CUSTOMS #42731 Land Customs Official's Dagger with Original Portepee - WKC
This Land Customs Dagger is fine aluminum mounts. The pommel has standing oak leaves around the rim, each with the pointed tops typical of a Customs piece. The upper surface of the cap shows mild wear but is free of problems.
The crossguard features and open winged eagle; the tips of the wings are sweet upward slightly. This bird has been nicely hand enhanced throughout the wings, breast, talons, and wreathed swastika. The reverse of the guard remains in good condition, showing little wear.
The hilt also has a ferrule above the guard, with more pointed, overlapping oak leaves.
The carved wood grip has eleven segments and is covered in a dark green leather. The leather remains in fine condition, showing only minor hand wear and having most of the original grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted bras wire.
Wrapped about the hilt is a very rarely seen original portepee. This portepee has the usual aluminum bullion cord as well as a "V" weave slide and stem. The ball is bullion with green accents, and the insert is aluminum bullion. This very rare is tied with a loop at the top and a double loop at the bottom.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, covered in matching green leather. The leather shows some signs of wear here and there, as well as a few cuts. There are no nips, however, and it is still all there. The scabbard is fitted with three matching aluminum mounts. These mounts are the style that are cast, with integral eyelets. They are decorated with accent lines on the edges that meet the scabbard, but this design only appears on the obverse of the mount. The mounts are retained by headless, flush mounted screws on the left edges.
The blade is a beauty, being in perfect condition. It is bright and retains 100% of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is etched with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A nice Land Customs Dagger here, complete with a very rarely seen portepee.
Excellent Plus. $2,795.00
CUSTOMS #42887C Sea Customs Official's Dagger - F. W. Höller
The pommel has standing oak leaves, each with hand enhancement. The gilding remains fairly good, and only a few mild signs of wear on the top surface. The ferrule has the unique Custom's style leaves, each with hand enhancement to the veins.
The crossguard eagle has the upswept wing tips normally seen on a Customs piece. The bird looks to the viewer's left and has very fine, hand enhanced detailing throughout. There is only some mild surface wear on this good looking bird. The reverse of the guard has a good gilded finish.
The grip is hand carved wood, with eleven ribs. It is covered with blue leather, which shows only typical hand wear, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wires.
The scabbard shell is constructed of steel and is straight throughout. It is covered in matching dark blue leather enhanced with decorative edge lines. The scabbard mounts are gilded brass; most of the gilding has faded by there is still some remaining in the protected areas. The obverse of these mounts are decorated with scribed edge lines where they meet the scabbard shell, and are retained by headless brass screws. The throat is a built-in type, and the rings and eyelets are aluminum.
The blade appears to be plated and as such has no crossgrain. It is not mirror bright but it is free of any real problems, and has a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Höller Thermometer trademark, and the original blade washer is in place.
Sea Customs daggers of this type are very rare, and this one is in nice condition. A great opportunity to acquire a dagger you may never see again here.
CUSTOMS #43036 Land Customs Official's Dagger with Hangers - Carl Eickhorn
This very elegant Land Customs dagger with straps looks like it just came out of the box. If you are a quality freak, this is easily the best piece you are likely to encounter. It is identical to the catalog picture featured in the Eickhorn Kundendienst.
The hilt mounts are of all aluminum being heavily hand-enhanced. The top of the pommel cap is absolutely brand new having never touched a thing in its nearly eight decade life - just remarkable. The standing oak leaves running around the outside of the pommel are also extraordinary. Each of the pointed leaves has been dramatically hand enhanced to the veins - really fun to look at this jeweler work. The ferrule below has the same leaves running horizontally around the mount, again with all of the hand enhancing. The cross guard features the open-winged eagle having the tipped ends on the wings. Eickhorn's artisan has again outdone himself, as all of the feathering has been hand-enhanced, to include the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons and even the wreath around the swastika - great stuff here! The carved wood-based grip has the eleven ribs that run from left to right going downward. The grip is covered with rich green Moroccan leather being totally perfect, reflecting no wear whatsoever. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted aluminum wire. A superb hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow, reflecting exact matching green Moroccan - beautiful!. The scabbard mounts are all done in an aluminum finish having a steel base. I don't know how Eickhorn performed this process, but you would swear these mounts are all aluminum, until you test them with a magnet. It is the same process they used on their Railway Leader scabbards, exactly matching the hilt mounts.The mounts are totally pristine, having the accent lines that run on the obverse only. The ringlets and carrying rings exactly match the faux aluminum finish. There mounts are retained by headless screws in the left side of each mount. The screws have never been touched.
The blade is totally crisp and new-like, having a needle-like tip and full cross grain. It is stone mint. The reverse ricasso is dark etched with the 1935-1941 squirrel trademark..The brown leather, smaller-sized blade buffer is in place.
Accompanying this dagger is the original hangers. These hangers are in the same state as the dagger. The brocade is simply beautiful with its textured aluminum bullion with twin green lines running the length. The reverse of the straps is covered with Kelly green, high-pile velvet in absolute new condition. The hardware mounts are the later pot metal-based type, but unlike most hanger hardware we see from this vintage, the aluminum-style plating remains at 100%. The top closed clip shows no signs of wear examining the inner areas. The oval buckles and slides below are in the pointed leaf pattern signifying Customs. The snaps are the "push-in" style having a pebbled finish. These hangers are as new as a pair just out of the packing envelop.
So there you have it - one of the best Land Customs pieces in existence and totally textbook. If you are looking for keen pleasure, as well as true investment quality, this dagger and straps have it all!
CUSTOMS #42721C Sea Customs Official's Dagger - Alcoso
This Alcoso Sea Customs Dagger is equipped with gilded aluminum hilt mounts. The gilding remains in nice condition, being 100% intact on the guard and the ferrule, and only starting to thin on the pommel.
The pommel is a typical Alcoso type which flare outward from the neck area. The oak laves are the pointed type associated with Customs pieces, with some hand enhancing. The ferrule also bears these leaves.
The crossguard is quite beautiful, with a gilded eagle whose wing tips are swept upward slightly. There is much visible hand enhancement to this bird and the swastika is nicely vaulted.
The carved wooden grip is covered in blue leather. This leather remains in excellent condition, showing only minor wear and free of cuts or problems. The grip is wrapped with tight twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is steel with brass fittings. These fittings are nicely gilded, retaining the original finish. This scabbard looks a bit thicker on the lower portion, with less tapering than we see on most scabbards. It is original, however. The accent lines on the fittings go all the way around, as opposed to only showing on the obverse. While this differs from a standard example we do know that some were made this way. The mounts are retained by headless, flush mounted screws. The leather on this scabbard exact matches the grip, with much of the original grain. The gilding on the eyelets and carrying rings shows some wear.
The blade is choice, with a needle-like tip, mirror finish and full, original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Alcoso Scales trademark and the original leather blade washer is in place.
An original Sea Customs Dagger here, with some period wear but remaining in very collectible condition.
CUSTOMS #33414 Land Customs Official's Dagger - Clemen & Jung
As a rule, the firm of Clemen & Jung did not make a lot of edged weapons, but they were fairly prolific with Customs Daggers. This example features early silvered fittings throughout. The pommel is fairly clean across its upper surfaces, still having a good crisp rim. The standing pointed style oak leaves used by the Customs are hand enhanced throughout. A very nice pommel here. The matching crossguard has a fine eagle featuring tipped wings. The bird shows a little bit of modest wear to the head and the breast feathering and talons, but the eye is still there, as is the cross checkering that was hand done for the breast feathering. The bird clutches a raised mobile swastika in a wreath. This mount is also a fine silvered example. The matching ferrule above features pointed oak leaves around its perimeter, also having hand enhancing. The grip is a carved wood base, having eleven ribs. The grip is covered with a green leather that still is in very fine condition. Some of the graining still shows in the surfaces. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.>P
The scabbard shell has a steel base and is covered with green leather. The leather shows quite a bit of wear to the surfaces and some old carrying signs here-and-there, but basically it is still all there. The original green color has started to turn a darker tone, but we do see this with Land Customs shells. The shell is fitted with silvered steel mounts. These mounts have decorative lines running across the edges of the obverse only. The eyelets are the type that were applied to the mounts and they are equipped with matching silvered rings. The mounts are retained by headless flush mount screws, all on the left side of the fittings. The blade of this example is a typical Clemen & Jung. The grain shows running toward the tip rather than horizontal. This is an anomaly we see with this company and I have noticed it many times in the past. This blade shows some age and some mild usage, but it is still in pretty good shape being mostly bright. The tip has just a little bit of a ripple towards the end, but it is not bad. Overall, this blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the shield, having a crown over the top with a “Z” in the center. The reverse ricasso is stamped in two lines in capital letters, “CLEMEN & JUNG/SOLINGEN”. The original washer is also in place. This washer has a slight green tone to the leather, but it may be just my imagination. A good original piece here that shows wear of the period, but it is still all there and is priced accordingly.
CUSTOMS #42175 Land Customs Official's Dagger - WKC
The pommel is in nice condition, showing few signs of wear to the upper surface. There are the usual twelve standing oak leaves around the edges.
The matching crossguard features an open-winged eagle with wing tips that rise upward. The detailing throughout the guard is exceptional, much better than that seen on the later aluminum examples. The reverse of the guard has some very light freckling but it is not lifting. The silvered ferrule nicely matches the rest of the hilt mounts.
The grip is wood covered in fine green Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout , covered in matching green Moroccan leather. Other than some normal wear it remains in nearly perfect condition, with no cuts or nips. The plating on the scabbard mounts has a fine patina which matches the rest of the piece. These mounts are retained by headless side screws and are the style with decorative lines on the obverse only.
The blade is a beauty, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm, and the original large brown leather blade washer is in place.
A good, untouched Land Customs dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $2,695.00
CUSTOMS #41370 Sea Customs Official's Dagger - Clemen & Jung
This original Sea Customs Dagger is an example of initial production, with gilded brass fittings. It was made by Clemen & Jung, who made a number of original Sea Customs Daggers, one of which is in my personal collection.
This dagger has very fine brass mounts. The pommel is very clean and smooth on the top, with no hits. Around the pommel are the standard 14 Customs style oak leaves, all of which have been finely hand enhanced.
The crossguard has a fine open-winged eagle which looks to the viewer's left. This bird is identical to that used on the C&J Land Customs Dagger. The eye is still well defined and the breast feathering is visible, albeit with some surface wear. The talons and wreathed swastika are in a similar state. The wings and swastika, however, remain crisp. The swastika has some green residue trapped in the recesses. The ferrule is similar in design to the pommel, with hand enhanced oak leaves.
The carved wooden grip is covered in blue Moroccan leather. Since this dagger was in wear quite a bit the leather is a bit worn, but remains sound and in fine, undamaged condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with a pair of thin, twisted, silvered wires.
Dressing up the hilt is a fine silver bullion portepee, the type of which we normally associate with the Kriegsmarine. This portepee has toned nicely and shows only a bit of modest fraying on the right rear, where is obviously brushed against a tunic. The slide and stem have the usual "V" weave, and the lower bullion ball is nice and tight. The ball has the "cat's anus" stuffing.
The scabbard shell is constructed of steel covered in matching blue Moroccan leather. It shows wear similar to that of the grip; the grain has been smoothed away but it is free of major damage. There are a few cracks on the obverse and a nip on the upper seam. The exposed metal has toned rather darkly, however, and this acts to disguise the nip. The scabbard mounts are of matching gilded brass and remain in fine condition. They are they type with decorative lines on the edges of the obverse facing, and are retained by a single headless screw on the left edge. The eyelets are plain, with small ringlets in matching brass. The throat is the type that is built into the mount.
The blade of the dagger has a matte finish, typical of Clemen & Jung pieces. This matte finish appears on many of their pieces, including the Sea Customs I have in my collection. The blade is in fine condition. The obverse ricasso is stamped with a shield marked "Z" in the center. The reverse has the name of the firm in block letters, "Clemen & Jung / Solingen". The original dark blue leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for an original Sea Customs Dagger this example should be very pleasing. It is not in mint condition, but there is something to be said for honest period wear. A very rare dagger here. I know there were only about 250 officials qualified to wear one, mostly in the ports of Hamburg and Kiel.
Excellent Plus. $7,995.00
CUSTOMS #41372 Land Customs Official's Dagger - Clemen & Jung
This classic C&J example is equipped with aluminum hilt fittings. The top of the pommel cap shows some normal wear and has a couple of minor hits along the edges, but it is not too bad. The 14 standing Customs style oak leaves (with the points at the top) have each been hand enhanced. The same is true of the oak leaves on the aluminum ferrule.
The aluminum crossguard is a beauty, with fine, smooth surfaces on the reverse. The eagle has the traditional wing tips which curve upward, and retains full, sharp detailing throughout.
The carved wooden grip is covered in dark green leather. This leather remains in fine condition, with no cuts. Much of the original grain has been smoothed down but the grip looks fine. It is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.
Wrapped about the hilt is a mint condition 42cm portepee. It is the style generally associated with the Kriegsmarine, given the "cat's anus" stuffing on the lower ball. Presumably a post collector added this portepee; I know for a fact that most of the Land Customs that come out of the woodwork have an Army type portepee attached. There was a green flecked type made during the period, but was probably only offered by one or two companies and is ultra-rare.
The scabbard shell is a fine, straight example, constructed of steel. It is covered in original dark green leather which remains in excellent condition, with only modest wear and most of the grain. It nicely matches that used on the grip. The mounts are nickel-plated steel and remain in excellent condition. They are the type with decorative lines on obverse edges, rained by headless screws set on the left hand side. The throat is the type that is built into the upper scabbard mount.
As is the case with Clemen & Jung the blade has a matte finish. This blade remains in nearly mint condition, with a needle-like tip. The obverse ricasso is marked with a shield bearing a "Z" in the center, while the reverse has the name and location of the company, "Clemen & Jung / Solingen". The original brown leather blade washer is in place.
A very fine Land Customs piece here.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
CUSTOMS #38700 Land Custom Official's Dagger – Clemen & Jung
The pommel shows some minor traces of usage here and there, with a good, smooth top. The standing oak leaves that go around the perimeter are the pointed variety typical of a Customs piece. The matching ferrule has similar pointed oak leaves with some hand enhancement evident on the veining.
The crossguard depicts the Customs eagle, looking to the left and with wingtips that point slightly upward. The eagle has fairly nice detail throughout, showing some minor wear to the surfaces. The breast feathering still has deep engravings where it was hand enhanced. There is also some hand work remaining on the areas of the wreathed swastika. The reverse of the guard is nice and smooth and the quillon ends have a fine swirl.
The grip of this dagger is of carved wood, having eleven ribs and being covered in a dark green leather. This leather shows some minor traces of wear but has no real problems and remains in good condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The scabbard is constructed of steel, straight throughout and covered in matching green leather. There are some scuffs to this leather down at the lower left edge, as well as a tiny missing piece near the lower obverse mount. Overall it is not too bad, though, and it retains the original grain throughout. The steel scabbard mounts have excellent nickel plating. These mounts are in fine condition, having the single decorative line on the edges that where they meet the shell. These mounts do not extend to the rear, although on some original examples they do run all the way around. The mounts are retained by flat head flush mount screws set into the left edge.
The blade of this dagger is a typical Clemen & Jung example. These blades were made for Land Customs Daggers with a matte finish. I have had several C&L pieces in the past and they have all had these matte blades; for some reason this must have been the norm for Customs daggers. I have a Sea Customs Dagger by C&L in my personal collection and it also has a matte finish blade. This blade remains in excellent condition and has a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the firm's name, while the obverse has the Crown and “Z” trademark. The original leather blade washer is in place.
Overall a Land Customs piece that shows period usage but remaining in collectible condition.
CUSTOMS #38330C Land Customs Official's Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This Land Customs Dagger is one of the initial production types with silver-plated mounts. All of the mounts are deeply patinated and I would say with certainty that this dagger has never been cleaned.
The pommel shows some age at the upper portion but all of the silvering appears to be intact. The standing oak leaves are the style that have the points at the top, a design trait typical of Customs pieces. The ferrule has matching pointed oak leaves.
The crossguard features a Customs eagle which looks to the viewer's left and has upturned wing tips. The detailing throughout this bird are exceptional, particularly to the head, breast and wing feathering. The wreathed swastika is a fine example as well. The reverse of the guard shows a little bit of age but 95% of the silvering remains.
The grip is constructed of wood with has been covered in dark green leather. The leather is in very fine condition throughout, still being mint. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy silver wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has outstanding original leather; it has a few bumps and signs of usage, but is free of cuts. The silvered steel scabbard mounts are also in very fine condition. These mounts have accent lines that run all the way around the fittings; we see many reproductions that have this same trait, but we also now know that some of the early pieces also have these lines running entirely around. These fine mounts are retained by headless screws in the left edge. The throat is a built-in type, and the eyelets are plain with matching silvered carrying rings.
The blade of this dagger is very beautiful, being a high quality nickel-plated type. The plating is in full mint condition and is mirror-bright throughout. The reverse ricasso is etched with Weyersberg trademark; a pair of wheat stalks flanking a downward pointing sword. The original brown leather blade buffer is firmly in place.
A nice, untouched, 100% original Land Customs Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,595.00
CUSTOMS #36839 Land Customs Official's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
The pommel shows no hits to the rim, and has a good, smooth upper surface. The standing Land Customs oak leaves have hand-enhanced to the veins, as well as to the casting seam on both sides. The ferrule has the same workmanship to the oak leaves that run about the circumference.
The crossguard of this example has the usual raised, open-winged Land Customs eagle; the wingtips of this bird point slightly upward. There is much handwork evident to the both the breast and eye, as well as to the talons and wreath. A fine crossguard here, still in nice condition.
The grip of the dagger is constructed of leather over a base of carved wood. The Land Custom grips actually have more ribs than those of an Army dagger, 11 in total. This particular example has had the leather of both the grip and scabbard professionally recovered. The leather restoration job is truly outstanding; I doubt that you would know it was done if I didn't mention it! The leather has a very fine grain, and appears to be identical to the leather used originally. We did not perform this job in-house, but whoever did the work was truly an excellent craftsman. The grip is wrapped with springy wire, something we don't normally see on an Eickhorn dagger; twisted brass wire is normally associated with Eickhorn pieces. This wire was the thing that initially called my attention to the restored leather work. The wire looks quite good, though, so it is probably best to just leave it alone.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and, as mentioned above, the leather restoration work is absolutely perfect. The scabbard mounts are the aluminum type. The upper and center mount have eyelets which is built into the casting. The mounts have the decorative lines on the edges which meet the scabbard, but only on the obverse facing. They are retained by flush mount side screws. The two carrying rings are also of aluminum.
The blade is a fine example, having a polished surface and a a needle-like tip. This blade shows only the most minor signs of age and is still in good condition. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935-41 squirrel logo. The rodent looks to the left, and clutches a downward pointing sword in this paws. Above the animal is the word “Quality”, and below the firm's name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A really nice Land Customs Dagger here, which if you did not know the leather had been restored would be worth at least a thousand dollars more than our asking price.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,995.00
CUSTOMS #36671 Land Customs Official's Dagger
This Land Customs Official's Dagger is an interesting dagger in that the grip base is not wood, but rather is constructed of shaped aluminum. We see this type of grip used later in the war, used on Helbig glider daggers as well as on swords made by the Clemen & Jung firm. In fact, it is possible that this dagger comes by Clemen & Jung. It is hard to tell though, as the blade is unmarked.
The upper hilt of the dagger is fitted out with standard aluminum hilt components. The pommel is in choice condition throughout the upper area, which shows little to no use. The edges have no hits and are still smooth throughout. The sides of the pommel are decorated with standing oak leaves. As is usually the case, there is some hand-enhancing accenting these leaves. The ferrule is a matching aluminum type, also having hand-enhancing to the leaves that run around the circumference. The crossguard features an open-winged eagle, with his wingtips upward. This bird has nice, hand-enhanced detail throughout. The reverse guard is totally smooth throughout. A good looking hilt here.
The aluminum base grip has been covered in dark green leather. The leather is still in perfect condition, and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard features a steel shell, covered in matching dark green leather with also remains in totally perfect condition. This original leather has fine pebbling throughout the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel. Each mount has the decorative lines cut into the edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The lines run only on obverse facing of the mount. These mounts have separate eyelets with matching nickel rings. The mounts are retained by headless flush-mount screws, all of which are on the left side. The scabbard throat is build into the top mount, as is usual with Land Customs scabbards.
The blade of this example is still nice and bright, showing only the most modest indications of age. It has a needle-like tip, and most of the factory grain is still in the surfaces. The original brown leather buffer is in place, showing some minor age.
A really interesting Land Customs Official's Dagger here, the first I can remember having an all aluminum based grip.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,795.00