This is a very nice example of a Horster Army Officers' dress dagger! The silver plating on this piece is still in excellent condition throughout, with a little wear around the pommel and high areas. The oak leaves on the pommel have very nice detail with a very crisp cast. The cross guard has the typical wear to the eagles head and breast feathering, but you can still see the eagles eye and beak. The silvering is very good with a nice patina and there is quite a bit of the original factory lacquer remaining in the recesses. The grip is a lovely lemon-yellow color and is darker in the grooves of the grip segments. There are a few tiny chips in the smaller sharper segments which divide the grip, as these thinner ribs are fairly fragile and easily damaged. However, it is not a big detraction from the overall piece.
The scabbard is the standard type having well defined pebbling, nicely detailed scabbard bands and delicate hand enhancing. The scabbard throat is retained by a single flat-head screw. The silvering is excellent overall with a little chattering wear on the smooth sides and the proverbial "door dings" near the scabbards tip, but this is just a confirmation that this piece was actually worn The blade bears the stylized Horster company logo with block style lettering. There is slight bit of age and graying where the runners touch the blade and a few specks near the blade tip. Overall the blade is bright and exhibits much of the original cross graining .
The original leather blade washer is intact and in near mint condition.Overall a very nice piece that was actually there!