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 #45366 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe by WKC
The pommel shows a few signs of wearing but no severe hits or scratches. It also retains 100 percent of its original gilt surface on the sunwheels.The crossguard sunwheels also have 100 percent coverage. The crossguard arms are in excellent condition with their three downward flowing segments.
The carved wood grip is covered with blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent condition throughout, with no cuts or problems anywhere. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is in good condition throughout and is also covered with matching blue Moroccan. This leather shows some usage but there are no cuts nips or problems anywhere with it. Most of the grain is also still there nicely matching that of the grip. The aluminum scabbard mounts also show some mild usage in the surfaces but they are still in good condition. They are retained by headless screws in the sides.
There is an aluminum chain equipped with six ringlets at the top and eight ringlets at the bottom. The connect to a OLC marked aluminum snap clip. Attached to the snap clip is the original teardrop hanger which was worn with this dagger. The hanger is a dark blue leather having a D ring fitted to a leather strap. The strap shows some wear but everything is still intact. This accoutrement is a rare item to find. The reverse of the teardrop has a gray felt covering showing some age but still in pretty good condition.
The blade is a very fine example having highest quality nickel plated surfaces. This blade remains in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the knight head trademark with the firm’s initials below “WKC”. The blue leather blade buffer is in place.
It is also interesting to note that WKC has had a practice of using wood runners in their scabbards and that is the case with this example.
A nice dagger here showing some usage of the period but nevertheless still in fine collectible condition.
LD1 #45379C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe by David Malsch
The pommel is a beauty sowing no usage around the rims and it has a wonderful brass inlaid sunwheel. The silvering still remains between the legs of the sunwheel.
The crossguard features a matching smaller sunwheel also having the silvering. These mounts are extremely pleasing to view. The crossguard arms are in perfect condition with their triple sections flowing downward.
The carved wood grip is covered with the original blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in complete perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with triple silvered wire. An extremely fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has extremely fine original leather which shows just the slightest bit of wear but hardly anything. There is a tiny nip in the edge towards the bottom lower area but other than that the leather is perfect and completely matches that of the grip. The scabbard mounts are very fine nickel and they are in remarkable condition. The mounts are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the scabbard mounts is one of the more rarely seen nickel hanger being the type that has the flat ringlets. These flat ringlets are not seen too often although we will see them many times on Malsch produced daggers. There are 9 ringlets at the upper chain and 14 ringlets at the lower chain. They are connected to a choice conditioned matching nickel unmarked snap clip.
The blade is also a real killer. This remarkable blade has outstanding high quality nickel plated finish and it is in stone mint condition. The trademark by David Malsch is done with a light etch as we usually see with this producer. The name is around an oval with the initials DW in the center. Stamped below this is a early waffenamt featuring a stickbird with a 5 in its belly. The origina lblue leather washer is in place.
An extremely fine first rate 1st model Luftwaffe dagger here.
Mint Minus. $1,495.00
LD1 #45273C Early Flight Marked 1st Model Luftwaffe by SMF
This early 1t model luft is of high quality throughout. The pommel is a very fine example showing little usage around the rimes and still having all of the silvering around the brass sunwheel swastikas. The same is true of the sunwheels at the crossguard.
The crossguard arms are in good condition with their three segments.
The carved wood grip is covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather is in perfect condition throughout and is rapped with double silver wire one wire being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original Moroccan leather exactly matches that of grip and is in very fine condition. The leather shows only the most nominal of usage but is still all there with no nips. The leather reflects the same grain and color as the grip. The scabbard mounts are fine nickel being in perfect condition and retained by flat head side screws.
Attached to the scabbard is the matching nickel chain. This chain has 9 ringlets at the top and 13 ringlets at the lower. They are connected to an excellent nickel snap clip.
The scabbard throat of this example is deeply stamped at the upper edge "III-Fl. 157" and at the bottom portion of the throat is the number "319". These same matching numbers are stamped on the obverse ricasso center area of the blade.
The blade is in nice condition having excellent nickel plating. The blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark with the firm’s initials "SMF Solingen".
It is difficult to find a 1st model luft with flight markings like this and I would think it should not be too difficult to look up the service record of this unit. A very fine collectible and desirable example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,425.00(#033021)
LD1 #45378C 1st Model Aluminum Luftwaffe by E. & F. Hörster
This aluminum 1st model is in top notch condition throughout. The pommel and crossguard are in beautiful aluminum still having its original sheen to the finish. The pommel and crossguard sunwheels both have 100 percent gilt finish.
The crossguard arms are in fine condition with their three segments.
The carved grip is covered in Moroccan leather which remains in perfect condition. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight and has outstanding perfect condition original leather. This leather shows only the most modest signs of usage but there are not cuts or problems anywhere. It is rare to see original leather reflecting this fine condition. The scabbard mounts are matching new like finished aluminum. They remain in perfect condition throughout and are retained with flat head side screws.
Attached to the scabbard is a matching aluminum chain. This chain has 7 upper ringlets and 8 lower ringlets that are attached to a matching aluminum snap clip which is OLC and gesch gesch marked. You won’t find a better aluminum example with this fine of an outside.
As we would hope the blade is also in spectacular condition having highest quality nickel plated finish. This blade is easily in mint condition throughout. It is etched on the reverse with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location E. & F Hörster Solingen inside is the large H letter with a smaller H and S letter in the center being pierced by a sword. The original blue leather buffer is in place.
An extremely fine 1st model aluminum example here.
Mint. $1,295.00( #032921)
LD1 #45316C Early to Mid Period 1st Model Luftwaffe by Siegfried Waffen
This 1st Model Luftwaffe shows some age patina throughout but for those who know the look of this they will know that this dagger is in very nice condition. The mounts that Siegfried Waffen produced after the early pieces are most interesting. The mounts appear to be aluminum or pot metal base however they have the sunwheel swastikas which are set in outstanding relief, much different from the normal mid period variety. It is also neat to see that the silvering Is still there on both the crossguard and pommel as well as much of the original gilt to both sunwheels. Quite a good look here! The crossguard arms also have most of the original silvering on them.
The grip is of carved wood and is covered with Moroccan leather. The leather remains in perfect condition and is triple wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The original to the piece 23cm portepee is tied in the proper Luftwaffe tie and is set in place showing little to no wear.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The Moroccan leather on the scabbard also in in perfect condition exactly matching the grip with no nips anywhere. The steel based scabbard fittings still have their silver plating with signs of frosting and again just age patination. They are retained by headless screws in the sides.
Attached is a aluminum chain having 6 upper ringlets and 9 lower ringlets. The chain is attached to an aluminum OLC marked clip but the clip also have about 50 percent of the original silvering. This is also rare to see.
The blade of this example is a very fine one being in mint condition with needlelike tip. It is etched on the reverse with the large Siegfried Waffen trademark having the horseshoe shape with the hammering Siegfried inside and the firm’s details in the outside ribbon. The original blade washer is in place.
A very nice interesting 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger here.
Mint Minus. $1,095.00
LD1 #45281 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe by SMF
This early example is in nice condition having fine deep patination throughout. The silvering throughout the pommel and crossguard is 100 percent with all of the plating in between the legs of both brass swastikas.
The pommel itself has a good rim showing only mild usage. The crossguard arms in in good concerned with excellent patination.
The grip I a carved wood base being covered with Moroccan leather. The leather is in choice condition throughout. It is wrapped with triple silver wire the center example being twisted.
Also on the dagger is the original to the piece portepee being the 23cm variety and it is tied about the crossguard as per Luftwaffe regulations.
The scabbard shell is a fine example. It has no nips anywhere showing only the most minor sign of usage. The mounts are retained by headless side screws.
the matching nickel chain has 9 ringlets at the top and 14 at the lower. They are attached to any unmarked matching nickel clip.
The blade has highest quality nickel plated surfaces and shows a little bit of usage but still rates in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark with SMF beneath and Solingen beneath that. The blade is also waffenamted beneath the trademark with the stickbird image. The original blade buffer in in place.
A very nice high quality 1st model Luftwaffe dagger here.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
LD1 #45315C Early / Mid Period 1st Model Luftwaffe by Carl Eickhorn
This 1st model Luftwaffe was produced right after the initial production examples. It has a typical Eickhorn pommel being the style where the surfaces are slightly rounded characteristic of this producer.
The pommel is the style where he sunwheels are part of the casting of the pommel itself. The pommel has excellent silvering throughout with the entire piece being quite darkly patinated.
The crossguard is the standard early type with the inset brass sunwheels. The silvering is still mostly between the legs of these sunwheels. The crossguard arms are in good condition having matching patination. The grip is a carved wood style being covered with Moroccan blue leather. The leather shows some usage signs but no hits or problems. It is wrapped with triple silver wiring the center wire being twisted.
This piece is equipped with a 42 cm style portepee which is tied from the upper grip and running to a know form at the crossguard. The portepee appears original to the piece showing age only.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered with matching blue Moroccan leather with no nips. Nice leather here. The scabbard mounts are the steel based type having nickel plated surfaces. There is some mild age to these mounts but nothing that is serious. The mounts are retained by headless screws on the edges. This piece is equipped with a nickel chain being 9 nickel ringlets at the top and 12 at the bottom. There are connected to a rather unusual snap clip being unmarked and being of nickel plated steel base. The clip does look original to the piece however.
The blade of this example is a very fine one. It is in full mint condition with needlelike tip. It is marked on the reverse with a deeply etched 1935 through 4 Carl Eickhorn trademark. The original washer is in place and in the case of this example it is brown instead of the normally blue type that we see.
All in all a nice dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $1095.00
LD1 #45246C Later 1st Model Luftwaffe
The pommel still has the nickeling between the built in sunwheels but the surfaces of the sunwheels and those of the other pommel areas reveal the base metal. The same is true of the crossguard example. There still is silvering that remains on much of the crossguard arms however.
The grip is a carved wood base covered with Moroccan leather. The leather is in good condition on the grip showing only minor usage. It is wrapped with a single silver style wire. I have not seen this type of wire before but it is absolutely original.
Wrapped about the hilt is an original to the piece 23cm Luftwaffe. The portpee shows a little bit of fraying where it comes out of the knot but otherwise is in good condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good leather throughout with no cuts but does show signs of wear particularly at the upper area where the handhold would have been. The mounts are of steel construction being nickel plated. The plating is still in good condition. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the scabbard is an aluminum chain. The upper chain has six ringlets and the lower chain has 8 ringlets. There are connected to an OLC marked aluminum snap clip.
The blade has good nickel plating throughout and has a little bit of wear usage towards the tip area but otherwise still remains bright and is in otherwise good condition. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
LD1 #44951C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe - Tiger
The pommel shows a little bit of carrying time around the rim but not bad. The silvering has gone from the inside legs of the sunwheels but the bronze metal stills shows nicely. The same is true of the two sunwheels on the crossguard.
The crossguard arms are in good condition folding downward.
The grip is a carved wood covered in Moroccan leather. The leather is still in nice condition showing only a couple of wearing signs but the leather is all there. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. When I received this scabbard the leather was gone to time on this scabbard so I had it professionally redone. The new leather is absolutely perfect and almost impossible to even see the seam. The scabbard mounts match the fine patination of the hilt mounts. Each of these mounts is in good condition and are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the dagger is a fine early nickel chain. This chain has the most commonly seen 9 upper and 14 lower ringlets. They are connected to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The reverse of the upper scabbard mount is engraved with a group number being 269. This same number is engraved on lower ricasso.
The blade is a high quality nickel plated example. It has its original brillant shine to the finish and would be full mint were there not for a couple of very tiny marks along the lower edge but they are nothing. The reverse blade is clean as a whistle and in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the detailed tiger making his way across the center of the blade. Below the cat is the firm's name and location Tiger / Solingen. The original blue leather washer is in place.
A very very nice early Luftwaffe dagger here which would for 300 dollars more were it not for the releathering of the scabbard. At any rate the piece is priced accordingly.
LD1 #44972 1st Model Aluminum Luftwaffe
The pommel still retains its bright aluminum color showing not hits around the rims. Both of the swastikas still have most of the gild with just a little bit missing on the reverse center area.
The crossguard sunwheels are also in nice condition with full gild. The crossguard arms have a good aluminum look to them also.
The grip is a carved wood covered with blue Moroccan leather. This grip leather is in absolute perfect condition and is the tightly wrapped with very thin triple brass wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The matching Moroccan leather on the scabbard is also absolutely perfect with not cuts anywhere. The aluminum scabbard mounts show no age still being nice and bright.
Attached to the scabbard is a unusual silver chain instead of the normal aluminum type chain. The links are all of nickel and the clip is also nickel and is marked on the reverse the same as the aluminum ones were Gesch Gesch and OLC. It looks as those OLC must have made a few nickel chains but we very seldom see them so this is a nice touch.
The unmarked blade appears to be a polished type and there is still grain visible in the surfaces. There are a couple of rubs in the finish but nothing is really bad. They looks like places where someone tried to get a couple of minor spots off at one time. The blade is still in nice condition rating near mint. The original leather buffer is still in place.
An interesting aluminum 1st model here.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
LD1 #30560 Late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Alcoso
This late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe has the pot metal zinc based hilt fittings. You can always tell these at a glance as the butt plate below the crossguard area is thicker than the other types that you will see. Unfortunately the silvering or nickel usually didn’t hold up to well on these zinc based fittings and rarely do you see any gilding remaining to the sunwheel swastikas. On this example both the pommel and the crossguard show a bit of patination and there does seem to still be some silvering there. The pommel has crisp edges and the sunwheels are still quite prominent but blend into the rest of the patina. The crossguard seems to also have quite a bit of the original finish remaining. The reverse crossguard has good sunwheels whereas on the obverse the sunwheel swastika has turned green probably from some moisture that accumulated near it. The grip is the standard wood base type. This grip has outstanding Moroccan blue leather. This leather still has its original graining and is in near mint condition. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has outstanding original blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows only the mildest of age but still remains in perfect condition with no hits, nips or problems. The scabbard mounts are the silvered steel base type. They have patination matching the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition throughout and they are retained with flathead flush mount screws. The chain is the aluminum type. This chain has six upper and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a “Ges. Gesch.” marked matching aluminum clip which is also maker marked “OLC” in a diamond.
The blade of this example is a fine one. It has outstanding mirror finish nickel-plated surfaces and retains its needlelike tip. This blade is in full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the scale trademark used from 1937-1939. It exhibits the scales having the firm’s initials interspersed and above these scales in an arch shape is the block lettered name, “Alcoso” and below the location of “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. A decent example here probably produced as the war was beginning in 1939.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
LD1 #44593 Early, Numbered 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. & F. Hörster
The pommel is in nice condition, showing little usage and retaining the original silvering between the legs of both sun-wheel swastika.
The same is true of the sun-wheel in the guard center block. The quillon arms are the standard tripartite "wing" type, and each remains in crisp condition.
The grip is carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in completely perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with a skein of three brass wires, the center strand being twisted.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and covered in matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows some mild wear but it completely free of rips, nips, or other problems. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition and have toned to match the hilt fittings. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the scabbard is a fine, early nickel chain, with nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. These ringlets are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is a real beauty with high quality nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Höller H trademark as well as a stick-bird "5" waffenamt.
It is interesting to note that right above the trademark is the number "205". Examining the dagger I was pleased to find this number on the reverse of the scabbard throat. This is the first time I have seen these small numerals placed on the throat edge and the blade.
The original blade washer is in place and in perfect condition.
A very fine, early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
LD1 #38989C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger
The pommel is in good shape, with no hits to the rims. The raised sunwheels do not have any gilding left on them but remain crisp.
The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. The guard arms are the segmented, “winged” type which curve downward.
The grip is of carved wood covered in original Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent shape, showing some wear but free of nips, cuts, or problems. This grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three twisted brass wires.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It retains the original Moroccan leather covering which is in very nice condition; it shows traces of wear but it too is free of problems. The scabbard mounts are silver plated steel, the upper mount and center mounts showing slight wear to the plating. The lower mount has all of the silver and just some mild age in the surface, but nothing too bad. These mounts are retained by flat head screws, a bit in unusual as most pieces of this type have headless screws. There is a screw in the right upper portion, the right lower portion, and one in the center left.
The attached aluminum chain has six ringlets making up the upper chain and eight on the lower. These two chains are attached to an aluminum snap clip marked “OLC” and “Ges Gesch”.
The blade of this dagger makes up for many of the minor flaws on the outside. It is a high quality, nickel plated example that remains in mint condition. This beautiful blade is unmarked and retains the original blue leather blade washer.
A good, basic starter example here, priced reasonably.
LD1 #37480 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger
This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger despite the fact that it does not have a maker mark. The hilt fittings are the solid nickel type having fine brass inset medallions. The silvering appears to be mostly intact between the legs of both of the sunwheels. Both rims of the pommel are free of dings and with only modest signs of use. The crossguard quillons are in the characteristic downswept tripartite design, evoking a pair of wings.
The grip is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards the ends. It is covered with excellent blue Moroccan leather which is in very fine condition still having grain showing. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy wire.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The Moroccan leather covering the scabbard nicely matches the grip and is in nearly perfect but for a couple of very, very minor openings along the area where the seam was made. They are barely noticeable, however. This scabbard has steel mount brackets, however all of the original silvering is intact over the steel base and is nicely patinated exactly matching the hilt mounts. These mounts are retained by headless flush mounted side screws.
There is a solid nickel chain attached to the scabbard mounts. This chain has the usual nine upper and fourteen lower eyelets. The chain is connected to a DRGM style snap clip. These clips are made of pot metal and, as usual, the clip has sprung out from the upper ring; best to avoid trying to close it as it will most likely break.
The blade of this dagger is a real beauty, a polished type instead of being nickel plated. All of the crossgrain is visible in the blade and it is mirror bright throughout, retaining a needle-like tip. It is in full Mint condition. The blade is buffered by a matching blue leather washer.
A very nice, early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00
LD1 #36801 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Paul Weyersburg
The pommel still has a good, crisp rim, and features the medallion style sun-wheel, which has much patination withing the legs of the swastika. It appears, though, that there is wear to the silvering between the legs.
The crosssguard is also highly patinated. It is in the characteristic style; triple segmented, with downward sweeping quillon arms. The sun-wheels on this guard are completely black between the legs, but it does look as though the silvering might still be intact.
The carved wood grip is an excellent example, having a covering of perfect, original Moroccan leather. This leather shows only traces of usage, and is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather throughout this example was in perfect condition except for a tiny area on the back edge just above the center ramp. We applied a small patch to this area using period leather; unless you knew it was done it would be very tough to pick up this repair. The grain throughout this leather is extremely fine. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition, showing little signs of use. Even the lower mount has hardly any scratches or signs of wear. These mounts are patinated, matching the hilt. They are retained by headless, flush-mounted side screws.
Attached to the rings is a matching, uncleaned nickel chain. This chain has the standard nine upper ringlets and fourteen lower ringlets. They are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip.
The blade is a very fine example, having rich nickel plated surfaces. The plating is still mirror bright, and the tip of the blade is needle-like. This blade is in full Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with dual ovals which contain the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersburg & Co. / Solingen”. In the center area is a downward pointing swords enclosed between two wheat shafts. Stamped just below the trademark is a waffenamt; an early style stickbird with a “5” in his belly. This beautiful blade is protected by a matching dark blue leather buffer.
I personally think that the Weyersburg brand 1st Model Luftwaffe daggers were the highest quality made during the early period. If you are looking for a great collectible dagger that really speaks of the time, this example should more than satisfy you. I feel that it is best to leave it uncleaned, but if the next owner desires to do so it will not effect the value of the dagger. These Weyersburg pieces have the look of a cut-down, smaller proportioned medieval sword; nothing better looking than these!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00(#031521)
LD1 #35964 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – David Malsch
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger shows quite a bit of period wear, but overall it is still in collectible condition. The mounts are the early, solid nickel type, and the sun-wheel swastikas on the pommel and crossguard are the medallion style. It appears as though the silvering between the legs of the sun-wheels have worn down to the brass base below; in spite of this they still look excellent. The rims around both sides of the pommel are still in crisp condition with no hits. The crossguard has good, down-swept arms, behind the standard three segment design. The carved wood grip is covered with dark blue Moroccan leather. This leather covering is still in good condition, however most of the grain is gone from hand wear. There are no cuts or other problems though. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple strand silver wire, having a twisted type in the center.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and is covered in matching dark blue Moroccan leather. The scabbard leather does show some hand wear to the surfaces, and as a result there is not a lot of grain remaining. The reverse of the shell has a couple of nips in the leather, one in the upper area near the edge, and another in the lower center. This leather, though, still looks very good. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel, nicely patinated to match the crossguard mounts. These fittings are in excellent condition, including the lower mount, which you would think would have quite a bit of wear but there are no taps or dings to be seen. These mounts are retained by headless side screws which are all in place. The chain is the style with flat ringlets. We see this quite a bit when looking at Malsch daggers. This chain is constructed with 19 ringlets at the top, and 14 on the bottom. The chains are attached to a standard, unmarked solid nickel clip.
The blade of this dagger is a high quality nickel-plated type, still being nice and bright. This blade retains the original needle-like tip, and other than normal runner marks is in perfect condition. It is lightly etched on the reverse ricasso with an ellipse that bears the firm's initials, “DM”. Around the ellipse at the top and bottom is the makers name, “David Malsch”, and “Steinbeck”, the town where the dagger was produced. Below the trademark is a waffenamt, consisting of an early style stickbird, having a “5” in his belly. The original matching blue leather blade washer is in place.
A nice Luft dagger here if you are looking for a piece with normal period wear but still in collectible condition. The mounts on this piece do not look to have been cleaned in many years.
LD1 #35378C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Double Etched Blade – Carl Jul Krebs
This Krebs 1st Model Luftwaffe is easily one of the rarest pieces that could have been ordered if the pocketbook would permit. The dagger is of the mid-period vintage having pot metal mounts which have been silver-plated. Usually the silvering comes right off of these pot metal mounts but fortunately in the case of this fine example, the factory must have given some extra plating as the silvering is still pretty much all there. These pot metal mounts are the type where the sunwheel swastikas were part of the casting. The surfaces were gilded by the factory and normally the gilt pretty much disappears but again, there must have been some extra care done and although still somewhat light the gilt finish is still quite nice across the pommel and crossguard sunwheels. The pommel shows very little usage around the rims and still remains crisp. The crossguard is also a fine example having crisp edges to the three segments that flow downward in the shape of wings. The grip is a carved wood base having outstanding original Moroccan leather covering. The dark blue color is still nice and vibrant and the grain is still in the leather. This fine grip is tightly wrapped with triple aluminum wire, the center being twisted for contrast.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and also has outstanding original Moroccan leather. This leather is about as good as you’ll ever see and still be original. There are virtually no flaws on this leather only just the slightest signs of usage. It is doubtful that the original owner of this beautiful dagger carried it much. The scabbard mounts are the mid-period type also being of steel base and having good silver plating. The silvering is still nearly 100% throughout all of the mounts showing just a little bit of age and some slight signs of lifting on the reverse of the center mount. The mounts, though, are very clean showing little usage. These mounts are retained by flathead flush mount screws in the side edges. The chain is the normal type we see on mid-period piece being the aluminum variety. This chain consists of six upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. The two chains are connected to a standard aluminum clip being marked “OLC” within a diamond on the reverse and the registered trademark stamping “Ges. Gesch.”.
The best part of this dagger though is the blade. If you don’t smile when you see this blade coming out of the scabbard you need to go into stamp or coin collecting. This full mint blade is astounding. It reflects a heavy quality nickel-plated surface easily being in 100% condition and retaining its fine needlelike tip. Etched onto the panels is the design that we frequently see on the Voos model 2nd Luftwaffes, only in the case of this 1st model all of the designs have been enlarged slightly. Both blade sides are etched with arabesque floral designs having 100% frosting in the backgrounds. This intact frosting accents the relief of the designs. The reverse blade is totally etched with floral designs and the obverse blade has a panel in the center. The panel portrays an outstanding Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s right. This eagle has terrific detail to his feathering as well as to his eye and beak areas. He is grasping a mobile swastika in his right talon and it dangle nicely just below his tail. Under each wing is a branch of laurel leaves complete with little berries.
I can not over emphasize the quality and detail that can be viewed in the etch on both sides of this blade. The maker of this example is the Carl Jul Krebs firm. They made a lot of good stuff as we all know and in this case probably took an order from a good customer and had the same etching company that was probably used by Voos to do this etch. Their trademark is the small single oval which inside has the name of the firm and location, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center of the oval is the crown oval positioned over the letter, “K”. The original blue blade buffer is in place and in this case it looks slightly fatter than the normal leather buffer. Perhaps Krebs wanted to make sure that this area of protection could be adequate considering the quality of the blade etch. A truly magnificent 1st model Luftwaffe here being only the second or third that I have seen in my career. This is a superb piece for the advanced collector or for someone who is looking to invest some money for a future retirement. It would be hard to believe that the desirability of a dagger of this caliber would not increase as the years go by.
Mint Minus. $19,995.00
LD1 #35120 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - WMW
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of mid-period construction. The hilt pieces are made of pot metal, and are silver plated. In the case of this example, the mounts do not look like they have been cleaned since the War, and accordingly still contain most of their silvering. The pommel and crossguard feature good, brass plated, sunwheels. The plating to the sunwheels appears intact on the pommel, and there is some wear to the plating on the crossguard. In both cases, however, all of the silvering is still intact between the legs of the sunwheels on both pieces. The grip is a carved wood example, having Moroccan leather covering. The leather is still in excellent condition, showing some minor usage signs, but still looking good with no cuts. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple wire, the two outside wires appearing to be copper, and the inside wire being the springy, aluminum type. This is an interesting wire wrap, which I don't recall seeing in the past, and can be attributed to a small producer like WMW.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This shell has outstanding leather, still having all of its grain and no cuts or problems anywhere. The scabbard mounts are the silver plated steel based type. The silvering is deeply patinated, and in good condition throughout. These mounts are retained by flush mount, headless side screws. The chain is the aluminum type. There are seven upper ringlets, and nine lower ringlets in the two assemblies. The aluminum snap clip is the type that is marked on the reverse, "ges. gesch." and "olc". The blade is a nice example, having bright finish throughout, and good nickel plating. There are a a few minor scratches here and there, but overall, the blade is still easily in near mint condition, and complete with needle like tip. This fine blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso "WMW/WAFFEN". The original, blue leather blade washer is in place. A very nice, mid period dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
LD1 #34923 Uncleaned 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – David Malsch, Steinbach
This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger was recently purchased by me from the family that brought the dagger home. The dagger has never been cleaned and remains in a deeply patinated state. The mounts are all solid nickel throughout having a nice patination with some silver frosting still remaining throughout the crossguard quillon areas. The pommel cap has excellent crisp edges on both sides. The brass medallion inserts have good sunwheel swastikas but all of the plating is worn out from between the legs. The crossguard center block also has fine medallion sunwheel inserts and most of the original silvering is still between the legs. The crossguards nicely taper downward and still have crisp sections with silver frosting noticeable on the surfaces. The grip is a carved wood base having ribs which descend downward from left to right. The grip is covered with fine dark blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows only modest usage and is still in excellent condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with brass triple wire, the center being twisted. The matching ferrule is in position below the grip.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching Moroccan leather which still remains in choice condition having no nips or cuts. It is really nice to see leather in this condition. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel type also being uncleaned. These mounts are all in excellent condition being retained by flathead side screws. It is interesting to note that the reverse of the center mount was originally equipped with the two holes where staples were used to retain the mounts to composition scabbards. In this case the two holes have been filled in by the factory and the mount was used up as a matter of course. These kind of things are always very interesting to collectors and that is the reason that I point them out. There is an early nickel chain attached being the type with flat wings. If you are not familiar with this type of chain assembly you can see one pictured on page 57 in the center in my Luftwaffe book. This fine matching chain is connected to the carrying rings at the upper and center mount. The connector is a matching nickel tab on each chain. There are nine ringlets on the upper chain and fourteen on the lower. The two chains are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip.
The blade is a fine bright example which has been nickel-plated. This blade still has good surfaces throughout with a needlelike tip. The blade grades nearly in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of this company. It consists of an ellipse design which contains the initials of the firm, “DM”. At the top of the ellipse is the firm’s name, “David Malsch”. Below is the area that this company came from, “Steinbach, Thur.”. There is also a waffen amt just to the right of the ellipse. The original blue leather blade washer is in place. A fine untouched early 1st model Luftwaffe Dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
LD1 #31007 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - F&A Helbig
This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has never been cleaned since the war. It shows some usage and age but overall it is still in a collectible state. This dagger has highest quality solid nickel hilt parts. These hilt parts have patinated to a dull yellowy color. The sunwheel swastikas at the pommel and the crossguard are the brass medallion types which are soldered into place. The medallions are completely down to the brass and I do not see any plating left between the sunwheel swastika’s legs. Nevertheless the fittings are still in good condition, the circumference around the pommel still being crisp and the same is true to the three stage sections of the downward tipping crossguard arms. The grip is a wood base. It has sections which run downward from left to right. The grip has the original Moroccan leather covering. The leather shows some scuffs and there is also a small piece missing at the lower ring but we colored it in a little bit with some dark marker and it is almost invisible. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple nickel wire, the center being twisted.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The leather on this shell also shows age and usage but quite honestly there are no bad cuts and it still looks pretty good. This leather nicely matches that of the grip. The shell is fitted with matching highly patinated nickel mounts. These mounts are still in good condition throughout. The reverse of the upper mount has an inscription which was most likely done by the GI who liberated this piece. Neatly scratched into the surfaces is “Frank and Jo Foxx”, then “World War II / 1945 / Cologne, Germany”. Since this personalization was done on the reverse it does not show if the dagger is going to be displayed. These mounts are secured with all in place headless side screws. The chain is of matching nickel and it is one of the seldom seen flat ring types. If you are not familiar with this type of chain you can see it in my Luftwaffe Book on page 57 in the center lower photo. This chain is the same as the example in the book. It is fitted with eight upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a matching unmarked solid nickel clip.
The blade of this piece is still nice and bright. It has some in and out marks but it still remains in excellent condition easily grading excellent plus, plus. The maker marking is quite faint on this blade but there is enough there to see that it was produced by the F&A Helbig firm and that word that appears in the middle of their ellipse logo, “Saeffer” is still readable. There is also just the slightest remains of a waffen amt which was stamped below this. The blade leather washer is in place. A good Luftwaffe dagger here for someone on a budget and also an opportunity to look up the record of an American war veteran.
LD1 #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!