POSTAL #39143C Postal Protection Leader's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
The derby-shaped pommel has no hits around the upper edges and the vaulted equator-like center area is also entirely crisp. The crossguard/ferrule mount has the eagle head built into the fitting. The bird's eye area appears hand-enhanced and the bird's beak ends are still sharp. The lower center-block area of both sides has the applied round medallion containing a black enamel swastika. The enamel is perfect throughout both swastikas.
The crossguard arms end with opposite up and down curves on each end and the center area arms are line decorated. Beneath the left crossguard is the accountability number stamping, "1615" and on the other lower quillon is the Postal property stamping, "DRP".
The ebony grip is bulbous in the center and tapers toward both ends. It shows a couple of modest carrying signs, but they are negligible; there are no real faults in this fine grip.
Wrapped about the grip is a 42cm aluminum portepee. This knot appears original to this piece - not all Postal dagger wearers had the orange-decorated portepee. The knot is tied with a single loop at the top and an intricate double looping at the lower. The knot shows modest wear only and no fraying.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. The original black paint is incredible, being 99.9% and retaining its original shine to the surfaces. Really fine scabbard paint here. The three nickel scabbard mounts are also in pristine condition, each being retained by unturned flat head side screws. Attached to the two upper hanging rings is the Postal chain. This chain has retained 100% of its plating, exactly matching the scabbard mounts. There are nine upper and twelve lower ringlets. They are attached to the dagger rings with matching nickel tabs. The snap clip is the type marked, "DRGM" on the reverse. Amazingly, even the clip has all of its plating; it is rare to see as these clips were a pot metal base and did not retain the plating well.
The blade is the best. It is completely stone cold mint throughout, having 100% factory grain. You will not see a better blade. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals containing the name and location of the only firm that produced the Postal dagger, "Paul Weyersberg/ Solingen" In the center of the oval is a downward-pointing sword placed between two wheat shafts. The black leather washer is new-like and is firmly in place protecting this beautiful blade.
The German Postal authority was run by Himmler and the SS. The Postal authority was in charge of all communications which extended to the press, telephones, telegraph, radio and even the new media of television. The size and importance of the organization caused Himmler to remove the postmaster-general and include the organization within the web of the SS. These daggers were strictly controlled, thus the stamping of the organization's initials and an assigned control number on the cross guard. So, the ownership of a fine Postal dagger can be compared to that of its contemporary, a choice SS dagger. This one is very, very desirable.
POSTAL #38217C Postal Protection Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
The pommel of the dagger is in excellent condition, showing only the most modest traces of carrying time and having the “derby” shape. There is an equatorial band that runs around the pommel.
The complex Postal crossguard features a stylized eagle head that acts as a ferrule. This bird has a sharp, jutting beak and his eye and brow areas are hand enhanced with the original blacking intact the the recesses. Below the eagle head is a round medallion that bears a black enamel mobile swastika on both sides. The enamel is still in perfect condition. The quillon arms curve outward in opposing directions, each being enhanced with a decorative groove. The bottom of the guard is property stamped “DRP” and numbered “1221”.
The ebony grip of this dagger is a beauty, being bulbous in the center and tapering toward either end. The wood is in very fine condition showing very little wear. In the center is an applied Postal eagle insignia. This insignia depicts an open-winged Political eagle which looks to the viewer's left. The bird clutches a wreathed mobile swastika flanked by lightning bolt style arrows. The detailing throughout this insignia remains crisp and perfect with no trace of wear.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint still has a good sheen, and although there are a few signs of wear throughout there are no problems whatsoever. This paint is at least 98% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition throughout, retaining their original brightness and exactly matching the hilt. These mounts are retained by flat head flush mounted side screws.
Attached to the carrying rings by means of nickel tabs is a fine nickel ringlet hanger. There are nine upper ringlets and twelve in the lower length. These chains are attached to a DRGM marked snap clip. The snap clip retains the original plating on the obverse, but does show mild wear on the reverse. This snap clip has a extremely well executed repair which appears to have be done during the period. As often happens with these clips the curved upper section had broken. These clips were made of cheap pot metal and were none too durable.
In this case a replacement aluminum example has been fitted to the original clip. It is extremely well done and one of the best period repairs I've seen to to one of these flawed snap clips.
The blade of this dagger is a beauty. It is completely factory bright throughout, retaining both the original grain and a needle-like tip. This blade is fully mint. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of the Weyersberg firm; a set of double ovals containing the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co Solingen”, with a downward pointing sword flanked by wheat stalks. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice Postal Protection Dagger here. These daggers are becoming very difficult to find and I rarely have the opportunity to offer them these days.
Near Mint. $5,995.00