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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. The DLV Officers wore a very long dirk of 55cms. 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 (2nd Pattern Luftwaffe dagger). The 1st Pattern, 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 #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 #36372 Complete 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – E. & F. Hörster

This Hörster 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger recently comes from a veteran's family, and it is complete with all accoutrements. The dagger is one the aluminum types, and as is usually the case, the metal has a nice, satin finish belying its age. Upon close inspection, however, the pommel does show some signs of use on the surfaces, as does the crossguard. This pommel, though, still has a fairly crisp rim on both sides, as well as 100% of the gilded finish on the sun-wheel swastika. The same is true of the swastikas on the crossguard. This guard has fine, downward swept quillons. There are a couple of minor nicks on the edge of the right reverse quillon, as well as a few “tap-tap” marks on the opposite reverse quillon. They are minor, though, and easily the kind of thing that could happen to a dagger that was worn for a number of years.

Wrapped around the crossguard, in the proper Luftwaffe tie, is the original portepee. This portepee is the 23cm type, and it has no wear to the fine aluminum cords. The stem and slide of this portepee are also in perfect condition, as is the bullion-covered ball.

The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with dark blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent condition, show little in the way of wear and retaining the original grains. The leather is tightly wrapped with a skein of triple-wrapped silver wire, having a twisted center.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. He shell is covered with matching blue Moroccan leather, which other than minor signs of use is still in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts have the same satin look seen on the hilt fittings, and all three are in excellent condition. These mounts are retained by headless side screws which are all present and unturned.

Attached to the upper and center carrying ring is a matching aluminum chain. This chain is equipped with six ringlets on the upper chain and nine on the lower. Both chains are connected to a matching aluminum snap clip, which is marked on the reverse, “Ges. Gesch”. Beneath the trademark terms is the maker mark within a diamond, “OLC”.

Attached to the snap clip is the original brown teardrop hanger. This teardrop hanger is about five inches in length, much short than the type that would have be used on a sword. It has a fine birth, brown surface, showing little usage. There is an aluminum “D” ring which is attached to the leather hanger. The reverse of the hanger is covered in a gray felt covering, which would have nicely matched the Luftwaffe uniform. It really is great to see a period piece complete with all of the original accoutrements!

As we would hope, the blade is also a fine example. This blade features quality nickel-plated surfaces, being bright throughout and retaining a needle-like tip. This Mint blade is marked on the reverse with the double oval logo of the Hörster firm. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

A really nice, complete example here, with all the proper trimmings.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

LD1 #25834 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This SMF 1st Model Luftwaffe piece shows a little bit of wear of the period, but overall it is in nice, collectible condition. The pommel has fairly good crisp edges on both sides. The brass sunwheel swastikas are the medallion type that was inserted into the pommel. The silvering between the legs of the sunwheels is starting to thin on the obverse side and on the reverse side there is not much silvering remaining. The crossguard sunwheels have faired better as both sides appear to have all of the silvering between the legs. The crossguard arms flow gently downward in three segments. The grip is a wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. This original leather is in perfect condition throughout and still retains most of its grain. The grip is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has perfect original leather. This leather nicely matches the grip and also has all of its grain. The scabbard mounts have a fine matching silver plate which has patinaed quite a bit but the silvering still appears to be all there. These scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout and are retained by headless side screws. This scabbard is equipped with an aluminum chain. We see aluminum chains on early pieces that were produced about 1936 or 37. This aluminum chain has four upper rings and eight lower rings. The rings are attached to a matching aluminum snap clip which is marked with the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.” and also the maker, “OLC” whose initials are within a diamond.

The blade is a very fine high quality example. This beautiful blade has highest quality nickel-plated finish and retains its needelike tip. Other than the usual in and out marks this blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the seated king trademark. The king is resting on the firm’s intials, “SMF and retains an upward pointing sword in his hand. Below is the location city of “Solingen”. Below this is a waffen amt consisting of the early style stick bird having the number “8” within his belly. We normally see the number “5” so there must have been a replacement inspector brought in this to or perhaps it was an exceptionally busy day where two inspectors were required. Either way it is interesting to see the number “8”. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A nice 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

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 #35791C Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Sea Patrol Flight Markings - SMF

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger shows some usage and some wear but is interesting because of some unique markings, which I will get to further down in the description.

The hilt mounts are the early, heavy nickel type. The pommel rim is still mostly crisp, and the nickel plating still is mostly within the sun-wheel legs; the same holds true of the crossguard sun-wheels. The sun-wheels are the brass insert type, and they really look great on this piece. The crossguard has the down swept triple segmented wings, and it is in good condition.

The grip is a carved wood base, have a covering of Moroccan leather. The leather on this piece is in good condition throughout, with no major wear and tear. This grip is tightly wrapped by a triple strand of silver wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell retains fairly good original leather. It does show some wear here and there; there was some leather missing on the upper edge which we repaired with a small patch. This restoration looks quite presentable.

The scabbard mounts are a matching nickel type, in good condition. These mounts are retained by flathead screws, although they are slightly larger than we normally see on daggers of this vintage. They do, however, appear to be original. The matching nickle chain has eight ringlets on the top length, and ten on the lower length. The chain is attached by larger ringlets instead of the normal nickle tabs, although these also appear to be period. The matching nickel snap clip is the unmarked type.

The lower crossguard surfaces on this example are marked, on the one side, “Fl. E. A.”, or “Flight Ersatz Abteilung”, and on the other, “16, 1 SEE”. I believe these markings indicate at this dagger was worn by personnel of a Luftwaffe unit trained for sea patrol duty. Identical engravings appear on the right edge of the upper scabbard mount.

The blade of this example is of fine nickel plate, still bright throughout. There is a small spot of pitting on the reverse, about six inches beneath the ricasso. The ricasso itself has a small amount of pitting as well, specifically where it enters the crossguard butt-plate. The ricasso are itself is etched with the SMF logo; a seated king holding an upward pointing sword. The regent is positioned above the firm's initials, “SMF / SOLINGEN”. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

A most interesting Luftwaffe dagger here!

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 #35233 Mid-Period 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Unusual Period Blade

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in relatively good condition throughout. The dagger is of Mid-period construction; usually the silvering is off of the pommel and crossguard on Mid-period examples because these parts were a pot metal base. However, on this example most of the silvering remains throughout most of these mounts. The pommel and crossguard both have copper colored sunwheels and all of the silvering is still intact between the legs of these sunwheels. It is a pleasure to see a dagger of this vintage still having this feature.

The pommel shows a little bit of usage around both of the rims but no bad nicks. The crossguards are both in good condition with their downward sweeping segments. The grip is a carved wood base being covered with Moroccan leather. This leather is in choice condition throughout the grip still having its original grain. This grip is triple wrapped with triple twisted brass wire, the center being slightly larger proportioned. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent original Moroccan covering. There are a couple of scuffs and a small nip just below the center mount on the right edge but this would easily cover with a little bit of Meltonian shoe cream, otherwise this leather is in good condition. The scabbard mounts also have all of their silver plating. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout showing some usage particularly on the bottom example but overall there are no problems. These mounts are retained by flat head side screws.

The chain is a silver-plated nickel example. This chain also has all of its silvering. It is unusual to see a chain like this as mostly they are in nickel finish. This chain has the same look as a postal chain. Also the tabs which connect the chain to the scabbard rings are slightly unusual but absolutely period. This chain has nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. The snap clip is unmarked and in very fine condition.

The viewer will be quite surprised when the blade is pulled from the scabbard. This blade appears to be of a somewhat different vintage and could even be from a sword. It has a little sharpening along the edge and also is equipped with a wide fuller. The blade is in a matte finish and is overall in nice condition. I notice also that there is a false edge at the upper portion of the blade tip. This blade was definitely fit by a craftsman and done during the period. There is also a stamping in the fuller which reads, “H M 1940”. I don’t know what the meaning of this is but I’m sure it meant something of importance to the original wearer. Perhaps this was his father’s blade and perhaps the initials and the year have a significance other than just a birthday or something of this nature. The blade is protected by an in place brown leather washer. It looks somewhat thicker than the normal Luftwaffe washers, so I feel that this washer was also custom made at the time the blade was installed.

This Luftwaffe dagger was purchased directly from the son of a veteran. I asked him about the dagger and the blade and he said that the dagger has always been this way and was never touched during the time the family has had the piece since the war. This is an interesting example indeed and a great piece for those out there that enjoy variations.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

LD1 #35545 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe – David Malsch

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has heavy nickel fittings throughout. The pommel has some signs of usage around the rims but no bad hits. The sunwheel swastikas are the brass medallion insert type. The pommel sunwheels still have the nickel intact between the legs. The crossguard example does have the nickel worn between the sunwheel legs. The crossguard arms show some usage but basically they are still in good condition with their downward slanting segments. The grip is a caved wood base having excellent leather covering. This leather is still in good condition throughout showing some signs of usage but no real problems. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. This leather also shows some signs of usage but there are no nips in the surfaces and other than a little bit of seam pull-back on the left edge of the upper quadrant, the leather is good. The metal that shows at the seam separation has darkened from years of exposure and pretty well camouflages the flaw. The solid nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout. These mounts are retained by flathead side screws. The nickel chain is a fine matching example having nine upper and fourteen lower ringlets. They are connected to a solid nickel unmarked snap clip.

The blade is still nice and bright however there are a few signs of age in the surfaces but not bad. This blade still grades at Excellent Plus, and retains a needle-like tip. The blade is lightly etched on the reverse ricasso with an ellipse. Around the ellipse is the firm’s name and location, “David Malsch Steinbach” and then in parenthesis “Thur “ which is an abbreviation for Thurigen which is the area where Steinbach is located. In the center of the ellipse is the firm’s joined initials, “DM”. Below the trademark is a very early waffen amt which features a stick bird overtop of the number “8”. The washer is in place protecting this blade. A fine early example here.

Excellent. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

LD1 #35120 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - WMW

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of mid-period construction. The hilt pieces are made of pot metal, and are silver plated. In the case of this example, the mounts do not look like they have been cleaned since the War, and accordingly still contain most of their silvering. The pommel and crossguard feature good, brass plated, sunwheels. The plating to the sunwheels appears intact on the pommel, and there is some wear to the plating on the crossguard. In both cases, however, all of the silvering is still intact between the legs of the sunwheels on both pieces. The grip is a carved wood example, having Moroccan leather covering. The leather is still in excellent condition, showing some minor usage signs, but still looking good with no cuts. This grip is tightly wrapped with triple wire, the two outside wires appearing to be copper, and the inside wire being the springy, aluminum type. This is an interesting wire wrap, which I don't recall seeing in the past, and can be attributed to a small producer like WMW.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This shell has outstanding leather, still having all of its grain and no cuts or problems anywhere. The scabbard mounts are the silver plated steel based type. The silvering is deeply patinated, and in good condition throughout. These mounts are retained by flush mount, headless side screws. The chain is the aluminum type. There are seven upper ringlets, and nine lower ringlets in the two assemblies. The aluminum snap clip is the type that is marked on the reverse, "ges. gesch." and "olc". The blade is a nice example, having bright finish throughout, and good nickel plating. There are a a few minor scratches here and there, but overall, the blade is still easily in near mint condition, and complete with needle like tip. This fine blade is stamped on the reverse ricasso "WMW/WAFFEN". The original, blue leather blade washer is in place. A very nice, mid period dagger.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

LD1 #35000 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,195.00

LD1 #34798 Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This Transitional 1st Model Luftwaffe example is equipped with hilt mounts produced of solid nickel base metal. The pommel has a minor hit to around the eleven o’clock area of the obverse rim but otherwise both rims are in good condition. The pommel and crossguard center block have the medallion insert style brass sunwheel swastikas. The silvering between the legs of all the swastikas still appears to be there in place. The crossguard arms are the style which flow downward in three separate sections. The edges of the guards are still in good condition throughout. The grip is a carved wood base being covered with blue Moroccan leather. The leather is in excellent condition showing only a couple of normal wear signs. The ribs of this grip taper downward from left to right. These ribs are tightly wrapped with triple silvered wire, the center being twisted. There is a matching ferrule below the grip and positoned between the crossguard upper area.

The scabbard shell is the style made of composition material with no metal shell inside. The composition material is covered with fine matching Moroccan blue leather. This leather is in excellent condition throughout having no nips or problems but does show just the slightest of runner “push out” at the bottom area. It is not bad however and much less severe than we normally see. The scabbard shell is equipped with silvered nickel mounts. These mounts throughout are in good condition. They are retained by the large style silvered staples. The staples are in good condition although the upper staple moves a little bit when the blade goes in and out but it falls nicely back in place when the blade is in full return position. The upper and center mount are equipped with eyelets and carrying rings. There is a matching solid nickel chain attached with the standard nickel tabs. There are nine upper ringlets and thirteen lower ringlets. Both chains are attached to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip. This dagger is identical to the examples that I show on page 39 of my Luftwaffe book

The blade is a nickel-plated type having good needlelike tip. This blade is still bright throughout but does show a few in and out markings and some minor surface scratches here and there but nothing severe. The blade still easily grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds a sword in an upward position while he sits on the initials of the firm, “SMF”. Below the seated king in an upper arch shape is the location town, “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. A good solid transitional example here recently purchased from a collector in South Africa.

Excellent. $1,795.00

LD1 #34923 Uncleaned 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – David Malsch, Steinbach

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger was recently purchased by me from the family that brought the dagger home. The dagger has never been cleaned and remains in a deeply patinated state. The mounts are all solid nickel throughout having a nice patination with some silver frosting still remaining throughout the crossguard quillon areas. The pommel cap has excellent crisp edges on both sides. The brass medallion inserts have good sunwheel swastikas but all of the plating is worn out from between the legs. The crossguard center block also has fine medallion sunwheel inserts and most of the original silvering is still between the legs. The crossguards nicely taper downward and still have crisp sections with silver frosting noticeable on the surfaces. The grip is a carved wood base having ribs which descend downward from left to right. The grip is covered with fine dark blue Moroccan leather. The leather shows only modest usage and is still in excellent condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with brass triple wire, the center being twisted. The matching ferrule is in position below the grip.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching Moroccan leather which still remains in choice condition having no nips or cuts. It is really nice to see leather in this condition. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel type also being uncleaned. These mounts are all in excellent condition being retained by flathead side screws. It is interesting to note that the reverse of the center mount was originally equipped with the two holes where staples were used to retain the mounts to composition scabbards. In this case the two holes have been filled in by the factory and the mount was used up as a matter of course. These kind of things are always very interesting to collectors and that is the reason that I point them out. There is an early nickel chain attached being the type with flat wings. If you are not familiar with this type of chain assembly you can see one pictured on page 57 in the center in my Luftwaffe book. This fine matching chain is connected to the carrying rings at the upper and center mount. The connector is a matching nickel tab on each chain. There are nine ringlets on the upper chain and fourteen on the lower. The two chains are connected to an unmarked matching nickel snap clip.

The blade is a fine bright example which has been nickel-plated. This blade still has good surfaces throughout with a needlelike tip. The blade grades nearly in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of this company. It consists of an ellipse design which contains the initials of the firm, “DM”. At the top of the ellipse is the firm’s name, “David Malsch”. Below is the area that this company came from, “Steinbach, Thur.”. There is also a waffen amt just to the right of the ellipse. The original blue leather blade washer is in place. A fine untouched early 1st model Luftwaffe Dagger.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

LD1 #31007 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - F&A Helbig

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has never been cleaned since the war. It shows some usage and age but overall it is still in a collectible state. This dagger has highest quality solid nickel hilt parts. These hilt parts have patinated to a dull yellowy color. The sunwheel swastikas at the pommel and the crossguard are the brass medallion types which are soldered into place. The medallions are completely down to the brass and I do not see any plating left between the sunwheel swastika’s legs. Nevertheless the fittings are still in good condition, the circumference around the pommel still being crisp and the same is true to the three stage sections of the downward tipping crossguard arms. The grip is a wood base. It has sections which run downward from left to right. The grip has the original Moroccan leather covering. The leather shows some scuffs and there is also a small piece missing at the lower ring but we colored it in a little bit with some dark marker and it is almost invisible. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple nickel wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The leather on this shell also shows age and usage but quite honestly there are no bad cuts and it still looks pretty good. This leather nicely matches that of the grip. The shell is fitted with matching highly patinated nickel mounts. These mounts are still in good condition throughout. The reverse of the upper mount has an inscription which was most likely done by the GI who liberated this piece. Neatly scratched into the surfaces is “Frank and Jo Foxx”, then “World War II / 1945 / Cologne, Germany”. Since this personalization was done on the reverse it does not show if the dagger is going to be displayed. These mounts are secured with all in place headless side screws. The chain is of matching nickel and it is one of the seldom seen flat ring types. If you are not familiar with this type of chain you can see it in my Luftwaffe Book on page 57 in the center lower photo. This chain is the same as the example in the book. It is fitted with eight upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a matching unmarked solid nickel clip.

The blade of this piece is still nice and bright. It has some in and out marks but it still remains in excellent condition easily grading excellent plus, plus. The maker marking is quite faint on this blade but there is enough there to see that it was produced by the F&A Helbig firm and that word that appears in the middle of their ellipse logo, “Saeffer” is still readable. There is also just the slightest remains of a waffen amt which was stamped below this. The blade leather washer is in place. A good Luftwaffe dagger here for someone on a budget and also an opportunity to look up the record of an American war veteran.

Excellent. $995.00

LD1 #30560 Late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Alcoso

This late-production 1st Model Luftwaffe has the pot metal zinc based hilt fittings. You can always tell these at a glance as the butt plate below the crossguard area is thicker than the other types that you will see. Unfortunately the silvering or nickel usually didn’t hold up to well on these zinc based fittings and rarely do you see any gilding remaining to the sunwheel swastikas. On this example both the pommel and the crossguard show a bit of patination and there does seem to still be some silvering there. The pommel has crisp edges and the sunwheels are still quite prominent but blend into the rest of the patina. The crossguard seems to also have quite a bit of the original finish remaining. The reverse crossguard has good sunwheels whereas on the obverse the sunwheel swastika has turned green probably from some moisture that accumulated near it. The grip is the standard wood base type. This grip has outstanding Moroccan blue leather. This leather still has its original graining and is in near mint condition. This leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has outstanding original blue Moroccan leather. This leather shows only the mildest of age but still remains in perfect condition with no hits, nips or problems. The scabbard mounts are the silvered steel base type. They have patination matching the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition throughout and they are retained with flathead flush mount screws. The chain is the aluminum type. This chain has six upper and ten lower ringlets. They are connected to a “Ges. Gesch.” marked matching aluminum clip which is also maker marked “OLC” in a diamond.

The blade of this example is a fine one. It has outstanding mirror finish nickel-plated surfaces and retains its needlelike tip. This blade is in full mint condition. It is marked on the reverse with the scale trademark used from 1937-1939. It exhibits the scales having the firm’s initials interspersed and above these scales in an arch shape is the block lettered name, “Alcoso” and below the location of “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. A decent example here probably produced as the war was beginning in 1939.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

LD1 #25911C Untouched Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - David Malsch

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger has never been cleaned, and does not look to have ever been apart. It has substantial patination throughout, and is a good one for those of you out there that like these kinds of pieces. This one looks to have just come out of the woodwork, and has all of its history clinging throughout its surfaces. The pommel shows some mild usage around the rim, but is still in good condition. It is fairly dark patinated, but it is possible to see that there is still some silvering between the sunwheel swastika legs. The brass swastikas area the medallion insert type, and they are in good condition. The same is true of the sunwheels at the crossguard. These appear to have more silvering between the legs. The downswept crossguard quillon arms are very black with patination. It is possible to see, though, that the segments are still nice and crisp throughout. The grip still has excellent original leather. This leather shows some wear to the graining across the top of the ribs, but there are no cuts, and it is all still there. The leather is tightly wrapped with triple silver wire, the center being twisted for contrast.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The steel-based shell is covered with Moroccan blue leather, which exactly matches that of the grip. This leather still has most of the graining showing, being a little bit thinned at the handhold, between the two fittings. The leather, though, shows very little usage, and is all there. It is rare to see original leather still in this condition. The scabbard mounts are deeply patinated, matching the hilt fittings. These mounts show some usage throughout, but overall, they look to be in good condition, with no bumps or problems. Each mount is retained by flush mount, headless, nickel screws on each side. The chain assembly is a fine example, being the style with flat rings. These flat style rings can be seen in my Luftwaffe book, on page 57, center. This chain assembly is identical to the book example, as is the snap clip. There are 9 upper ringlets, and 14 lower ringlets. The chain is connected to the scabbard carrying rings, via two nickel tabs.

It is a pleasure to view the blade on this example, as it is mirror bright, contrasting drastically with the toned fittings. This blade reflects high quality nickel plating. It shows a little bit of age here and there, but overall, the blade is still in bright, near full mint, condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the producer’s ellipse logo. The firm’s name and location are positioned around the ellipse, “David Malsch, Steinbach (Thur)”. Inside of the ellipse is the firm’s initials, “DM”. There is also a waffen amt, positioned next to the logo, on the side of the ricasso. This waffen amt is the early style stick bird, and it is positioned over the numeral , “V11”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place, and has done a good job protecting this blade. A fine untouched example, having many desirable features for the “type” collectors out there.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

LD1 #27312 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe has never been cleaned and other than the fact that the scabbard has been recovered, is in “as-found” condition. The fittings throughout are heavy solid nickel. They have a large amount of greenish patination covering them, but this would clean up if someone wanted to do it. The pommel shows very little carrying time, as the edges are still nice and crisp. The brass medallion inserts are nice and crisp and appear to have the silvering still intact between the swastika legs. This is true also of the center mount sun wheels. The cross guard quillon arms slope downward, having three-section style wings. The grip is a wood base having dark blue Moroccan leather covering. This original leather is still in good condition, not showing a lot of grain but no cuts either. This grip is tightly wrapped with diminutive triple twisted brass wire.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As noted above, this scabbard shell has been recovered with new blue Moroccan leather. Other than the fact that the leather has no scuffing or usage signs, it is comparable to the original covering and nicely matches the tone and texture of the grip. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, having matching patination of the hilt. The chain assembly is the seldom seen style with desirable flat edge ringlets. These ringlets are the same as I show in the bottom photograph on Page 57 of my Luftwaffe book. The two chain assemblies have nine ringlets at the top and fourteen at the bottom. They are attached to an unmarked nickel snap clip. The clip and chain patination exactly match that of the rest of the dagger.

The blade of this piece has a quality nickel plated finish. The nickel plating is still nice and bright and other than some mild in-and-out markings, is still in mint condition. This fine blade is etched with the seated king trademark. The king has an upward pointing sword and sits on the firm’s initials “SMF”. The town of “Solingen” is below. The blade has been protected by an in-place blue pebbled leather washer. Although this scabbard has been recovered, this is a good starter piece as it is all there and, with a little cleaning up, would really be a nice display example.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

LD1 #28668 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,495.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent, Plus. $1,395.00

LD1 #28420 Early Flight Marked 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is equipped with all solid nickel mounts. The dagger shows some normal wear of the period, but overall is in excellent condition. The pommel shows some hits to the edges, but they are not deep and would be expected for a dagger that may have been carried for almost a decade. The pommel has the brass medallion inserts that feature sunwheel swastikas on each side. There is no silvering left between the legs of the sunwheels, and the area is nicely patinated. The same is true of the sunwheel inserts on the crossguard. This crossguard also shows some mild signs of usage, but the three-tiered downward swept quillon arms are still mostly crisp. The grip is composed of a wood base, being covered with Moroccan leather. This leather covering shows some wear across the upper surfaces, and there is no grain left to the leather. There are also a couple of nips at the lower section, but these are very old and the wood has almost turned to the color of the leather. Also, these could be easily covered with a portepee. The lower butt plate of the crossguard is flight marked, “H.Kp.l24”. This would indicate that the dagger was most likely the property of the Hildeshein Airport, and that the dagger belonged to the Kamph Group 24. These markings are deeply stamped into the surfaces. There are matching markings that are also stamped into the surfaces of the scabbard throat fitting.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered with matching Moroccan blue leather. This leather also shows a few signs of usage, but overall, it is in excellent condition and there are no nips or problems. The leather shell is fitted with nickel mounts. These mounts are in good condition, showing minor usage but no problems. The mounts are retained by flat head flush mount side screws, which are installed in the edges. The chain is the standard nickel type. It has nine upper ringlets and ten lower ringlets. It is attached to the standard unmarked nickel-style clip. I notice, also, that the clip at the very bottom is neatly stamped in very small numbers “155”. I don’t know what this number would mean.

The blade of this example is a nice bright quality nickel plated example. It still retains its needle tip, and shows a little bit of in-and-out markings and some mild wear to the plating around the tip area, but overall this quality blade is still in near mint condition and is mostly bright. The blade is etched on the reverse with the dual oval trademark that captures the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co., Solingen”. Inside of the ovals there is a sword pointing downward which pierces two wheat sheafs. Below the trademark is an early stickbird waffen amt, which has the number “5” in his belly. If you are looking for a dagger that has realism to it and also gives you something to research as far as the property markings go, this should be a very satisfactory example. Given that it was worn for nearly a decade, it has outstanding condition.

Excellent Plus. $1,695.00

LD1 #29240 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,495.00

LD1 #32819 Aluminum 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Emil Voos

This aluminum 1st model Luftwaffe is a nice example. The mounts throughout are recognizable as Eickhorn vintage. Emil Voos was primarily an assembler and did not produce any of their own fittings. We also see this to be the case on the 2nd model Luftwaffe daggers. The aluminum mounts throughout still have a good look to them, showing some usage and a few scratches here and there but nothing that is unexpected. The pommel is the more rounded edge type typical of Eickhorn’s production. The rim edges are mostly crisp but do show a couple of hits. The sun wheel swastikas still have about 95% of their original gild. The gild is more of a muted type on Eickhorn production. The center block sun wheels are in a little better condition than the pommel but they, too, show some minor usage and carrying scratches. The gilt, though, is about 98% throughout. The cross guard arms are still crisp with good gently flowing downward action. The grip is a carved wood base covered with dark blue Moroccan leather. This Moroccan is in perfect condition throughout, not showing a lot of grain but not much wear either. This grip leather is tightly wrapped with dual aluminum wire with the larger wire being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has near perfect original leather on the obverse and the reverse has a couple of scuffs, but nothing serious and still looks to be in good condition. There is one bump just below the upper fitting on the rear. The matching aluminum scabbard mounts have the same satin finish as the hilt fittings. These mounts show mild usage but with this aluminum they also seem to appear ageless. These mounts are retained by flush mount headless screws which appear unturned. The chain assembly is the aluminum type. It is interesting to note that both assemblies have 6 ringlets instead of fewer ringlets at the top assembly. Apparently, this was the fashion used by Voos, as all of these links appear original to this piece. The chain assemblies are attached to a matching aluminum snap clip being “OLC” and “ges. gesch.“ marked on the reverse. There is a nice belt loop attached to the snap clip. It is of a darker brown leather color retained by a rivet. The “D” ring is a steel variety being slightly more delicate than we see, but it appears completely original.

The blade of this example has a high quality mirror nickel plated finish. This blade would be in full mint condition were it not for a couple of nicks that are on the upper edge. The bright condition of this blade makes up for a lot though and these nicks maybe can be overlooked in this case. A beautiful blade here! The reverse ricasso is stamped with the logo of this quality firm, being a snake wrapped around a stump. To the right is the firm’s name and location “Emil Voos Solingen”. The original blue leather washer is in place.

A nice dagger here with a couple of flaws and some mild wear, but still a real looker.

Excellent. $1,195.00

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

LD1 #34113 Early 1st Model Luftwaffe with Crossguard Stamping – Gebr. Heller

This early 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of initial production having great weight to it and being produced in all heavy solid nickel mounts. The piece was cleaned not too long ago and looks its best. The pommel has some carrying signs around both of the rims but nothing that is abuse. The sunwheel swastika is the medallion insert type. The brass swastikas on both sides look great and have about 95% of the original silvering still between their legs. The same is true of the two crossguard sunwheels. The crossguard arms have the attractive flowing down motion and are in three segment. The lower portion of one side of the crossguard is stamped, “225”. The other side of the crossguard is deeply stamping, “L.K.S. Ga.”. I’m not sure what this means but I would think that the letters stand for Luftwaffe Kampfh Schule which of course would be a flying school for fighter pilots. I don’t know what the “Ga” means however. The grip is a fine example having a carved wood base. The grip leather is in near perfect condition showing only nominal signs of usage. There is still some grain showing in the leather and it is tightly wrapped with triple brass wire, the center being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with Moroccan leather exactly matching the color and grain of the grip. This leather shows the usual signs of usage and there are a couple of bruises here and there but fortunately there are no nips or separations of leather around the seam. Great leather here for a piece from this early vintage. The scabbard mounts are all in outstanding condition and even the lower mount shows only the most mild of usage. These mounts are retained by flathead flush mount unturned screws. The two lower screws are slightly “pushed” where maybe the dagger was dropped in the past but the damage is extremely nominal. The fine matching nickel chain is the style that has nine ringlets at the upper and fourteen ringlets at the lower. The connector tab which connects the chains to the scabbard rings has a nickel example at the top and the lower example is showing brass. This may be due to wear over the period or possibly the lower clip was replaced during the period. Either way these connecting tabs are original. The two chains are connected at the top to an unmarked early snap clip.

The blade is a fine example having quality nickel plating and needlelike tip. The plating is still bright showing only the most minor of age signs but nothing that really takes away from its appearance. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the ever popular balloon man. This vendor is carrying five balloons dangling above him while he apparently is walking through a children’s park or some other children’s area. Below the balloon vendor is the three line designation of the maker, their town and their area in Thringen Germany, “Gebr. Heller / Marientha / b.Schweira / thr.”. The original matching blue leather blade buffer is in place.

An extremely nice early Luftwaffe dagger here. It is also interesting to have the flight group marked crossguard. If you are only going to buy one, this 1st Luftwaffe should make a great addition to your growing collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00