The DLV (Deutscher Luftsport Verband) was organized in 1933, as a para-military sports organization for Germans to fly limited motor-driven airplanes, gliders and ballooning.
DLV Officers wore a very long dirk, measuring 55cm. The dirk design was a cruciform, consisting of cigar-shape ribbed wood grip, covered with blue leather. The round nickel-silver, flat-surfaced pommel and matching downswept winged crossguard were inlaid with gilded brass sunwheel swastikas on both sides. The long scabbard was a composition base material, covered with matching blue leather. There are three nickel scabbard mounts which are retained with staples. A chain hanger is affixed to the upper two mounts. The long blade is a nickel-plated example. Transitional DLV and 1st Model Luftwaffe examples exist which are shortened DLV examples, or examples having early composition scabbards and staple-held fittings. The 1st Model Luftwaffe evolved from these daggers.
The 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger, although still a fairly long weapon, was a shorter variation of the previously carried DLV Officer. In 1935, Hitler unveiled the "secret" Luftwaffe to the world, defying the Versailles Treaty. It became the third fighting branch of the German Wehrmacht, and was headed by Hermann Göring as Commander-in-Chief. Initially, only Luftwaffe Officers with flying status wore the new Fliegerdolch. Later, regulations were relaxed and other Officers were permitted to wear the "flying dagger". After 1937, Officers were required to wear the newly introduced Offizierdolch or 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger.
The 1st Model, from that point on, was worn by high ranking NCO's, not officers. Initial patterns of the early Fliegerdolche were constructed using heavy solid nickel materials for hilt and scabbard mounts. Gilded brass sunwheel swastika inserts decorated the pommel and crossguard. The cigar-shape, wood-based grip and scabbard shell are covered in a rich Moroccan blue leather. A chain hanger with snap clip is attached to the scabbard. Examples produced after 1938 have aluminum fittings. Late examples were produced of nickel pot metal hilt fittings with plated steel scabbard fittings. Blades were usually quality nickel plated.
LD1 #44951C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe - Tiger
The pommel shows a little bit of carrying time around the rim but not bad. The silvering has gone from the inside legs of the sunwheels but the bronze metal stills shows nicely. The same is true of the two sunwheels on the crossguard.
The crossguard arms are in good condition folding downward.
The grip is a carved wood covered in Moroccan leather. The leather is still in nice condition showing only a couple of wearing signs but the leather is all there. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. When I received this scabbard the leather was gone to time on this scabbard so I had it professionally redone. The new leather is absolutely perfect and almost impossible to even see the seam. The scabbard mounts match the fine patination of the hilt mounts. Each of these mounts is in good condition and are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the dagger is a fine early nickel chain. This chain has the most commonly seen 9 upper and 14 lower ringlets. They are connected to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The reverse of the upper scabbard mount is engraved with a group number being 269. This same number is engraved on lower ricasso.
The blade is a high quality nickel plated example. It has its original brillant shine to the finish and would be full mint were there not for a couple of very tiny marks along the lower edge but they are nothing. The reverse blade is clean as a whistle and in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the detailed tiger making his way across the center of the blade. Below the cat is the firm's name and location Tiger / Solingen. The original blue leather washer is in place.
A very very nice early Luftwaffe dagger here which would for 300 dollars more were it not for the releathering of the scabbard. At any rate the piece is priced accordingly.
LD1 #44950C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel is in nice condition still having most of the original silvering between the legs of the sunwheels and there is also some of the original gilt finish that remains on the bottom leg of the reverse sunwheel. The rim of the pommel is in nice condition with no hits. The sunwheels of the crossguard have only minor amounts of silvering left. The crossguard itself though still has some frosting in the protected areas. A very nice crossguard here.
The wood carved grip is covered with fine Moroccan blue leather. This leather is in nice condition throughout with no visible hits. It is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire the center being twisted. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. When I received this dagger it has no leather on the scabbard so we had it professionally redone. The new leather is in absolute perfect condition and nearly impossible to see the seam. Great work here! The scabbard mounts are matching nickel all in fine condition and retained by headless side screws.
The chain is the type that has the flat style rings. These rings are seen infrequently and are desirable by Luftwaffe collectors. The chain is equipped with 9 upper ringlets and 14 lower ringlets. They are connected to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The blade of this example is a real beauty being highest quality nickel plated finish. It retains its needle like point. This mint condition blade is marked on the reverse with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location Paul Weyersberg & Co Solingen and inside is a downward pointing sword placed between two wheat shafts. The original blade buffer is in place.
This is an extremely nice 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger and would easily be worth about 300 dollars more than the asking price. The prices is reduced due to the recovering of the scabbard. A bargain here in my estimation.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
LD1 #44972 1st Model Aluminum Luftwaffe
The pommel still retains its bright aluminum color showing not hits around the rims. Both of the swastikas still have most of the gild with just a little bit missing on the reverse center area.
The crossguard sunwheels are also in nice condition with full gild. The crossguard arms have a good aluminum look to them also.
The grip is a carved wood covered with blue Moroccan leather. This grip leather is in absolute perfect condition and is the tightly wrapped with very thin triple brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The matching Moroccan leather on the scabbard is also absolutely perfect with not cuts anywhere. The aluminum scabbard mounts show no age still being nice and bright.
Attached to the scabbard is a unusual silver chain instead of the normal aluminum type chain. The links are all of nickel and the clip is also nickel and is marked on the reverse the same as the aluminum ones were Gesch Gesch and OLC. It looks as those OLC must have made a few nickel chains but we very seldom see them so this is a nice touch.
The unmarked blade appears to be a polished type and there is still grain visible in the surfaces. There are a couple of rubs in the finish but nothing is really bad. They looks like places where someone tried to get a couple of minor spots off at one time. The blade is still in nice condition rating near mint. The original leather buffer is still in place.
An interesting aluminum 1st model here.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
LD1 #34798 Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF
This Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe example is equipped with hilt mounts produced of solid nickel base metal. The pommel has a minor hit to around the eleven o’clock area of the obverse rim but otherwise both rims are in good condition. The pommel and crossguard center block have the medallion insert style brass sunwheel swastikas. The silvering between the legs of all the swastikas still appears to be there in place. The crossguard arms are the style which flow downward in three separate sections. The edges of the guards are still in good condition throughout. The grip is a carved wood base being covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather is in excellent condition showing only a couple of normal wear signs. The ribs of this grip taper downward from left to right. These ribs are tightly wrapped with triple silvered wire, the center being twisted. There is a matching ferrule below the grip and positoned between the crossguard upper area.
The scabbard shell is the style made of composition material with no metal shell inside. The composition material is covered with fine matching Moroccan blue leather. This leather is in excellent condition throughout having no nips or problems but does show just the slightest of runner “push out” at the bottom area. It is not bad however and much less severe than we normally see. The scabbard shell is equipped with silvered nickel mounts. These mounts throughout are in good condition. They are retained by the large style silvered staples. The staples are in good condition although the upper staple moves a little bit when the blade goes in and out but it falls nicely back in place when the blade is in full return position. The upper and center mount are equipped with eyelets and carrying rings. There is a matching solid nickel chain attached with the standard nickel tabs. There are nine upper ringlets and thirteen lower ringlets. Both chains are attached to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip. This dagger is identical to the examples that I show on page 39 of my Luftwaffe book
The blade is a nickel-plated type having good needlelike tip. This blade is still bright throughout but does show a few in and out markings and some minor surface scratches here and there but nothing severe. The blade still easily grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds a sword in an upward position while he sits on the initials of the firm, “SMF”. Below the seated king in an upper arch shape is the location town, “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. A good solid transitional example here recently purchased from a collector in South Africa.
LD1 #30560 Late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Alcoso
This late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe has the pot metal zinc based hilt fittings. You can always tell these at a glance as the butt plate below the crossguard area is thicker than the other types that you will see. Unfortunately the silvering or nickel usually didn’t hold up to well on these zinc based fittings and rarely do you see any gilding remaining to the sunwheel swastikas. On this example both the pommel and the crossguard show a bit of patination and there does seem to still be some silvering there. The pommel has crisp edges and the sunwheels are still quite prominent but blend into the rest of the patina. The crossguard seems to also have quite a bit of the original finish remaining. The reverse crossguard has good sunwheels whereas on the obverse the sunwheel swastika has turned green probably from some moisture that accumulated near it. The grip is the standard wood base type. This grip has outstanding Moroccan blue leather. This leather still has its original graining and is in near mint condition. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has outstanding original blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows only the mildest of age but still remains in perfect condition with no hits, nips or problems. The scabbard mounts are the silvered steel base type. They have patination matching the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition throughout and they are retained with flathead flush mount screws. The chain is the aluminum type. This chain has six upper and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a “Ges. Gesch.” marked matching aluminum clip which is also maker marked “OLC” in a diamond.
The blade of this example is a fine one. It has outstanding mirror finish nickel-plated surfaces and retains its needlelike tip. This blade is in full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the scale trademark used from 1937-1939. It exhibits the scales having the firm’s initials interspersed and above these scales in an arch shape is the block lettered name, “Alcoso” and below the location of “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. A decent example here probably produced as the war was beginning in 1939.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
LD1 #25911C Untouched Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - David Malsch
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has never been cleaned, and does not look to have ever been apart. It has substantial patination throughout, and is a good one for those of you out there that like these kinds of pieces. This one looks to have just come out of the woodwork, and has all of its history clinging throughout its surfaces. The pommel shows some mild usage around the rim, but is still in good condition. It is fairly dark patinated, but it is possible to see that there is still some silvering between the sunwheel swastika legs. The brass swastikas area the medallion insert type, and they are in good condition. The same is true of the sunwheels at the crossguard. These appear to have more silvering between the legs. The downswept crossguard quillon arms are very black with patination. It is possible to see, though, that the segments are still nice and crisp throughout. The grip still has excellent original leather. This leather shows some wear to the graining across the top of the ribs, but there are no cuts, and it is all still there. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted for contrast.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The steel-based shell is covered with Moroccan blue leather, which exactly matches that of the grip. This leather still has most of the graining showing, being a little bit thinned at the handhold, between the two fittings. The leather, though, shows very little usage, and is all there. It is rare to see original leather still in this condition. The scabbard mounts are deeply patinated, matching the hilt fittings. These mounts show some usage throughout, but overall, they look to be in good condition, with no bumps or problems. Each mount is retained by flush mount, headless, nickel screws on each side. The chain assembly is a fine example, being the style with flat rings. These flat style rings can be seen in my Luftwaffe book, on page 57, center. This chain assembly is identical to the book example, as is the snap clip. There are 9 upper ringlets, and 14 lower ringlets. The chain is connected to the scabbard carrying rings, via two nickel tabs.
It is a pleasure to view the blade on this example, as it is mirror bright, contrasting drastically with the toned fittings. This blade reflects high quality nickel plating. It shows a little bit of age here and there, but overall, the blade is still in bright, near full mint, condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the producer’s ellipse logo. The firm’s name and location are positioned around the ellipse, “David Malsch, Steinbach (Thur)”. Inside of the ellipse is the firm’s initials, “DM”. There is also a waffen amt, positioned next to the logo, on the side of the ricasso. This waffen amt is the early style stick bird, and it is positioned over the numeral , “V11”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place, and has done a good job protecting this blade. A fine untouched example, having many desirable features for the “type” collectors out there.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
LD1 #28420 Early Flight Marked 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is equipped with all solid nickel mounts. The dagger shows some normal wear of the period, but overall is in excellent condition. The pommel shows some hits to the edges, but they are not deep and would be expected for a dagger that may have been carried for almost a decade. The pommel has the brass medallion inserts that feature sunwheel swastikas on each side. There is no silvering left between the legs of the sunwheels, and the area is nicely patinated. The same is true of the sunwheel inserts on the crossguard. This crossguard also shows some mild signs of usage, but the three-tiered downward swept quillon arms are still mostly crisp. The grip is composed of a wood base, being covered with Moroccan leather. This leather covering shows some wear across the upper surfaces, and there is no grain left to the leather. There are also a couple of nips at the lower section, but these are very old and the wood has almost turned to the color of the leather. Also, these could be easily covered with a portepee. The lower butt plate of the crossguard is flight marked, “H.Kp.l24”. This would indicate that the dagger was most likely the property of the Hildeshein Airport, and that the dagger belonged to the Kamph Group 24. These markings are deeply stamped into the surfaces. There are matching markings that are also stamped into the surfaces of the scabbard throat fitting.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered with matching Moroccan blue leather. This leather also shows a few signs of usage, but overall, it is in excellent condition and there are no nips or problems. The leather shell is fitted with nickel mounts. These mounts are in good condition, showing minor usage but no problems. The mounts are retained by flat head flush mount side screws, which are installed in the edges. The chain is the standard nickel type. It has nine upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. It is attached to the standard unmarked nickel-style clip. I notice, also, that the clip at the very bottom is neatly stamped in very small numbers “155”. I don’t know what this number would mean.
The blade of this example is a nice bright quality nickel plated example. It still retains its needle tip, and shows a little bit of in-and-out markings and some mild wear to the plating around the tip area, but overall this quality blade is still in near mint condition and is mostly bright. The blade is etched on the reverse with the dual oval trademark that captures the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co., Solingen”. Inside of the ovals there is a sword pointing downward which pierces two wheat sheafs. Below the trademark is an early stickbird waffen amt, which has the number “5” in his belly. If you are looking for a dagger that has realism to it and also gives you something to research as far as the property markings go, this should be a very satisfactory example. Given that it was worn for nearly a decade, it has outstanding condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
LD1 #44593 Early, Numbered 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. & F. Hörster
The pommel is in nice condition, showing little usage and retaining the original silvering between the legs of both sun-wheel swastika.
The same is true of the sun-wheel in the guard center block. The quillon arms are the standard tripartite "wing" type, and each remains in crisp condition.
The grip is carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in completely perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and covered in matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows some mild wear but it completely free of rips, nips, or other problems. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition and have toned to match the hilt fittings. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the scabbard is a fine, early nickel chain, with nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. These ringlets are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is a real beauty with high quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Höller H trademark as well as a stick-bird "5" waffenamt.
It is interesting to note that right above the trademark is the number "205". Examining the dagger I was pleased to find this number on the reverse of the scabbard throat. This is the first time I have seen these small numerals placed on the throat edge and the blade.
The original blade washer is in place and in perfect condition.
A very fine, early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
LD1 #38989C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger
The pommel is in good shape, with no hits to the rims. The raised sunwheels do not have any gilding left on them but remain crisp.
The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. The guard arms are the segmented, “winged” type which curve downward.
The grip is of carved wood covered in original Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent shape, showing some wear but free of nips, cuts, or problems. This grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three twisted brass wires.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It retains the original Moroccan leather covering which is in very nice condition; it shows traces of wear but it too is free of problems. The scabbard mounts are silver plated steel, the upper mount and center mounts showing slight wear to the plating. The lower mount has all of the silver and just some mild age in the surface, but nothing too bad. These mounts are retained by flat head screws, a bit in unusual as most pieces of this type have headless screws. There is a screw in the right upper portion, the right lower portion, and one in the center left.
The attached aluminum chain has six ringlets making up the upper chain and eight on the lower. These two chains are attached to an aluminum snap clip marked “OLC” and “Ges Gesch”.
The blade of this dagger makes up for many of the minor flaws on the outside. It is a high quality, nickel plated example that remains in mint condition. This beautiful blade is unmarked and retains the original blue leather blade washer.
A good, basic starter example here, priced reasonably.
LD1 #37480 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger
This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger despite the fact that it does not have a maker mark. The hilt fittings are the solid nickel type having fine brass inset medallions. The silvering appears to be mostly intact between the legs of both of the sunwheels. Both rims of the pommel are free of dings and with only modest signs of use. The crossguard quillons are in the characteristic downswept tripartite design, evoking a pair of wings.
The grip is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards the ends. It is covered with excellent blue Moroccan leather which is in very fine condition still having grain showing. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The Moroccan leather covering the scabbard nicely matches the grip and is in nearly perfect but for a couple of very, very minor openings along the area where the seam was made. They are barely noticeable, however. This scabbard has steel mount brackets, however all of the original silvering is intact over the steel base and is nicely patinated exactly matching the hilt mounts. These mounts are retained by headless flush mounted side screws.
There is a solid nickel chain attached to the scabbard mounts. This chain has the usual nine upper and fourteen lower eyelets. The chain is connected to a DRGM style snap clip. These clips are made of pot metal and, as usual, the clip has sprung out from the upper ring; best to avoid trying to close it as it will most likely break.
The blade of this dagger is a real beauty, a polished type instead of being nickel plated. All of the crossgrain is visible in the blade and it is mirror bright throughout, retaining a needle-like tip. It is in full Mint condition. The blade is buffered by a matching blue leather washer.
A very nice, early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00
LD1 #36801 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Paul Weyersburg
The pommel still has a good, crisp rim, and features the medallion style sun-wheel, which has much patination withing the legs of the swastika. It appears, though, that there is wear to the silvering between the legs.
The crosssguard is also highly patinated. It is in the characteristic style; triple segmented, with downward sweeping quillon arms. The sun-wheels on this guard are completely black between the legs, but it does look as though the silvering might still be intact.
The carved wood grip is an excellent example, having a covering of perfect, original Moroccan leather. This leather shows only traces of usage, and is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather throughout this example was in perfect condition except for a tiny area on the back edge just above the center ramp. We applied a small patch to this area using period leather; unless you knew it was done it would be very tough to pick up this repair. The grain throughout this leather is extremely fine. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition, showing little signs of use. Even the lower mount has hardly any scratches or signs of wear. These mounts are patinated, matching the hilt. They are retained by headless, flush-mounted side screws.
Attached to the rings is a matching, uncleaned nickel chain. This chain has the standard nine upper ringlets and fourteen lower ringlets. They are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The blade is a very fine example, having rich nickel plated surfaces. The plating is still mirror bright, and the tip of the blade is needle-like. This blade is in full Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with dual ovals which contain the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersburg & Co. / Solingen”. In the center area is a downward pointing swords enclosed between two wheat shafts. Stamped just below the trademark is a waffenamt; an early style stickbird with a “5” in his belly. This beautiful blade is protected by a matching dark blue leather buffer.
I personally think that the Weyersburg brand 1st Model Luftwaffe daggers were the highest quality made during the early period. If you are looking for a great collectible dagger that really speaks of the time, this example should more than satisfy you. I feel that it is best to leave it uncleaned, but if the next owner desires to do so it will not effect the value of the dagger. These Weyersburg pieces have the look of a cut-down, smaller proportioned medieval sword; nothing better looking than these!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00
LD1 #35964 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – David Malsch
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger shows quite a bit of period wear, but overall it is still in collectible condition. The mounts are the early, solid nickel type, and the sun-wheel swastikas on the pommel and crossguard are the medallion style. It appears as though the silvering between the legs of the sun-wheels have worn down to the brass base below; in spite of this they still look excellent. The rims around both sides of the pommel are still in crisp condition with no hits. The crossguard has good, down-swept arms, behind the standard three segment design. The carved wood grip is covered with dark blue Moroccan leather. This leather covering is still in good condition, however most of the grain is gone from hand wear. There are no cuts or other problems though. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple strand silver wire, having a twisted type in the center.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and is covered in matching dark blue Moroccan leather. The scabbard leather does show some hand wear to the surfaces, and as a result there is not a lot of grain remaining. The reverse of the shell has a couple of nips in the leather, one in the upper area near the edge, and another in the lower center. This leather, though, still looks very good. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel, nicely patinated to match the crossguard mounts. These fittings are in excellent condition, including the lower mount, which you would think would have quite a bit of wear but there are no taps or dings to be seen. These mounts are retained by headless side screws which are all in place. The chain is the style with flat ringlets. We see this quite a bit when looking at Malsch daggers. This chain is constructed with 19 ringlets at the top, and 14 on the bottom. The chains are attached to a standard, unmarked solid nickel clip.
The blade of this dagger is a high quality nickel-plated type, still being nice and bright. This blade retains the original needle-like tip, and other than normal runner marks is in perfect condition. It is lightly etched on the reverse ricasso with an ellipse that bears the firm's initials, “DM”. Around the ellipse at the top and bottom is the makers name, “David Malsch”, and “Steinbeck”, the town where the dagger was produced. Below the trademark is a waffenamt, consisting of an early style stickbird, having a “5” in his belly. The original matching blue leather blade washer is in place.
A nice Luft dagger here if you are looking for a piece with normal period wear but still in collectible condition. The mounts on this piece do not look to have been cleaned in many years.
LD1 #35378C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Double Etched Blade – Carl Jul Krebs
This Krebs 1st Model Luftwaffe is easily one of the rarest pieces that could have been ordered if the pocketbook would permit. The dagger is of the mid-period vintage having pot metal mounts which have been silver-plated. Usually the silvering comes right off of these pot metal mounts but fortunately in the case of this fine example, the factory must have given some extra plating as the silvering is still pretty much all there. These pot metal mounts are the type where the sunwheel swastikas were part of the casting. The surfaces were gilded by the factory and normally the gilt pretty much disappears but again, there must have been some extra care done and although still somewhat light the gilt finish is still quite nice across the pommel and crossguard sunwheels. The pommel shows very little usage around the rims and still remains crisp. The crossguard is also a fine example having crisp edges to the three segments that flow downward in the shape of wings. The grip is a carved wood base having outstanding original Moroccan leather covering. The dark blue color is still nice and vibrant and the grain is still in the leather. This fine grip is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted for contrast.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and also has outstanding original Moroccan leather. This leather is about as good as you’ll ever see and still be original. There are virtually no flaws on this leather only just the slightest signs of usage. It is doubtful that the original owner of this beautiful dagger carried it much. The scabbard mounts are the mid-period type also being of steel base and having good silver plating. The silvering is still nearly 100% throughout all of the mounts showing just a little bit of age and some slight signs of lifting on the reverse of the center mount. The mounts, though, are very clean showing little usage. These mounts are retained by flathead flush mount screws in the side edges. The chain is the normal type we see on mid-period piece being the aluminum variety. This chain consists of six upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. The two chains are connected to a standard aluminum clip being marked “OLC” within a diamond on the reverse and the registered trademark stamping “Ges. Gesch.”.
The best part of this dagger though is the blade. If you don’t smile when you see this blade coming out of the scabbard you need to go into stamp or coin collecting. This full mint blade is astounding. It reflects a heavy quality nickel-plated surface easily being in 100% condition and retaining its fine needlelike tip. Etched onto the panels is the design that we frequently see on the Voos model 2nd Luftwaffes, only in the case of this 1st model all of the designs have been enlarged slightly. Both blade sides are etched with arabesque floral designs having 100% frosting in the backgrounds. This intact frosting accents the relief of the designs. The reverse blade is totally etched with floral designs and the obverse blade has a panel in the center. The panel portrays an outstanding Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s right. This eagle has terrific detail to his feathering as well as to his eye and beak areas. He is grasping a mobile swastika in his right talon and it dangle nicely just below his tail. Under each wing is a branch of laurel leaves complete with little berries.
I can not over emphasize the quality and detail that can be viewed in the etch on both sides of this blade. The maker of this example is the Carl Jul Krebs firm. They made a lot of good stuff as we all know and in this case probably took an order from a good customer and had the same etching company that was probably used by Voos to do this etch. Their trademark is the small single oval which inside has the name of the firm and location, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center of the oval is the crown oval positioned over the letter, “K”. The original blue blade buffer is in place and in this case it looks slightly fatter than the normal leather buffer. Perhaps Krebs wanted to make sure that this area of protection could be adequate considering the quality of the blade etch. A truly magnificent 1st model Luftwaffe here being only the second or third that I have seen in my career. This is a superb piece for the advanced collector or for someone who is looking to invest some money for a future retirement. It would be hard to believe that the desirability of a dagger of this caliber would not increase as the years go by.
Mint Minus. $19,995.00
LD1 #35120 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - WMW
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of mid-period construction. The hilt pieces are made of pot metal, and are silver plated. In the case of this example, the mounts do not look like they have been cleaned since the War, and accordingly still contain most of their silvering. The pommel and crossguard feature good, brass plated, sunwheels. The plating to the sunwheels appears intact on the pommel, and there is some wear to the plating on the crossguard. In both cases, however, all of the silvering is still intact between the legs of the sunwheels on both pieces. The grip is a carved wood example, having Moroccan leather covering. The leather is still in excellent condition, showing some minor usage signs, but still looking good with no cuts. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple wire, the two outside wires appearing to be copper, and the inside wire being the springy, aluminum type. This is an interesting wire wrap, which I don't recall seeing in the past, and can be attributed to a small producer like WMW.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This shell has outstanding leather, still having all of its grain and no cuts or problems anywhere. The scabbard mounts are the silver plated steel based type. The silvering is deeply patinated, and in good condition throughout. These mounts are retained by flush mount, headless side screws. The chain is the aluminum type. There are seven upper ringlets, and nine lower ringlets in the two assemblies. The aluminum snap clip is the type that is marked on the reverse, "ges. gesch." and "olc". The blade is a nice example, having bright finish throughout, and good nickel plating. There are a a few minor scratches here and there, but overall, the blade is still easily in near mint condition, and complete with needle like tip. This fine blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso "WMW/WAFFEN". The original, blue leather blade washer is in place. A very nice, mid period dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
LD1 #34923 Uncleaned 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – David Malsch, Steinbach
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger was recently purchased by me from the family that brought the dagger home. The dagger has never been cleaned and remains in a deeply patinated state. The mounts are all solid nickel throughout having a nice patination with some silver frosting still remaining throughout the crossguard quillon areas. The pommel cap has excellent crisp edges on both sides. The brass medallion inserts have good sunwheel swastikas but all of the plating is worn out from between the legs. The crossguard center block also has fine medallion sunwheel inserts and most of the original silvering is still between the legs. The crossguards nicely taper downward and still have crisp sections with silver frosting noticeable on the surfaces. The grip is a carved wood base having ribs which descend downward from left to right. The grip is covered with fine dark blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows only modest usage and is still in excellent condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with brass triple wire, the center being twisted. The matching ferrule is in position below the grip.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching Moroccan leather which still remains in choice condition having no nips or cuts. It is really nice to see leather in this condition. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel type also being uncleaned. These mounts are all in excellent condition being retained by flathead side screws. It is interesting to note that the reverse of the center mount was originally equipped with the two holes where staples were used to retain the mounts to composition scabbards. In this case the two holes have been filled in by the factory and the mount was used up as a matter of course. These kind of things are always very interesting to collectors and that is the reason that I point them out. There is an early nickel chain attached being the type with flat wings. If you are not familiar with this type of chain assembly you can see one pictured on page 57 in the center in my Luftwaffe book. This fine matching chain is connected to the carrying rings at the upper and center mount. The connector is a matching nickel tab on each chain. There are nine ringlets on the upper chain and fourteen on the lower. The two chains are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip.
The blade is a fine bright example which has been nickel-plated. This blade still has good surfaces throughout with a needlelike tip. The blade grades nearly in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of this company. It consists of an ellipse design which contains the initials of the firm, “DM”. At the top of the ellipse is the firm’s name, “David Malsch”. Below is the area that this company came from, “Steinbach, Thur.”. There is also a waffen amt just to the right of the ellipse. The original blue leather blade washer is in place. A fine untouched early 1st model Luftwaffe Dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
LD1 #31007 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - F&A Helbig
This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has never been cleaned since the war. It shows some usage and age but overall it is still in a collectible state. This dagger has highest quality solid nickel hilt parts. These hilt parts have patinated to a dull yellowy color. The sunwheel swastikas at the pommel and the crossguard are the brass medallion types which are soldered into place. The medallions are completely down to the brass and I do not see any plating left between the sunwheel swastika’s legs. Nevertheless the fittings are still in good condition, the circumference around the pommel still being crisp and the same is true to the three stage sections of the downward tipping crossguard arms. The grip is a wood base. It has sections which run downward from left to right. The grip has the original Moroccan leather covering. The leather shows some scuffs and there is also a small piece missing at the lower ring but we colored it in a little bit with some dark marker and it is almost invisible. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple nickel wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The leather on this shell also shows age and usage but quite honestly there are no bad cuts and it still looks pretty good. This leather nicely matches that of the grip. The shell is fitted with matching highly patinated nickel mounts. These mounts are still in good condition throughout. The reverse of the upper mount has an inscription which was most likely done by the GI who liberated this piece. Neatly scratched into the surfaces is “Frank and Jo Foxx”, then “World War II / 1945 / Cologne, Germany”. Since this personalization was done on the reverse it does not show if the dagger is going to be displayed. These mounts are secured with all in place headless side screws. The chain is of matching nickel and it is one of the seldom seen flat ring types. If you are not familiar with this type of chain you can see it in my Luftwaffe Book on page 57 in the center lower photo. This chain is the same as the example in the book. It is fitted with eight upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a matching unmarked solid nickel clip.
The blade of this piece is still nice and bright. It has some in and out marks but it still remains in excellent condition easily grading excellent plus, plus. The maker marking is quite faint on this blade but there is enough there to see that it was produced by the F&A Helbig firm and that word that appears in the middle of their ellipse logo, “Saeffer” is still readable. There is also just the slightest remains of a waffen amt which was stamped below this. The blade leather washer is in place. A good Luftwaffe dagger here for someone on a budget and also an opportunity to look up the record of an American war veteran.
LD1 #27312 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF
This early 1st Model Luftwaffe has never been cleaned and other than the fact that the scabbard has been recovered, is in “as-found” condition. The fittings throughout are heavy solid nickel. They have a large amount of greenish patination covering them, but this would clean up if someone wanted to do it. The pommel shows very little carrying time, as the edges are still nice and crisp. The brass medallion inserts are nice and crisp and appear to have the silvering still intact between the swastika legs. This is true also of the center mount sun wheels. The cross guard quillon arms slope downward, having three-section style wings. The grip is a wood base having dark blue Moroccan leather covering. This original leather is still in good condition, not showing a lot of grain but no cuts either. This grip is tightly wrapped with diminutive triple twisted brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As noted above, this scabbard shell has been recovered with new blue Moroccan leather. Other than the fact that the leather has no scuffing or usage signs, it is comparable to the original covering and nicely matches the tone and texture of the grip. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, having matching patination of the hilt. The chain assembly is the seldom seen style with desirable flat edge ringlets. These ringlets are the same as I show in the bottom photograph on Page 57 of my Luftwaffe book. The two chain assemblies have nine ringlets at the top and fourteen at the bottom. They are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip. The clip and chain patination exactly match that of the rest of the dagger.
The blade of this piece has a quality nickel plated finish. The nickel plating is still nice and bright and other than some mild in-and-out markings, is still in mint condition. This fine blade is etched with the seated king trademark. The king has an upward pointing sword and sits on the firm’s initials “SMF”. The town of “Solingen” is below. The blade has been protected by an in-place blue pebbled leather washer. Although this scabbard has been recovered, this is a good starter piece as it is all there and, with a little cleaning up, would really be a nice display example.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
LD1 #32914 Untouched Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in an untouched state and does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. The mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel, as well as the crossguard swastikas, appear to show some wear between the sunwheel legs, but there is so much patination throughout the surfaces, it is difficult to tell. The brass sunwheels, though, look pretty good against the dark backgrounds. The crossguard arms are still fairly crisp and are in good condition. The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with Moroccan leather. The leather has a couple of scrapes on some of the ribs, revealing the wood beneath. This can be easily covered with some meltonian shoe cream available in good shoe stores, or you can google them on the Internet. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has matching Moroccan leather and the leather is in good condition overall, showing usage signs in the surfaces. Unfortunately, the leather has pulled back a little at the upper left edge, where the seams come together. The area, though, is quite dark and, therefore, is not very noticeable. The scabbard mounts are also uncleaned and have a dark patination throughout. They al seem to be in good condition, and they are retained by headless flush mount side screws. The matching nickel chain is equipped with 8 upper ringlets and 13 lower examples. They are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip. It is interesting to note that the scabbard throat is marked with the number “84”. The blade is also numerically marked with the number “5”. I do not know why the numbers do not match, but with these type of accountability numbered Luftwaffes, we often see this as the daggers were probably issued to flight candidates, and chances are the scabbards frequently got mixed with other daggers.
The blade is a fine nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright and still remains in mint condition, having only runner marks in the center. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co/Solingen”. In the center is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat sheafs. The original blue leather blade buffer is in position. This is a good dagger for someone who likes to clean things up. In the case of this example, the patination is really not even throughout, so it wouldn’t hurt to clean this dagger if the next purchaser is of that mind.
A good, sound early example of the type here!