CUSTOMS #46822 Land Customs Official by WKC
The pommel shows mild usage but still remains crisp. It features the standing pointed leaves running around the circumference. The matching ferrule also has standing oak leaves positioned around.
The crossguard depicts a fine customs eagle being the style with the wings that tip upward at the end. The detail to the eagle is excellent to include the enhancing of the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The grip is composed of carved wood covers with dark green leather. The leather is still in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard shell is covered with matching green leather which is also in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are a steel base which is plated to resemble the aluminum of the hilt fittings. These scabbard mounts have lines on the obverse of the areas where they meet the scabbard shell. The throat is the style which is built into the mount. The scabbard mounts are retained by headless side screws on the left.
The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It is completely bright with needlelike tip and has all of its crossgrain. It is etched on the reverse with the knight head trademark beneath which are the firm’s initial and location WKC Solingen. The original brown leather buffer is in place within the crossguard recess.
A very fine conditioned land customs official here.
Near Mint. $3,495.00
CUSTOMS #46503 Land Customs Bayonet No Maker
The pommel area depicts the eagle head looking to the viewer’s left. The enhancement work done to the bird’s eye and feathering below on both sides is really superior.
The crossguard has the overlapping oak leaves on the obverse and on the reverse it is left plain in the center having the oak leaves on the quillon end. This would have been probably a custom ordered piece thus no numbering on the crossguard.
The grip plates are a very fine stag. The stag has toned to a nice dark wood with fine ridges and having golden edges where it was perfectly fit to the bayonet hilt. The plates are retained by two steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is also a remarkable example. It is the type of scabbard that has a metal base. The metal has been covered with outstanding light brown leather which still remains in full mint condition. This leather has a very fine grain and has the two accent lines that run down the edges of both sides. Attached to the scabbard are two very fine nickel police style mounts. Both mounts have scalloped edges and they are retained by staples. The lower mount is undecorated and the upper mount only has the nickel lug.
The blade of this example is about 10 inches in length having wide fuller and needlelike tip. It is a nickel plated type but unfortunately does show some smoodge spread about the surfaces of the blade on both sides. Perhaps some of this could be cleaned out which would make the blade a lot nicer. Apparently unwiped fingerprints over the years have taken their toll on this blade which is a shame because if they were not there this piece would easily rate in a full mint state. It is a great very rarely seen example. With its aluminum hilt when the bayonet is out of the scabbard it barely weighs anything. A great piece here to complete a land customs collection or also a very fine addition to any police bayonet collection.
Excellent Plus Plus. $1,395.00
CUSTOMS #46777C Land Customs Officer by Clemen & Jung
The pommel is a beauty showing no signs of wear on the top surface and no hits to the time whatsoever. It features the pointed standing oak leaves which run around its perimeter all having hand enhancing. The ferrule below also has the oak leaves with enhancing.
The crossguard eagle is in spectacular form being newlike throughout and featuring hand done features to the bird’s eye breast feathering wreath and wings. A very beautiful crossguard here with the wings that tip upward. The reverse smooth part of the crossguard also shows virtually no usage.
The grip is a wood base covered with green leather. The leather is in perfect condition with no problems at all. It is tightly wrapped with a twisted silver wire.
The scabbard is a steel base which is covered with matching green leather. The leather is fairly nice condition having a minor hit at the left edge and a couple of lumps along the middle surface but basically the leather is quite good. The reverse is almost perfect. The scabbard mounts are the steel based type that are nickel plated. The lower mount has a small ding in the reverse side but it is pretty minor. The upper and center fittings are in good condition being the style with lines that only run on the obverse. These mounts are retained by side screws on the left of each fitting. The throat is the style that is built into the mount.
The blade is as good as you will see still being full mint having its crossgrain and needlelike tip. It is marked with the shield having a Z inside on the reverse and on the obverse is the firm’s name “Clemen & Jung”. The original blade washer is in place within the crossguard recess.
Overall a pretty nice customs dagger here.
CUSTOMS #46558 Land Customs Official by F. W. Höller
The hilt mounts are all made of aluminum. The pommel cap shows some usage signs at the upper smooth part and it features the pointed standing oak leaves around the circumference all of which have had hand enhancing to the veins of the leaves. The ferrule also has overlapping pointed oak leaves also having hand enhanced veins.
The crossguard features the customs eagle which has its wing tips turned up. This eagle has lots of hand enhancing to its head breast feathering wings and also to the leaves around the wreath which encloses a raised swastika. The reverse of the crossguard is still quite smooth.
The grip is a carved wood base which is covered with green leather. The green leather shows only the slightest of usage still having the majority of its original grain. The grip is wrapped with twisted aluminum wire.
The scabbard is a steel base being straight throughout. The scabbard is covered with matching green leather having fine grain throughout. The leather is still in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are a steel base which have been plated with an aluminum coating to help match the hilt mounts. The scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little bit of minor age but they are still in excellent condition. The mounts are the type that have the accent lines running around the edges of the obverse only. These mounts are retained by headless side screws at the left of each mount. As we often see on customs pieces the throat of the scabbard is built in to the upper fitting.
The blade of this example is still bright throughout and in mint condition with needle-like tip. The blade has all of its crossgrain. It is etched with the Höller double ovals which have the firm's name and location in between being F. W. Höller Solingen. Inside is the familiar thermometer. The small style leather blade washer is in place.
A very nice original Holler dagger.
Near Mint. $3,695.00
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