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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 #43080 Early Uncleaned 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

If you are the type of collector that loves untouched, deeply patinated fittings this dagger is for you. The high quality nickel fittings on this dagger have the deepest patina I can remember seeing.

The pommel and the crossguard have inserted medallions with brass sun-wheel swastikas. Because of the patina it is difficult to tell if there is any silvering left between the legs of the swastikas but they look good as-is.

The guard is in excellent condition, in the standard down swept "wing" design.

The carved wood grip is covered in Moroccan leather. This leather is still in nice condition but most of the grain has been worn off due to hand wear. The leather is tightly wrapped with a skein of three silver wires with a twisted center strand.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. When we acquired this piece most of the original leather had been lost to time, so we opted to restore it. The restored leather looks great and it would be hard to tell the work was even done. We use the same leather as that used during the period. The scabbard mounts, like the hilt mounts, are the early nickel type and also deeply patinated, exactly matching the hilt mounts. These mounts are in nice condition throughout, retained by headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is the original nickel chain, also with a matching patina. This chain has 9 upper and 14 lower ringlets. They are connected to an unmarked nickel snap clip.

The blade of this example is still bright and in nearly mint condition, with a needle-like tip and sound plating. There are a couple of minor age signs here and there. The reverse ricasso is marked with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark and an early stickbird "5" waffenamt. The original matching blue leather blade buffer is in place.

A real nice dagger here, of finest quality and early production.

Excellent Plus. $1,050.00

LD1 #42705 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - David Malsch

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a very desirable example. It is completely uncleaned and it the same state it was in when it returned from the war. The mounts are solid nickel. The patina really speaks to the history and quality of the dagger.

The pommel edges are crisp and the gilding remains on the sun-wheel swastikas. The crossguard is also in fine condition, in the standard three part "wing" design.

The grip is carved wood covered in Moroccan leather. This leather remains in excellent condition, with some of the original grain and tightly wrapped with three strands of nickel wire. The center strand is twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The leather covering is quite fine, showing some wear but with no cuts or nips and exactly matching the grip. This condition is unusually good for a piece of this vintage. The scabbard mounts are patinated nickel, in nearly perfect condition and retained by headless screws in the edges.

The scabbard is equipped with a chain that has patinated to match the rest of the fittings. It is one of those chains with the flat edges on the rings. We see this style coming from the Malsch firm; either they made their own links or purchased them from a contractor who made them in this fashion. These links are desirable and can be seen in my Luftwaffe Book on page 57, along with a comparison of other types of chains. There are nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. Both are connected to a highly patinated snap clip. Attached to the snap clip is the original belt loop. This loop has good brown leather that remains very sound, and an aluminum "D" ring.

The blade is high quality example with a beautiful, mirror-bright nickel finish. The blade is easily mint and retains a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the desirable "DM" trademark of the David Malsch Steinbeck firm. The etching on Malsch trademarks is quite light, but it is still visible. Below the trademark is a stick bird "5" waffenamt, and the original leather blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for high quality, untouched 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger, this piece has it all.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

LD1 #42533 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - WKC

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a mid-period example, with the thicker butt plate on the crossguard. With these mid-period period the sun-wheel swastikas were made part of the casting of the pommel and guard. They were gilded when the daggers were new but, as we mostly see after all these years, the gilding has worn away.

The pommel itself is in nice condition, with no hits to the rim. The crossguard has is in the standard, three segment "wing" design and remains in excellent condition.

The carved wooden grip is covered in original Moroccan leather, which remains in good condition. It is wrapped with three twisted aluminum wires, the center strand being twisted. The grip wire looks re-wrapped to me, but this is the way it arrived so I've left it alone.

There was no leather on the scabbard when we acquired the piece, so we elected to restore it. The leather work was done well using the original type of Moroccan. If I didn't mention this restoration you'd likely not know it was done at all. The scabbard mounts are solid nickel. They remain in good condition, retained by headless side screws.

There is an aluminum chain on this piece. This chain is quite interesting as the retaining tabs are very long, resulting in fewer ringlets being used than a standard piece. There are only 6 upper and 7 lower ringlets on this chain. The chain is connected to an aluminum snap clip marked "OLC / Gesch Gesch" on the reverse.

The blade remains in nice condition, with full, bright nickel plating that only shows trees of wear. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm and the original leather blade buffer is in place.

A good starter piece here, with some restoration work but still looking presentable.

Good. $795.00

LD1 #42761C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger w/ Paul Dinger Damascus Blade - Carl Eickhorn

1st Model Luftwaffe daggers with damascus blades are extremely rare, as although they were available, they were expensive during times when there was not much money. Other than maybe one Fridericus I sold a few years ago, I can't remember being able to offer another. Well, the time has come!

This 1st Model has the early nickel-silver hilt mounts, together with the brass medallion sun wheels. The silvering between the legs of the sun wheels has gone to time, so these areas on the sun wheels of the pommel and cross guard are all down to the brass base. The cross guard has the traditional three-segmentation work and are turned downward. There also appears to be a regiment number or possibly a date etched on the underside of this cross guard. The grip is a carved wood being covered with Moroccan leather. The leather is still in perfect condition, but there is no grain remaining, which would be expected with the amount of wear to the plating of the sun wheels. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered with matching original Moroccan, which remains in perfect condition with no cuts or nips and still has good grain. The scabbard mounts are the steel-based type, reflecting heavy silver-plated surfaces. The silver has deeply evenly patinated. The scabbard mounts are retained with headless unturned screws. The aluminum chain is equipped with five upper ringlets and eight lower ringlets. They are connected to an aluminum snap clip being marked, "Ges. Gesch" and "OLC". Attached to the snap clip is a fine black leather belt loop. The "D" ring is interestingly stamped, "RZM M5/71" along the back edge, something I have not seen before on a "D" ring - nice.

The large Luftwaffe damascus blade is extremely impressive and remains in mint condition. It has an interesting mix of small roses and maiden hair pattern resulting in very pleasing eye appeal. As having seen many blades produced by Dinger in the past, I recognize this blade pattern as his work. I took a look at the tang. For some reason the tang was ground quite thin, but it is still easy to read the stamped signature, "Paul Dinger/Damaschied". (Later made blades forged by Dinger had the P + D markings.) The reverse ricasso on the blade is dark-etched with the trademark used from 1935 thru 1941, featuring the seated squirrel holding a downward-pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, "Original" and below is, "Eickhorn/ Solingen". The matching blade washer is in place.

A very rarely-seen 1st Model Luftwaffe with hand-made Paul Dinger damascus blade. A great original dagger here for the right person.

Excellent Plus. $11,995.00

LD1 #42097 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger remains in very fine condition. The pommel and crossguard sun-wheel swastikas retain 100% of the original gilding. The aluminum is bright and new look, with wear only visible under very close inspection.

The grip is carved wood covered in original Moroccan leather. This leather remains in excellent condition, with only mild wear. The grip is wrapped with dual aluminum wire, one strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. We we received the piece the leather was bad so we restored it. We use Moroccan leather identical to that used during the period and it is impossible to detect the restoration. The scabbard leather matches the grip leather nicely. The scabbard mounts are matching aluminum and show only mild wear. The mounts are retained by headless screws on the edges.

There is a matching aluminum chain attached to the scabbard, with six upper and eight lower ringlets. The snap clip is aluminum and marked "Gesch Gesch / OLC".

The blade is a beauty. It has high quality nickel plating and is nice and bright. There is just the slightest amount of age on the reverse but it is very minor. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Hörster Sword trademark, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice 1st Model Luftwaffe here; it would easily sell for a few hundred more were it not for the restoration.

Excellent. $1,095.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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