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.