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The Reichsluftschutzbund or RLB was the official air raid protection group for the state. It was established by Air Minister, Hermann Göring in 1935. RLB groups were kept busy training the German population for civil defense. Beginning in 1936, enlisted members of this organization were issued a dagger.

The dagger had nickeled mounts with black ebony grip and black painted scabbard. The short hanger was permanently attached to the scabbard. The 1st Model example had an applied grip insignia which features the organization's initials, RLB, in a blue enamel superimposed over a silvered sunburst.

The 2nd Model was issued in 1938. It was essentially the same dagger, however, the grip insignia featured a large black-enameled swastika, superimposed over a sunburst. The blades were a plain polished finish variety. The Officers of the RLB initially carried daggers with one scabbard suspension ring with early RLB lettered insignia on the grip. The dagger has silvered nickel mounts with leather covered grip and matching scabbard shell. A 2nd Officer Pattern was introduced in 1938. It was nearly identical to the previous type, except the new insignia of the RLB, a large black enameled swastika grip emblem, was substituted for the earlier RLB grip emblem. Additionally a center ramp was added to the scabbard to accommodate a more substantial two strap hanging method. Many existing 1st Model daggers were converted to 2nd Models during the period.



RLBALL #46649C 2nd Model RLB Officer No Maker

This example is of later vintage having the aluminum hilt mounts.

The pommel is in good condition showing some wear and still retaining its pointed tip and accent line running around its perimeter.

The crossguard features the stubby winged RLB eagle which looks to the viewer’s right. This eagle has been hand enhanced to the eye beak and wing area. The eagle has a tiny tip that’s missing from the left wing. The bird grasps a plain style round wreath with floating mobile swastika.

The grip is of carved wood base having a bulbous shape in the center tapering on both ends. The leather is done in two pieces and this Moroccan still remains perfect throughout with fine grain. The RLB button is also in very nice condition having most of the silvering to the background sunburst and all of the enamel remains in the swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered in matching Moroccan leather having the same grain and this leather is also in perfect condition. The steel based silver mounts reflect quite a bit of patina and do not look to have been ever cleaned. They are retained by headless side screws.

The unmarked is blade is still bright throughout but does have some age spots concentrated around the center area. It has its original needlelike tip.The blue blade washer is in place.

This dagger was recently purchased by me from the son of a veteran. It has never been in a collection nor has it ever been cleaned.

Excellent. $2,295.00

RLBALL #35594C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger

This RLB Officer's Dagger has had some restoration work but it is still a very collectible piece and is now in very nice condition. The hilt mounts are the early brass based heavy type. The pommel has a good upper surface having a couple of minor signs of carrying but no bad hits along the edges. The groove is cut around the pommel at the center and still has the factory darkening. The crossguard mount features the special art deco style eagle used by the RLB. This bird has smooth surfaces with details cut into the figure to show the eye, brow, mouth and feathering to the wings. The breast, wreath and “floating style” mobile swastika are all plain surfaced. A great look here!

The crossguard arms are triangular shaped and their obverse and reverse sides have decorative triple lines cut into the surfaces. The grip of this example is a wood base. The wood is shaped with a bulbous center and tapers on both ends. The leather has been replaced on this grip. The replacement leather is dark blue Moroccan, being the exact same leather that was used by the Germans back in the 1930s. We replaced the leather by doing it with two pieces, one on each side, with seam edges on the right and the left. If I did not tell you that this grip was recovered I doubt that you would know it as it looks exactly to the specifications of the original.

The grip button has also been restored. This dagger had no button when it was acquired and fortunately I had one that I had bought a few years ago and had restored in Germany. The button originally had very little of the enamel left in the swastika and this has all been magnificently replaced. This enamel is now absolutely beautiful. We also had the starburst in the background silvered so this really highlights the good looks of this enamel button. A good excellently restored hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has also been recovered with Moroccan and also is an outstanding job if I do say so myself. I can hardly see where the seam was made. This leather identically matches that of the grip as far as grain and color. The scabbard mounts are the steel base type having silvered finish. The obverse upper and center mounts are in pretty good condition. The reverse of the upper mount as well as both sides of the lower mount show some age in the plating but this is the way it is and I don’t think it detracts too badly from the scabbard. These mounts are otherwise in excellent condition and all are retained with flush mount headless screws.

The blade is a very fine example still being completely near factory bright and having all of its crossgraining. The blade retains its needlelike tip. This blade has almost no age to its reverse and on the obverse there are a few minor age spots but they are not bad and only appear to be stains rather than pitting. This blade grade in near mint condition. The blade is unmarked. There is a fine leather blade buffer which we also produced from Moroccan leather. Overall a fine restoration here making for a good collectible dagger. 2nd Model RLB's are becoming very difficult to acquire and this is a good opportunity to add an impressive looking example to your collection. Because of the restoration, the piece is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,495.00

RLBALL #37076 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This Paul Weyersberg example is equipped with the later, pot metal fittings. The pommel cap still looks fairly good, having all of the plating but with a little cracking under the surfaces. If left alone there is no problem with this mount.

The same is true of the crossguard. The plating has worn from the eagle and swastika area and also somewhat on the reverse. Most of the plating is still on the quillon arms. The eagle is the typical Art Deco, stubby winged type, clutching a circular wreath with a mobile swastika inside.

The grip retains the original factory shine. It is bulbous in the center and narrows on both ends. It has small repair on the reverse; it looks like a chip came out and someone put it back in. There is also a minor rub on the center reverse. The grip button, though, makes up for a lot. This grip button has 95% of the silvering intact in the sunburst, and there is easily 100% of the black enamel on the mobile, center-placed swastika. So you have a case here of a little but of age on components that were exposed to wear, and lots of preservation in other areas.

The beautiful scabbard shell is completely straight and has outstanding original paint which rates at 100%. The scabbard mounts also have all of their nickel plating, to the throat and to the lower mount. They are in mint condition. The bottom mount is is retained by two flush-mount side screws, while the throat is retained by a center placed headless screw set into the obverse.

Even the hanger is in choice condition on this scabbard. It features a nickel tab that is riveted to retain the original leather strap. This strap is still in outstanding condition. At the end of the strap is a snap clip which is marked “A” and “DRGM”.

Adding to the nice aspects of this dagger is the absolutely pristine blade. This blade has a mirror finish and easily has 100% of the original grain and a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of double ovals which enclose the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co Solingen”. Inside in a downward pointing sword placed in a wreath. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

An interesting RLB dagger here, which shows some age on the guard but is otherwise very choice.

Excellent Plus. $1,795.00

RLBALL #43797C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This Weyersberg example has nicely toned nickel fittings throughout and is an example of early production.

The pommel remains excellent, rising to a subtle tip and with a deeply incised accent line. There is no traces of wear on this pommel.

The guard features a stubby winged eagle looking to the viewer's right and clutching a plain wreathed swastika. The triangular quillon arms have three crisp accent lines on both sides.

The grip is a fine carved wood example covered in dark blue Moroccan leather, applied in two pieces as we typically see. The leather on this grip remains in nearly perfect condition, showing only minor traces of hand wear. The original grip button retains 100% of both the silvering on the sunburst and the black enamel in the swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has very fine, original leather. There are some traces of wear but it is free of nips or cuts, and it matches the grip perfectly. The nickel scabbard mounts are toned to match the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by headless side screws.

The blade is nice and bright. It has only traces of the original grain but it remains in a mint state, with a fine tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice, early RLB example here.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

RLBALL #43828C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This Weyersberg RLB Officer's Dagger is an example of late production, with light nickel plating. This plating remain in excellent condition with no problems despite the thin layer.

The pommel remains excellent, rising to a subtle tip and with a deeply incised accent line. It shows some age at the top but the plating remains intact.

The guard features a stubby winged eagle looking to the viewer's right and clutching a plain wreathed, cutout mobile swastika. The triangular quillon arms have three crisp accent lines on both sides.

The grip is a fine carved wood example covered in dark blue Moroccan leather. The leather on this grip remains in nearly perfect condition., with good grain. The original grip button retains 98% of the silvering on the sunburst and 100% of the black enamel in the swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has very fine, original leather which remains in perfect condition and nicely matches the grip. The nickel plated scabbard mounts have no lifting. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by headless side screws.

The blade is nice and bright but unfortunately has some age spots. Most of these spots are on the reverse of the blade and although they aren't too bad they do take something away from the blade. The obverse is a bit better, with some spots down near the needle-like. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.

A good, basic RLB example here. Because of the blade spots it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,395.00

RLBALL #37538 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger

This 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger is an early example that has never been cleaned. I couldn't believe it but a fellow Moorestownian called me up and asked me if I could take a minute a look at the dagger his father brought home from the war. Well, I thought I had cleaned all of the militaria out of Moorestown years ago, but it seems there is always one more stone to turn over. When the gentlemen brought the dagger in it completely lacked leather on the scabbard but the grip leather was nearly perfect. He had explained that it had been around the house for many years and no one cared about it so it was time to put the dagger into the hands of someone who could properly appreciate it.

This piece has an early pommel and crossguard and they have patinated to an almost black color, which is really nice if you like this look. I hope whoever buys this dagger doesn't clean these fittings; it would be a shame. The pommel is a beauty, with no signs of carrying damage and a good, crisp double rim around the center edge.

The crossguard displays the fine, Art Deco eagle. The bird looks to the viewer's right and clutches a wreath with an open, “floating” swastika within. The bird has hand detailing to his brow, eye, and beak. The wings also have two wide enhancements, simulated a feathered look. The quillon arms are triangular at the end, with three deep cut enhancement lines on each side. Like the pommel there is no sign of carrying wear to these quillons.

As mentioned above the grip is a beauty! The grip base is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards either end. It is covered in fine, blue-black Moroccan leather which retains all of the original grain. There is a slight bump in the leather on the reverse but it is not bad. The RLB button is a nice one, with just a hint of the copper base peeking through the silvered surface of the sunburst. The enamel surface shows a little surface wear but overall it is in good condition with no breaks.

The scabbard shell is a steel based type. We have access to the original leather that was used to cover RLB scabbards, a fine grained Moroccan made from the skin of baby goats. This leather exactly matches the grip, and and with our professional installation and workmanship, I really would say that it was nearly impossible to tell we'd restored the piece. Both the grain and the color are identical. The scabbard mounts are in fine condition, with the exact same patination as the hilt fittings. These mounts are retained by headless side screws, all of which are in place and unturned.

The blade of this RLB is as nice as you will see. It is mirror-bright and has a needle-like tip. All of the original crossgraining is intact and other than a couple of extremely minute signs of age it remains in nearly Mint condition. The blade is unmarked but we often see this on RLB Daggers. The original leather blade buffer is in place, also matching all of the other leather components.

If you are looking of a first class RLB Officer's Dagger in outstanding, untouched and uncleaned condition, this piece is for you. It is priced somewhat lower than normal to take into account the scabbard recovering, although you would be very hard pressed to discern this repair. A beautiful, authentic example here, right from good ol' Moorestown.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,295.00

RLBALL #37076 2nd Model RLB EM Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This Paul Weyersberg example is equipped with the later, pot metal fittings. The pommel cap still looks fairly good, having all of the plating but with a little cracking under the surfaces. If left alone there is no problem with this mount.

The same is true of the crossguard. The plating has worn from the eagle and swastika area and also somewhat on the reverse. Most of the plating is still on the quillon arms. The eagle is the typical Art Deco, stubby winged type, clutching a circular wreath with a mobile swastika inside.

The grip retains the original factory shine. It is bulbous in the center and narrows on both ends. It has small repair on the reverse; it looks like a chip came out and someone put it back in. There is also a minor rub on the center reverse. The grip button, though, makes up for a lot. This grip button has 95% of the silvering intact in the sunburst, and there is easily 100% of the black enamel on the mobile, center-placed swastika. So you have a case here of a little but of age on components that were exposed to wear, and lots of preservation in other areas.

The beautiful scabbard shell is completely straight and has outstanding original paint which rates at 100%. The scabbard mounts also have all of their nickel plating, to the throat and to the lower mount. They are in mint condition. The bottom mount is is retained by two flush-mount side screws, while the throat is retained by a center placed headless screw set into the obverse.

Even the hanger is in choice condition on this scabbard. It features a nickel tab that is riveted to retain the original leather strap. This strap is still in outstanding condition. At the end of the strap is a snap clip which is marked “A” and “DRGM”.

Adding to the nice aspects of this dagger is the absolutely pristine blade. This blade has a mirror finish and easily has 100% of the original grain and a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of double ovals which enclose the firm's name and location, “Paul Weyersberg & Co Solingen”. Inside in a downward pointing sword placed in a wreath. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

An interesting RLB dagger here, which shows some age on the guard but is otherwise very choice.

Excellent Plus. $2,195.00

RLBALL #35594C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger

This RLB Officer's Dagger has had some restoration work but it is still a very collectible piece and is now in very nice condition. The hilt mounts are the early brass based heavy type. The pommel has a good upper surface having a couple of minor signs of carrying but no bad hits along the edges. The groove is cut around the pommel at the center and still has the factory darkening. The crossguard mount features the special art deco style eagle used by the RLB. This bird has smooth surfaces with details cut into the figure to show the eye, brow, mouth and feathering to the wings. The breast, wreath and “floating style” mobile swastika are all plain surfaced. A great look here!

The crossguard arms are triangular shaped and their obverse and reverse sides have decorative triple lines cut into the surfaces. The grip of this example is a wood base. The wood is shaped with a bulbous center and tapers on both ends. The leather has been replaced on this grip. The replacement leather is dark blue Moroccan, being the exact same leather that was used by the Germans back in the 1930s. We replaced the leather by doing it with two pieces, one on each side, with seam edges on the right and the left. If I did not tell you that this grip was recovered I doubt that you would know it as it looks exactly to the specifications of the original.

The grip button has also been restored. This dagger had no button when it was acquired and fortunately I had one that I had bought a few years ago and had restored in Germany. The button originally had very little of the enamel left in the swastika and this has all been magnificently replaced. This enamel is now absolutely beautiful. We also had the starburst in the background silvered so this really highlights the good looks of this enamel button. A good excellently restored hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has also been recovered with Moroccan and also is an outstanding job if I do say so myself. I can hardly see where the seam was made. This leather identically matches that of the grip as far as grain and color. The scabbard mounts are the steel base type having silvered finish. The obverse upper and center mounts are in pretty good condition. The reverse of the upper mount as well as both sides of the lower mount show some age in the plating but this is the way it is and I don’t think it detracts too badly from the scabbard. These mounts are otherwise in excellent condition and all are retained with flush mount headless screws.

The blade is a very fine example still being completely near factory bright and having all of its crossgraining. The blade retains its needlelike tip. This blade has almost no age to its reverse and on the obverse there are a few minor age spots but they are not bad and only appear to be stains rather than pitting. This blade grade in near mint condition. The blade is unmarked. There is a fine leather blade buffer which we also produced from Moroccan leather. Overall a fine restoration here making for a good collectible dagger. 2nd Model RLB's are becoming very difficult to acquire and this is a good opportunity to add an impressive looking example to your collection. Because of the restoration, the piece is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,495.00