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POSTAL #37817 Postal Protection Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This Postal Protection Dagger is the first example of the type that I've had available to offer for some time. This type of dagger is becoming extremely rare, and if you have not yet secured one for your collection now is the time.

This example is an early piece, having solid nickel mounts throughout. The pommel is in a derby shape, similar to what we see on RLB daggers. This pommel has a good curved upper section, with a equatorial ring that projects outward. The top of the pommel shows some mild signs of wear.

The crossguard has a ferrule area in the shape of an eagle's beak; to me it always brings to mind like the sort of bird you'd see on a totem pole. This bird has good crisp beak, and the brow and eye area have been hand-cut into the surfaces of the built in ferrule on both sides. The guard arms stretch outward, being smooth except for accent lines that run along the center of each side. The ends of the guard are trimmed to simulate the look of motion, with a downward point on the left side and an upward point on the right. In the center of both sides of the crossguard is an applied matching medallion with enamel swastikas. The enamel is still good both of these swastikas. The lower portion of the guard is marked “DRP” on one side and “1148” on the other.

The grip is of a fine ebony. It is bulbous in the center and tapers toward the ends. This grip is in excellent condition throughout, having just a couple of extremely minor lifts just on the edge where it meets the guards. The grip also has some lighter grained spots in the areas where it tapers. Applied to the obverse center is a fine nickel Postal Eagle. It is open-winged and looks to the viewer's left, clutching a mobile swastika. Above the swastika are lightning bolt style arrows. The details throughout this bird are completely intact.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has really excellent original black paint which shows no carrying signs and is 100% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition, the lower example showing signs of usage but having no dents or dings. The center and upper mounts are also in good shape, with just a tiny amount of plating, about the size of half a grain of rice, being rubbed away. The mounts are all secured with flat head side screws, all of which appear unturned.

There is a fine original chain attached to this scabbard. It has nine upper and twelve lower ringlets. These chains are attached to a proper Postal snap clip, being a silver plated pot metal type. Most of the silvering has worn away, but about 20% of it remains. The reverse of the clip is marked “DRGM”, which is part of the casting itself. Below this we see the initial of the manufacturer, “A”.

The blade of this Postal Dagger is nice and bright throughout, with the majority of the grain intact and with a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the trademark of the Paul Weyersberg firm; a downward pointing sword set between stalks of wheat. The original black blade washer is in place.

A very fine Postal Dagger here which would fill a much needed place for most collectors; these pieces are getting nearly impossible to find.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,395.00