CUSTOMS #39672 Land Customs Official’s Dagger – F. W. Höller
This example has fine aluminum mounts. The pommel cap has a nice, bright finish, showing some wear on the top but with no hits to the rim. It features the special pointed oak leaves used on Customs Daggers, each and every one with hand enhanced veining. The matching ferrule is similarly decorated.
The crossguard is a very nice example, featuring the open-winged Customs eagle with upturned wingtips. The bird shows some wear o the breast feathering, but the wing feathering and head remain crisp/ The wreath looks to have been enhanced, and the mobile swastika is raised out with against a pebbled background. The reverse of the guard is nice and smooth.
The grip is of carved wood, with 11 sections. It is covered in fine, original green leather. This leather remains in nice condition, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The steel scabbard shell is nice and straight, covered with good matching leather. This leather has some mild grain and other than a few minor hits here and there remains in nearly perfect condition. The scabbard is fitted with matching aluminum mounts. These mounts are in perfect condition, with the usual scribed line enhancement on the obverse edges. They are retained by headless screws on the left edge of each mount. The eyelets are built into the casting, with aluminum carrying rings.
The blade is still nice and bright, showing only the most minor traces of age and a slight ripple on the reverse tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Höller Thermometer trademark, and the original small leather blade buffer is in place.
A decent Land Customs Dagger here, showing some mild wear but in very good condition overall.
CUSTOMS #39484 Land Customs Official’s Dagger with Issue Tag – E. & F. Hörster
The pommel of this dagger is in really great shape, with not hits to the upper rim and with a bright, shiny top. The edges of the pommel feature the feature the special Customs oak leaves with the points at the top. It appears that each and every one of these oak leaves has been hand enhanced, as have those seen on the ferrule below.
The crossguard is outstanding. The Land Custom’s eagle is very striking, with the characteristic upswept wingtips. The bird retains fine detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreath. The swastika is a vaulted, mobile type.
The grip is crafted from carved wood and covered in dark green leather. This leather remains in totally perfect condition, still having the original grain. This grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard is a fine example, being a steel example and perfectly straight. It is covered in matching green leather which is also in nearly perfect condition. There is one tiny hit to the lower edge, but it is extremely minor. The matching aluminum scabbard mounts are in a perfect state, showing little to no wear. These mounts are engraved with decorative lines on the obverse face of the bottom mount.
Attached to the aluminum upper hanging ring is an E. & F. Hörster control tag. This tag has a red string and a metallic paper cartouche. It is printed with the firm’s name on one side “Hörster Blanke Waffen Deutsche Werarbeit”, while the other side bears the Hörster logo.
The blank is as nice as they come. It is stone mint, mirror-bright with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Hörster monogram trademark and the new-like brown leather blade washer is in place.
An outstanding Land Customs Dagger here.
CUSTOMS #39018C Sea Customs Official's Dagger - Clemen & Jung
The Sea Customs dagger is indeed a rare sight in this hobby - oh, we see a lot of reproductions, but this one is 100% genuine and in very choice condition. Helmut Weitze, a respected major dealer who many of you may know, lives and has his outstanding shoppe in Hamburg, which was the main harbor for imports coming into Germany during the war. Helmut states that there were only about 250 Sea Customs Officials serving at one time during the war, so this gives you an idea of the rarity of these daggers - maybe a thousand were made. This example also comes with veteran documentation which I will go into further down in the description.
The dagger is an early high-quality example produced of gilded brass. The later pieces (which we see more often) were made of gild aluminum. The dagger in my personal collection is also gild brass and was produced by Clemen & Jung - this firm made a lot of Land and Sea Custom pieces. The pommel has about 80% of the gild finish with brass showing around the rim and on the pommel peak. The gilding still remains over the 14 standing oak leaves that round around the circumference. Each leaf is the Custom type, having the points on the leaf tips. Additionally, each and every leaf has extensive hand enhancement to its center vein. The ferrule below, has 100% gild finish, also having enhancing to each leaf vein.
The gilded brass crossguard is great to examine, having about 90% of the gild finish. The eagle is an open-wing variety with the wing tips pointing upward. The bird's head, breast feathering and wreathed swastika are also enhanced. The reverse guard is nice and smooth, also having its gild finish.
The grip is a hard carved wood base, covered with rich blue Moroccan leather. The leather retains all of its fine grain and remains in perfect throughout. The grip is tightly wrapped with gild brass twisted wire. An outstanding hilt here.
The scabbard shell is a steel base and is straight as an arrow. The matching Moroccan leather covering is in perfect condition, also retaining its grain. The scabbard mounts are gild brass, showing mild wear to the gild on the flat surface areas of the obverse and reverse. Overall, the scabbard gilding is about 85%. The mounts are in perfect condition, having the single accent groove running on the edges that meet the scabbard shell, but they are only on the obverse. The eyelets are smooth surfaced with rounded shape, retaining matching brass scabbard rings. These mounts are retained by single flat head screws installed on the left edge only. An outstanding scabbard here.
The blade is in choice mint condition being finished in a matte state - this is the way Clemen & Jung produced their Customs blades as I have seen many Land versions by this producer also having the matte finish. The Sea Customs piece in my personal collection also has an identical matte-finished blade. Below the cross guard swastika, the blade is stamped with the crown over a shield with a "Z" in the center. On the reverse ricasso, the blade is horizontally two-line stamped, "Clemen & Jung/ Solingen". The brown leather washer is in perfect condition.
The dagger is accompanied by irrefutable provenance - a signed letter from the widow of the UK veteran, dated 6 June 2003, along with an old Polaraid picture also dated 6 June 2003. The dagger at the time was accompanied by a Naval sleeve shield, a buckle and a loose silver bullion portepee. These items are no longer with the dagger. The widow states how her husband serving in the British Army liberated the dagger while he was assigned to guard a warehouse in a Kiel port complex to prevent looting! We all know that "liberating", of course, is not looting. In addition to the poloroid photo, the widow also describes the dagger and states that the dagger has been with their family since the end of the war. So, what more do you need! Here is an opportunity to acquire a very rare dagger and one in choice condition too! I have not had one of these Sea Customs pieces to offer the collecting community for many years. I believe with the condition, rarity and the provenance accompanying the dagger, that this should prove to be a very sound investment. When have you seen a Sea Customs dagger offered - think about it.
Near Mint. $11,995.00
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
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.