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 #36672C 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This Weyersberg 1st Model Officer's RLB Dagger has excellent condition nickel mounts throughout the hilt. The pommel still has all of the plating across the surfaces. The upper area of the pommel has a small scratch to the left of the center point and some signs of carrying time, but is in otherwise good condition. The pommel has a cut-in accent groove that runs around the entire rim.
The nickel crossguard is a beauty, with a short winged, Art Deco style eagle that looks to the viewer's right. The eagle's eye, beak, and feathering has all been hand-enhanced, and the plain wreath which carries a mobile swastika gives the effect of the symbol floating as only the tips of the legs are connected to a cutout wreath. The triangular quillon arms have three accent grooves cut into the obverse facings.
The grip on this example is a carved wood base. It is somewhat bulbous, being larger in the middle and tapered towards the ends. The leather on this grip has been re-covered; the restoration was not done by us but still looks quite nice. The leather is done in one piece, with a very difficult to see seam on the right side. It is the proper dark blue color. The 1st Model RLB button is an excellent example, having the sunburst style edges. In the center are the initials of the organization, raised out in blue enamel. The enamel still appears to be intact within the depths of the letters. Below the initials is a blue enamel, raised mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has been restored with the same leather seen on the grip. The leather is in perfect condition, being the proper dark blue color, and with a very difficult to see seam on the left edge. The mounts for this scabbard are the nickel-plated type. The upper mount is in totally perfect condition with pristine plating, while the lower shows a couple of signs of wear and minor age in the surfaces. It is, however, still near 100%. These mounts are retained by headless, flush-mount side screws.
The original short hanging strap is in place about the carrying ring. It is of a brown leather which is still supple and in decent condition. This leather is retained by two oval disks, which are held in place by two rivet-like brads. The unmarked, solid-nickel snap clip is in place.
The RLB Officer's blade retains a nice shape with a good, needle-like tip. There is some smudging which is more or less evenly spread throughout the length of both sides of the blade. From my experience this smudging in in the surface of the metal, so you kind of have to live with it as it does not come out too easily. The reverse ricasso is etched with dual ovals containing the name and location of the producer, “Paul Weyersburg & Co./Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword flanked by wheat sheaves. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.
A decent 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger here, with some modest restoration to the leather. A very rare dagger to find today, and this example is missing from most collections.
RLBALL #41987 1st Model Enlisted Man’s RLB Dagger - WKC
The pommel is a derby-shaped affair, with a protruding equatorial band. There are some signs of wear on this pommel but in the main it is crisp.
The crossguard features an Art Deco style eagle with stubby wings. The detailing on this bird has been hand enhanced. It clutches a solid wreath with a raised swastika and a pebbled background. The quillon arms are cut at 45 degree angles, presumably to impart a look of motion, and are decorated with scribed lines.
The grip is a beauty, being constructed from ebony. It is bulbous in the center and tapers toward with end. This grip remains in perfect condition. The grip button is down to the copper around the sunburst but there some traces of silvering left in the grooves. The “RLB” initials in the center of the button retain fairly good blue enamel, although some is missing from the “R” and the “L”.
The scabbard is straight and retains the original black paint, with a nice sheen. This paint shows mild wear along the left edge, but overall the paint is about 98% intact. The throat and lower mount are constructed of nickel and remain in perfect condition, the lower mount being retained by a pair of flush mounted screws. The upper mount is retained via a flat head screw.
On the right of the throat is a triangular wire fitting used to retain the original hanger. This hanger has a nickel clip retained by four rivets. The leather is still sound and the snap clip is nice and bright. It is marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse.
The blade is very fine, with a mirror finish, full crossgrain, and a needle-like tip. The blade has the WKC Knight Head trademark on the obverse ricasso; the firm made it this way so we will leave it in place. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
A nice, early example here. These are getting difficult to find.
Excellent Plus. $2,195.00
RLBALL #41988C 2nd Model Enlisted Man’s RLB Dagger - WKC
The mounts on this 2nd Model RLB are made of nickel, something we normally see on WKC daggers of this type. The pommel is in the usual derby shape, with a raised equatorial band. It has no hits and is in perfect condition.
The crossguard eagle is stubby winged and looks to the viewer’s right, with fine, hand enhanced detailing. It grasps a solid wreath with a mobile swastika and pebbled backgrounds. The guard arms are cut at 45 degree angles at the ends, and the guards themselves are decorated with scribed lines.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition. The grip insignia retains most of the silvering, but is mostly patinated. The enamel to the swastika has a few minor hits but it is mostly intact.
The scabbard shell remains straight and retains the original paint. This paint shows some age along the edges as well as the rear. All in all the paint is about 90% intact. The scabbard is equipped with a triangular hardware that retains the hanger. The lower portion of the hanger is retained by four rivets and the leather remains in good shape. There is a fine nickel snap clip attached, marked “A” and “DRGM”.
The blade is as nice as they come; it is mirror-bright, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the WKC Knight Head trademark, and the original black leather blade buffer is in place.
A nice, solid early 2nd Model RLB Dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $2,150.00
RLBALL #41371 Early 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This early 2nd Model RLB is in extremely choice condition throughout. All of the mounts are solid nickel with fine plating; even the tip of the pommel top retains most of the plating, something that is very rare to see.
The pommel cap has nice, clean surfaces, with the deeply engraved line around the lower area.
The crossguard features the usual stubby winged, Deco style eagle. The bird's eye, beak, and feathering have all been hand enhanced. The quillon arms are triangular, with deeply engraved accent lines.
The grip is constructed of wood, bulbous in the center and tapering towards either end. It is covered with the original Moroccan leather, which remains in beautiful condition. The leather has been applied in two pieces, which was the standard procedure. The grip button is the best you will see, with all of the original silvering and completely intact enamel.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and covered in matching blue Moroccan leather. This leather is also in very nice condition, with only a few normal signs of carrying time and no nips or cuts. The scabbard mounts are nickel, with fine silver plating. These mounts are retained by headless screws in the edges.
The center mount, however, is nickel plated steel, as it was an afterthought when the 2nd Model was produced. It retains full plating, although the eyelet and hanging ring show minor wear.
The blade is a beauty, with a nice bright surface and a needle-like tip. Most of the crossgrain is still visible. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Wreathed Sword trademark of the Weyersberg firm, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for a first-rate 2nd Model RLB Dagger this example is extremely fine.
Near Mint. $3,395.00
RLBALL #41091C 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel is in the standard "derby" shape. It show a little evidence of wear but remains quite crisp, with a fine equatorial band.
The crossguard has the stubby winged, "Deco" style eagle, with hand enhancement throughout the design. The bird clutches a plain wreath, with a mobile swastika set on a pebbled surface.
The grip of the dagger is constructed of ebony, bulbous in in the center and tapering towards either end. This grip remains in excellent condition, although there were a few lifts on the reverse which we repaired. It is now totally perfect. The grip button is also a beauty. The sunburst retains nearly 100% of the silvering and the blue enamel appears to be totally intact. It is rare to see a grip button is this kind of condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout with outstanding original black paint. There is a little very minor spidering here and there, but they speak more to the age of the piece as opposed to detracting from it.
Attached to the scabbard is the triangular wire hanger, with a solid nickel bracket and a black leather strap retained by four rivets. The leather strapping is very sound. The snap clip is an early, solid nickel type marked "A" and "DRGM" on the reverse. Attached to the snap clip is a black leather belt look with a "D" ring, which I assume is original to the piece. Given the condition I have no reason to think otherwise.
The blade is completely bright and retains all of the original crossgrain. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark, and the original black leather blade buffer is in place.
If you are looking for choice RLB dagger, this piece will not disappoint you. It is an early dagger with highest quality construction.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
RLBALL #40924C 2nd Model RLB Officer'S Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This 2nd Model RLB is in beautiful condition throughout. It is a late production example constructed with pot metal hilt mounts; these usually turn up with peeled and dilapidated plating. This example, however, is in unbelievable condition. It does not look to have been cleaned in many years. All of the mounts have a very pleasing, deep patination that is totally even throughout the hilt and scabbard.
The pommel is the style with a point at the top and an accent line around the edge. All of the silvering is intact with just the slightest traces of age.
The crossguard features the usual stubby winged "Art Deco" eagle grasping a plain, open swastika. The guard arms are triangular and run straight out, each with three heavy accent lines on each side. The silvering here is also perfect, with just the slightest of age.
The wooden grip is covered in perfect blue Moroccan leather. This leather cover is constructed with two halves, as we normally see on these pieces. The original grip insignia retains all of the original silvering on the starburst and the enamel swastika is unbelievably perfect condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has beautiful, original leather that exact matches that used on the grip. Other than a couple of surface indentations the leather is perfect. The three scabbard mounts are silver plated steel and are in perfect condition, retained by headless side screws.
The blade is in a condition you could only dream about; it is in totally perfect, mint condition, with 100% of the factory grain, mirror finish, and a needle-like tip. The reverse is darkly etched with the Weyersberg Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark, and the matching Moroccan leather blade washer is in place.
A terrific 2nd Model RLB Dagger here.
Mint Minus. $3,195.00
RLBALL #40878C 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger with Hangers - Paul Weyersberg
The pommel is in excellent condition, with no hits to the rim. It is the style that comes to a point at the top.
The crossguard is outstanding, featuring a stubby winged, Art Deco style eagle. This bird shows evidence of hand enhancement to the eye, brow, beak, and wings, and clutches a plain wreathed open mobile swastika. The guards are triangular, with three accent lines on each side.
The grip is constructed of carved wood covered in dark blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition, with the two piece construction normally seen on this type of dagger. The center obverse is set with a 2nd style sunburst RLB grip button with perfect enamel, something that is rare to see. The sunburst rays are mostly worn down to the copper base.
The scabbard is straight throughout and is covered in matching blue leather. Other than some minor wear to the left edge this leather is perfect and intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in choice condition, retained by four headless side screws. The center mount exactly matches but is constructed of nickel-plated steel. We see this a lot on early 2nd Model RLB daggers; many were originally produced as 1st Model types that were subsequently converted to the 2nd style, with the addition of the ramp. Times were much tougher in Solingen by the time the 2nd Model was rolled out and this addition was subject cost cutting measures, much like everything else.
Attached to the the hanging rings are the original hanging straps. These straps are in remarkable condition, with perfect leather throughout. They are the shorter type, measuring 8 3/4 inches. The hardware is the usual type we see, with a pebbled snap clip marked "RZM M5/10" and "DRGM". The buckles and slides are decorated with oak leaves, and the snap clips are the deluxe, oak leafed "push-up" type. These snaps are marked "DRGM" on the reverse.
The blade is a fine example with a needle-like tip. I don't see any crossgrain but it remains bright and appears flawless. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark, and the original blue leather blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice RLB example here, in a fine, "as found" state.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
RLBALL #40884C 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger - Ernst Witte
The pommel has a good shape without much wear. It retains about 50% of the original plating. The equatorial band remains crisp.
The crossguard features a stubby winged, Art Deco style eagle. This bird shows evidence of hand enhancement to the eye, brow, beak, and wings, and clutches a plain wreathed open mobile swastika. The backgrounds of the swastika are pebbled. The guards are triangular, with three accent lines on each side, with ends cut at 45 degree angles to impart a dynamic look.
The ebony grip is a beauty and is totally perfect. It is fitted with a RLB sunburst button. The enamel swastika on the button shows a few hits, but nothing too bad. Most of the silvering remains on the sunburst.
The scabbard of this example is as nice as you will see. The original paint is nearly 100% intact and retains a fine, bright finish. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, to include the lower mount which is retained by a pair of side screws. The upper mount is in the form of a throat, retained by a single center placed obverse screw.
Connected to the ring is a triangular wire which retains the hanger. This hanger is in new-like condition, something that is very rare to see on these daggers. The hanger leather is retained by means of a riveted nickel bracket. The snap clip is an unmarked, nickel-plated example.
The mint blade is a real killer, with a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is marked with the diamond shaped With trademark; the diamond contains a crown set atop the word "Kroneck" and a shaded letter "W". Beneath the trademark is the name and location of the firm, "Ernst Erich With / Solingen". The original blade buffer is in place.
A very nice RLB Dagger here, which would be mint were it not for the minor flaking on the pommel and guard.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00
RLBALL #40159 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger - C. Gustav Spitzer
Spitzer, in my opinion, produced the best 2nd Model RLB Daggers during the period. This example is a very early production piece as all of the hilt and scabbard mounts are of solid nickel. The dagger has never been cleaned and the mounts have a very fine, dull, even patination.
The pommel cap is in good shape, in the usual derby shape. The projecting equatorial band remains crisp.
The short-winged, "Art Deco" style guard eagle retains full detail throughout, with fine hand enhancement. The bird grasps a plain wreath with a raised, mobile central swastika. The swastika backgrounds are darker and highlight the emblem. The guard arms are grooved and have ends that are tapered on a 45 degree angle, imparting a look of motion.
The ebony grip is as good as they come, remaining in perfect condition. The grip is bulbous in the center and tapers at either end. The grip button is also outstanding. Nearly all of the silvering remains on the sunburst and the enamel swastika is completely free of chips. It is rare to see hilt this nice on an EM RLB.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. The reverse has nearly 100% of the original paint and shows only modest wear. The obverse paint is also good, but does have a spot missing below the guard. It is not too bad, however, especially given the age of the dagger. The scabbard mounts are of solid nickel, both in perfect condition. The lower mount is retained by two headless, flush-mounts screws, while the upper mount has a center placed obverse screw.
Attached to the scabbard is an eyelet with a triangular wire bracket. This bracket is fitted with a nickel tab which retains the leather hanger. This tab is held in place by four rivets. The original leather of the hanger remains in good shape. Attached at the end is an early snap clip in matching nickel. This clip is stamped "A" and "DRGM" on the reverse.
The fully mint blade of this example is a real killer; it remains factory bright and has full crossgrain. When we received the dagger the blade was positioned with the trademark under the crossguard. I've seen this configuration on other Spitzer example I've had in the past, so I believe this is the way they were assembled. However, as a collector, I know we all like to see the trademark on the reverse so we did turn the blade around. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Spitzer Prancing Lion trademark, complete with wagging tongue. The original black leather blade washer is in place.
If you are looking for a superior RLB EM Dagger, you will be very pleased with this one. It is rare to see one in this kind of fine, untouched condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,995.00
RLBALL #39720 2nd Model Enlisted Man’s RLB Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
The pommel cap is in the usual derby shape, with good nickel plating and crisp edges on the vaulted equatorial band. There are no hits on the rim.
The crossguard features the small, stubby-winged,“Art Deco” style eagle, looking to the viewer’s right. The eyes, beak and feathering of this bird have all been hand enhanced. The guard arms are scribed with four lines on each side, and the ends are cut at a 45 degree angle to impart a look of motion.
The ebony grip of this dagger is in perfect condition throughout. It is bulbous in the center, tapering towards either end. The grip button retains about 95% of the silvering on the sunburst. The swastika is amazing in the all of the enamel is intact; it is rare to see a grip button in this state of preservation!
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout, with 100% of the outstanding original paint. This paint also retains a factory luster. The throat is a nickel example, retained by a flat head screw in the obverse. The lower mount is also of solid nickel, with good surfaces and showing little wear. It is retained by a pair of headless side screws.
Attached to the upper scabbard is the triangular wire assembly which retains the leather tab which hold the nickel tab to which the hanger is fitted. This tab is affixed by four rivets with rounded heads. The leather strapping is still very supple and in excellent condition. The snap clip is a early nickel example which is marked “DRGM” and “A” on the reverse.
The blade is as good as they come. It has 100% of the original crossgrain and remains nice and bright with a needle-like tip. This mint blade is etched with Weyersberg Sword & Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original black washer is in place, protecting the fine blade.
If you are looking for an early, high quality 2nd Model RLB Dagger this one will be a highlight in your collection.
Near Mint. $2,195.00 (#080917)
RLBALL #39477C 2nd Model RLB Officer’s Dagger with Hangers – Alcoso
This 2nd Model RLB Officer’s Dagger is one of the best complete pieces I’ve ever had the pleasure to handle. This dagger is of initial production, with solid nickel mounts. There mounts are really beautiful, having a silver finish which has patinated nicely over the years.
The pommel is the style with a distinct tip at the center top. It shows virtually no wear. The edges have a cut groove that retains the original factory darkening.
The crossguard has the stubby-winged, stylized eagle characteristic of the RLB dagger. This bird clutches a plain wreath with an open mobile swastika, and looks to have been hand-enhanced at the factory. The guards are triangular, decorated with lines on the obverse and reverse. The end of the guard is have a “WaA 138” waffenamt, which also appears on the scabbard throat.
The grip of the dagger is of wood with an outstanding original leather covering. This leather is in two pieces, one on the obverse and one on the reverse. The leather remains in perfect condition, with a beautiful grain. The grip button retains all of the silvering throughout the sunburst, and the enameled swastika is 100% intact.
The scabbard is a beauty, too. The shell is straight and has perfectly matching blue-black leather, all original. This leather is nearly pristine, with just a few traces of age on the reverse but with no cuts or problems. The scabbard mounts are of solid nickel with a finely patinated silver finish. These mounts are perfect and are retained by unturned flat head screws.
Attached to the upper and center hanging ring are the original hanging straps. These straps are in superb condition, the blue-black leather matching the scabbard and grip leather. They have a set of decorative stitches that run the length. The snap clip is the type that is marked “UE10” and “DRGM”. This clip retains all of the original silvered finish across its pebbled surfaces, something that is very unusual to see. The same is true of the oval buckles and slides, each decorated with oak leaves. The snaps are the deluxe, “push-up” style, each marked “DRGM” on the reverse. This is one of the best sets of RLB hangers I have ever seen.
The blade is a very fine example. It is bright throughout, with just a minor amount of light smudge but nothing that really detracts. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is marked with the very early Alcoso Scales logo, the mark with the large initial’s of the firm within the arms of the scales. The original matching blue-black blade buffer is in place.
A really terrific RLB Dagger here.
Mint Minus. $4,495.00
RLBALL #39482 2nd Model Enlisted Man’s RLB Dagger – Ernst Witte
The derby-shaped pommel is in fine condition, with no hits on the top surface or the equatorial band. The matching nickel crossguard features the stubby, stylized eagle characteristic of the RLB dagger. This Art Deco bird clutches a smooth wreath with a raised swastika set against a pebbled background, This good looking bird shows evidence of some hand enhancement. The guards are cut at an angle at the end, presumably to impart a look of motion, and are decorated with a pattern of lines.
The grip of this dagger is a perfect ebony example, bulbous in the center and tapering towards either end. The ebony is in perfect condition. The RLB grip emblem is the 2nd Style, retaining all of the silvering on the sunburst portion. There is a couple of hits to the enamel swastika, but there aren’t too bad.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with outstanding original black paint that retains a factory luster. The throat is retained by means of a single screw in the center obverse, and the nickel lower mount is attached by a pair of side screws.
The hanger looks to have replaced leather. The original hardware is present, consisting of a nickel tab with four rivets and a snap clip which is RZM and “OLC” marked.
The blade is as good as they come; it has full crossgrain, a mirror finish and a fine, needle-like tip. It is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the diamond shaped trademark of the Witte firm. Inside the diamond border is a crown set atop the word “Kroneck”. Below this we see a “W”. Below the trademark is the name and location of the firm, “Ersnt Erik Witte / Solingen”. The original black leather blade washer is in place.
An extremely fine Witte RLB Dagger here.
Mint Minus. $2,495.00
RLBALL #38956 2nd Model Enlisted Man's RLB Dagger – Paul Weyersberg
This RLB EM Dagger is in nice condition throughout. The hilt mounts are the nickel-plated pot metal type. The plating is starting to lift a little bit on the pommel and most of it has gone from the crossguard.
The pommel is in the characteristic derby shape with an equatorial band. The crossguard features a stubby-winged Art Deco-style eagle clutching a smooth wreath and swastika. The quillons are decorated with cut lines and the ends are cut at 45 angles, presumably to impart a look of motion.
The grip is an outstanding ebony example. It retains the original sheen and is in nearly mint condition, with just a minor hit above the insignia. This insignia is the style with a background sunburst. Some of the silvering has worn from the surfaces, revealing the copper base metal beneath. The enamel swastika has a couple of hits to the legs, but I don't see any metal showing so the enamel remains mostly intact.
The scabbard has wonderful, original black paint. This paint is 100% intact and other than some very minor attic crazing is close to mint condition. Attached to the scabbard is the triangular hanger retainer wire. The hanger is attached, with a nickel clip and supple leather. The snap clip is perfectly nickel plated and unmarked.
The blade of this dagger is nice and bright, retaining the original factory crossgrain. There is some minor smudge at the ends of both sides of the blade, but it is not bad. The tip of the blade remains needle-like. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Weyersberg Wreathed Sword logo, and the original leather blade washer is in place.
A good Weyersberg example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
RLBALL #38901 2nd Model RLB Enlisted Man's Dagger – Ernst Witte
The pommel is the derby-shaped type with an equatorial band. The plating is just starting to wear slightly on the extended surfaces. The crossguard has the finely stylized Art Deco type eagle. This bird grasps a plain wreath with a mobile swastika; the area around this swastika has been pebbled. The guards have line decorations and the ends have been cut on a 45 degree angle, presumably to impart a look of motion.
The ebony grip is a real beauty and in totally perfect condition. This grip has a central bugle and tapers towards either end. In the center of the grip is a very fine sunburst emblem. This emblem retains only small amounts of the original nickel plating. The enamel swastika on this emblem has chips throughout the legs, but only a few small pieces are missing.
The scabbard is in choice condition, as straight as an arrow and with outstanding original black paint. This paint shows only very minor spidering here and there and retains much of the original sheen. The upper throat mount is in excellent condition, retained by a headless screw in the obverse center. The lower mount is also in fine condition, with a good nickel finish and retained by a pair of headless side screws.
The triangular wire hanger assembly is in place, with an attached nickel tab that has excellent original black leather. This leather strap is retained by four rivets in the tab. It is very rare to see leather in this kind of condition. Attached to the end of this rig is a nickel-plated snap clip marked “A”, “RZM M5/8” and “DRGM” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger is in almost new condition. It is mirror-bright, retaining 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is etched on the reverse ricasso with a diamond shape containing a crown of the word “Kroneck”. Beneath this is the initial “W”. Beneath the diamond is the name and location of the maker, “Ernst Erich Witte / Solingen”. The original black blade buffer is in place.
A very nice RLB piece here. Were it not for the chips to the enamel emblem it would be in nearly mint condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,995.00
This 1st Model RLB Officer's Dagger has early solid nickel fittings. These fittings are outstanding throughout. The pommel is the style which comes to a point at the top sloping downward to a flat area having a decorative line running around the circumference. Below the line the pommel slopes to a narrower center area where it rests atop the grip. There are a couple of minor wearing signs around the center edge of the pommel but nothing bad.
The crossguard is also an outstanding mount featuring the art deco eagle in the center having stubby wings and clutching a plain wreath which is pierced with a mobile swastika inside. The crossguards extend outward having decorative lined surfaces on both sides and being triangular shaped. The guards are in excellent condition throughout showing little wear.
The grip is a beauty being a wood base and covered with fine grained Moroccan leather. The grip is bulbous in the center and tapers at both ends. The original leather remains in perfect condition being extremely appealing and being applied with two halves. The center obverse has the first style RLB button. This button presents a sunburst in the reverse and in the center are the enameled initials of the organization, “RLB”. The enameling is still excellent throughout these letters. Beneath the letters is a blue enameled small mobile swastika. The button has about 90% of its original silvering.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout having matching Moroccan leather. This fine grained leather is in perfect condition on the obverse, right edge and reverse. The left edge has a few nips mostly at the lower area. These nips are not serious but they are there. A shame, as the rest of the scabbard is so nice. This early scabbard also features the twin decorative lines which run down the edges of both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching solid nickel type. They too are in choice original condition having nice patina exactly matching that of the hilt mounts. These mounts are retained by headless flush mount screws in undisturbed condition. The scabbard throat is marked with a waffenamt. It is a stick bird with the nomenclature, “WaA135”. I looked on the crossguard end for a waffen amt but I do not see it on this piece. Chances are it was just missed at the factory because lots of times we see the crossguards also waffen amt on these early RLBs. There is no hanger on this piece.
The blade of this example, when we first received it had been repointed. A portion of the blade was missing from the end. We added the missing metal through a welding technique and have reshaped, pointed and repolished the tip area to match. This blade still has quite a bit of its original grain which can be seen if you look closely. The blade is mostly bright having a little bit of “smudge” on the surfaces of both sides but it certainly grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the early trademark being the larger style scale with the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. The original blade washer is in place.
A very nice first model RLB here having a tip added onto the blade. This restoration of course is reflected in the sales price. An RLB in this same condition that did not have the restoration would sell for $2,500 to $3,000 more than we are asking for this example. A great opportunity here to add an original 1st model RLB Officer to your collection at a reasonable price.
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.
This 2nd Model RLB Officer's Dagger, unfortunately, shows some signs of age on all of the silvered hilt and scabbard mounts. The pommel is the style with slight point on the top, and a groove that runs around the edge circumference. All of the silvering is here, but there is some freckling under the surfaces. The same is true of the crossguard regarding the silvering. It features the stubby winged bird in the center, clutching a smooth wreath, with pierced mobile swastika. The crossguard arms have the three grooves on each side, and are triangular shaped. Again, all the silvering is there, but there is age freckling in the surfaces.
The moisture that affected the hilt mounts however, did not seem to bother the grip leather, as this leather is still nearly perfect throughout, being of two piece construction. There is a small patch of leather concealing a flaw at the lower right, but it is not noticeable. Otherwise, this leather is in perfect condition. The grip button still has most of the silvering to the sunburst, but unfortunately, the black enamel in the swastika has taken quite a bit of pounding on the surfaces, as other than the top leg, the enamel is virtually gone from the other three legs.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Like the grip, this leather is still in really excellent condition, and extremely servicable. The scabbard mounts show some lifting to the silvering, more on the reverse than the obverse, and overall the silvering is maybe about 60-70% intact. This is a shame, but apparently this dagger was left in a moist area, and this is the result. These mounts are retained by headless flat screws in the edges, all of which are present.
The blade is still fairly bright, with good, needle like tip. This blade has a mild covering of "smudge", but it is very light, and the blade is only affected slightly. This blade still grades at excellent plus, and perhaps with a little cleaning, could come up even nicer. The reverse ricasso is etched with the dual oval circles which contain the firm's name and location, "Paul Weyersberg/ NCO", and "Solingen". Inside is a downward pointing sword, positioned between two wheat shafts. The original blade buffer is in place. This dagger would be a great candidate if there were someone out there that has the means to properly prepare and silver plate these mounts. Basically, this is a very good dagger with exceptional original leather and good blade, so it is a shame to see the mounts in this condition. A good project here for someone, and the dagger is priced accordingly.
This 2nd Model RLB Enlisted Man’s Dagger has good nickel hilt mounts. The pommel cap is in the style of a derby hat. It has a good crisp rim along the center showing some usage but no loss of plating. The crossguard features the art deco stubby winged eagle which clutches a smooth wreath having a raised swastika with pebble pattern behind the swastika. The eagle has good detail to his eye, beak and wing enhancements. The crossguards are triangular shaped and have triple lines on both sides. Each end is cut on a forty-five degree angle to give a simulation of movement. The grip is an outstanding ebony wood. This ebony grip is bulbous in the center tapering on both ends to a good handhold. The grip shows only normal usage but no chips or problems. Mounted on the obverse center is the second style grip button. This button has the sunburst in the backgrounds showing quite a bit of the copper flash coat with some silvering still remaining in the recesses of the sunburst. In the center, raised out, is a mobile swastika. This swastika has quite a bit of surface damage to the black enamel. It looks as though someone has touched it up slightly in the past. Incidentally, if you have a grip button like this it we can restore it to its original splendor if you want to send it to us.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has its original black paint which shows some spidering to the finish on the obverse and also some wear t othe edges and a few rust spots mostly on the lower obverse. The reverse area also has wear to the edges but the paint is a little bit better. Throughout the scabbard, the paint still shows brightness. This paint grades at about 80%. Attached to the triangular hanger bracket at the eyelet is the original nickel tab which holds a leather strap and snap clip. The leather appears original to this piece. This leather is in good condition. The nickel tab holds the leather with four small rivets. The snap clip at the end is a nickel type being marked, “A” and “DRGM”.
The blade of this example is still nice and bright having a little bit of minor age in the surfaces but not much. The reverse blade still has the same equivalent brightness as the obverse. It is interesting to note that etched into the upper section of this reverse blade is the original owner’s name and his apparent assignment. It is etched, “A. Scharer L.s. Obertrupp m.” It is interesting to see this on an RLB as rarely do we see personalized examples. The reverse ricasso is etched with the knighthead trademark which is positioned above the factories name and location, “W.K.C. / Waffenfabrik / Solingen”. The original leather blade washer is in place. A good RLB here of high quality with its nickel mounts. It is somewhat possible that there could be research on the owner as we do have the name and the group to which he was assigned with the RLB. Either way, an interesting example.