people think. I'd have folks come in with Japanese rifles acting like they had a piece of Christ's cross. They were usually worth 60 or 70 bucks. The point being, if Uncle Joe brought back such and such relic from the war, the trophy is usually more valuable as a touchstone and a family heirloom than whatever it would bring in when sold. There may be an auction house or antiques dealer in your town. Swing by there and let him take a peek at it so you can get a general idea of it's worth.

BadUglyMagic
6/29/2009 11:43am,
Please post the pictures. If you have any background on the knife, i.e., was it issued to a family member, captured, etc, pictures/documentation may add a bit to the value, post some of that too.

Also, if any dealer/collecter says anything to the effect of "I don't collect that type of thing but I could give you a few dollars for it." Immediately leave the premises with the dagger.

Kintanon
6/29/2009 11:52am,
Is it one of these?
http://www.johnsonreferencebooks.com/catalogue/weapons/DAGGERS/armyofficer/24994.htm
If so you can realistically get around 500$ on e-bay or from most antique dealers.

Matt Phillips
6/29/2009 12:04pm,
If it was an SS dagger then it will likely be much more rare than a standard issue knife for the German Army.

If it is really from the SS then it will look like this: http://germandressdaggers.com/SA_SS_NSKK_check.jpg

There are basically two types of SS daggers, the early maker marked and the RZM type.
A trully near mint early SS EM will sell for about $ 5000 USD and $ 3500 USD for the RZM type.

joecos
6/29/2009 12:50pm,
It might help to talk to this guy:

I have an unusual problem. - No BS Martial Arts (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=87020)

Mtripp
6/29/2009 1:00pm,
If it was an SS dagger then it will likely be much more rare than a standard issue knife for the German Army.

If it is really from the SS then it will look like this: http://germandressdaggers.com/SA_SS_NSKK_check.jpg

There are basically two types of SS daggers, the early maker marked and the RZM type.
A trully near mint early SS EM will sell for about $ 5000 USD and $ 3500 USD for the RZM type.

It looks more like this; but is not a copy or replica

honesty
6/29/2009 1:18pm,
You need to dig up some provenance on the dagger. Get provenance, you get more money.

BadUglyMagic
6/29/2009 5:01pm,
You need to dig up some provenance on the dagger. Get provenance, you get more money.

The above cannot be overstated. There are so many replicas/counterfeits that provenance or background can support that it is original and also add to the selling price. Taking the extra time will be worth it.

Are you able to post pics?

Mtripp
6/29/2009 5:23pm,
Yes; the knife is in storage; when I get it I will take and post them.