POSTAL #40032C Postal Protection Official’s Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This piece is a real beauty. The nickel plated hilt mounts are some of the best you will see. The pommel is in the customary “derby” shape, with crisp, new-like edges on the equatorial band. The crossguard is in the same choice condition, appearing nearly new-like with its almost tribal looking eagle head ferrule. The guards have trimmed ends and fine central accent grooves. In the middle of the guard, on both sides, is an applied round enamel medallion bearing a swastika. The enamel is in perfect, pristine condition.
The grip is equally fine. It has a little bit of the surface missing on the right lower edge but it in otherwise fabulous condition. It retains about 95% of the original factory lacquer finish, with a nice sheen throughout the surfaces. Applied to the center of the grip is an excellent Postal eagle. This bird shows no wear and retains fine detailing throughout the head, breast, and wing feathering, as well as the lightning bolts, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard is as nice as you will ever see. The shell is completely straight and has 100% intact paint that looks factory new. This is easily one of the nicest Postal scabbards I have ever seen. The scabbard mounts, like the hilt, retain all of the fine nickel plating. All three mounts are in full mint condition and are retained by the unturned side screws.
The center and upper mount are equipped with hanging rings to which a Postal chain hanger is attached. This hanger has nine upper and twelve lower ringlets, constructed from nickel and identical to those seen on a 1st Model Luftwaffe chain. The two chains are connected to a perfect Postal snap clip, which also retains all of the original plating. This clip has been cast with the marking “DRGM” on the reverse.
Like the rest of the dagger the blade of this dagger is pristine. It retains full crossgrain and fine, needle-like tip. This blade is easily in a fully mint state. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the Weyersberg Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original black leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for perfection in a Postal Dagger, this one would be very difficult to beat. A very beautiful dagger here!
Mint Minus. $4,995.00
POSTAL #39685C Postal Protection Leader’s Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
The pommel is in excellent condition, a derby-shaped affair with an equatorial band. There are a few signs of wear around the rim of the pommel.
The crossguard features the “totem pole” eagle’s head which acts as a ferrule. The eagle head retains a very sharp beak and a very deep, hand-enhanced line around the eye and brow. The venter block of both sides has an inserted disk which contains a black enamel mobile swastika. The enamel remains perfect throughout. The surfaces of the guards are smooth except for an accent groove in the center. These guards end in rounded, 45 degree angles, presumably designed to impart a sense of motion. The lower surface of the guard is marked “DRP” and has a serial number of “1662”.
The grip of the dagger is a fine ebony, being totally free of chips and in nice condition, showing only the most modest traces of wear. The grip has a bulbous center which tapers towards either end and is set with a Postal eagle insignia on the center obverse. This bird retains full detailing throughout, with three sets of lightning bolt arrows above the wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has excellent original paint. This paint is nearly 100% intact and shows only minor traces of carrying wear here and there. It also retains the original bright finish. The scabbard mounts are also nickel, with very fine plating and remaining in excellent condition throughout. These mounts are retained by headless side screws.
The center and upper mount are equipped with hanging rings, attached to which is the original chain. This chain has nine upper and twelve lower ringlets. These ringlets retain all of their silvering and exactly match the mounts. The hanger is retained by a pair of nickel tabs which are factory soldered on the reverse. The snap clip is the special type that we see on Postal daggers, with a cast-in “DRGM” marking. It is nice to see that this clip retains all of the original plating, something that is usually lacking on Postal clips.
The blade of this dagger is a dine example, remaining nice and bright. It has all of the original factory grain and a needle-like tip. This blade shows only the most minor traces of wear. The reverse of the blade is etched with the Weyersberg Sword and Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original black leather blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice Postal Dagger here, in very fine, collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $5,495.00
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.