POSTAL #35491C Postal Protection Leader's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This Postal Protection Leader's Dagger is as fine as you are likely to come across these days. In fact, Postal Protection daggers have become extremely rare, and if I remember correctly, this is probably the first example that I have been able to offer in a year or so. These are all good reasons to consider this piece if you are looking for a piece to add to your collection.
This example is an early variety, having heavy nickel plated mounts, with fine, bright, nickel plated surfaces. The pommel is in the shape of a derby cap, and it still retains good, rounded edges at the top and crisp edges on the equator like section that comes outward from the middle. The crossguard has excellent, handcut lines on both sides of the quillons with a a separate medallion device mounted in the center. This rounded device features a black enamel swastika on both sides. The enameling is still there on both sides. Above the center block is the head of an eagle, which is always an interesting design, the way it is worked into this crossguard. The bird has hand cut eye and brow behind it, and its beak which juts outward at the left, is still nice and crisp. The quillons on the bottom portion are stamped, "DRP" and the accountabilty number "1960".
The grip is a beautiful ebony wood, which is bulbous in the center, and tapers at the upward and downward area, to make for a fine handhold. This grip is in choice condition, having no chips repairs or poblems. It also shows a little grain under the surfaces, which is always attractive . Applied to the center obverse area, is a nickel postal eagle. This eagle is open winged and looks to the viewer's left. Just above the wreath, the talons are retaining lightning bolts. There are three lightning bolt arrows on each side, just below the well detailed wings of the bird. Below the lightning bolts, is a wreath of oak leaves with a mobile swastika in the center. A very fine hilt here; in top, top condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell could not be any nicer, having outstanding, original black paint. This paint shows only a couple of slightest signs of being around, but the paint is virtually 99%. This original paint also still has its factory luster. It is rare to see a dagger with a chain that would withstand all of this time, and also to have paint in this good condition.
The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type, with excellent nickel plated surfaces. These mounts show only the most modest of wear, and are still in perfect condition throughout. The mounts are retained by headless, side screws which are all in place. The upper and center ramp are equipped with eyelets and carrying rings. Attached to the carrying rings, is a fine chain with snap clip. It is amazing to see that this chain, as well as the snap clip, reflect all of the nickel plating to the surfaces. Usually, these snapclips, which are made of pot metal, rarely have this amount of plating. The snap clip has the built in patent on the reverse being, "DRGM". The chains have a series of round links, and there are nine ringlets at the top, and twelve ringlets at the bottom. An outstanding scabbard and chain here!
As we would hope after drawing the blade, it is great to see that this blade is still nice and bright, and in mint condition. In fact, this blade has a needle like tip with all its crossgraining. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals, which contain the producer's name and location, "PAUL WEYERSEBERG/SOLINGEN". Inside is a downward pointing sword, with a wreath of wheat shafts. This trademark is very dark etched, indicating great preservation. A beautiful blade here, which has been protected by the in place black leather washer. As mentioned above this is an opportunity not to be missed to acquire a very rare postal protection leader in choice, near full mint condition.
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