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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 #41285 Mid-Period 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. Pack / Siegfried Waffen

This mid-period example is constructed with zinc hilt fittings. These have the look of aluminum, as zinc is able to do an acceptable impersonation of the more durable metal. They do have the more complicated medallion sun wheel swastika inserts on the pommel and crossguard, however. The medallions are down to the brass bases throughout, but still have a good look.

The crossguard retains some of the original silvering. The guard itself is in the standard down swept wing design.

The carved wooden grip is covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in very fine condition and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three twisted brass wires, the center strand being of a slightly thicker gage.

The original 23cm portepee remains wrapped about the guard in the proper tie. This portepee has some fraying where it exits the tie, but it is not too bad.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with a covering of absolutely perfect blue Moroccan leather. The mounts are constructed of steel and were once silver plated, but most of it has been lost to time. They do have a nice, even patination throughout. Each mount remains in nice condition, retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the center and upper mounts is an aluminum chain assembly, with six upper and nine lower ringlets. These chains are attached to a matching aluminum snap clip marked "OLC" on the reverse.

The nickel-plated blade remains mostly bright. There is some minor smudging around the lower portion of the blade, but overall the blade still looks quite good, with a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous Hammering Siegfried trademark of the E. Pack firm, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A nice mid-period example here.

Excellent Plus. $750.00

LD1 #41073C Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This very early Luftwaffe Dagger has solid nickel mounts throughout.

The pommel shows a little wear around the rims but remains in good condition, with a medallion-style sun wheel swastika insert. The obverse swastika does not seem to have any brass, but the reverse has a tinge to part of the finish.

The guard sun wheels retain the brass finish, with some wear to the silvering. The guards are the standard, down swept "wing" type, with good detailing.

The grip is constructed of wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in very nice condition, showing only minor wear. The grip is wrapped with a skein of three silver wires, with a twisted center strand.

Attached to the dagger (in the proper tie) is a 23cm portepee. This portepee is in perfect condition, with no fraying.

The scabbard is the style with no metal. It is made of a composition material and covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in very fine condition, with just a little wear on the upper reverse. There is just the tiniest bulge at the bottom where the runners have pushed against the composition. The scabbard is equipped with three nickel silver mounts. They remain in excellent condition, retains by large staples in the rear.

Attached to the rings is a very fine, early solid nickel chain. This chain is attached to the rings via two "S" clips. There are nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets on this chain. The early nickel clip is marked "DRGM / 926719" on the reverse.

The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It has a mint, mirror finish. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark, and the original blade washer is in place.

A very fine transitional example here. We usually don't see them in this kind of condition as they typically saw many years of wear.

Near Mint. $1,795.00

LD1 #41074C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Anton Wingen Jr

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of mid-period construction. It is quite a beautiful dagger and it is rare to see this kind of condition on a dagger of this vintage.

The pommel is excellent condition, showing only modest traces of wear. The brass sun wheels are choice, with perfect silvering between the legs that really makes the swastikas stand out.

The same is true of the sun wheels on the guard. The guard itself is the standard done swept "wing" type.

The grip is constructed of wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in very nice condition, showing only minor wear. The grip is wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, with a twisted center strand.

Attached to the dagger in the proper tie is a 23cm portepee. This portepee is in good condition, with no fraying, however the slide is missing. It looks to be original to the dagger.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with a covering of perfect Moroccan leather. The nickel plated mounts are also very good, showing little to no wear. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is an aluminum chain, with six upper and ten lower ringlets. The chains are connected to an aluminum snap clip marked "Gesch Gesch / OLC" on the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is as good as they come, with a beautiful, mirror bright nickel plated finish and a needle-like tip. The reverse is marked with the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

This is a very fine dagger. Again, this kind of condition it only very rarely seen on a mid-period example.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

LD1 #41157 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This SMF example has an extremely fine look. The aluminum mounts defy all age and remain nice and bright, with a fine matte finish.

The pommel is a beauty, with 100% of the original gilding intact on the sun wheels.

The same is true of the crossguard sun wheels. The guard is the standard down swept "wing" type, with good detailing.

The grip is constructed of wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in outstanding condition, with no wear whatsoever. The grip is wrapped with a pair of brass wires, one being a slightly thicker gage. Normally we would see triple wires, but this example does not appear to have ever had one.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with a covering of excellent Moroccan leather. It shows minor traces of wear but is free of nips or problems. The aluminum mounts are pristine, showing little to no wear. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.

The attached aluminum chain has six upper and eight lower ringlets. They are connected to a bright aluminum snap clip marked "Gesch Gesch" and "OLC" on the reverse.

Connected to the clip is was is presumably the original brown leather belt loop. This belt loop is in nice condition, with a steel "D" ring.

Were it not for the blade this dagger would be mint, as the outside is the best you will see. The blade, although still bright, as some smudges in the plating. These are't too bad and we did try to remove them, but some still show. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice SMF example here.

Excellent. $995.00

LD1 #41232 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Siegfried Waffen

It's always exciting to see Siegfried Waffen example as they did not make too many Luftwaffe daggers. This example has very fine aluminum mounts, which still glistens despite its age and you'd have to look closely to see any wear at all.

The gilding to the sun wheel swastikas on the pommel and crossguard remains 100% intact.

The grip is constructed of wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in very nice condition, showing only minor wear. The grip is wrapped with a pair of brass wires, each being twisted.

The scabbard is straight throughout, covered in very fine blue Moroccan leather, with no nips or problems. The matching aluminum scabbard mounts are also very beautiful, showing little to no wear. They are retained by headless screws in the edges.

Attached to the scabbard mounts is an aluminum chain. This chain has six upper and nine lower ringlets. Both chains are attached to an aluminum snap clip marked "Gesch Gesch" and "OLC" in the reverse.

The blade is a real honey. It is completely factory bright with a high quality nickel plated finish. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse is etched with the large Hammering Siegfried trademark of the E. Pack firm, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

An exceptionally nice aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

LD1 #40985 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in extremely choice condition, about about as nice as they come for a dagger that was actually issued.

The hilt mounts are of pristine aluminum that still look virtually new. The sun wheel swastikas on the pommel and the crossguard are easily 100% intact.

The pommel is in nice condition, with no hits on the edges and few signs of usage. The crossguard arms are in the standard tripartite "wing" design.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in the original blue Moroccan leather. The leather remains in very nice condition, showing little wear. It is tightly wrapped with a skein of three aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and also retains the very fine original Moroccan leather. This leather shows only them most minor traces of wear and has no problems. The scabbard mounts are of matching aluminum, showing just the slightest amount of carrying time. The mounts are retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is a matching aluminum chain, with six upper and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a matching aluminum clip marked "Ges Gesch" and "OLC" on the reverse. Attached to the snap clip is what looks to be the original brown leather belt loop. This belt loop is fitted with a steel "D" ring.

The blade is a real beauty with a high quality nickel-plated surface. It is mirror bright and mint, with the original, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the Hörster "H" trademark, and the original blade buffer is in place.

An extremely nice 1st Model example here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

LD1 #38366C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger unfortunately has a couple of leather problems, but still is a good, sound dagger and is priced accordingly.

The dagger is the early type with solid nickel mounts. The silvering is still intact between the pommel and crossguard sunwheels. The rim of the pommel shows some signs of usage and a couple of hits, but nothing too bad.

The crossguard is in excellent condition, with the characteristic down swept, tripartite wing design.

The grip is of carved wood with a covering of Moroccan leather. The leather is in good condition, with just a couple of scuffs that could be easily covered. It is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The scabbard leather has pulled open slightly at the area between the upper mount and the center ramp. There are also signs that the upper mounts has been pushed upward at some time. The mounts themselves are in excellent condition throughout. The upper and center ramp have side screws, as well as the lower fitting.

The scabbard is equipped with a fine nickel chain, having an unmarked nickel snap clip. The chain assembly consists of 8 upper ringlets and 12 lower ringlets. We do see this configuration; most Luftwaffe daggers will have 9 upper and 14 lower ringlets, but I'm sure some were shortened during the period.

The blade has fine, nickel-plated surfaces which are bright throughout. It looks as if the blade was re-tipped at one time and is just a hair short. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. Below the trademark is an early waffenamt, being an early stick bird with a “5” in his belly. The original leather washer is intact.

A good, sound, early Luftwaffe piece here and it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $895.00

LD1 #31346 "Transitional" 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Puma

This transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe is in “as found” condition and has never been cleaned. If you like a dagger with all the war as well as the post war years shown in its patination this example should really be for you. It is an initial production 1st model Luftwaffe having the transitional scabbard type with no metal shell and fittings retained via staples. If you do not know what these daggers look like this example is almost a dead ringer for the one that I show on page 39, far right.

The hilt fittings are of all solid heavy nickel material. They are fully patinated but you can see that the rim of the pommel does not have a lot of carrying time but does have its share. The sunwheel swastikas are the medallion type and they still appear to have the nickel surfaces between the legs. This is a good point. As these surfaces were easily worn away to the overall brass base. The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. They are in the same good condition. The quillon arms both spread downward and are in three segments. I don’t see any waffenamts or markings on the ends of these crossguards.

The grip of this example is a wood base type having been covered with blue Moroccan leather. Although most of the grain seems to be gone from the leather there are no cuts or problems with this grip. In fact it looks quite well. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted for contrast. A good looking hilt here, if you know what you are gazing at!

The scabbard shell is the type which has a composition base. The base is covered with Moroccan blue leather which exactly matches that of the grip. The lower portion of the scabbard shell has a little bit of runner push out which is pretty normal for these pieces. Obviously there is no metal shell so the runners themselves after years of being pressed upon by the blade from the inside, begin to push out the leather slightly. This push out is very similar to the examples you can see in my book on page 39 or page 40. Like the grip though this original leather is still in pretty good condition having no cuts or problems. In fact there is still quite a bit of the original grain still appearing in the surfaces. The three scabbard mounts have matching dark patination exactly the same as the hilt fittings. These mounts are still in excellent condition and they are retained by the large style staples. These staples are also the same as the pieces shown in my book. The chain is a matching deeply patinated nickel type. It is attached to the scabbard via “S” clips. These clips can be seen on page 38. There are seven upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. Both chain assemblies are attached to an early unmarked matching nickel snap clip.

The blade of this example is really nice. It is a high quality nickel-plated example and it has really no flaws. This example is nice and bright and looks very impressive as it comes out of these old patinated mounts. This blade is in mint condition. It features a small style diamond logo which contains a mountain lion’s head over the firm’s name, “Puma”. At the bottom outside of the diamond is the location of “Solingen”. Below this is an early stick bird with a number “5” in his belly. The original blade washer is in place. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that underneath one of the crossguard arms there are some old deep scratchings which appear to be “3/26/H.28”. I can’t be sure of the “H” letter but that’s what it appears to be to me. Perhaps there is something here that could be researched?

A really nice example here and if you’re collecting Luftwaffe things it would be a great look on your wall to have an early 1st model transitional Luftwaffe next to a conventional one and perhaps an aluminum one.

Excellent $1,695.00

LD1 #38873C Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger Attributed To Knight's Cross Winner Kurt Ebener – Carl Eickhorn

Kurt Ebener was born in 1920 in the Thuringen region. He joined the Luftwaffe in November of 1939. He was posted to JG3, the unit being based on the Eastern Front. Ebener was assigned to the 4./JG3. In the spring of 1942 he flew missions of Malta and North Africa, later being moved to the east. From mid-January to mid-February of 1943 Ebener operated from within the Stalingrad Pocket in the most difficult of combat conditions.

In four weeks of fighting he claimed 35 kills, including five enemy aircraft dispatched in a single day. On 30 December he scored four more kill, his 34th through 37th victories. All told Ebner claimed 52 kills and on the 7th of April 1943 was awarded the Knight's Cross and promoted to the rank rank of Leutnant. On August 23rd 1944 Ebener's BF109 was shot down over Paris by American fighters. He was badly wounded in the bailout and was subsequently taken prisoner. In January of 1945 he was repatriated due to the severity of his wounds. Ebener died on May 7th, 1975 at Fishbach in Taunos, his war wounds finally claiming him. This Luftwaffe pilot was really quite something. I find it remarkable that we as collectors have the opportunity to acquire the dagger of such a noteworthy pilot. Something of this importance should probably be in a museum; perhaps in the future it will.

You are probably asking yourself how we know that this dagger belonged to Kurt Ebener. Well, on the top edge of the pommel there is a professionally engraved date of “17.11.1939”, the day that Ebener joined the Luftwaffe. On the top of the crossguard is pair of engravings, “Uffz..Kurt” and “Ebener”. On the lower portion of the guard, in the same fine engraving, is Ebener's initial unit name, “4/JG3 FP N. 31517”. The engraving is done in places that it would be difficult to see, typical of this type of unsanctioned, out of pocket personalization that was often carried out by proud (or brash) young men.

The dagger itself is a textbook Eickhorn example with aluminum mounts. The pommel has the curved edges typical of Eickhorn design, with a sunwheel swastika that retains nearly 100% of the original gilded finish on both sides. The same is true of the gilding on crossguard sunwheels.

The grip of this fine dagger is of carved wood covered in dark blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in fine condition and is wrapped with twisted aluminum wire.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has a covering of fine, matching Moroccan blue leather. There are a couple of traces of carrying of time here and there but it remains in excellent condition. The scabbard mounts are the aluminum type, exactly matching the hilt fittings. They show a little bit of wear and have a few minor spots on the upper and center mounts, but generally they look very good. We have made no attempt to clean them and they come to you as found. These mounts are retained by headless side screws all of which are in place and unturned.

The blade is a fine example, with a high quality nickel-plated surface. This blade shows some very minor traces of wear to the edges but they are not nicks. The plated finish remains mirror-bright. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1945-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original leather washer is in place.

This dagger represents an amazing opportunity; if you are a Luftwaffe fanatic I'm sure Ebener could be the object of a great deal of interesting research. A really outstanding item here!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

LD1 #40693C Mid-period 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This mid-period Luftwaffe example is the style with silvered pot metal fittings. The silvering seems to be mostly intact, showing only some thinning along the edges.

The pommel has fairly crisp rims on both sides and the sun-wheel swastika is the type that is cast into the mount. There is no gilding remaining on this piece. The crossguard sun-wheel is in the same condition. The guards are the triple segmented type which slope downwards.

The grip is constructed of carved wood and tapers towards either end. It is covered in blue Moroccan leather which shows only the most modest wear. The grip wire is tight throughout, being a single twisted brass strand.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It too retains the original Moroccan leather covering, with a number of age spots as well as a few nips here and there. Overall, however, it is not too bad. The scabbard mounts are the silvered steel type, each with a nice patina and in excellent condition. It is interesting to note these mounts are retained by dome head instead of the usual headless type. These are unturned.

Attached to the scabbard is an aluminum chain with six upper and eight lower ringlets. These ringlets are attached to an aluminum snap clip with is marked "Gesch Gesch" and "OLC".

The unmarked blade is of highest quality and does much to carry this weapon. It nickel plated surfaces are mirror mint and the tip is needle-like. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A good piece here for someone who want to fiddle with the scabbard leather. and give it a good overall cleaning. It is all there and priced accordingly.

Excellent. $595.00

LD1 #40666C Personalized 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This fine example is of earliest vintage. It is equipped with early nickel mounts throughout.

The pommel show just the slightest traces of usage around the edges, but has no real hits. The sun wheel swastikas are the fine brass type. Most of the silvering has worn from between the legs but they still look excellent.

The crossguard sun wheels are similarly fine. The guard arms are in the standard tripartite, down-swept design in very good condition throughout.

The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in the original blue Moroccan leather. This leather is excellent, with traces of grain. The grip is wrapped with a skein of three silver wires, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and also has very nice original leather. There are a couple of nips along the left edge which are hardly noticeable has they have darkened over time. The rest of the leather is in choice condition with good grain. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition. It is interesting to note that they are retained by larger than usual screws with flat heads, as opposed to headless. Also the screws are only on the left side of the three scabbard mounts.

On the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting is a beautiful monogram. It is quite elaborate, connecting the initials "H" and "S". These letters are intertwined, double scribed, and finely shaded. This engraving was obviously done by a real artisan.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine, early nickel chain. This chain has nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets, connected to an unmarked early snap clip.

The blade is a very fine, nickel-plated example in full mint condition. The reverse is marked with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, and the original leather blade washer is in place.

An extremely nice, personalized 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here. We do not see many daggers of this type with personalization.

Near Mint. $1,495.00(#051718)

LD1 #40424 Cut-down DLV 55cm Officer's Dagger

This dagger was originally 55 centimeters and like many of the Luftwaffe officers who received these long daggers, they had them reduced in size to conform to the new 1st Model Luftwaffe length. This dagger has all of the attributes and fittings et cetera of the 55 centimeter but the scabbard and blade have been reduced in length by about 2 inches.

The pommel and crossguard has beautiful inlaid sun wheels. Both of the sun wheels still have their gilded brass finish. It is remarkable who the Solingen craftsmen were able to inlay these delicate sun wheels as it had to have been a very difficult task considering that the swastikas when finished were flush with the rest of the pommel.

The rim of this pommel shows a little bit of usage but not much. The crossguard wings are shorter than the 1st Model Luft type and also seem bend down at a slightly higher degree angle but they are in outstanding condition.

The grip is a beauty having absolutely perfect original leather. This leather still has all of its grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire the center being twisted. More than likely when the dagger existed as the 55 centimeter there may have been no wire on the grip as many of these were issued without grip wire.

The scabbard shell is a composition type having no metal in it. Remarkably the leather covering over the composition is also still in absolute perfect condition having grain matching that of the leather. The scabbard mounts are of silvered nickel. They are more delicate that the 1st Model style mounts and also the lower mount ends in the rattlesnake-like shape which is longer than that used on the Luftwaffe. These mounts are retained by staples.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine nickel chain. The attachment method is by way of "S" clips which were only used on these very early daggers. There are 9 upper ringlets and 14 on the lower. They are attached to a solid nickel unmarked snap clip.

The blade is in very fine condition measuring just short of 12 inches. It has a squared-off style ricasso with fine center section and good needle-like tip. If you did not know it would be impossible to tell that this blade was cut down. The craftsman that did the work was a true professional. The blade has a matte finish to it and is unmarked. Overall the blade rates at Excellent Plus Plus. There is a thicker style blue leather washer in place.

A extremely nice cut-down DLV dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,295.00

LD1 #39770C Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – E. Pack

This transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe is the first of its type that I’ve and has quite a few interesting features about it. The dagger has never been cleaned or touched and is in complete virgin condition.

The early mounts are the solid nickel type. The pommel still has fairly good edges showing nominal usage but not bad. The center area has a medallion that looks somewhat different than most of them we see. It features the sunwheel swastikas but it seem to be positioned more straight up and down than they usually are. The swastika also has a fine contrasting brass finish and all of the plating is still there between the legs. The same is true of the swastika insert at the lower crossguard. The wings are the three stage type which taper slightly.

The grip is a carved wood base being covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows minor usage but it still in good condition. This leather is very tightly wrapped with triple twisted bras wire the center being of large proportion. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is a composition type which does not have any metal in it. It is hard to imagine but the leather covering over this composition material still remains in fine condition with no cuts, nips, or problems. It shows some hand usage resulting in minor wear to the grain but other than that this shell remains in outstanding shape. The matching solid nickel mounts are the type that are retained by large staples in the reverse. It wasn’t until another year or so when the factories adopted the steel shell eliminating this staple retainage. Each mount is in excellent condition the lower mount showing a little bit of time in grade on the surfaces but no bends or problems. The upper two scabbard mounts of course are equipped with eyelets for the chain hanger. What is interesting on this example however is that normally there is a large nickel ring attached to the eyelets which then is attached to the chain hanger. In the case of this particular example the ringlets used on the eyelets are the same size as the ringlets used on the chain. So therefore it has an odd look to the eye where the tabs fasten the two ringlets to the chain but it is absolutely factory. The chain itself has nine upper ringlets and twelve lower ringlets and these figures do not count the small ringlets used on the eyelets. The chain is attached to a very early solid nickel snap clip. Usually these clips are unmarked but on this early transitional piece the clip is marked with the “A” for Assmann and also “DRGM”.

The blade itself is a real beauty having fine nickel plated surfaces. This blade still remains in near mint condition showing only just the minorest signs of age. It is interesting to note that one the ricasso the blade is etched “118”. This matching etch “118” is also etched on the reverse upper scabbard fitting obviously it was the number of a flight group or whatever. The blade is marked with the hammering Siegfried logo being the first trademark we see by this company. Beneath Siegfried is the firm’s name and location E. Pack and Söhne Solingen. We see this early trademark on early bayonets also from the 1935 or 36 vintage. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A great 1st Luftwaffe here for those out there that study and appreciate these transitional pieces. This is the first Pack example that I can remember having and I frankly was not aware that Pack made Luftwaffe daggers this early on. So, a great study here for the hobby and a fascinating addition to the appreciative collector that wants to take the time to study all of the anomalies of this interesting dagger.

Excellent Plus. $1,275.00

LD1 #39555 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Ostrich Covered Scabbard – Alcoso

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of early construction, with excellent nickel silver mounts.

The fine pommel of this dagger shows only the most minor traces of wear on the rims. The sunwheel swastika has all of the silvering between the legs. It looks great, being in dark brass.

The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. The guard has the usual arched, tripartite design.

The grip is of carved wood, covered in outstanding blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains perfect condition and retains nice grain. The grip is wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is most interesting to note that this shell has been covered in ostrich leather, with the distinct large grain typical of this bird. It gives it quite a deluxe look. I have sen ostrich leather on a few other daggers in the past; I once had a full Röhm SA Dagger with this exotic skin. This leather remains in very fine condition, nearly perfect with no nips. The nicely patinated scabbard mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the upper and center mount is a fine nickel chain. This chain has nine upper and thirteen lower ringlets and is attached to a solid nickel snap clip.

The mint blade is a very fine example, with an outstanding nickel plated finish. It remains mirror-bright and has a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the early Alcoso Scales logo and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A most interesting, original dagger here, perfect for the Luftwaffe collector or those interested in unusual traits.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

LD1 #39144C 55cm DLV Officer’s Cut-down Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This 55 centimeter dagger started out it’s life in 1934 as a very long DLV Officer’s model. After the 1st Model was adopted in 1935, many DLV Officer’s had their daggers cut down to look more like the newer model. This is the case here and if you did not know the history behind these things it is doubtful you would even suspect it was a cut-down piece. This dagger is identical to the example shown on page 13 of my Luftwaffe Book. This picture compares a cut-down example to one left at the original length. When inserted into the scabbard this piece measures 19 inches long.

The pommel is a fine example, showing a little bit of carrying time around the two rims. It is not bad, however, and features a pair of inlaid brass swastikas. Some beautiful (and tricky) work has done inlaying these swastikas, obviously contributed to this method being abandoned on the newer 1935 was released. This pommel is also peened over at the top, preventing this dagger from being taken down.

The crossguard center block also has inlaid sunwheel swastikas on both sides. The guard is the triple segmented type which arches downward.

The grip is of carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. DLV Officer daggers did not originally have grip wire; wire was added to this example as part of the conversion process. The wire is a triple skein that is very tightly wrapped. The two outer wires are of small gauge twisted brass, with the center being a thick gauge for contrast.

The scabbard shell is a real beauty. These scabbards are not metal, instead being made of a composition material that is covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather perfectly matches that used on the grip and is in very choice condition, with only one carrying sign on the obverse area. This wear mark is not a cut, however.

It is also interesting to note that there are two holes in the composition shell just below the center ramp. These mark the location of the original, lower placed ramp, which balanced the carry of the longer dagger. The scabbard mounts are of beautifully silvered nickel that remain in perfect condition. The lower mount has the “rattlesnake” chape, with four separate sections. This is different than a 1st Model type. The mounts are retained by large staples which are all in place.

Attached to the eyelets is a solid nickel chain. This chain is connected to the two carrying rings via an “S” clip at both ends. You can see this set up on page 13 of my Luftwaffe Book. The upper chain has nine ringlets, and the lower length has thirteen. These chains are connected to a solid nickel clip that is marked “D. R. G. M. / 926719”. This identical clip can also been seen on page 13 of my book.

The blade of this dagger measures just over 11 inches. It is very fine, still having an outstanding original polish and showing little age. I don’t see any crossgrain but this may have been removed during the conversion process. The re-tipping of the blade is not discernible at all; as I said it would be hard to tell this blade was cut down if you didn’t know. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Wreathed Sword trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

If you are a serious Luftwaffe collector a piece like this would add much interest to your collection. This cut-down examples are quite rare and, in my opinion, very desirable.

Mint Minus. $6,495.00

LD1 #39031 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in untouched condition; all of the hilt and scabbard mounts are black with patination. The hilt mounts are most likely constructed from pot metal, although they have held up well.

The pommel has engraved style sunwheel swastikas. There is little gilding left on the reverse swastika and only a hilt left on the obverse.

The crossguard arms are the segmented, “winged” type, with a nice downward sweep and much patination. The sunwheel gilding has worn in a similar fashion to those on the pommel.

The grip of the dagger is constructed of carved wood covered in original Moroccan leather. The leather is quite attractive, retaining all of the grain. This grip is wrapped in an unusual fashion for this kind of dagger, with dual strands of brass woven around a center strand of springy aluminum.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and covered in matching Moroccan leather. This leather shows traces of wear but is free of cuts, nips, or problems. The amount of grain on the leather also nicely matches the grip. The scabbard mounts are of silvered steel with a beautiful black patination. These mounts are in perfect condition, retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is an aluminum hanger. This hanger is also dark with patination, something that is unusual to see but really looks great with this dagger. The hanger has six upper ringlets on the top chain and nine on the lower chain. The clip is marked “OLC” and “Ges Gesch”.

The blade remains nice and bright, with only traces of age. It is interesting to note that this blade is not nickel-plated as we usually see on 1st Model Luftwaffe daggers. The blade retains all of the original grain and a needle-like tip, easily in mint condition. The original blade buffer is constructed of smooth brown leather, looking a little different than normal but original to this dagger.

A nice 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, and a real head-scratcher as to who made it as there are some anomalies. I like to see this kind of thing, though, and I’m sure you collectors do as well.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

LD1 #38989C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a mid-period example, with hilt mounts of silvered pot metal and scabbard mounts of silvered steel.

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.

Excellent. $850.00

LD1 #39146C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – F. & A. Helbig

This early example has fine nickel fittings throughout.

The pommel is in nice condition, with a couple of signs of wear but nothing bad on either rim. The sunwheel swastika have a fine brass tone, with the original plating between the legs of the sunwheel on the obverse. The reverse plating is slightly worn on this area.

The crossguard is the usual, segmented “wing” type, with good detailing and a nice downward sweep. The guard sunwheels are in fine condition, with a nice brass tone and retaining all of the plating between the legs.

The grip is a carved wood example covered in Moroccan leather. This leather is still very good throughout, showing only mild wear to the surfaces. There is not a lot of visible grain to this leather as this dagger was most definitely worn. The grip is tightly wrapped a skein of three silver wires, the center stand being twisted to provide some visual interest.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and is covered in fine Moroccan leather which nicely matches the grip. This leather shows some wear but is free of nips, cuts, or problems. The scabbard mounts are of fine matching nickel and are generally nice condition. The lower mount has a few minor taps but nothing too serious. These mounts are retained by flat head screws sunk into the edges.

The matching nickel chain has nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. These are connected to an unmarked nickel snap clip.

The blade is very fine, having a quality nickel-plated finish and remaining in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a stickbird waffenamt with a “5” in his belly. Lightly etched above the bird is the F. & A. Helbig trademark, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A nice example of the earliest vintage, showing some period wear but free of any sign of abuse.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

LD1 #38978 DLV Officer's Dagger with Reduced Length Trim – Paul Weyersberg

This is one of the daggers that had the blade and scabbard shortened after the debut of the 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger, in order to conform to the new overarching design initiative. It is identical to the Weyersberg daggers I show on page 13 of my Luftwaffe book.

All of the fittings have a completely black patination as this dagger is fresh out the woodwork and has never been cleaned. The daggers comes from a Florida veteran.

The pommel of this dagger is the type with inlaid sunwheel swastikas. The workmanship is outstanding to this inlay; it must have cost a lot of money to achieve this look. This cost is most likely why producers switched to the medallion style insert seen on later pieces. The edges of this pommel show mild traces of wear but have no dings or problems. This pommel is peened over so it cannot be removed.

The crossguard has the same inlaid sunwheels and they too are in choice condition. The crossguard arms have three segments, the same as 1st Model Luftwaffe, although on this dagger they are slightly longer and thinner.

The grip is constructed of carved wood that has been covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition. When the DLV daggers were issued in the longer format there was no wire wrap. At the time these daggers were modified to match the length of the Luftwaffe dagger wire was added to keep the designs consistent. The wire of this dagger is expertly done. It consists of three strands of brass wire, the center strand being a thicker gauge and with a twist that runs opposite from the thinner strands to add some visual interest.

The scabbard is constructed from a composition material and has no steel inside. The leather covering remains in good condition, showing a little but of bulging from the runners inside but this is very minor. There is some wear from many years of carrying time but overall remains in good shape with no problems. The scabbard mounts are the DLV type retained by large staples. These mounts are in very fine condition with the same deep patina we see on the hilt. The lower mount is the type with chape ends that are in four sections and look very much like a tail end of a rattlesnake. On the later 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is lower chape was redesigned with only two sections.

Attached to the upper and center scabbard mounts is the original nickel chain. This chain has six upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. It is attached to the scabbard rings via small nickel tabs. Attached to the chain is a fine snap clip. This snap clip is exactly like the two shown in my book on page 13. The reverse of the clip is marked “DRGM” and “926719”. Attached to the clip is a dark brown leather belt loop with a large ring; this accouterment is absolutely original to the piece.

The impressive blade measures 12 inches long. There was about 2 inches removed from this blade and the work is nearly undetectable. If you did not know the pedigree of this dagger most people would never realize that it has been modified. It has a fine, bright nickel finish and the reverse is etched with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark. There was no blade washer on this piece when we acquired it, but we have since added one. Below the washer is a stamping on the butt of the guard, “303”. This stamping is also seen on the scabbard throat.

If you are a collector of Luftwaffe or DLV daggers this piece should interest you; these cut-down models are extremely rare and represent very early Third Reich production quality.

Excellent. $3,995.00

LD1 #38229 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Siegfried Waffen

It is quite rare to see a E. Pack 1st Model Luftwaffe pieces, and this one has many nice aspects.

The hilt fittings appear to be the pot metal type, but they are of much better quality that we normally see. The pommel swastikas are vaulted out much further than usual. These swastikas have lost the majority of the original gilding, although there are enough traces remaining to see where it once was. The outer edges of both sides of the pommel are still crisp.

The crossguard sun wheel swastikas have fared better with their gilding; the obverse still has nearly 100%, while the reverse retains about 25%. The guard “wings” retain the majority of their original silvering which is kind of rare to see on mounts constructed with a base of pot metal.

The carved wooden grip is a very fine example, having a covering of very choice Moroccan leather. This leather is perfect throughout and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted and of a thicker gauge.

The scabbard shell is in great shape. It too has outstanding original Moroccan leather which is in totally mint condition; I don't see any signs of wearing time on this leather and it has fine, pleasing grain. The scabbard mounts are the steel type with a silver finish. They are mostly patinated but some of the original silver frosting is still readily visible around the areas protected by the eyelets and throat.

This scabbard is equipped with an aluminum chain. This chain has six upper and thirteen lower ringlets. They are attached to an snap clip which is marked “OLC” and “Ges Gesch”.

The blade as as nice an example as you could hope to see. It is a polished type and remains factory bright. There are a couple of extremely minor scratches on the upper obverse blade but the blade is otherwise perfect, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is marked with the familiar Hammering Siegfried trademark of the E. Pack firm on the reverse, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, from a relatively scare maker.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

LD1 #35338C Transitional DLV/1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Dedicated Blade - Tiger

This most interesting transitional DLV/1st Model Luftwaffe piece has never been cleaned and is of initial production, produced prior to the introduction of the first model Luftwaffe dagger. This same dagger is pictured in my Luftwaffe Book on page 40. A new copy of this book will accompany this dagger upon purchase.

The nickel hilt mounts have the medallion style, sunwheel, mobile swastikas. These swastikas have excellent, brass coating, and although the nickel is mostly worn from around the pommel areas, it is still pretty good on the crossguard center block. The rims of the pommel show only nominal carrying time. The crossguard features the downswept, triple segmented wings. The ferrule exactly matches the dull nickel patination of the other hilt fittings. The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with Moroccan blue leather. This leather is in excellent condition, still having the majority of its grain in the surfaces. There are a couple of wearing signs in the leather, but nothing serious. This leather grip features tight grip wire, being the triple type, with the center example being twisted for contrast. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is the type that is a composition material, having no steel base. The leather covering is still in outstanding condition, having no cuts or nips to the surfaces. All of the grain is also still there. These scabbards were fitted with metal runners inside, and accordingly, the pressure of the blade against the runners has pushed out the leather somewhat on the lower portion of the scabbard. We see these quite frequently with DLV daggers having composition base, as well as even on police bayonets. It is not a detriment to the dagger, but rather is part of the integrity of the piece, showing its many years of existence.

The scabbard shell is fitted with matching, silvered, solid nickel mounts. These mounts are in choice condition, exactly matching the patina of the hilt. Each mount is retained by a large, matching, silvered staple on the reverse. The matching nickel chain consists of nine ringlets at the upper, and thirteen ringlets at the lower. The connector at the upper chain appears to have been period replaced. It is slightly longer than the standard connector, which appears on the bottom chain, and this may have been done to extend the chain slightly, per the wearer's preference. I don't know, but this tab has been in place for many years, and also shows in the photograph on page 40. The ringlets are connected to a solid nickel snap clip, being the standard, unmarked type.

The blade is a fine example, having excellent, nickel plated surfaces. There is just the slightest signs of age on the obverse blade, mostly being on the upper half section, but not very noticable. The reverse of the blade is in totally perfect condition, where the inscription appears. This dedication is remarkably engraved into the surfaces, obviously by a very skilled junior. The inscription reads, " DEM scheidenden HAUPTMANN von ven UNTEROFFIZIEREN und MANNSCHAFTEN der FLIEGER HORSTKOMMANDANTAR PRENZLAU". This long dedication translates to: "To our departing Captain, the Commander at Prenzlau airbase from the NCOs and enlisted men." The excellence of this jeweler done dedication cannot be overstressed. Given the hardness of the steel on this blades, it is remarkable that workmanship of this degree could have been achieved. Obviously, the men and NCOs on this base admired their commander, and probably gave this gift on his retirement. The reverse ricasso is marked with the large early logo of this ompany, consisting of a nicely detailed, etched tiger walking across the width of the blade. The detail to the cat includes lots of stripes, eyes, whiskers, and a snarl at his mouth. The cat is positioned above the name of the firm and location, "TIGER/SOLINGEN". The original blue leather washer is in place.

This is a very rare dagger here, having lots of interest, due to its rare production date, and its fine dedication. It is a great example for those out there that are interested in concentrating on Luftwaffe artifacts.

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

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

This Weyersburg example has never been cleaned, and is in an “as-found” state. The mounts are all solid nickel-silver.

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 #36214C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – David Malsch

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger shows some carrying time, but overall it has a great appearance and highest quality construction.

The pommel cap is the solid nickel variety, having the sun-wheel insert. The sun-wheels are a fine brass color, and all of them, to include the crossguard sun-wheels, still have the silvering between the legs. The pommel has good crisp edges to both of the rims.

The crossguard arms are nice and crisp, flowing gently downward. The grip is a carved wood base, and is covered with Moroccan leather. This leather, although it shows some usage, still looks good. Not much of the grain remains. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wires, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the reverse, and having just the tiniest of a slope dent on the obverse down near the chape. The original Moroccan leather covering exactly matches that of the grip. Like the grip, this leather also shows some usage, but then again there are no bad spots in it and it is nearly 100%. The scabbard mounts are solid nickel, nicely matching the hilt fittings. These mounts show a bit of usage, particularly the lower chape example. The mounts are retained by headless side-screws which are all present.

The chain for this example is a very fine, desirable nickel type, having the flat-surfaced style rings. If you are not familiar with these flat rings you can see an identical example in my Luftwaffe Book on page 57, center. Over the years I have noticed that these flat ring chains seem to come from daggers produced in the Steinbeck area. This chain has the usual configuration of nine rings on the upper chain, and fourteen on the lower length. The are connected to an all-nickel snap clip, which is unmarked.

The blade of this example is a very fine, high quality nickel-plated specimen. This blade is easily in full Mint condition, and is very impressive. The David Malsch trademark on this dagger is the type that we do not see very often. Usually the Malsch trademarks are very lightly etched and are identical to the example I show on page 74 of my Luftwaffe Book. This trademark is deeply etched and much more readable than the standard style. The logo takes the form of a double ellipse enclosing the firm's name and location, “David Malsch / Steinbeck Thur” as well as the initials, “DM”. The original blue leather blade washer is in perfect condition.

A very fine, high quality, and interesting dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

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.

Excellent. $1,295.00

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 #35263 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This Paul Weyersberg produced 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in a condition that is extremely rare to see. Not only is all of the silvering still on all of the mounts but there is also a great deal of lacquer still clinging to the silvering. You have to know what this look is to appreciate it as the silvering appears to have “spots” on it. These “spots” are only areas where air has penetrated the original lacquer that covers these fittings. It is very rare to see a dagger still having this type of condition.

This piece has an aluminum chain so it was probably not of the earliest vintage but certainly it was produced well before the mid-period examples came out. The pommel has extremely crisp edges with no hits. The entire pommel to include the areas in between the sunwheels has 100% silvering. The sunwheels, believe it or not, still have the gilt over brass surfaces. This is a sight that I have not seen in a very long time. The crossguard sunwheels are exactly the same also with 100% silvering and 100% of the gilt. The crossguard arms also have all of the silvering and are in choice condition with their three downward pointing segments. Even the ferrule has the original lacquer on it. The grip is a carved wood base which is covered with blue leather. This leather is in choice condition showing just a little bit of usage on the backside but no problems. All of the grain still appears in the leather surfaces. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard is covered with choice blue Moroccan leather. The leather is in excellent condition throughout. There are a couple of areas on the lower seam where the leather is a little dry and cracked but it is still all there. Fine leather here! The scabbard mounts are in the same state as the hilt mounts still having most of their original lacquer and all of the silvered surfaces. Again the spotting that is seen on this fitting is due to air penetrating the lacquer. A great look here if you understand the meaning of it. This dagger is equipped with an aluminum chain hanger. The chain consists of six upper and eight lower ringlets. They are connected to an aluminum snap clip which is marked on the reverse, “Ges. Gesch.” and “OLC” within a diamond. It is interesting to note that the upper tab where it is connected to the snap clip has almost worn through the matching hole due to the weight of this dagger. This kind of stuff really talks to you!

The blade of this dagger is a real beauty. It is of highest quality construction with beautiful nickel-plated surfaces. This blade easily grades in full mint condition. It is waffen amt on the reverse ricasso featuring a stick bird with the number “5” in his belly. Below the bird is the double ovals of the producer. These ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co. Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat shafts. The blue leather washer is in place.

I hadn’t noticed before but examining the in place blade washer I noticed that here are some initials that are carved into the bottom of the crossguard. On one side are the initials, “NHKO” and on the other side is the numeral “9”. I do not know what these initials would represent but they are interesting and would make a good research project for the next owner. A most interesting 1st model Luftwaffe dagger here in very choice condition.

Near Mint. $1,895.00

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 #35000 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This choice early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is not of the earliest vintage, but was probably made about 1935. It has the solid nickel mounts throughout all being heavily silver plated. The silvering has deeply patinated and really gives a desirable look to this piece. The rim of the pommel shows some usage but there are no hits or problems. The sunwheel medallion is the type that is inserted and it has 100% of the silvering still between the swastika legs. The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. It is always great to see this original finish still intact. The crossguard arms are nicely patinaed sloping downward in their three segments. The grip is a carved wood base covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows little usage and remains in perfect condition. It is triple wrapped with brass wire, the center example being twisted.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. Unfortunately when we acquired this dagger the original leather was nearly gone so we made the decision to recover it. We have recently acquired Moroccan leather that is identical in all respects to the leather used during the Third Reich time. In fact, this leather comes from a leather shop in Stuttgart which was originally started in 1925. I do not doubt that this firm supplied Solingen with their Moroccan leather during the time. The recovering came out perfect and I don’t think that you would realize it was recovered except for the fact that the leather remains in totally perfect condition. It really looks beautiful!

The scabbard mounts are equipped with matching solid nickel mounts which are heavily silver plated. The upper and center mount are in excellent condition whereas the lower mount shows a few hits here and there and a few signs of carrying for a number of years. None of this is detrimental though and gives you a good feeling of the period. The mounts are retained by headless flush mount screws. Attached to the two rings is a matching silvered nickel chain. This chain is equipped with nine ringlets on the upper example and eleven ringlets on the lower. I suspect that during the time the original wearer had the lower chain shortened some perhaps to bring the carrying length of the dagger up slightly. At any rate, this is hardly noticeable and is strictly a period done alteration.

The blade of this piece is a high quality nickel-plated example. It is in choice condition throughout and other than a couple of the most minor of nicks along the edge it is in mint condition. These minor nicks barely show. This blade is marked with the trademark used from 1935 through 1941. The trademark consists of the seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original blue leather buffer is in place. A very nice Luftwaffe dagger that would sell for $500 or $600 more than we are asking giving a discount for the fact that the scabbard has been recovered.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

LD1 #34899C Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – WKC

This transitional Luftwaffe example is the style which was produced based on the former DLV design prior to the Solingen producers adopting a steel scabbard shell. These transitional examples are always interesting to add to a collection. The hilt of this example has the early nickel mounts. The edges of the pommel are still good with one minor hit at about the twelve o’clock area of the obverse. The pommel is equipped with the medallion style sunwheels which exhibit fine brass workmanship. The same sunwheel insert medallion appears on both sides of the crossguard center block. Studying the two sunwheels it appears as most of the nickel plating is gone from between the legs of the swastikas. Never the less, they still look quite effective. The crossguard features the downward sweeping wing style quillons which are separated into three sections. The grip is a carved wood base that descends from left to right. It is covered with leather which still remains in absolute perfect condition exhibiting most all of its original grain. The ribs are tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted. Below the grip is a silvered ferrule positioned between the upper crossguard.

The scabbard shell, as indicated above, lacks metal and is made of a composition material. This material is covered with matching Moroccan blue leather and the leather on this piece remains in perfect condition. A really great shell here. The shell is equipped with silvered nickel mounts. The center and lower mount remain in perfect condition whereas the upper mount has a couple of minor dings but nothing serious. The mounts are retained by the large style staples which match the patination of the fittings. The upper staple has a small ding to the center area but is not compromised in any way. Attached to the two carrying rings is an early nickel chain. It is interesting to note that the chain is attached with a series of what appears to be five wires soldered together. Judging by the amount of movement and wear to these unique connectors I am sure that this was a period done job. The ringlets number nine on the upper chain and thirteen on the lower. They are connected in the standard way to an unmarked nickel clip. If you are not familiar with the design of these transitional daggers you can see several on pages 38 and 39 of my Luftwaffe book.

The blade of this example is a nickel-plated type. It has a very fine finish which is still bright and other than in and out marks, the blade is in mint condition. This blade is stamped on the obverse ricasso with the knighthead and below the firm’s initials, “WKC”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. It is also interesting to note that the WKC firm normally used wood runners in their 1st model Luftwaffe examples and the same is true in this transitional piece. The wood runners result in a fine in and out motion and also these runners avoid the normally seen “bulging” that we see on most other composition scabbards where the metal runners pushed out the leather. A very fine quality Luft example here.

Excellent Plus. $2,195.00

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.

Excellent. $1,795.00

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.

Excellent. $995.00

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. $995.00

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. $1,395.00

LD1 #27105 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - David Malsch

This Early Luftwaffe Dagger is of initial production, and has good heavy solid nickel fittings throughout. The pommel cap shows only a bit of usage signs along the edges, and it is the style that has the sunwheel medallion insert. These sunwheels are all brass throughout, and none of the original silvering remains between the legs. The crossguard is a fine down-swept winged example, and this guard also shows some age to the plating. The sunwheel inserts are also completely all brass. Stamped beneath one of the crossguard rings is the number, “25”. The grip of this example is a wood base, covered with dark Moroccan blue leather. The leather is in good shape throughout, without no cuts or problems. It does show some wear, however, to the surfaces, and there is not a lot of graining still left in this leather. This leather is tightly wrapped with a single twisted silver wire.

The scabbard is a steel shell covered with matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows signs of usage throughout, but there are no cuts or problems. The grain of this original leather is still quite good throughout the surfaces. The shell is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts show overall carrying signs, but there are no bends, splits, or problems. The mounts are retained by flush mount headless screws in the edges. The chain is one of the desirable, but rarely seen, flat ringed type. These rings are the same as I show in my Luftwaffe book, on page 57, center. This all nickel chain is equipped with 8 upper rings, and 13 lower rings. These flat ringed chains are connected to an unmarked nickel snap clip. The throat of this example is stamped with the number “3”.

The blade is a fine, heavily nickel-plated, example. This blade is still nice and bright, showing the usual runner marks, but overall it is still quite nice, easily rating in a near mint condition. The ricasso is waffen amt with an early stick bird figure, having the number “5” in his belly. Lightly etched above the waffen amt is an ellipse, which has the firm’s name and location etched around it. It is etched, “David Malsch Steinbach Thur”. The center of the ellipse has the firm’s initials intertwined, “DM”. The original blue pebbled leather washer is in place. This dagger shows some carrying time, but overall, it is in excellent condition and is of high quality construction.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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 #28668 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. All fittings are heavy solid nickel and they have a fine rich yellowy tone to their patination. The pommel shows some normal wear around the outside edges and the sunwheel swastikas are the brass inlaid medallion type. There is still some silvering between the legs of the sunwheels but most of it has worn off. The crossguard sunwheels appear to have all of the silvering still between their legs. The crossguard has the downswept quillons and it is nice and crisp throughout. The grip is the standard wood base having ribs which run downward from left to right. The leather covering shows some usage and a couple of hits here and there but nothing severe and this grip still looks good. The grip leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows some usage but no cuts or problems anywhere. Good scabbard leather here! The reverse upper area shows some wear to the graining which was probably caused by the original owner’s hand hold. The scabbard mounts are yellowy solid nickel having never been cleaned. The mounts are in good shape showing some surface usage but no abuse. These mounts are retained by headless flush-mount side screws. The matching solid nickel chain consists of nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. The two chains are tied into a solid nickel unmarked snap clip.

The blade of this example is a high quality nickel-plated type. The plating is still mirror bright and this blade easily grades in a full mint condition with its needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds an upward pointing sword and sits on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Below this is the city, “Solingen” and the early stamping consisting of a waffen amt eagle having a number, “8” stamped into his belly. The beautiful mint blade is protected by the in place blue pebbled leather washer. A good untouched example here perfect for the collector who is looking for something with a historical look as well as still good condition. This piece does not appear to have ever been in a collection. I also just noticed that the throat has three small numbers stamped into it,”288”.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

LD1 #28801C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has exceptional fittings throughout. The pommel still has a fine crispness about it, although it does have a few wearing signs around the upper rim. All of the silvering, though, is still intact between the legs of the brass medallion insert. In fact, this sunwheel swastika even seems to have some gilt remaining. The crossguard sunwheels are the same way, also having the silvering intact between the legs. This is rare to see and is a good sign of how much a 1st Model Luftwaffe has received. The quillon arms are also exceptionally nice, having a fine graceful downturn to their triple design. The grip is a wood base covered with fine Moroccan leather. The leather is still in excellent condition throughout, with no problems. It does show some wear and there is not much grain remaining, but still, there are no cuts. This fine leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather had a couple of spots along the lower edge, where there were some nips and some problems. We put in a couple of patches using original pieces of leather, and I must say, they really look good and are not noticeable. They are certainly a lot better than replacing the leather or nothing at all. This leather still has much of its original grain in the surfaces, but does show overall usage throughout. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having scalloped designs where they meet the shell. These fittings are in outstanding condition, and they are retained by headless flush mount side screws. The chain assembly is a matching nickel example. There are 9 ringlets for the upper chain and 14 for the lower. Both chains are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip.

The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It is a quality nickel plated type, and its surfaces are still in mirror condition. This mint condition blade has the seated king trademark on the reverse. The king sits on the firm’s initials “SMF”, while holding an upward pointing sword. Below the regent is the location “Solingen”, and below this is an early form of a waffen amt stamping. It is a stickbird eagle over the number “5”. This fine blade is protected by an in-place blue leather washer. A very fine 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger, showing usage of the period but no abuse; highest quality construction here!

Excellent, Plus. $1,395.00

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. $1,695.00

LD1 #29240 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has all nickel mounts throughout. The mounts do not look to have been cleaned in many years. The pommel has good crisp edges and the brass medallion sunwheels are in good condition having some wear to the areas in between the sunwheel legs. The crossguard sunwheel still has the silvering between the legs. The crossguards are in good shape being the three segment downward curved type. The grip is a wood base having carved ribs which descend left to right. This wood grip is covered with a fine Moroccan leather which still remains in excellent condition and retains its original grain. This grip is wrapped with triple wire, the center example being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell is wrapped with matching Moroccan leather which other than normal usage signs here and there is still in perfect condition with no nips or scuffs. The nickel scabbard mounts have an excellent patination throughout and they are all in fine condition being retained with flathead flush mount side screws. The matching nickel chain is made up of nine upper ringlets and thirteen lower ringlets. These ringlets are connected to an unmarked nickel clip at the top.

The fine blade is a nickel-plated example which has outstanding mirror surfaces. There is just a slight ripple at the end where the tip may have been put into some wood but it is barely noticeable. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds an upward pointing sword and rests on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Below is the location city, “Solingen”. The blade is protected by an in place blue pebbled washer showing some age around the edges. A nice 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here. Excellent Plus, Plus $1195.00

LD1 #29915 Mid-period 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E&F Hörster

Usually the mid-period examples did not retain their silvering, to say nothing of their original gilding to the swastikas. This example is an exception and in my opinion is a very rarely seen sight. The mid-period fittings on this example still retain nearly all of their silvering. The silvering has a fine dark patination as it does not look to have ever been cleaned. The pommel shows a little usage and the sunwheel swastikas actually still have some gilt to their finish. These swastikas look to be about 90%. The crossguard also has good gilding to the swastikas also being about 90%. It is also interesting to note that the sunwheels across the crossguard have pebbling in their backgrounds. The downswept triple wing quillons match the pommel perfectly also having nearly 100% of the silvering and nice patination. The grip is a wood base being covered with rich blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent condition throughout and still has its original graining. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard also has outstanding leather, matching the color exactly and having good grain to its surfaces. This leather shows only normal usage signs and there are no nips or scuffs. The scabbard mounts are the silver plated steel type. They too have great preservation, all mounts having a black patina. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by headless flush mount side screws. Since this is a mid-period example it is equipped with an aluminum chain. This chain is equipped with seven upper ringlets and nine lower examples. They are attached to a standard nickel snap clip which is marked on the reverse, “OLC” and “Ges. Gesch.”. The clip still shows quite a bit of its original lacquer coating.

The blade of this example is a real beauty. It is a quality nickel-plated finish and it retains its original needlelike tip. The finish is mirror-bright and the blade easily rates in Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double oval logo of this firm. Theses ovals enclose the firm’s name and location, “E&F Hörster Solingen”. In the center is the large, “H” letter with smaller letters, “H” and “S” inside with a sword piercing their center. The blade is buffered by a matching leather washer.

A really fine 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, in outstanding condition!

Near Mint. $1,495.00

LD1 #32913 Initial-production 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early Carl Eickhorn Dagger has the 1st Type small double oval trademark, which is an indication that it was one of the first examples produced. All mounts are of solid nickel construction throughout. The pommel shows a little bit of usage marks on the obverse edge, but the reverse edge is still crisp. The sunwheels are outstanding brass inserts, and on both the crossguard and pommel all of the silvering is intact between the swastika legs. These are nice hilt mounts that would clean up greatly, if desired. The grip is a carved wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. This leather still remains in excellent condition throughout, having much of the grain still there. It is unusual to note that the grip is wrapped with a single brass wire, which is of fairly large proportion. Normally, early daggers have triple wire wrap, but there is no question that this grip is original and untouched.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The shell is covered with matching blue Moroccan, also having lots of grain throughout. The surfaces of this leather, though, have seen quite a bit of carrying time and there are little hits, bumps, and in some cases, some small scuffs that do mar the surfaces. There is really only one small nip where the leather reveals the metal below and that is on the lower left edge beneath the center ramp. A good coat of navy Meltonian shoe cream will cure most of the problems on this scabbard leather. It is really not that bad, and considering that this dagger was originally produced in 1934, that is a lot of years of this weapon being carried. The scabbard mounts are deeply patinated, having never been cleaned. They are all in pretty good shape showing some wear signs, but nothing that is detractive. These mounts have all of the screws intact, being the headless side mount type. The matching chain is also highly patinated. It consists of 9 ringlets on the top and 14 ringlets on the lower. Both chains are connected to a matching unmarked nickel snap clip.

The blade of this example is a high quality nickel-plated type. It would be in full mint condition, except for a couple of scratches noticeable about an inch or so from the tip. There is a scratch on each side of the blade, which indicates to me that someone was trying to pry something up with this blade. I don’t know why people did this sort of thing, but we do see blades used for the wrong purpose quite a few times. At any rate, if it were not for the two scratches, the blade would be in mint condition. It retains its needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the small double ovals used from 1933 through 1935. It is very rare to see a 1st Model Luftwaffe with this trademark, as few were made. The firm’s name and location are contained within the two ovals, “Carl Eickhorn, Solingen”. There is a crisp seated squirrel inside, having a nut in his paws and fine serrated tail. The original blue pebbled blade washer is in place.

An interesting dagger here, in an untouched state. This dagger comes out of a recent “motel buy”, and has never been in a collection.

Excellent. $1,495.00

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!

Excellent. $1,295.00