More fantasy pieces for fun and profit
by Harry von Johnston. PhD.
This is a piece that shows imagination but little historical knowledge. It is the so-called “Hitler Youth Danzig Olympics dagger” dated 1936.
Danzig was a free city in 1936, officially not a part of any country, and did not have representation at the 1936 Olympics, ergo they did not have a “honor dagger.”
This piece was made in India and the company made twenty pieces for an American dealer.
The dealer sold at least seven to his trusting customers and the rest to fellow dealers.
This farce was “authenticated” by several well-known experts (who also sold these. Was there a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying it? So many fakes have to have these now to keep the boobery happy)
And a technical note here. All scabbards for the original Hitler Youth knives had no bordering at the top of the scabbard. A scabbard with a border strip at the top is a recent fake.