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DLVNSFK #45032C Crackle Finish NSFK Glider Pilot - F. & A. Helbig

We do not see the crackle finish glider pilots too often and it is a pleasure to offer this example. These pieces have all aluminum mounts and the grip and scabbard have textured metal and are painted giving the look of leather.

The pommel remains in absolute perfect condition with a new like look to the aluminum. The crossguard also matches nicely having the square center block with fine black enamel swastikas in the center. The crossguard arms are in three segments gently pointing downward.

The grip as I say is of textured metal having a bulbous center tapering on both edges. The original blue paint is still in 100 percent condition.

The scabbard shell has matching paint and texturing to the metal and other than a couple of very nominal signs of wear this scabbard is also in outstanding condition. The scabbard mounts are matching aluminum both being decorated with dial lines that run around the edges where they meet the scabbard. These parts are retained by headless screws on the edges of both. It is interesting on these crackle finish pieces that the screws in the upper scabbard are positioned on the bottom area where as on standard pieces the screws are positioned just slightly down from the throat. The throats of these examples are built in and thats why the different positioning for the screws.

Attached to the upper mount is a matching aluminum carrying ring. Attached to the ring is an outstanding short hanger. These short hangers on these Helbig pieces have metal liners so the leather held up quite well much better than was the case with the earlier pieces. The leather is of fine dark brown color and is retained by two aluminum oval mounts by rivets. The matching aluminum snap clip is marked.

The throat of this example is stamped with an open winged Icarus positioned over a swastika.

The blade is an absolute beauty that could not be any better. It is in full mint condition having all of its original grain and needle like tip. The blade is marked with the name of the firm that made 99 percent of these crackle finish pieces being F. & A. Helbig. Their logo is in a double ellipse having the firm's name and town where the come from being Steinbeck. Inside the ovals is the word Saeffler which as I've said before I don't understand the meaning of this word. The original blue washer is in place.

An extremely nice Helbig piece here and in very very collectible condition.

Mint Minus. $1,995.00

DLVNSFK #34892 NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger - E.& F. Hörster

This Glider Pilot's Dagger is in exceptional condition. For some reason the scabbard throat is not marked, but, due to the condition of the piece, I feel as though this is an NSFK.

The piece shows some The hilt mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel is in good condition, with its three stages. The center block of the dagger has the medallion insert, which features an enamel swastika on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse swastika is just slightly turned to about 11 o'clock. The reverse swastika has a small tap in the center, but the enamel is still sound. The crossguard arms are pristine and crisp, and one edge is stamped with the “K” marking.

The Moroccan leather covered carved wood grip is a beauty. This leather still has all of the grain and is in choice condition.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has beautiful leather, exactly matching the grain and color of that seen on the grip. Except for a very small portion of the upper edge, this leather covering remains in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are also in fine condition. These mounts also have 100% of their silvering, and appear to have most of their original lacquer as well. The lower ball is in good condition. These mounts are retained by flatter-style side screws which are unbuggered and in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is a good conditioned brown leather short hanger, as well as the original belt loop. The leather throughout both parts does show some usage, but is still sound. The snap clip is an unmarked nickel type, which also still has the silvered finish and 100% of the frosting intact.

he blade of this example is the best you will see. It is in full, stone Mint condition, with a needle-like tip as well as 100% of the original cross grain. This beautiful blade is etched, on the reverse, with the double oval logo of the E&F Hörster firm. The original blade buffer is in place. The buffer appears to be in mint condition, and appears to have been cut out for use on another type of blade, but has always been in use on this example.

A very fine, late-production NSFK Dagger here; we don't see many in this fine a condition.

Near Mint. $1,695.00

DLVNSFK #35494C DLV Glider Pilot Dagger - F & A Helbig

This early DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned, condition. All mounts are of heavy nickel material, and would really clean up nicely if someone wanted to do this. The pommel top is the three stage variety, and there are no hits on this pommel. The crossguard features the center blocks, which are square on both sides. In the center of these blocks is a medallion having an enamel mobile swastika on both sides. The quillons slope gently downward, and are in the shape of wings, having three stages. One end of the crossguard is marked with the letter "K". The grip is a hand carved wood, being covered with fine, blue Moroccan leather. This darker colored leather is still in perfect condition throughout, having grains The leather is done in the two piece construction.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is also covered with fine, matching Moroccan, also having the same grains as the grip. This scabbard leather shows only mild signs of carrying time, but essentially it is still in near perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are matching solid nickel, being in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the flatter head screws. The hanger ring on this example is without the original hanger.

The blade is nice and bright throughout, and other than the most nominal age, it still in mint condition, having a fine, needle like tip. This blade is etched on the reverse with the dual ovals which contain this firm's name and location, "F & A HELBIG STEINBACH KRM". Inside of the ovals is the word "SEFLER". The throat is marked with the DLV symbol, being a winged propeller. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

A good, solid, early example here, with a seldom seen maker mark.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00



DLVNSFK #44090C DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This DLV Dagger is a choice example of initial production. The hilt mounts are solid nickel with a good silvered finish.

The pommel is the usual three staged affair, in perfect condition with some traces of the original frosting visible in the recesses.

The crossguard is also in choice condition, with frosting clinging to the areas where the quillon arms meet the center black. The center block remains very crisp, with both medallion inserts retaining 100% of the original enamel on the swastikas. One the the quillon arms is stamped on the end with a "K".

The grip is carved wood covered in the original blue Moroccan leather. This leather is absolutely perfect and retains full grain.

The scabbard shell remains straight throughout. This shell also has a perfect covering of Moroccan leather, with the grain exactly matching that on the grip. The nickel mounts also have nice silvering. Both mounts are in choice condition, to include the lower ball, which has only a very minor ding. The mounts are retained by flat head screws. The throat has the early DLV marking of a propeller and a swastika.

The blade of this example is heaven, in a totally mint state with full crossgrain, a mirror finish, and a needle-like tip. The reverse is marked with the Weyersberg Sword and Wheat Stalks trademark and the original blue blade buffer is in place.

A beautiful DLV example here, and a real killer.

Near Mint. $1,695.00

DLVNSFK #44145 DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger - F. & A. Helbig

This DLV example is about as nice as they get. It has early nickel fittings that have toned nicely over the years and looks to have never been cleaned. The hilt mounts are in very fine condition, with the pommel have traces of frosting still visible in the recesses. The pommel remains crisp and perfect.

The crossguard also has much of the original frosting on the center block and about half left on the quillon arms. The center block block is crisp, with both medallion swastika inserts having 100% of the original enamel. One quillon end is stamped "K".

The grip is carved wood covered in the original dark blue Moroccan leather which remains in perfect condition. This original leather is just great, with all of the grain.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has perfect original leather; it is hard to imagine leather can stay this perfect but on this enamel is certainly has. The scabbard mounts are nicely toned and remain in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. They are retained by flat head side screws. The throat is stamped with the DLV marking of a swastika over a pair of wings.

Attached to the hanging ring is a very fine short hanger. This hanger remains in nearly new-like condition, with fine brown leather retained by a pair of oval nickel plates which are riveted in place. The original solid nickel snap clip is unmarked.

The blade is as good as they come; it is in unbelievable fully mint condition.It has full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of the F. & A. Helbig "Saeffler" trademark and the original, new-like blue leather blade buffer is in place.

A terrific untouched DLV example here.

Mint Minus. $2,295.00

DLVNSFK #43796C DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger - SMF

This DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger has fine nickel mounts. The pommel is a standard, three-staged affair that shows no wear to the edges.

The crossguard center block is crisp and the inset enamel swastika medallions remain in mint condition. The guards are the tripartite, down-swept "wing" types and remain crisply detailed. One of the quillon end is marked "K".

The grip is carved wood covered in the original unfaded blue Moroccan leather, which is free of flaws or damage.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, covered in matching blue Moroccan leather which is in choice condition. The leather has no nips or problems but does show minor service wear to the reverse center. The scabbard mounts are perfect and are retained by the four original flat head screws. The throat is marked with the DLV-style swastika and propeller, as well as "E. L. 14". I assume this relates to one of the Glider Pilot schools.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine hanger. The leather of this hanger is sound, retained by a pair of oval plates which are riveted in place. The matching solid nickel snap clip remains in good condition.

The blade is pristine and in full mint condition, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is most impressive. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine DLV example here.

Near Mint. $1,895.00

DLVNSFK #43826C NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger - Gebrüder Heller

This NSFK Dagger has nicely toned nickel fittings throughout. The triple tier pommel is in excellent condition, with no hit on the rims.

The crossguard center block is crisp, with 100% intact enamel on the rear enamel swastika medallion insert; the obverse has a few "tap taps" but the material is still all there. The guards are the tripartite, down-swept "wing" types and remain crisply detailed. One of the quillon end is marked "K".

The grip is carved wood covered in the original blue Moroccan leather, which remains in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and it to a nice Moroccan leather covering. There is a spot on reverse right edge which has a small nip but beyond this the leather is in fine shape. The scabbard mounts are matching toned nickel and both are in excellent condition. The throat is stamped with the Icarus symbol used by the NSFK.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine brown leather hanger. The leather on this hanger remains very sound and is retained by means of two oval nickel plates which are riveted in place. There is a nickel snap clip which has toned to match the hilt fittings.

The blade of this dagger is still bright and has most of the original crossgrain. There are a few minor age spots here and there but the blade still nearly mint with a needle-like tip. Collectors really seem to love the Balloon Man trademark of the Heller firm, which appears crisply marked on the ricasso, and the original blade washer remains in place.

A nice example here, with a desirable trademark.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

DLVNSFK #43827C DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger - SMF

This DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger has fine, all-nickel mounts. Most of the frosting remains on the hilt and scabbard fittings. The pommel is a triple-tiered affair that shows no wear to the edges.

The crossguard center block is crisp with a fully frosted finish, and the inset enamel swastika medallions remain in mint condition. The guards are the tripartite, down-swept "wing" types and remain nicely frosted. One of the quillon end is marked "K".

The grip is carved wood covered in the original unfaded blue Moroccan leather, which is free of flaws or damage.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, covered in matching blue Moroccan leather which is in choice condition. The leather is outstanding and exactly matches the grip. The scabbard mounts are beauties with only slightly oxidized frosting and retained by the four original flat head screws. The throat is marked with the DLV-style swastika and propeller.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine hanger. The leather of this hanger is sound, retained by a pair of oval plates which are riveted in place. The matching solid nickel snap clip has a finely frosted finish which matches the other mounts.

The blade shows some age on the surfaces and is it slightly gray. There is also a minor hit to the tip, but it is not too bad. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A decent DLV example here, with a few minor issued but priced accordingly.

Good Plus. $1,395.00

DLVNSFK #38952 NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger – SMF

This Glider Pilot's Dagger has never been cleaned and remains in very fine, untouched condition.

The mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel cap is the three stage variety, still crisp throughout the edges with no dings.

The crossguard has a very crisp center block featuring round medallions with black swastikas on both sides. The enamel remains perfect on these swastikas. The crossguard arms are the tripartite type, with a downward sweep. One end of the guard is marked “K” and on the other end is marked '96'. Directly underneath the crossguard there are two markings. The first is a '62' and the second is 'T. S. 5' which stands for Technische Schule 5 or "Technical School #5".

The base construction of the grip is of carved wood, slightly bulbous in the center and tapering toward either end. This grip is covered in original blue Moroccan leather which retains all of the grain. This leather is in completely perfect condition.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and covered in perfect matching blue Moroccan leather; there are no nicks, cuts, or any flaws whatsoever on this leather. The scabbard mounts are nicely patinated and match the hilt mounts. They too are in choice condition, although the lower ball has a very tiny tap in the center. This hit does not show from straight on, however. The mounts are retained by flat head screws which are all unturned and firmly in place. The throat is stamped with the NSFK Icarus insignia, with a swastika at his legs, and “F35” in an “H” letter. At the center of the throat is the stamp '5'.

The carrying ring is equipped with the original short hanger as well as the original belt loop. The hanger leather is still supple and is retained by oval nickel disks on either side, with two rivets. The snap clip is unmarked. The belt loop has an unusual “D” ring. This ring is flat on the reverse, presumably to reduce wear from friction. I don't remember ever seeing one like this in the past, and it is kind of neat.

The blade is a very choice example, with full grain, a mirror finish and a needle-like tip. This blade is marked on the reverse ricasso with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm and the original blue leather washer is in place.

A very fine, untouched NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger here. We see a lot more DLV marked daggers than we do NSFK.

Near Mint. $2,295.00

DLVNSFK #37997C Early DLV Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This initial production DLV Dagger is a real beauty. It shows some minor traces of usage here and there, but overall it is still in very choice, near mint condition.

The nickel mounts are silver frosted, a design hallmark of the Eickhorn firm. The pommel is in choice condition with no hits on any of the edges. The outer segmented areas of the pommel have deeply patinated, while the two inner areas retain the original frosting. This frosting also extends slightly down on to the ferrule below.

The crossguard features the square center blocks with black enamel swastika medallion inserts on both sides. The enamel remains 100% intact throughout these swastikas. The tripartite guard arms taper nicely downward. There is frosting throughout all of the guard, particularly on the protected areas. One of the quillon ends has the usual “K” stamping on it.

The grip is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering toward either end. This grip is covered in fine, original blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition, and is an example of one piece construction.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. This shell also has very fine original Moroccan leather, exactly matching the grain and color of the grip. The scabbard mounts are both beauties. The upper mount has much of the original frosted finish and, on the areas where the frosting has been worn, is completely black with patination. The lower fitting has lost most of the frosting but there are some traces of it in the areas where the perfect lower ball attached to the chape. These mounts are decorated with twin lines on the areas adjacent to the scabbard shell, and are retained by flat head screws which are all unturned. The throat is marked with the DLV stamping of a swastika with open wings.

The hanging strap is in excellent shape, constructed from a dark brown leather. This leather is still supple, and is retained by two oval nickel plates which are affixed by rivets. The snap clip on the hanger is an unmarked early solid nickel example. This clip is also covered with original frosting, exactly matching the other mounts.

The blade of this dagger is one of the best you will see. It retains a needle-like tip, full crossgrain and is nice and bright. The reverse ricasso is marked with the very seldom seen 1933-34 Eickhorn Squirrel logo, the example with the small double oval design. The squirrel has a serrated tail and hold a nut in his paws. The original leather blade buffer is in place and is new-like.

A really sharp, investment quality DLV Dagger here.

Near Mint. $3,395.00

DLVNSFK #37987 DLV Dagger – SMF

This DLV Dagger is in choice, investment quality condition. It has much of the original silver frosted finish remaining on the mounts.

The pommel is the typical triple segmented type with no hits visible on any of the rims.

The crossguard features a square center block on both sides, having medallion inserts with black mobile swastikas. The enamel construction of the inserts is in perfect, untouched condition. The guards are the tripartite type which flow gracefully downward. The crossguard end is not stamped with the usual “K” marking. It is unclear why it is missing; perhaps the stamper was on a lunch break!

The grip is a of carved wood with a covering of extremely fine original blue Moroccan leather; this leather is in perfect condition throughout. The grip itself is bulbous in the center and tapers toward either end.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather covering shows just the slightest traces of usage with no flaws or separations anywhere. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition, perfect through to the lower ball. They are decorated with dual accent lines are are retained by four flat head screws which are in fine, unturned condition.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine brown leather short hanger. The leather is decorated with lines on both edges and remains nice and supple, with the original color intact. The leather is retained by two oval disks of nickel that are affixed with rivets. The snap clip is an early unmarked nickel type, nicely matching the rest of the mounts. Like the crossguard the throat of this example is also unmarked. We see this occasionally with DLV pieces, but why they are missing is still a mystery. If anything it shows that the myth of German perfection, especially in regards to practices and regulations, is just that. In any event I've had a number of these unmarked pieces in the past.

The blade is in tremendous condition. It if flat-out mint with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. It is etched on the reverse ricasso with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, and the original leather blade buffer is set in place.

An outstanding DLV Dagger here.

Near Mint. $2,195.00

DLVNSFK #37996C DLV Dagger – Gebruder Heller

This DLV Dagger features early nickel mounts. The pommel is in excellent condition with no hits to the rims.

The crossguard features the square center blocks with black enamel swastika medallion inserts on both sides. The enamel remains 100% intact throughout these swastikas on both sides. The tripartite guard arms taper nicely downward. The quillon end on this piece is not marked with a “K” stamping, nor is the scabbard throat. This is a quirk that we occasionally see, although I'm not exactly sure why most have it and some do not. I suspect these daggers where awarded directly and circumvented the usual inspection process.

The grip is a of carved wood with a covering of fine original blue Moroccan leather; this leather shows mild hand wear but has no cuts or problems. The grip itself is bulbous in the center and tapers toward either end.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. We we received this dagger the leather was bad on this shell so we restored it with original Moroccan; the job was beautifully done and it is very hard (if not impossible) to tell it was restored. The scabbard mounts are in absolutely prefect condition through to the lower ball, and are decorated with the usual pattern of twin lines in the area adjacent to the scabbard. They are retained by the four original flat head screws, all of which are unbuggered.

The original hanger is attached and in choice condition. The leather is a fine brown color and is retained by two oval nickel disks held in place with rivets. The snap clip is an unmarked, solid nickel example.

The blade is nice and bright throughout, with a needle-like tip and fine crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is etched with the extremely desirable Balloon Man logo of the Heller firm. The figure holds a bundle of five balloons which float above his head. Beneath the salesman is the name of the firm, “Gebr Heller Marienthal / Schweina / Thr.” The leather washer is a restored example, crafted from original leather reclaimed in the restoration work.

A nice example here with a very desirable maker mark.

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00,/P>